The key to successful cocktail party food is variety. You want people sampling things rather than gorging on a single item, this way you promote conversation, allow guest to consistently get more of what they like, and allow the food to be a part of the party for much longer (since it is difficult to have the standard “meal” when there are so many foods to try).
Tapenade and Crackers
A quick snack, Tapenade and crackers is a delicious way to entertain your guests:
- 1 Jar of Tapenade (You can make Tapenade yourself, but it takes much more time)
- Provolone Cheese
- 1 Package of Crackers, rice crackers preferred
- 1 Jar of Pimento strips
Tapenade provides most of the flavor in this piece, so the key is decoration. If you cut the provolone into thin slices (about 1/8 an inch square) and place atop your cracker, followed by ¼ a teaspoon of tapenade and a pimento strip and you have a delicious snack that was easy to make and looks delicious.
Bruschetta with Cherry Tomatoes
Bruschetta is another tasty snack which can also be filling, so making a great deal of this type of food is a good idea if you are worried your guests may not be eating enough.
- 1 loaf of semolina bread
- 4 cups of cherry tomatoes
- Garlic oil
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees
- Cut the Semolina bread into ½ inch thick slices, and place them in the oven for 5-10 minutes for each side to toast until a golden brown.
- Cut the tomatoes through the stern ends. Remove any stems.
- Heat 5 tablespoons of garlic oil in a skilled and add the tomatoes, stirring until soft. This process should take about 5 minutes. Feel free and add salt and pepper if necessary.
- Take the tomatoes and oil and spoon them onto the bread. Quickly add some grated mozzarella on top so that it melts from the heat.
- Turn down the oven to 250 degrees and place the bruschetta back in for about 3 to 4 more minutes to allow for some of the cheese to melt.
Serve and enjoy.