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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:

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/813595

    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.

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