Simple budget friendly appetizers and dips to go with pita chips and veggies for 50 ppl.
I am having a backyard party for a 50th birthday with about 55 people. Basic dinner being provided (beef, chicken and pasta) simpler items because I am on a budget....this is not a fancy shmancy crowd so it will be fine for them.
I need easy to make high volume appetizers that are budget friendly.
I think I will make home made pita chips and have veggies..... I have had hummus dips out before and dont find people go too crazy for it.( I love it!)...what other dips would go with pita chips and veggies that can hang at room temps for awhile?
These simple appetizers items are on my consideration list....
Tricolor pinwheels(any special loved recipes for the pinwheels?) spinach dip in bread bowl, home made quac and a very good bean variety salsa, bruchetta with crisps.
Any ideas and recipes would be greatly appreciated.
This is tasty, unusual and cheap, and keeps at room temperature for several hours.
Carrot Salad/Dip (thinned with cooking liquid becomes Carrot Salad Dressing) - loosely adapted from a recipe by Paula Wolfert
30 carrots, peeled, sliced, & simmered till tender (you could skip peeling them if they are very young and sweet)
Cool, drain and buzz in the food processor with 5-6 cloves garlic; big handful of fresh cilantro, flat-leaf parsley, or other fresh herb of your choice (stems & all): 6 TBSP olive oil; a little lemon juice & salt to taste. Add a bit of hot pepper if desired.
I like this with a still-slightly chunky texture, but that's up to you.
Best wishes to the birthday guy/gal!
Muhammara looks beautiful and tastes great. If you roast your own peppers instead of buying them in a jar, it cuts down on the cost considerably.
I also do a pea dip similar to the one already mentioned, with frozen peas, a bit of mint, lemon juice, olive oil and soft goats cheese to make it spreadable. Always a big hit. The pea dip and muhammara look great when served together - one bright green, the other bright red, and sometimes I do a simple white bean dip with curry powder to add another color.
there are versions with and without roasted red peppers, I've made both and like the version with peppers best. I would definitely include pomegranate molasses, its the sweet and sour of this that gives the dip its distinctive taste.
This recipe looks like the one I used to make often
except I made it with all walnuts (although I think the addition of cashews sounds really good) and like I said, I would not substitute balsamic vinegar for the pomegranate molasses.
12 oz Cream cheese, at room temperature
1 med Cucumber, grated, pulp only, drained
1 med Onion, grated, drained, and juice reserved
1 tsp Salt
pinch of Cayenne
Mayonnaise, to thin
drop of Green food coloring
• Blend all ingredients until a spreadable consistency. If making by hand, mash and beat the cheese with a fork, working in the cucumber and onion. Add onion juice to taste.
• Beat in remaining ingredients, adding only enough mayonnaise to thin. Place in crocks.
I love this Pea Dip with Parmesan. You can easily double or triple it. I like it better with only a little mint, or none at all.
And I know you said no hummus, but I think that this Roasted Garlic and Carrot Hummus sounds good and a little different. It's potentially on my menu for our July 4th party.
What about a baba ghanouj for pita chips? It's okay to sit for a while, and I like it at room temperature.
Often a fair sight cheaper than the prepped stuff, if it suits your budget you can buy a hunk of prosciutto, slice it yourself, wrap it around melon balls, then skewer. Alternately you could slice the melon too, and put it and the meat on crackers.
Bruschetta is an obvious home run, and guac too -- it'll never last long enough to spoil!
Here is the basic recipe. You obviously will need to ramp up the scale, given the size of your party. Also note that I typically do not add as many tomatoes as the recipe calls for.
3 green onions
¼ cup mayonnaise
¼ cup Greek Yoghurt (low or no fat is fine)
¼ cup chopped arugula
4 slices bacon, cooked, drained & crumbled
fresh ground pepper
1 pint grape tomatoes, quartered
Combine green onions, mayonnaise, and yoghurt in food processor, and pulse until still chunky.
Transfer to bowl. Stir in bacon, tomatoes, and ground pepper.
Taste and add a bit more salt (depending on saltiness of bacon) and pepper, if needed.