Tips For Making A Party Appetizer

Jan 10, 2020 | Cook, Food, Tips and Tricks

I recently posted “How to make a meat and cheese tray for 8 people” and thought I would include this appetizer I made for the holidays.  This cheesy and salty dish is loaded with color and flavor and so easy to make.  Honestly, I think it put everyone in the party mood as soon as they walked into my kitchen!  :-). I like putting appetizers out like this for everyone to munch on because the food is not always ready when everyone arrives.  Put out some festive and colorful plates with matching napkins and let them pick and choose from all of the saltiness!
When I put this appetizer together, I followed these suggestions for a successful dish everyone loved and that I will use in the future.
  1. Think about your guests and what foods they like.  Does everyone like one thing or do they like having a selection of different foods to pick from?
  2. Do you have guests coming that are limited to certain foods because of diet restrictions or health restrictions?
  3. Are you cooking a meal full of small dishes and appetizers or making one meal such as a roast with carrots and potatoes?
  4. Can this appetizer feed several people and keep everyone happy before the main meal is done?
  5. Head to the store with your list in hand and make your purchases!
  6. Look for items that the grocery story has marked on sale due to expiration dates.  These types of dishes can get expensive depending on the size and if the expiration date gives you a few days, why not buy on sale.  
  7. Buy pre-made containers of mixed olives, meats, and cheese and arrange to what you like.  Then fill the plate with something substantial like party-sized Fritos that are substantial and will not break when dipping into the cheeses.
  8. Pull out your favorite or festive dishes and keep in mind height and layers to your dish.  I chose one large glass tray and then added small glass bowls to hold my food in the middle.
  9. I think the fun of picking at a meat and cheese tray is working for it.  Slice some cheese and keep other cheese in its block form.
  10. Lay out small plastic appetizer forks for your guests to use for picking and eating what they want.
  11. Use pepperoni and then roll up Prosciutto and use party toothpicks to hold the rolled Prosciutto together.
  12. Make a softer cheese like this recipe of 1 package of 8 oz cream cheese mixed with 1 cup of shredded chedder cheese I chose to make.
  13. I cut up Italian bread into squares, tossed them with olive oil, salt and pepper, and toasted them in the oven at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.  Make sure you have breads, crackers, and chips to use for dipping.
  14. Throw different olives together.  This time I chose to combine them into one dish.
  15. Cut up red peppers, garlic, lemon, and shallots, toss with olive oil, salt and pepper, and roast at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.  This adds flavor, selection, and color.
  16. You can also make this dish a bit sweet by adding grapes.  I think I could have added purple grapes and made this look fantastic.
  17. Start by adding your cheeses, then meats, and other food items, in the middle of your dish and then add your crackers, chips, or breads for dipping around the main items.
  18. Another idea I could have done was put together a bowl of olive oil, Italian seasonings, and parmesan cheese mixed together to dip the bread in…next time!!!!

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  1. kaila

    This looks delicious!

    • Bobbi

      Thank you! It was so easy to make!

  2. Carla

    Yummy! Honestly, I think I get more excited about appetizers than for anything else????

    • Bobbi

      It’s exciting to see all that food, isn’t it? LOL!


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