About.com Food Guides have gotten together to present you with the best recipes for appetizers, snacks and light noshes for any party. Enjoy!
Recipes That'll Knock Their Socks OffSome of the simplest appetizers to make are toasted slices of baguette with sweet and savory toppings like my Quince-Pear Butter Crostini with kashkaval cheese, or Red Onion Marmalade Crostini. And what's a party without a little sauerkraut among friends? Try this Sauerkraut Balls Recipe with spicy brown mustard or homemade horseradish that will bring the strongest man to his knees.
Whether you're vegetarian or not, you'll need a bean dip for the big day. Avoid the sodium-laden canned stuff and try one of these quick-and-easy vegetarian bean dip recipes from Jolinda Hackett, About's Vegetarian Guide. Or, try some Meatless "Buffalo Wings" made from seitan and cooked up with hot sauce and margarine for a traditional spicy flavor.
Spicy eats and parties go hand-in-hand. These Chile-Spiced Candied Peanuts have a salty-sweet crunch and a cayenne kick that's terrific with beer.
Lisa and Tony Sierra, our Guides to Spanish Food, offer three great ideas. Croquetas de Jamón - Ham Croquettes are small, lightly breaded and fried fritters of sorts. They are creamy, smooth and very tasty. The best part is you can make the dough ahead of time and freeze it. Then, take the croquetas out of the freezer and pop them into the frying pan. Pinchos Morunos - Pork Kabobs are marinated a day ahead. This is a very popular "tapa," and easy to make and great for beginner Spanish cooks! Tortilla Espanola - Spanish Omelet, also known as tortilla de patata, is the most commonly served dish in Spain. Cook it ahead. To serve, cut it into small squares and place atop small slices of baguette.
A party isn’t the time to try a new, complex beer brewed by blind monks in a cave in France. Even the snobbiest of beer geeks likes a simple, good-quality brew. Here are a few beer suggestions from Bryce Eddings, About's Guide to Beer.
Marian Blazes, our guide to South American food, suggests tequeños, which are a popular snack in places where the word fiesta means PAR-TAY!. Tequeños are sticks of salty white cheese that have been wrapped in wontons and fried. Serve them with guacamole and enjoy!
This recipe for Chocolate Nut Bars from Carroll Pellegrinelli, About.com's guide to Desserts and Baking, is the ideal party treat for everyone who enjoys that sweet-and-salty combination.
These recipes are from Low Fat Cooking Guide Fiona Haynes. Mini Frittatas made in a mini muffin tin are cute and a perfect portion-controlled party food. Because they are low in calories and fat, you can eat more than one without feeling too guilty. Spicy Shrimp Kebabs take just minutes to cook. The spiciness comes from a blend of soy sauce, garlic, fresh ginger and chopped jalapeno pepper.
Stacy Slinkard, About's Guide to Wine says sangrias are delicious, wine-based party drinks that enjoy a reputation for fruit and fun! They are easy to make, easy to drink and are a welcome addition to any party.
American Food Guide John Mitzewich suggests these three delicious dips to impress your guests. Serve a classic Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip, a creative Baked Reuben Dip, or a spicy Jalapeno Popper Dip.
Laura Dolson, our Low Carb Diets Guide, invites you to check out this Low-Carb Super Bowl Party article.
Guacamole is an easy and delicious appetizer you can make for a crowd. If you're feeding more than six people, double it! Busy Cooks Guide Linda Larsen says you can also use her guacamole recipe to make Mini Guacamole Cups for a fancier look.
This Spinach Pie Recipe (Spanakopita) is a Greek classic combining the tastes of spinach, herbs, and feta cheese. The recipe is quicker and easier than many other versions and produces a fabulous result. Serve at room temperature.
Giora Shimoni, About's Guide to Kosher Food offers this Deli Roll Recipe featuring deli meat or hot dogs rolled in puff pastry. His Spinach Tidbits are delicious dairy appetizers that can be prepared and frozen a week in advance to minimize pre-party preparations. Jamie Geller, author of Quick and Kosher Recipes from the Bride Who Knew Nothing, contributed this gem of a recipe.
Candy Guide Elizabeth LaBau has a recipe for Chocolate Footballs that will score big at a Super Bowl or World Cup party. These chocolate-peanut butter candies are fudgy, nutty, sweet, salty, and absolutely addicting.
Culinary Arts Guide Danilo Alfaro reminds us that a platter of chicken wings isn't complete without a cool, refreshing dipping sauce like Ranch Dressing or Blue Cheese Dressing. And for a real treat, try making them with Homemade Mayonnaise.
Dry Garlic Spareribs, a Montreal specialty from Chinese Food Guide Rhonda Parkinson, the ribs are boiled until tender, and then simmered in a flavorful sauce with soy sauce, brown sugar, and dry mustard. For extra spice, feel free to add hot red peppers or red pepper flakes to the sauce.
White Chicken Chili from Stephanie Gallagher, our Guide to Kids Cooking, is one of those crowd-pleasing recipes that is just ideal for a potluck or informal party. Rotisserie chicken makes this chili a snap to prepare. Fresh tomatillos and cilantro give it authentic flavor. Serve with Sweet Cornbread.
Syrie Wongkaew, About's Guide to Australian and New Zealand Food, says this Portuguese chicken burger is her take on Australia's famous Bondi Chicken Burger. It consists of pan-fried chicken breasts topped with a chili sauce, romaine lettuce, several slices of provolone cheese and mayonnaise. Or, if you feel like seafood, try this succulent Fish Burger Recipe.
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