Make Holiday Finger Food Recipes

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Make Holiday Finger Food Recipes

Holiday finger food recipes are a sure hit. This is true not just during holiday parties, but also at any family gatherings and special occasions.

Even when you have unexpected guests drop by your house at any time of the day; finger food is the perfect solution. They are quick, easy to make and easy to serve. Other than the convenience in preparation, finger foods are also easy to handle and can be eaten directly using the hands. There is no need to use a fork, chopsticks or other utensils. These small bites can be picked up in one hand, while holding a drink in the other hand, and you can go on socializing with the other guests.

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Finger foods are popular, and are often served at small parties at home, potlucks, buffets and especially cocktail parties. They can be creatively arranged on trays, and rotated by waiters among guests, or placed on a designated table. This kind of food is also often offered at parties that go on for a long time - after a regular meal. They can be also served when there is no intention to serve dinner. It is also a good idea to have finger food available when guests are consuming alcohol drinks to help cut down alcohol absorption and intoxication.

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Finger Foods Are Also Known By Other Names

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    Hors d'oeuvres
    These are French foods served before the main course or meal. They are usually served as guests arrive to sustain them while waiting for the other guests to arrive, and before the main meal starts. They can also be served with cocktails, when there is no expectation of a meal being served, or at conventions and seminars. Examples are bruschetta, caviar, cold cuts, devilled eggs, păté and many more.
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    Appetizers or Starters
    These are finger foods that are usually served at weddings while waiting for the wedding entourage and guests to arrive at the reception after the wedding ceremony. They are also served at openings for theatre productions, and business socials.
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    The French have been calling finger foods "canapés" since the late 18th century. These are thin slices of bread that are toasted or fried. They are then garnished with various savory toppings. Canapés has since evolved to mean any small-sized finger foods served at catered parties.
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    Buffalo wings, one of the most popular finger foods, were first created on October 30, 1964, by Teressa Bellissimo at Anchor Bar in Buffalo, NY.
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    Other popular finger foods include
    1. Antipasto (Italian).
    2. Antipasti.
    3. Banchan (small Korean dishes).
    4. Nibbles.
    5. Tapas (Spanish/Portuguese).
    6. Sushi (Japanese).
    7. Mezze (Middle Eastern).
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Varieties of Finger Foods

Be creative. There are so many choices of finger foods to serve your guests other than pigs in a blanket.

Finger Food for a Formal Dinner

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  • Quiches
  • Păté
  • Caviar
  • Tea sandwiches
  • Shrimp cocktail
  • Cheese straws
  • Fruit kabobs

Finger Foods for a Casual Party

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  • Sliced fruits
  • Deli trays
  • Crackers
  • Cookies
  • Chips and salsa

5 Favorite Holiday Finger Food Recipes

It becomes easier to serve guests such party fares if you have a collection of recipes at home. They are less expensive and offer flexibility in the menu. Finger foods are also very convenient if you don't have enough room around your table to accommodate your guests for a formal sit-down dinner. Everyone can savor and enjoy these finger foods. Impress your holiday guests now!

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Tennessee Sin

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This is a low-fat finger food. Dip a big slice of crouton into this pool of melted cheddar and cream cheese. Yield: 13 appetizer servings. Each serving is 238 calories (28 percent from fat).

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    1. 2 loaves French bread
    2. 1 package (8 oz) of cream cheese softened
    3. 1 carton (8 oz) of non-fat sour cream
    4. 2 cups (8 oz) lean ham, cooked and chopped
    5. 1/3 cup spring onion, chopped
    6. 1/3 cup green bell pepper, finely chopped
    7. 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce, low sodium
    8. Paprika
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    1. Slice off the top of 1 bread loaf. Hollow or scoop out the bottom section, leaving a 1-inch shell.
    2. Reserve the bread top for another use. Set shell aside.
    3. Cut the bread scooped out into 1 ½ inch cubes.
    4. Place the bread shell and cubes on two large baking sheets.
    5. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes or until the bread cubes are lightly browned.
    6. Beat cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Add sour cream, and beat until creamy.
    7. Stir in cheddar cheese, ham, onion, pepper and Worcestershire Sauce.
    8. Spoon the cheese mixture into the bread shell, and wrap in heavy foil.
    9. Arrange on a baking sheet.
    10. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
    11. Unwrap and place on a serving platter.
    12. Sprinkle with paprika.
    13. Arrange the toasted bread cubes around the hollowed out bread.
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Chicken Popsicles

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    1. 6 chicken tenders or breasts
    2. 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
    3. 2 eggs, beaten
    4. 2/3 cup breadcrumbs
    5. 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
    6. 1 tbsp. dried oregano
    7. 1 tbsp. dried thyme
    8. 2 tbsp. butter
    9. 3 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
    10. Salt and pepper
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    1. Slice each chicken tender or breast into small pieces and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
    2. Put the beaten eggs in a shallow bowl.
    3. Put the flour in a shallow bowl.
    4. Combine the breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, oregano, and thyme into a shallow bowl.
    5. One by one - roll the tenders in the flour, then dip them in the egg, and then roll them in the breadcrumb mixture.
    6. Place breaded tenders on a plate.
    7. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat.
    8. Cook tenders for three minutes on both sides until golden brown.
    9. Remove pan from heat and pour in the lemon juice. Stir for a few seconds to loosen brown crumbs. Filter the juice.
    10. Drizzle a few drops over each tender.
    11. Season with salt, and serve.
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Cheese Crostini Quartet


Crostini are small pieces of bread, toasted or fried, with a topping, served as a starter or canapé.

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    1. Baguette, sliced into half inch thickness per piece
    2. Olive oil
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    1. Prepare Crostinis. Cut a baguette into half-inch slices.
    2. Brush both sides of each slice of bread with olive oil.
    3. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 ° F, until crisp and golden brown.
    4. Set aside to cool on a wire rack.
    5. Store in a covered container until ready to use.
    6. One baguette will serve 3-8, depending on how hungry they are, and what else you're serving.
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    1. Cheese and Mushroom Crostini.  
      1. Top a Crostini with salad greens.
      2. Add 1-2 tbsp. of bottled mushrooms that have been sautéed.
      3. On top, add blue goat's milk cheese or fresh goat's milk cheese.
    2. Cheese-Pesto Crostini.  
      1. On a Crostini, spread basil pesto.
      2. Top with slices of cubes of fresh goat's cheese and sun-dried tomato pesto.
    3. Spanish Tuna and Cheese Crostini.  
      1. In a bowl, toss together 1 can Spanish-style tuna (drained), 1 tbsp. chopped black olives, and olive oil.
      2. Spoon over Crostini and serve.
    4. Crostini with Blue Cheese, Mangoes, and Walnuts.  
      1. In a bowl, toss 2 cups shredded salad greens, ¼ cup French dressing, 2 tbsp. diced dried mangoes, and 2 tbsp. chopped walnuts.
      2. Top each Crostini with the tossed salad and top with crumbled blue cheese.
    5. Finish with a sprinkling of freshly ground black pepper.
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  • If bottled mushrooms are not available, make your own by sautéing at least two different kinds of mushrooms in olive oil.
  • To season, sprinkle with garlic, dried basil, oregano, and salt.

Pick-Me-Up Meatballs

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    1. ½ kg ground beef
    2. 1 small onion, chopped
    3. 2 tbsp. soy sauce
    4. 2 tbsp. sweet chili sauce
    5. ¼ cup corn oil
    6. ¼ cup coriander leaves, chopped
    7. ¼ cup chopped carrots
    8. 2 eggs, beaten
    9. 1 tbsp. fish sauce
    10. Salt and pepper
    11. Flour for dredging
    12. Cooking oil for frying
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    Dipping Sauce
    1. 2 tbsp. white vinegar
    2. ¼ cup sweet chili sauce
    3. 2 tbsp. honey
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    Procedure for Meatballs
    1. In a bowl, combine the ground beef, onions, soy sauce, sweet chili sauce, corn oil, coriander leaves, carrots, eggs, fish sauce, and salt and pepper.
    2. Mix well with hands.
    3. With a rounded 1/2 tablespoon and rounded teaspoon, shape into meatballs.
    4. Place on a clean tray lined with wax paper.
    5. Dredge meatballs in flour.
    6. Set aside.
    7. In a large frying pan, heat oil over medium heat. Dip meatballs carefully when oil is hot. Let bottoms of meatballs brown first before turning them, so they do not crumble.
    8. Cook for 5-10 minutes until done and no longer raw inside. Check to see the insides are not pink.
    9. Place on a tray lined with paper towels to absorb excess oil.
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    Procedure for Making the Sauce
    1. In a mixing bowl, blend together the vinegar, sweet chili sauce, and honey.
    2. Stir with a spoon to mix well.
    3. Pour into a decorative bowl.
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    Arranging the Meatballs
    1. Place the bowl of sauce in the middle of a serving platter.
    2. Arrange the meatballs on a serving platter around the bowl of sauce.
    3. Stick a toothpick, plain or colored, in each ball, or have a shot glass with toothpicks and another empty one for used toothpicks.
    4. Serve.
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Ants on a Stick

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    1. 6 celery stalks
    2. 1 bar (225 g) cream cheese or peanut butter
    3. 1 cup regular raisins or golden raisins
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    1. Wash celery stalks well.
    2. Trim off any stringy parts from the edges.
    3. Slice into shorter pieces to make "sticks".
    4. Place trimmed celery sticks on a clean plate.
    5. With the spreading knife, spread some cream cheese or peanut butter on one side of the celery stick.
    6. Arrange raisins (or ants) at 1/2 or 1-inch intervals over the cream cheese.
    7. Make sure there's an "ant" for every bite of the celery stick.
    8. Arrange on a serving platter and serve.
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Tips, Tricks, and Warnings

  • When choosing finger food to serve, think of foods that go well together, but vary in taste and flavor.
  • If serving seafood appetizers, do not disguise them. The seafood should be easily recognizable. Make sure it does not come in contact with other foods. There are some people who can die from eating shellfish.
  • Before your soiree, email your guests and ask about serious food allergies, and if they are vegetarians or vegan.
  • People love to snack, and the best rule of thumb for having finger foods at your party is to prepare at least three or four appetizers per guest. There are guests who prefer one delicacy over another and ignore the other varieties.
  • There are also guests who spend the entire time at the finger food table. Providing saucer sized plates for the finger foods helps keep the guests from eating until it's all gone. This can also allow them to move and socialize more.
  • Do not forget napkins. For finger foods, cocktail napkins are the correct size.
  • Food allergies can be present among some of your guests. The servers have to be aware of what ingredients are in the finger foods being served. If served on the table, label the foods properly if they contain nuts, seafood, wheat or other possible allergens.
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