Recipes & Inspiration: Cocktail Party Goodies

Recipes & Inspiration: Cocktail Party Goodies

We're addicted to kitschy trays and dishes that are definitely not for everyday use. Since there's no sense in collecting stuff and leaving it in a drawer, and these dishes are perfect for appetizers, we like to throw a drinks party once a year that lets us pull out our collection of dishes and serve nothing but hors d'oeuvre. It's not too late to plan an impromptu New Years Party! Mix and match. Pick and choose. Just try to balance the offerings with foods of different textures and flavors. Make sure there are vegetarian options and everything doesn't have cheese in it. Click through for a collection of fun and easy cocktail food ideas we've gathered over the years. Topping crackers & crostini Sliced rare beef with truffle oil Sliced roast beef with horseradish cream and red onion Caviar and hardboiled egg A slice of ripe pear with soft goat cheese, drizzled with honey Pepper jelly & cream cheese Chopped dried figs mixed with cream cheese and honey Smoked salmon & tobiko Curried chicken salad Thin slice of spice-rubbed pork tenderloin topped with chutney Thinly sliced ham & crisp apple with melted Gruyere Oil packed tuna, chopped olives and hard-boiled egg Caramelized onions with bacon & crumbled blue cheese Sautéed mushrooms and shallots with fresh goat cheese Smoked salmon, creme fraiche and cucumber Fresh chevre and Spanish piquillo peppers Endive leaves make great portable vehicles for flavor. 10 things to serve in endive leaves: Crab or shrimp salad Smoked fish spread Creme fraiche and caviar Chutney mixed with cream cheese Chopped olives mixed with cream cheese Bought or homemade Vegetable pate Guacamole Egg salad Chicken salad Hummus A smattering of other ideas: • Slice Manchego cheese into triangles and top with thin slices of quince paste. Serve on a tray strewn with toasted walnuts. • Cut little pockets into dried figs and stuff with nuggets of blue cheese • Make frittata and serve it bite-sized • Get some soft farmer's cheese or young Teleme and marinate it in olive oil, fancy salt, pepper and herbs or make a quick Italian salsa verde as a marinade Cheers! Anyone out there having a New Year's Eve Party? What are you serving?
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