Throwing a party can be fun. The only frustrating part is being able to please everyone. This is especially true when food is involved. There may be guests with conditions that require food restrictions or there may be guests that choose not to eat certain foods. Take vegetarians, for example. If you're used to eating meat and will also be serving other meat eaters at the party, you need party foods that please both groups.
Blue Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms
Mushrooms are well known for having a taste and texture similar to meat. This is especially true if you're cooking with portobello mushrooms. Clean baby portobello mushrooms can be stuffed after the stems and gills are removed. This is easily done with a paring knife and small spoon. The mushrooms can then be stuffed with blue cheese and topped with bread crumbs that have been tossed with butter. After being baked at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes, the topping will be golden brown and the blue cheese will be melted.
Pinwheel sandwiches are not only easy to make, but they can be filled with almost anything that's spreadable. This means that you can make some for the meat eaters, and add a different filling for vegetarians. For example, flour tortillas can be filled with vegetarian refried beans and ranch flavored cream cheese spread. Another suggestion is to spread flour tortillas with hummus and thinly sliced cucumbers. These pinwheels can be made the day before and chilled in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Homemade salsa is a wonderful party food during the summer months. Adding beans to homemade salsa not only adds texture and additional flavor, but beans add protein as well. Salsa is easy to make. A combination of chopped tomatoes, seedless jalapenos, garlic, red onion, fresh cilantro, sea salt and drained and rinsed canned black beans are all that's needed for a simple bean salsa. The ingredients should be combined the day before and refrigerated over night. This allows the flavors to meld.
Three Bean Chili Cups
Every good sports party needs chili. Three bean chili is wonderful because it pleases meat eaters and vegetarians alike. To kick it up a bit, biscuit dough can be shaped into bowls by shaping them around the backside of a muffin pan. The biscuits are baked and can then be filled with chili and whatever toppings your guests prefer.