Chef Tina Moorey shares some of her go-to hors d'oeuvres for entertaining, and offers these tips for dressing up appetizers for your next classy cocktail party.
Romaine Salad Boats
Top small romaine leaves with croutons, prosciutto and parmesan cheese. Talk about cutlery-free: these salad boats come in their own edible container!
Roasted Beet Root Hummus and Pita Chips
This recipe is a great twist on your regular hummus. (And everyone loves chips and dip). It's a beautiful bright pink colour, and our presentation makes it truly party worthy!
Presentation Tip: Fill shot glasses or water glasses with flower petals. Place small clear dishes on top to present your bite-sized apps.
Goat Cheese Balls with Balsamic Jelly
Here's an easy way to make any cheese platter special. Roll softened goat cheese into small balls, and coat in chopped herbs. Place a dab of your favourite jelly in store-bought pastry cups, and nestle the goat cheese ball inside.
Mini Potato Skewers with Ranch Dip
Apps on skewers are great for cocktail parties. Guests then have free hands to socialize and hold drinks!
Presentation Tip: Skewer potatoes on an angle. This way they won't slide off as your guests pick them up.
Mediterranean Marinated Grilled Jumbo Shrimp
This is a great make-ahead option. It looks impressive, but it's very simple to make. There's also a lot of flavour in just one or two bites, which is important when serving hors d'oeuvres.
Some final tips for choosing and presenting appetizers
- Choose a good variety of items: try to have a vegetable, starch and protein option
- Apps that can be pre-assembled are great for entertaining. This way you can spend time with your guests.
- Choose apps that give a big flavour in one bite, and your guest will come back for more.
- Choose apps that are easy to eat. Skewered items are great, as are any items that don't require cutlery.