Your party's finger foods shouldn't add stress to your preparation. Make a selection of delectable goodies that still leave you time to get ready. Many tasty and creative recipes can be made in no time at all.
Classic Finger Foods
Turn the typical finger food into a mini work of art. Lettuce wraps are the perfect blend of spice and crunch. Create a filling with 1 lb. of ground chicken, five chopped green onions, two minced garlic cloves, and 1/2 cup of water chestnuts. Cook meat and vegetables in a saute pan; drain. Add 1/2 cup of hoisin sauce and 2 tbsp. of minced ginger. Serve with either Bibb or butter lettuce.
Turn classic tuna fish salad on its head. Drain two cans of whole pickled jalapeño peppers. In a bowl, mix two cans of tuna, one package of onion soup mix, 4 tbsp. of mayonnaise, and two chopped green onions. Slice your jalapeños down the middle and stuff with mixture. Your salad will have have the saltiness of the jalapeños with the creamy goodness of the tuna mixture.
Most guacamole recipes look the same. Make some waves with this spicy dip. Cut up two avocados and smash with one package of cream cheese, two cloves of garlic, 1/4 cup of lemon and lime juice, 1/2 cup diced onion, and one bottle of taco sauce. Serve with corn tortillas chips.
Refined Finger Food
Give your party guests something to talk about with deceptively easy gourmet finger foods. Slice up eight peaches and two jalapeños. Wrap one piece of bacon around a slice of jalapeño and peach. Hold together with a toothpick. Cook at 350 F until the bacon is crispy.
Make chicken liver skewers. Wash 3/4 lb. of livers and soak in 1 cup of milk for an hour. Wash and drain. Thread onto skewers. Cook in a pan with 3 tbsp. butter, 2 tsp. of fresh rosemary, and 2 tbsp. of lemon juice. When livers are halfway cooked, pour 1/2 cup of sherry over them. Serve immediately.
Ceviche tastes exotic but is easy to make. Take 1 lb. of scallops and 1 lb. of shrimp (deveined and without shells or tails). Place in a bowl with 1 1/2 cups of lemon juice, 1/2 cup of lime juice, 1/3 cup of sliced bell peppers, and 1/2 cup of diced onions. Chill and wait two hours for the acid in the fruits to "cook" the fish. Place mixture on tortilla chips and serve.
Food for Kids and Adults
Kids especially love finger foods. Put a twist on a favorite: the classic Pigs in a Blanket. Spread out uncooked biscuit dough. On it, place one turkey sausage, one slice of sharp cheddar, and half slice of pepper jack cheese. Roll up. Cook at 350 F for 15 minutes. Serve with a dip made of equal parts ketchup, mayonnaise and relish.
Adults and kids love mini sliders. Make yours with ground turkey. Instead of the classic bun, use slices of French bread. Mix up a corn relish and build your burgers (see Resources).