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Published December 22nd 2011
With Christmas just days away and the New Year's Eve not far behind, parties are happening everywhere. Some parties take lots of planning, while others are spur of the moment.
Sometimes it's difficult to know what kinds of food to serve. Maybe you're looking for something a bit different and just can't think of anything and with a busy, hectic lifestyle, sometimes you just don't have the time to prepare lavish, fancy dishes.
Of course you can always serve the usual party foods like assorted sandwiches, sausage rolls, party pies, mini quiche and mini pizza, which are always nice, but wouldn't it be nice to serve something extra tasty and a little bit gourmet?
So here are a few quick and easy party food or finger food ideas to help you out and impress your guests.
Prepare a cheese platter with different types of cheeses and crackers.
Prepare a fruit platter with assorted sliced fresh fruit and dried fruit.
Prepare an Antipasto platter with assorted meats, like ham, pepperoni, prosciutto, salami. You can also add olives and mushrooms.
Canapés: Small crackers topped with savouries such as cheese, meat, fish or relish.
Mini Kebabs: Put meat, veggies, cheese and even fruit on skewers. Serve with different dipping sauces.
Spring rolls: Heat up frozen mini spring rolls.
Chicken wings: Marinate chicken wings in honey and soy sauce. Bake for 45 minutes at 180C. Garnish with sesame seeds.
Savoury Pastries: Use thawed frozen pastry. Spread with tomato paste, cheese and ham. Roll up and cut into slices. Cook in the oven until golden.
Vol-au-vents: Fill small pastry cases with the savoury fillings of your choice. Try chicken and mushroom or ham and cheese.
Crostini: Cut a French bread stick into slices and toast. Spread with cream cheese and top with chicken, cucumber or anything you like.
Potato Wedges: Cook oven wedges and serve with different dipping sauces.
Deviled eggs: Cut hard boiled eggs in half. Remove the yolks and mix with mayonnaise, bacon and cheese. Refill the egg whites and refrigerate. You can also add curry powder to the mix for a bit of spice.
Stuffed mushrooms: Wash and clean mushrooms, remove the stems and place mushrooms in an oven dish. Top with ham, bacon, tomato, onion, cheese or anything else you like. Put into the oven and cook for 15 minutes.
Mini croissants: Fill mini croissants with ham and cheese, or chicken or anything else you like.
Chocolate dip: Serve melted chocolate with fresh fruit, marshmallows, and mini cookies.
S'mores: Fill crackers with melted marshmallow and chocolate.
Fruit punch: Mix sparkling mineral water with your favourite fruit juice. Add fresh fruit pieces and ice.
These are just a few ideas and of course there are many, many more. Don't be afraid to ask for help. Get your friends to lend a hand with the preparation or even bring their own specialty dish. Parties are supposed to be fun and relaxing, not hard work and stressful, so use your imagination have a great time.