Cold Finger Foods For Parties
Finger food is food which your guests can eat with their fingers. This means it should not be messy and it should either be easy to eat or in bite-sized pieces already. Easy starter recipes for finger food are best planned ahead – that means buying all the necessary ingredients (and bowls, plates and napkins) at least a day ahead.
Examples of finger food include sausage rolls, cheese cubes, small sandwiches and canapes. It is polite to offer napkins when serving finger food so that guests can wipe their fingers after eating.
Ideas for Buffet Sandwiches
Sandwiches might seem a boring option but you do not have to make dull sandwiches! What about combining three ingredients to make gourmet sandwiches. Here are some ideas:
- Cream cheese, sun-dried tomatoes and fresh basil
- Tuna mayonnaise, very thin cucumber slices and grated cheese
- Roast beef, mustard and slices of tomato
- Egg mayonnaise, curry powder and cress
To make sandwiches, just spread the fillings on one slice of bread. Top it with another slice, then cut diagonally twice, so you end up with four small triangle shaped sandwiches. Cover them with cling-film if you are not going to serve them immediately. You can use different kinds of bread to add interest.
Cheese on Sticks and Other Retro Starter Recipes
Retro appetizers are fun rather than kitsch. Cheese and pineapple on sticks might have been exciting in the eighties and “cringeworthy” again by the nineties but making old fashioned starter recipes is now cool again!
Try cheddar and pineapple chunks on toothpicks or an olive and half a cherry tomato. What about a piece of anchovy, a cube of cheese and a smear of mustard? Let your imagination guide you. When it comes to deciding on the best starter recipes your creativity can help you to find some excellent combinations.
5 Minute Starter Recipes
Finger food is supposed to be nibbled, rather than eaten. Do not worry about providing filling foods because you are not making a hearty meal, just something to go with drinks. Peanuts, olives, cheese, bread with dips and pretzels are all good finger foods.
You can open a few jars or packets and empty out the contents into bowls. A Mediterranean tapas platter usually goes down well. This might be the easiest way to present cold finger food for parties but making your own food shows your guests that their enjoyment is important to you, which is why making your own quick and easy starter recipes is the way forward.
You do not have to offer more than three or four different dishes either. Just keep things easy, plan ahead and your party is sure to be a success. There are so many different starters recipes to choose from!