Looking forward to a simple cocktail/appetizer party on Saturday. As always, I obsess over what I’ll be serving. (in a good way!) In my experience I’ve found that most people really go for hot appetizers. I think it’s nice to offer a couple of cold items so that there’s something available between hot apps. Olives are nice. I like to offer some vegetables as well so that my guests have a healthy option. I love the look of blanched broccoli on a vegetable tray. *Blanching will make the broccoli very bright green and will make it less bitter. Serve fresh cut veggies with my Light Bleu Cheese Dip. No one will know it’s light, so good!
Another thing to consider is whether your guests will mostly be standing and mingling. Always a good idea to serve items that are bite size and easy to eat. Be sure to have plenty of cocktail napkins on hand as well. If guests are a little shy about going up to an appetizer table, circulate them yourself or enlist another guest to do so. This will put everyone at ease.
Here’s what I’m thinking…
1) Fried Calamari with Fresh Marinara Sauce (the sauce can be made ahead) Not sure about this one….like to have most everything done ahead of time!
2) Crab Cakes with Roasted Red Pepper Aioli (make ahead, just warm in oven)
3) Black Forest Ham and Gruyere Puff Pastry Squares (Ina Garten) great at room temperature (make ahead, serve at room temperature or warm in oven for a few minutes)
4) Parmesan Stuffed Mushrooms (make ahead, warm in oven)
5) Proscuitto Wrapped Breadsticks with Boursin and Arugula (cold) (make ahead)
Mini Cheesecake Bites with Fresh Raspberry Sauce (make ahead)
Something Chocolate…not sure what….
Fresh Berries with Mascarpone Cream-beautiful, simple, and festive. (make ahead)
I have time before my gig, so I’ll be changing things around a bit. Will let you know my final menu.
Have a nice evening-
*to blanch broccoli, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the cut broccoli to the water and set the timer for 1 minute. Drain and immediately plunge the hot broccoli into a bowl of ice water. Once the broccoli is cool, drain well. Enjoy!