Ideas for hearty party foods that don't require silverware?
Every year I throw a cocktail party -- to keep it less stress/mess, I serve foods that are hearty enough for dinner but don't require silverware. Last year I did little baguette sandwiches and smoked salmon with rye along with typical snack foods. Do you have new ideas of what I could serve?
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These frozen empanada discs are so fun and can be filled with savory or sweet.
- You can make them regular-sized or mini, vegetarian or un-veg.
- I like baked empanadas vs. fried, and baked will probably minimize your party prep a bit.
- And to further save time, don't hesitate to use store-bought pizza dough (or store-bought pie dough) instead of rolling your own. I find people are more into the filling than the crust. Just use a beaten egg wash on the dough for color before baking.
- And don't worry about learning the traditional twisted edge for the crust, just crimp the edges with a fork dipped in water, as if you were making little hand pies.
Believe me, these will vanish!
Here are some recipes I like plus there are many more out there if you have a specific flavor profile in mind (beef, seafood, veg, a particular herb, etc.). I always recommend reading the recipe comments for helpful insights before deciding on a recipe, though :-)
Butternut squash, sage, goat cheese
Butternut squash, mushroom
Chicken, chorizo, olives (and raisins are added in traditional recipes)
Have a great party!
I rounded up a few more ideas here, inspired by this question!
Also, last winter I was introduced to this cranberry dip, which is truly to die for: http://funcheaporfree.com/2014/11/cranberry-cream-cheese-cracker-dip-appetizer-recipe/
Dip the cheese ones in tomato sauce; meat ones in Dijon mustard.