Food is a great and easy way to spice up a party. Party pies and sausage rolls are trusty classics but let’s mix it up and give your guests food that’ll have their mouths watering for days. In no particular order, let’s begin with chips.
You can’t go wrong with chips but how about we switch it up a bit. By making your own chips you can pick your own flavourings (smoky, spicy, salty) and they will taste so much fresher. You could even try sweet potato chips for something different. And don’t forget the dipping sauces.
Meatballs on a toothpick are so easy to eat in one go, no mess, that’s why they’re perfect for parties. You could make spicy meatballs, sweet and sour meatballs, barbecue meatballs even teriyaki meatballs – there are so many options, another reason why they’re great.
Crackers & Dip
This doesn’t have to be a boring, old-school option because it’s easy to freshen up your dip platter. Try chargrilled vegetables, cheese, hummus and pita. Or opt for fruit instead of vegies for a fresh and sweet platter. Making your own dips is very easy too and, again, will taste so much fresher.
People go crazy for prawns. Set out a bucket of prawns with plenty of dipping sauces to choose from – seafood cocktail, tartare, sweet chilli lime, sweet and sour, lemon cream, honey mustard. Or you could try making the prawns themselves more interesting with garlic prawns or coconut prawns.
You either love it or hate it but it’s so simple to make and tastes so fresh. Serve it up with salty corn chips and bowl of salsa for the perfect combination.
People love a cheese ball but it can sometimes be hard to dip in to. Small balls are more manageable, they’re different and they also allow for a wider range of flavour combinations. For example, you could have feta ball rolled in walnuts or a goats cheese ball rolled in fresh herbs. Here’s a quick, easy and delicious recipe.
For those guests who have more a sweet-tooth, give them donut holes with a chocolate dipping sauce as a fun little twist on bread and dip.
These are super easy to make and can be eaten in one quick bite. Your guests will demolish these.
Traditional monkey bread is a great choice for parties because it’s easy to pull apart and it’s cheesy too. Linked below is my favourite monkey bread recipe – it’s so simple to make and easy to add or remove ingredients. Garlic bread is also easy to make and so is cheddar and bacon stuffed bread. For a sweet option go for a Nutella pull-apart.
If you happen to own a deep fryer, deep fried chicken is a hit at parties. Be sure to use plenty of seasoning and remember to use buttermilk as it helps bind the crumb coating while allowing for an extra crispy chicken. However, you don’t necessarily need a deep fryer, you can always shallow fry and there are ways to oven bake ‘fried’ chicken.
I suppose it was silly of me to think I could condense the greatest party foods so easily; there are simply too many. The key thing to take away from this list (aside from inspiration and a grumbling stomach) is to do it yourself. Guests can tell the difference between store-bought and home-made and while store-bought can taste just fine, home-made is fresh and unique. Many recipes are quite simple to make and they make your party just that bit more special.
By Nelly Bowyer, Little Ginger Co.