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Good finger foods for a party?

I will be having some fellow classmates over to my house for a little get together in a few weeks. I wanted to serve a few finger food type things. We are all in pharmacy school, so we don't have an enormous budget at the moment :) I am a foodie, but the rest of the gang isn't so much, so just simple, easy dishes are the plan.

I was thinking of doing a black bean and corn salsa or something like that, or maybe hummus and veggies and pita. Any ideas fellow chowhounders??

Oh and possible a non-alcoholic beverage? Most punch recipes I see are way to sugar laden, I like more light drinks. Thanks again!!

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  1. there was a pretty good finger food thread not too long ago, might have some good ideas for ya in there:


    1. you can't go wrong with cheese and bread or crackers and olives. You can make punch with diet ginger ale or diet soda of your choice... that cuts down on the sugar. I also like real orange juice mixed with diet soda. It cuts the calories down by half. Ice tea is always nice. Just make sure to serve with sugar on the side for people who like it sweet.

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      1. re: danionavenue

        As an avid hot and cold tea drinker.. could make a suggestion about the tea? Instead of offering sugar with iced tea, I would offer a simple syrup. Sugar doesn't dissolve well in cold tea, but simple syrup works well. You can even make the simple syrup with tea (instead of water) so it doesn't dilute the tea. Boil 1 cup of tea with 1 cup of sugar while stirring. When the liquid clears, take it off and cool. It's much nicer than trying to get sugar to dissolve in the cold liquid.

      2. Costco frozen meatballs with Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce in the crockpot. Never any left!

        1. I second the idea of good cheese....
          Also, tarts, sweet or savory. Brie and caramelized onions with a bit of thyme is very tasty.

          1. Get canned pinneapple rings. Cut them in cubes (1 inch), slice some bacon in half, for two short pieces or even in thirds, to save a little $$. Wrap each cube of pineapple in bacon, bake for 10 minutes or so in a 425 degree oven.
            You can do the same with water chestnuts.
            I make a black bean salsa, with 2 chopped tomatoes, 2 chopped avacadoes, 1 bell pepper, 1 red onion, 1 bag of frozen corn, thawed, 2 cans of drained black beans and a bunch of chopped cilantro. Make a dressing with 3 T. apple cider vinegar, 3 T. lime juice, 6 T. olive oil, 1 teaspoon cumin, 1 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Toss everything in a bowl........ it's delicious. Serve with scoops.


            1. Here are some easy ideas:

              phyllo cups filled with chicken salad

              put a cherry tomato, basil, and small ball of mozz on a stick....drizzle with evoo and balsamic

              take a tube of crescent rolls and pinch seams together. top with marinara and provolone. roll like a jelly roll and cut into 16 slices. top with 1 slice pepperoni and some mozz. bake for 8-10 minutes.

              1. Sandwich spirals--I think they're a fantastic-tasting, easy treat in terms of a finger food. Cocktail shrimp is another relatively simplistic favorite of mine. Hmmm....you may also want to consider bite-sized desserts?

                Lemonade and iced tea should do it, with something hot to drink an option if it's colder where you're at. You might want to offer the sugar-laden punch just in case, however. I've noticed it tends to draw the non-adventurous crowd rather well.

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                1. re: Nattomi

                  re: sandwich spirals:

                  these are even better when you make a large, circular, homemade italian seasoned loaf to put the sandwich on. i enjoy making bread from scratch so ill normally make it myself, but it also works out really well with (gasp!) pillsbury dough from a tube. just form it into a ring and brush the top with some melted butter, and sprinkle some garlic powder and sea salt on the top pre-baking. makes a DELICIOUS sandwich, and normally guests are pretty impressed that you baked bread. even if they arent foodies.

                  at my house we like to fill this bread with turkey, bacon, avocado, tomato, arugula, and balsamic

                  1. re: mattstolz

                    Not sure what you mean.... sandwich spirals... aren't they the tortilla (or similar flat bread), spread with something, then rolled up and sliced... hence the spirals?
                    I'm having a hard time picturing what you are talking about with forming dough into a ring? Like a large bagel?

                    1. re: wyogal

                      ah in that case, i am just talking about a circular sandwich ring haha sorry!

                      1. re: mattstolz

                        But, it sounds good. I just saw someone on a cooking show or magazine do a sandwich ring. They left the bottom of the loaf whole, filled it, the put the top piece on that was already cut into servings. It makes it easier to cut through and not mangle the look.

                        1. re: wyogal

                          yup! thats what i do at my house too!

                2. If you're willing to invest a little effort but want to wow your guests, make some cheese-olive balls.


                  1. Raspberry-Brie RITZ Toppers

                    Prep Time:
                    15 min
                    Total Time:
                    17 min
                    12 servings, 2 topped crackers each
                    What You Need!
                    24 RITZ Crackers
                    12 slices Deli Shaved Honey Ham, halved
                    4 oz. Brie cheese, cut into 24 small pieces
                    2 Tbsp. raspberry preserves
                    2 Tbsp. chopped Pistachios
                    Make It!
                    HEAT broiler. Top crackers with ham, folding as needed to fit crackers; cover with cheese.
                    BROIL, 4 inches from heat, 1 min. or until cheese begins to melt.
                    TOP with preserves and nuts.

                    For variety, substitute fig jam for the raspberry preserves.
                    Easy No-Broil Preparation
                    These fruity Brie toppers are equally delicious without broiling. Assemble as directed, then serve at room temperature.
                    Special Extra
                    Garnish with small rosemary sprigs just before serving.

                    1. Budgetary concerns in mind...
                      -Bonnie's Buffalo Chicken Dip - i often use canned chicken from Trader Joe's, ranch dressing and a cheddar/jack cheese combo... great with bread cubes
                      -Mini quesadillas - cut in tiny wedges
                      -Stuffed potato skins -- cheese, veggies, whatever you feel like