Where to get appetizer
Appetizers are fun finger foods that can and will please a small group of people to a party of many. These mini versions of foods can be found at local wholesale clubs such as Costco, BJ’s, Sam’s, and even Wal-Mart. Your local grocery store carries some variety of samplers but it will be in a smaller quantity. This may be a better route for you if you are doing something small with just a few people.
If you have the time and are savvy in the kitchen you can prepare some appetizers yourself that you may like to eat that aren’t sold at the store. Your homemade appetizers will allow you to shine with your creativity as you can introduce new things to your family and friends that maybe they wouldn’t eat. With this in mind from previous experience you want to also have a familiar appetizer on hand so your guest will be comfortable and not experimenting all night.
Things to consider
Appetizers can be a way to stay within budget since you are not cooking huge quantities of food for your guest. With that said you will need to still cover a seafood appetizer for the seafood lover and vegetarian mini dish to accommodate your non meat eater.
When you cover all your vegetables, meat, poultry and seafood bases everyone will feel that you thought of them when you were planning the menu which ultimately makes people feels like you care about their dietary needs.
Also consider the drinking needs of your guest by not just having alcoholic drinks, sparkling cider such as Welch’s which come in different flavors will make your guest feel included when it comes to toasting because of the fizz and bubbles in the cider. Have plenty of water and juice on hand not just carbonated drinks.
Note – Make sure your guests are over twenty-one if they are drinking. Also if someone is drinking a lot at your party please make sure you have someone drive them home, put them in a cab or let them sleep it off. However do not let them leave your home intoxicated for everyone’s safety. As the host you can be held liable if anything should happen due to the dram shop law.
Suggested appetizers and cost
These particular appetizers can be found at Costco Wholesale.
Mini quiches have an assortment of flavors in the box $9.89
Mini crab cakes $13.99
Spanakopita is spinach filled with feta cheese $13.99
Chicken poblano is chicken cooked with poblano peppers and fried like an egg roll $11.89
Wild Calamari $13.99
Loaded potato skins $9.79
In the pictures below here are some appetizers you can make yourself and you won’t find in your wholesale freezers. It the recipes below cover your finger foods for vegetarian, fish, chicken and meat eaters.
Chicken satay with peanut sauce
• 1 cup plain yogurt
• 1 tsp. fresh ginger
• 1 tsp. minced garlic
• 1 tbs. curry powder
• 1 ½ lbs. chicken strips
• 1 cup smooth peanut butter
• ¼ cup soy sauce
• 2 tsp. chipotle sauce
• 2 dark brown sugar
• 2 limes juiced
• ¼ cup of hot water
• ¼ cup of chopped peanuts
1. Marinate chicken with marinate ingredients for 2-3 hours.
2. Soak skewers in water
3. Thread chicken onto skewers.
4. Grill 3 to 5 minutes each side.
5. Combine all ingredients. Use hot water to thin and garnish with peanuts.
Salmon rosettes with boursin and fresh tarragon
• 1 pound cream cheese
• 2 packages boursin cheese
• smoked salmon sliced thin
• pumpernickel bread sliced thin
• fresh tarragon
1. Cut rounds out of pumpernickel bread and toast
2. Put cream cheese in mixer add boursin and mix both cheeses until smooth until it is able to be piped.
3. Form salmon into funnel shape and pipe boursin in center
4. Spread small amount of cheese mixture onto the rounds and then put salmon funnel on top. Garnish with tarragon.
Baked wrap pinwheels
• 12 Tortilla
• 2 cups mayonnaise
• 1 oz. chipotle sauce
• 1 cup monterey jack cheese shredded
• 1 medium red pepper cut into strips
• 1 medium green pepper cut into strips
• 1 small zucchini cut into strips
• 1 small yellow squash cut into strips
• 1 tbs. olive oil
• 1 clove garlic finely minced
Vegetable Marinade Ingredients
• 3 cups vegetables oil
• 1 cup dark balsamic vinegar
• 2 tbs. garlic minced
1. Cut vegetables in large matchsticks size cuts. Then marinate for one half hour.
2. Roast vegetables in 400 F oven or 20 to 25 minutes until tender and golden brown.
3. Mix the mayonnaise and the chipotle sauce and peppers together until smooth.
4. Lay out wraps individually. Spread with chipotle mayonnaise, and then sprinkle with both cheese and vegetables.
5. Roll tightly into a cylinder shape.
6. Bake in 400 F oven until cheese is melted and wraps are starting to brown.
7. Cut on an angle into 1 inch pieces.
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