Finger foods are a favorite amongst many, as they are filling, tasty, and look very presentable. Surprisingly, many of us end up having only the appetizers in parties and forget about the main course completely. We get so busy with the drinks and starters that the main course is often not touched. So it's very clear that appetizers should be tastefully made and the guests should also get a lot of variety. The below-mentioned recipes will definitely prove to be handy.
Finger Food Recipes
It's not fair to always treat your guests with the same old appetizers that include chips and a dip. This time try some new, tasty, and easy-to-make appetizers. Have a look!
- Celery stalks, 12
- Cream cheese, 1 pack (room temperature)
- Paprika, garlic, and salt to taste
- Wash each celery stick nicely and keep the sticks aside.
- In a separate bowl, add cream cheese, garlic, and salt and mix well.
- With a knife, spread the cream cheese and fill up the celery cavities.
- Now, sprinkle some paprika for taste and color. Finally, cut the celery sticks into half and keep them for cooling.
Spinach Dip with Hawaiian Bread
- Chopped scallions, 3
- Hawaiian round bread, 1 (Take a bowl and scoop the middle part out in a round shape)
- Vegetable soup recipe mix, 1 packet
- Drained and chopped chestnuts, 1 can
- Sour cream, 1 can
- Spinach, frozen and chopped, 10 oz.
- Mayo, 1 cup
- In a medium-sized bowl, add the spinach, sour cream, mayo, soup mix, and water chestnuts and stir well.
- Now, cover and let it cool for 2 to 3 hours.
- Mix well and pour on the round bread.
- Egg whites, 2
- Chicken breasts (cut into 1-inch strips), 1 lb.
- Ground almonds, 1 cup
- Cornstarch, ½ cup
- Vegetable oil, 2 tbsp.
- Sugar, 1 tsp.
- Sherry, 1 tsp.
- Salt, ½ tsp.
- Honey mustard
- In a large bowl, combine cornstarch, sugar, salt, and sherry until smooth.
- Gradually add the egg whites. Place the chicken strips in this mixture. Thereafter, coat the strips with the almonds.
- Then, take a large skillet and add the chicken strips and fry them for 7 minutes or till they acquire a pink color.
- Serve this easy appetizer sizzling hot.
Finger Foods for Weddings
Weddings are special occasions where people meet and have a great time. It's a huge event for the bride and groom and it's but natural that the wedding food should also be special. So here's a look at some finger food recipes for a large crowd.
- Hard-cooked eggs, 12
- Low-fat mayonnaise dressing, ½ cup
- Sliced bell peppers, ½ cup
- Dijon mustard, 2 tsp.
- Red pepper, ½ tsp.
- Salt to taste
- Cut each egg into half and gently remove the entire egg yolk.
- Now, place all these egg yolks in a bowl and mash them.
- Next, add the bell peppers, mayonnaise dressing, mustard, ground red pepper, and salt and mix well.
- Place the egg whites in a 15 to 10 inch jelly roll pan lined with paper towels.
- Now, add the yolk mixture in the egg whites and serve.
- Plain white bread, 6 slices
- Garlic cloves (peeled and chopped), 2
- Large egg beaten, 1
- Lamb meat, 12 oz.
- Chopped dried apricots, 2 oz.
- Sliced scallions, ½ cup
- Melted unsalted butter, ½ cup
- Fresh mint leaves (chopped), 1 tsp.
- Sea salt, 1 tsp.
- Freshly ground black pepper, ½ tsp.
- Red chili flakes, ½ tsp.
- Freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- Preheat the oven to 375°F.
- In a bowl, mix all the ingredients except cheese, bread, and butter.
- Remove the crust of the bread and discard.
- On each slice, apply melted butter and then cut the slices into 2 inch squares.
- Now, make each square into a mini muffin.
- Then, fill the bread with the lamb mixture, but make sure you don't fill it in excess.
- Finally, add the grated cheese on the top and bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until the bread gets toasted nicely and the meat gets cooked well.
Cold Finger Foods
Cold party appetizers are a favorite amongst people. This type of an appetizer is preferred by people from all walks of life. Cold appetizers are one of the easiest finger foods to make and they stay fresh for a longer time.
- Mayonnaise, ¾ cup
- Sour cream, ½ cup
- Dried minced onion, 1 tbsp.
- Dried parsley flakes, 1 tsp.
- Dill weed, 1 tsp.
- Garlic salt, 1 tsp.
- Worcestershire sauce, dash
- In a small bowl, add all the ingredients and stir gently and properly.
- Chill for at least an hour and serve this dip with fresh vegetables.
- Avocados, 2
- Jalapeño chile (finely chopped), 1
- Tomato, 1
- Cilantro leaves (fresh and chopped), ½ cup
- Sweet onion (finely chopped), ¼ cup
- Salt, ½ tsp.
- Tortilla Chips
- Take a mortar and pestle and make a paste of jalapeño, cilantro, onion, and salt.
- Ensure that the mixture becomes thick and juicy.
- Then, cut the avocados into half and remove the seeds and peel as well.
- Cut the tomato into half and squeeze out the juices and seeds.
- Now, add the tomato and avocados in the mortar and grind until the mixture turns smooth.
- Guacamole tastes best when eaten fresh.
- If you are not going to eat it fresh, then wrap it with a plastic sheet to prevent discoloration and keep it in the refrigerator.
Mostly people pay attention to the main course and desserts but forget that appetizers are an equally important part of the menu. They are always a crowd favorite, as they can be made very quickly, without putting too much of an effort.