Entertaining season is well and truly upon us. Here is my must-try list of easy and tasty finger food ideas that will make entertaining simple and fun, and your guests asking for the delicious recipes! Plus some handy tips for when catering for big gatherings.
11 Easy Finger Food Ideas for Entertaining
I’ve written a round up of Christmas finger foods that are fantastic for entertaining. If you have little ones, check out also this post for healthier finger foods for kids parties.
Samosas with a vegan twist
These vegan samosas are always a hit at parties – fun to make (you can get the kids involved in wrapping them too).
Your new chicken wing game day recipe
Opt for organic chicken wings if you can – they are relatively cheap compared to the prime cuts of organic meat and marinating them yourself is a much better choice than buying those ready-marinated wings – I’m always doubtful about the freshness of marinated meats.
Fancy mushrooms on toast
Mushrooms are a great source of vitamin-D so they are a perfect game day food idea – you can stay indoors and enjoy a recommended daily intake while watching the game. Read the post to see how you can increase vitamin D content of mushies even further.
A rice-free take on sushi rolls
These are always a hit. You can add a little mashed pumpkin to the quinoa for extra flavour, nutrients and stick-together factor. You can also serve them without the quinoa, diy-style with various fillings and wraps for your guests to choose from.
Pork ribs in a flaky pastry pie
Planning a sports game watching day? A meat pie is a must. Try to go with free-range pork ribs if you can and get them baking early so that you can pep the pie filling in advance and allow the flavours to mingle.
A flavourful take on hommus
Most store-bought dips contain preservatives, additives and “vegetable” oils but whipping up your own could not be easier using canned chickpeas and a few spices and herbs.
Why not try a prawn dip
A combination of smoky chipotle chillies, lime and creamy avocado – what could be better? Prawns, of course. Or, you can use corn or beans for a vegetarian version, it’s up to you. Try this game day food recipe next time you’re entertaining.
Combine the love of aburi maki and tacos
If you love aburi-style salmon found in many sushi shops, you will really enjoy these torched salmon tacos with the last of the season’s mangoes in a deliciously sweet and tangy salsa. Homemade torillas are a bonus, but if you prefer a store-bought wrap, Mountain Bread is a great additive-free option.
And now for dessert…
Chocolate lovers this indulgent (and gluten-free) dessert is for you. Omit coffee if you prefer and enjoy the richness of this cake interspersed with a little raspberry zing.
Include some quick bites
There’s also something for peanut butter lovers. Probably one of my favourite treats to keep on stand by in the fridge and a great game time desserty snack.
Add gluten-free churros!
These gluten-free churros are super easy to make and gluten-free too! Opt for dairy-free chocolate for the sauce and use a choice of unrefined caster sugar (such as Billington’s) or granulated stevia to coat.