Olympics - appetizers from other countries
Like many other people, I am having an Olympics opening ceremony party. Unfortunately, I have no ideas for food. Instead of going Russian, I'd like things from a variety of countries. I'd like to have heavy appetizers, such that there is no main course but people still feel satisfied. And because I work long hours and it's a Friday, I'd like make-ahead foods so that I can get a lot in the freezer this weekend. I know, a lot of asks. I'd welcome any suggestions. Thanks!
What a fabulous idea!
Will give this some thought with a real text editor open and post some ideas.
taco bar/mini tacos? italian sausages with peppers? mini pizzas? mac-and-cheese muffins? wontons? pot stickers?
I can't imagine you would do all of these, but some ideas. If I had been smart enough to consider this idea, I would probably be serving some soups. My criteria was finger foods, most of which you could make ahead, and stuff into the oven the night of your gathering:
tons of options
tons of options
chicken livers of some kind
dried ham with rolls
gazpacho [though this is a bad time of year for that]
kale and sausage sooup
Norway [will have to represent all those Nordic countries]:
smoked salmon with a mustard sauce on rye crackers
arancini rice balls
sausage over spaetzle
mini pitas with some hummus and yogurt dressing
kisir in lettuce leaves
oh dear. They love horse meat. No idea!
or if your budget allows blintzes with caviar
broiled Shishito & beef skewers
satay with dipping sauce
vegemite on toasts [ugh!]
Merguez sausage over bulghar
the rest of Africa [clearly my knowledge is sparse here]:
I have nothing!
for Korea: dumplings (mandu), bought or homemade frozen & boil or pan fry right before serving.
Or make jeon (savory pancakes), either individual ones from veggies or meat, or make a larger one and slice into pieces like a pizza for serving. I've made them a day ahead and while not as good as hot off the skillet, it's still quite good warmed & crisped in the oven.
Ddeok galbi are little Korean meat patties (like meatballs) that can be cooked ahead & frozen. I like this recipe from Aeri's kitchen:
For Spain, I've made tortilla a day ahead & reheated in the oven, works quite well.
Love this idea! Might have to borrow it for my hopefully USA hockey party. . .
Cheeses of the world. The "signature" cheese from each country, so could be English Cheddar, Parm from Italy, Dutch Gouda, Indian Paneer, etc
Norway, if you are thinking Lefse, just buy it. . .