What Are Finger Foods
Finger food is food meant to be eaten directly using the hands, in contrast to food eaten with a knife and fork, spoon, chopsticks, or other utensils.
They are commonly served at social events, formal events and celebrations, but are often served as appetisers (hors d’œuvres).
The ideal finger food usually does not create any mess eg. no crumbs, drips, or any kind of mess, and should be able to be eaten with one hand.
Whether you’re hosting a casual get-together, a formal event, or a birthday party with family and friends, there’s always a good excuse to put out a spread of easy appetizers.
When it comes to finger foods, the key is that they’re as easy to eat as they are to make ahead of the party.
Finger Food Easy Ideas
Cold finger foods
If you are serving cold finger foods, this list can be entirely assembled a day or even two days before the party, then pulled straight out of the fridge and served!
Hot finger foods
These hot finger foods can be prepared ahead of time, the day or night before.
Some are par-cooked, so only need putting in the oven as your guests are arriving so they are sure to be nice and hot for them.
Others are fully cooked and only need popping in the microwave for reheating.
Easy Finger Food For Parties
If you don’t have time or just cannot be bothered creating your own fingerfoods for your party, you can always use your local supermarket or deli for your catering needs.
Although most of these are available in the frozen foods section of your local supermarket, making your own with unique flavours will impress everyone.
Suggestions of easy finger foods available from the supermarket or deli are;
- Miniature meat pies.
- Sausage rolls.
- Sausages on sticks.
- Cheese and olives on sticks.
- Chicken drumsticks or wings.
- Spring rolls.
- Miniature quiches.
- Pitas or items in buns.
- Potato wedges.
- Vol au vents.
- Risotto balls (arancini).
- Hot dogs.
Tips for Serving Party Finger Food
The only thing more fun than a party is one where finger foods are being served!
So you must serve it in a way so the whole experiece is enjoyable for your guests and easier for yourself.
Your guests won’t have a fork, knife, or even a plate, here’s some serving tips to make life easier.
- When serving hot foods, it should only be warm.
You don’t want your guests burning their mouths with piping hot food.
- Always make sure the food can be eaten with one hand.
Your guests will probably already have a drink in their other hand.
- Try to serve as much as you can on toothpicks or skewers.
This way your guests will not have to touch the food with their hands.
- Some foods have to be eaten using hands.
Have napkins on hand in case your guests need to wipe.
- Sauces and dips can sometimes be messy.
So once again always make napkins are available.
- Make sure you have an easily accessible bin nearby.
You don’t want everyone just dropping napkins and toothpicks all over the place.
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