Every good party needs to have some tasty appetisers for guests to snack on throughout the night, and the larger variety of snacks that you provide, the happier your guests will be. If appetisers will be the main event, then you should consider linen hire so that food can be displayed on stylish looking tables, as well as catering equipment such as silver trays to put your appetisers on. From easy finger foods to fancy hors d’oeuvres, these appetiser recipes are sure to become the party favourites.
Cover 6 eggs with cold water in a medium sized saucepan and bring water to a boil. Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the eggs stand in the hot water for 10-12 minutes before peeling them. Cut the peeled eggs in half lengthwise, and mash the yolk together in a bowl with 1/2 a finely chopped celery stick, 1/4 of a finely chopped onion, 1/4-cup of mayonnaise, some salt and a dash of hot pepper sauce. Stuff the egg white halves with the egg yolk mixture, sprinkle with paprika, cover and chill before serving.
Homemade Mediterranean Style Hummus
Place a can of drained chickpeas, 1/3 of a cup of pitted Spanish Manzanilla olives, and a teaspoon of minced garlic into a blender or food processor. Pour in 3 tablespoons of olive oil and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, and season with 1 ½ teaspoons of chopped fresh basil, 1 teaspoon of cilantro leaves, salt and pepper. Puree the mix until it’s smooth and serve the hummus immediately with pita bread or veggies.
In a large bowl, mix together two 8 ounce packages of softened cream cheese, 3 ½ cups of shredded sharp cheddar cheese and an ounce of ranch dressing. Form the mixture into a large ball and roll it over chopped pecans until it’s covered. Decorate the top of each ball with halved pecans and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. This snack goes great with just about any type of cracker.
Asparagus in a Blanket
Boil 8 to 12 asparagus stalks in salted water for 4 minutes and then chill them. Divide a half pound of uncooked, chilled pizza dough into 4 equal pieces, and flatten them on a floured surface to about a quarter inch thick. Cut the asparagus stalks crosswise, and divide them into four bundles. Lay each asparagus bundle along one side of a dough piece, cover with a slice of tomato and some cheese, and start rolling the dough to form the blanket. Line a baking sheet with olive oil-coated parchment paper or foil, and place the blankets on the sheet. Let the blankets sit for about 15 minutes before putting them in the oven, and bake them at 375 degrees (F) for about 20 minutes.
Tomato Basil Skewers
This simple appetiser is great for casual backyard parties, and you can make a tonne of them at one time. All you need are equal parts of mozzarella balls, fresh basil leaves and cherry tomatoes. Thread these ingredients onto small skewers, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper, and you’re done!