The holiday entertaining season is almost over, but if you’re like me you’re always looking for new recipes and ideas for your next party! Fabulous fork free appetizers are the first thing I look for when I’m planning a menu.
I like to enjoy my parties so my preference is easy, make-ahead items that just look like they take a lot of work. And unless we’re having a full dinner, I also try to make things that don’t require utensils. It’s tough enough to mix and mingle with a drink in one hand and food in the other. The last thing anyone wants to figure out is how to add a knife or folk in the mix.
Whether entertaining for a few close friends or throwing a neighborhood New Year’s Eve party, here are five of my favorite fuss and fork free appetizers that anyone can make and everyone will enjoy.
Baked Brie Bites with Fig Chutney
Assemble in advance and pop in the oven right before your guests arrive. You can find premade pastry shells or fillo dough cups in almost any grocery store. Cut up little squares of your favorite brie – enough to full up the cups. Pop them in the oven at 350 for 10-15 minutes (or until the cheese is bubbly). Add a bit of fig preserve and you’re ready to serve.
Butternut Soup Shots
This works with any kind of soup! In the winter I love to make Ina Garten’s Roasted Butternut Squash soup. I plan to have it for dinner a night or two in advance and just make a extra for the party. When you are ready to serve, warm it up and pour it into a large measuring cup or anything you typically use to pour out liquids. It’s much easier to full up the little shot glasses without making a mess.
I like to add a dollop of crème freshe and a touch of rosemary. Makes for a nicer presentation and adds an extra layer of flavor.
Crunch and flavor + veggies, so it’s healthy, right? Grab an extra long toothpick, and add a square of iceberge lettuce (for the crunch), a small cherry tomato, and a square of thick cut bacon. (Any bacon will work, but the thick cut stays on the toothpick better.) Right before you serve, sprinkle some blue cheese crumbles and drizzle ranch dressing on top.
Chicken and Waffle Bites
A hearty southern favorite, made bite size. Now, this is one of those things you can make completely from scratch or completely from store bought items. I prefer a mixture of both.
I don’t do much frying, so I don’t have all the supplies (or really the confidence) to make my own fried chicken. In a pinch, Chick-Fil-A nuggets are the perfect stand in. You could also buy the little mini lego waffles, but I wanted to make my own. Use your favorite waffle recipe or mix but instead of filling the whole waffle maker, drop about a teaspoon of mixture on the griddle. They won’t be perfectly shaped, but that’s how you know they are homemade!
If you made the waffles ahead of time, warm them in the over before you serve. Add a nugget, drizzle some syrup or honey, add a toothpick and serve.
Mini Milkshakes are further proof that putting something ordinary into a small package just makes it more fun. Whip up a batch of your favorite milkshake and pour it into a shot glass. I like to rim the edges of my glasses and for something sweet, I find that melted chocolate works way better that water.
It’s hard to mess up a milkshake, but if you need a go to recipe here are a fun I think are yum:
Peppermint Egg Nog Milkshakes (these almost won a baking contest with this!)
What are you favorite no fuss fork free appetizers?