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quick-and-creative-finger-foods-headerTry these easy-to-make snacks for your next wine and cheese party!

When throwing a cocktail party, finger foods are an easy and versatile option. From classic finger foods to unique and new ideas, you can't go wrong. We have some fresh takes on party finger food that will please guests as well as your tastebuds! 

Hot Finger Foods

It's a good idea to have a mix of hot and cold food for your guests to enjoy. Most hot finger food would need to be made just before the party but items like chicken skewers with several dipping sauces can be marinated ahead of time in your favorite spices. The dipping sauces can be put together the day before so all you need do is fire up the grill.

Try a trio of sauces with your skewers such as an Asian inspired peanut sauce with brown sugar and ginger, a sweet and spicy mango barbecue, or honey dijon mustard. Other finger foods such as stuffed jalapeno poppers and cheese stuffed tomatoes can be prepped ahead of time and put in the oven or on the grill just as guests arrive.

Cold Finger Foods

Cold finger foods are a real time saver as almost all of them can be made ahead of time. Marinated mixed olives are great party finger food to have out when guests arrive and they complement most red wines. Shrimp cocktails are also a party hit. Pair them with unusual side sauces such as a spicy coconut sauce, pineapple rum-butter (crushed pineapples with ginger, dark rum, butter, and cayenne pepper), or a fire roasted tomato cocktail sauce. Deviled eggs are also a great idea for summer barbecue parties as is potato salad. These popular appetizer dishes can be made up to a day in advance and the eggs can be boiled up to three days in advance.

An anti-pasta plate is another chilled food option that is a great way to get tummies grumbling for the courses to come. Whole milk mozzarella paired with thinly sliced prosciutto, hard salami, marinated artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, marinated olives and basil pesto is always a crowd pleaser and can be entirely assembled the evening before your party. Serve this traditional plate with thick slices of toasted bread and a side of balsamic vinegar and olive oil, but don't expect any leftovers!

Flavored roasted nuts are also quick and easy to prepare. Try different combinations of nuts and seasonings. You could make sweet almods with orange zest and pistachios with tex-mex spices. Don't overlook less common nuts and seeds like macadamia, pumpkin and sunflower. Serve nuts with dried fruit and mild cheese like Brie or a smokey gouda.

You want to spend your party with your friends, not in the kitchen. A little planning can ensure a spread that will impress and take the stress out of throwing a party!

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