How to Serve Appetizers?
Feb 28, 2019
Are you planning a neighborhood get together, or a family celebration, and want to wow your guests with an assortment of great appetizers? Well, if you’re concerned about how to serve appetizers, here are some easy ideas, along with some simple recipes, to make your next party a glorious success. We promise.
Serving Appetizers: a Perfect Combination of Flavor and Aesthetic
An easy way to serve appetizers is to put together several platters, with each incorporating individual themes. You can create a great cheese platter, a meat platter, a vegetable tray, a fruit tray, bread and cracker basket, and even a dessert platter — depending on your personal desires and the nature of your gathering.
Or you can mix themes a bit with a variety of bread or crackers and meats and cheeses in one large, beautiful, and tasty display. There’s really no way to go wrong.
Appetizers are often served as finger foods, or with small forks and toothpicks that transfer from the larger tray to individual small plates or even onto napkins. Why? Many guests choose to stand and mingle, with a cocktail or glass of wine, while indulging in appetizers, which would make it difficult to use a standard fork and knife.
Traditionally, an appetizer was designed to increase the desire for the upcoming meal, However, in many cases — such as at a cocktail party — the appetizers are the main meal.
Presentation Is Essential
You don’t have to be a gourmet chef with artistic skills that can turn a simple radish into a spectacular rose to create wonderfully delicious and beautiful appetizers. Just remember to bring a variety of flavors, colors, and textures to the table, and you’re sure to please everyone. Here are a few simple appetizer recipes just to get you started.
Simple Italian Crostini
Take a loaf of French bread and cut it into about 16 slices. Drizzle each piece with quality extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle with a bit of coarse sea salt. Then, take chopped garlic, and pieces of sun dried tomatoes, and add to the individual slices.
Place the bread on a baking sheet and bake at 400 for about 5 minutes, or until golden brown. Afterward, sprinkle the crostini with grated parmesan and top with fresh basil. These appetizers are beautiful and delicious!
Smoked Salmon Canapes
Blend softened cream cheese with fresh, chopped dill. Then, generously spread the mixture onto slices of small cocktail rye bread. Add pieces of lox or smoked salmon on each slice. Layer with slivers of red onion and a few capers.
If desired, you can garnish with tiny slivers of fresh dill. Your guests will find this appetizer to be rich, colorful, and incredible.
Prosciutto and Mango
This appetizer perfectly marries the saltiness of prosciutto to the sweet tanginess of mango. First, start with fresh mango. Slice the fruit into thin wedges, then place each wedge on a bed of 3-4 basil leaves.
Afterward, take a thin slice of prosciutto and simply wrap it around the mango and basil, to hold everything together like a small package. Add a tiny splash of lemon juice, and place the individual appetizers on a festive platter. It’s simple, flavorful, and memorable. Enjoy!
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