7 Easy Finger Foods To Make For Your Next Gathering
Hosting your first adult cocktail hour can be intimidating. You’re trading in the chips and store-bought cheese dip for homecooked Hors-d’oeuvre and using actual dinnerware instead of plastic plates. But prepping appetizers for a classy get-together doesn’t require a culinary degree or hours of work in the kitchen. These seven finger food recipes can be thrown together at the last minute and will still impress the hell out of your friends. Pick your three favorites and get ready to become the host(ess) with the mostess.
Deviled eggs scream “sophisticated cocktail party” even though they’re relatively easy to prep. This recipe swaps out the mayo found in traditional deviled eggs for a creamy avocado filling. It’s healthier yet equally as delicious. Just hard boil and peel some eggs, mash and season a couple of avocados and you’ll have this finger food ready to go in less than 30 minutes. You can find the complete guide to making this yummy appetizer at Simply Recipes.
You don’t need to be an expert cook to make this classic finger food. It’ll only take you half an hour plus 15 minutes of cook time to make these yummy stuffed mushrooms. Coat the mushroom caps with melted butter, stuff them with breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese and bake them in the oven for a crispy finish. This appetizer is great for filling the bellies of your vegetarian friends. Find the full recipe on The Woks of Life.
Take classic artichoke dip to a new level by scooping it into zucchini wedges. It’s a healthier alternative to mounds of dip piled onto salty crackers, and it’ll only take you 15 minutes to prep. For this recipe, the zucchini is baked and the dip is made with olive oil, onion, artichokes, zucchini insides, Greek yogurt and mayo. Each wedge is sprinkled with grated parmesan cheese. If you have access to an oven and a pan, you’ll be able to make this finger food for your next gathering. Get the full recipe on Destination Delish.
Serving asparagus as a finger food at a cocktail party might sound a little strange, but if you wrap these veggies in prosciutto and bake them in the oven, they become a tad more sophisticated. Prosciutto is naturally salty, so you won’t need to add any extra salt to this dish, which satisfies your health-obsessed friends without boring more adventurous eaters. Get the full 2o-minute recipe at Simply Recipes.
If you’re not a fan of cooking but you’re still looking to throw a kick-ass cocktail party, consider making these Antipasto skewers. This Mediterranian-style finger food combines marinated mozzarella balls, sliced pepperoni, olives, artichoke hearts and fresh basil. Although the recipe calls for you to marinate your own mozzarella, you can find mozzarella balls that have already been marinated at most grocery stores. This is also a great finger food option for your gluten-free guests. Get the full recipe on A Saucy Kitchen.
6. Cheesy Bread
Most people like cheese and bread separately, so when you combine the two, you’re bound to get a crowd-pleaser. And the best news is that it’ll take you only 20 minutes to make it. You’ll need shredded mozzarella cheese, sharp cheddar cheese and one whole loaf of French or Italian bread. Once you’re done, you can cut the bread into small slices and serve it to guests on a platter. We can’t think of a better way to welcome someone into your home than with the smell of warm cheesy bread. Find the full recipe at Simply Recipes.
Wings are a great addition to any party, whether it be a casual football tailgate or a classy cocktail get-together. But instead of ordering those fried monstrosities from Domino’s, consider making your own wings the next time you host. (It’s a lot easier than you think it is.) Marinate the wings for just 10 to 20 minutes in a sauce made of garlic cloves, ginger sriracha, honey, lime juice, oil and tamari or soy sauce. Then bake the wings to use a lot less oil and cut back on calories without compromising on flavor. Get the full recipe on A Saucy Kitchen.