COLD SERVED PARTY SNACKS
I need your best recipes/ideas for party snacks that are simple and can sit out and get cold (its a drop by party, so snacks will be picked at all night long).. I dont want to serve anything warm because not everyone will be eating at the same times.. any ideas? (nothing too fancy)
Frittata, cheeses, crudites, cooked kielbasa sliced, pepperoni slices, gourmet chips, salsas....to start. Others will chime in!
this is a paste of my replies to similar threads running currently:
prosciutto wrapped melon/asparagus/breadsticks
shrimp and grape tomatoes on skewers
couscous salad with lots and lots of lemon and fresh herbs
curry chicken salad
mini sandwiches of turkey, cheddar and green apple
hummus with carrots and celery for dipping
mousse of smoked salmon or smoked trout
bake tortillas or spring roll wraps in mini-muffin tins and fill with truffled egg salad, nicoise salad or couscous salad
mouhamara, which is roasted red pepper, walnut and pomegranate molasses spread
chicken liver pate
caramelized onion and blue cheese tart
tapenades, one green olive, one black
small cucumber boats of crab salad
tarts of duxelles
sliders of rare roast beef, goat cheese and red onion
lemon/garlic chicken drumettes
cookies, brownies, cupcakes
i've served all of these items (and many more) at buffets. all taste good warm or at room temp. just like at weddings or large catered events, i refresh the trays frequently. both for sanitation and appearance. if the trays look decimated it's very unappetizing. but everything is made ahead, so i'm not fussing with crockpots, frying or assembling all night.
Forgive me...I should have elaborated: pinwheels are flour tortillas spread with a filling, in this case, cream cheese that's been mixed with a packet of dry Hidden Valley Ranch, then sprinkled with vegetables,(or meat), then it's rolled up and chilled, sliced down before serving. You may have seen them at functions or parties. They are very easy to do! Recipe link below:
Yeppers....there are many variations of these; I was almost embarrassed to bring them to an office function once first time I made them because they were so easy to put together and I figured "how great can they be?"; when I sliced them down, they were so colorful with the chopped black olives, chopped red pepper and chopped green chiles and then people were coming up to me all afternoon saying how tasty they were...I kept saying "sheesh" to myself!
I do a lot of "drop by" parties for various reasons but here are some tips. In my experience, it is best to put things out in stages and on smaller platters with backups in the fridge or even warming in the oven. Nothing looks worse then if you come to a party in hour 2 or 3 and half the food is gone or the platters destroyed (plus no one EVER wants to take the last one of something and then it just looks sad sitting all by itself.) That being said you will probably have to "refresh" your trays. This gives you a wee bit of leeway when it comes to things being cold/warm.
Some of my faves that work well for these parties:
Endive spears filled with: goat cheese & walnuts, ceasar salad with chicken, smoked salmon, chicken salad.
Mini caprese toothpicks. One small cherry tomato, one small round of fresh mozzarella with a basil leaf tucked in between. Salt & Pepper with some extra virgin olive oil drizzled over top. You can make tons of these before hand and refresh as necessary.
I know you said not warm but this system works well with bacon wrapped scallops and stuffed mushrooms.
I also suggest lots of dips and salsas with crudite (easily refreshable)
Good luck and have fun.