Party Food Ideas
Check out these party food ideas and spice up your next event with dishes that are not only tasty, but are interesting enough to be a part of the party. Forget the chips and pretzels, try something different. These party food ideas are all easy to prepare and are sure to garner their own attention.
- Spicy Shrimp Cocktail This is a classic cocktail party food idea, but shrimp cocktail does well at any event. Easy to prepare and easy to eat it makes an elegant finger food. Boil the shrimp yourself in salted water or buy them pre-made at the store. To make the sauce, blend ketchup, horseradish and lemon juice. Add a dash of tabasco sauce for an extra kick.
- Anything in a Blanket Use your creativity with this party food and you can have a fun, delicious snack that suits the style of your event. Using uncooked, chilled pizza dough you can wrap the traditional mini hot dogs to make pigs in a blanket or you can experiment with other meats, cheeses and vegetables. Try matchstick cut zucchini with goat cheese or strips of flank steak with blue cheese. With only about fifteen minutes in the oven be sure to pre-cook your vegetables if necessary.
- Layered Dip and Pita Crisps This is a slightly lighter twist on a party food original. Cut pita bread into triangles and toast. Serve with a layered dip of refried beans, guacamole, salsa, sour cream, shredded cheese and black olives.
- Quesadillas Here is another party food idea that can be altered to suit your party and your guests. Also, quesadillas are easy to make and they tend to be a party favorite. Start with soft tortilla shells and a little olive oil. Top the tortillas with whatever you want. Try cooked chicken breast, roasted red pepper and goat cheese or use sauteed mushrooms, caramelized onions and cheddar cheese for a vegetarian option. Pan fry and top with a second shell. Cook the other side and then slice into triangles.
- Crudite Platter As a contrast to the richer ideas for party foods, try a simple vegetable platter. Cut and slice peppers, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, radishes, cauliflower and any other vegetables that you want. Use a creamy dressing or store-bought dip as an accompaniment. After the other party dishes there may be more then a few guests who will appreciate this lighter option.