Party Appetizer Recipes
Everything You Ever Wanted in Hors d'oeuvres but were Afraid to Spell
Party appetizer recipes are not what they used to be. Appetizers, canapes, hors d'oeuvres... Whatever the phrase, they're not just a before-dinner treat any more. They can carry the party all by themselves and look good doing it.
Party appetizers need not be snooty, though. Pickled squid and unpronounceable recipe names won't impress most friends.
Still, you want something with pizzazz, right? Prepare to
celebrate the tastes, the ease of presentation, and the fact that we're
about to tell you how many of the little morsels to make.
Party Appetizer Recipes
Many of these cocktail party appetizers are equally at home on a picnic, at a barbecue, or in front of the big game on TV.
Black Olive Penguins
"Caterpillar" Sushi Rolls
Caviar and Smoked Salmon on Blini
Caviar on Quail Eggs
Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Bites
Chestnut Stuffing Balls
With Honey-Mustard Dipping Sauce
Crab Stuffed Mushrooms
Cream Cheese Balls
Curry Chicken Balls
Deviled Eggs, with Options
Meatballs with Mint Sauce
Paper Wrapped Chicken
Pot Stickers with Chili Dipping Sauce
Roast Beef Pinwheels
Sardine Rice Rolls, with Options
Sausage in a Blanket
Sherried Stuffed Mushrooms
Shrimp Cocktail Platter
Shrimp Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes
Spicy Pecan Nibbles
Stuffed New Potatoes
Tiropites (Greek cheese pies in phyllo)
How Much Food to Prepare
Such a good question, and we have pages of information to help you determine not only how many appetizers you'll need for your party, but napkins, cocktails, glasses, ice, liquor and mixers, and lots more, here:
Party Food Planning for Small Groups
Party Food Planning for Large Groups
Tip: Supplement your selections from Party Appetizer Recipes with dips and spreads, and fondues. They're easy on the cook and on the budget.
Presentation Tips for your Party Appetizers
A decorative platter, or an appealing arrangement of appetizers on the platter, may be all that is required.
A sprig of parsley here, a few mint leaves there. Or try these suggestions:
- Tie a blanched chive around each shrimp in your arrangement; it's easy and elegant.
- Arrange Endive Boats in a starburst pattern.
- Serve Deviled Eggs on a bed of alfalfa sprouts; it looks terrific and keeps them from sliding.
- Substitute bamboo skewers, cocktail skewers or thin pretzel sticks for toothpicks, where practical.
- Use a pineapple, apple, grapefruit, cabbage or eggplant as a "pincushion" for Summer Kabobs.
For the most part, though, hors d'oeuvres are naturally decorative and 'presentable' without much help. The important thing is to serve a variety of flavors, textures and tastes.
More party appetizer recipes: Finger Foods