wine party - need budget friendly appetizers!
i was asked to help cater a charity event where a friend is working. a local winery is donating as well so the food should be wine friendly. my usual style is lots of fancy stuff with ingredients like fine cheeses, charcuterie, sausage, bacon, shortribs, etc. but since it's a non-profit, i really need to pare down and give them good simple wine-friendly finger food for a low price. any recs and links are greatly appreciated!! there will be about 50-60 people and i'll be working in a loft kitchen.
"gourmet" popcorn - multiple kinds - parm, cheddar, garlic, spicy, etc
homemade crackers and dips - hummus, babaganoush, creamy, etc
baked puff pastry filled with meatblends and/or veggie blends
veggie and fruit platter
filled wontons (mostly bock choi)
Veggies are pretty reasonable; roasted and raw would be a nice variety.
You can make humus pretty cheaply...does that pair well with wine though?
There was a Chow recipe a while back for marinated mushrooms I tried that was pretty good.
Chocolate covered fruit (berries, apples, ect.) would also be pretty reasonable, no?
EDIT: This has been mentioned on the boards before, but I am terrible with the search function. I googled NYT best appetizer list and found this:
Plenty of variety here, you're bound to find something... good luck :)
Stuffed mushrooms using its stem, is a good way to fill the mushrooms without having to add to many exotic items. Saute the chopped stem with green onion, garlic, butter, add a little ham, bread crumbs and mozzerella. Then top with mozz and bread crumbs. I use large mushrooms, its like little pizzas. Hey - there another easy one, pizza, use a cookie sheet, cut into squares. Both can be done ahead, just pop in the oven and serve.
I was going to suggest quesadillas but rememeber that they tend to harden and not be as appetizing when they sit too long...the tortilla doesn't hold up as well. I don't think anyway.
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