Cocktail Party Food – Some Tasty Treats

Well this weeks theme is going to revolve around good ‘nibbles’ to go along with your cocktails.  What better way to enjoy your cocktails whilst you have guests round than have some good ‘finger’ food that isn’t going to cost you a fortune and isn’t going to take you all day and night to prepare.  Each day this week we will give you a couple (or a maybe a few) recipes to have alongside your cocktails.  Lets start (I know writing these posts are going to make me extremely hungry).  Just to let you know that I have gathered these recipes over time from books, the internet and friends, I don’t want to take credit for something I haven’t created.  But I can say that they taste good!

Spicy Cocktail Meatballs

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Ingredients

Sauce

  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced yellow onion
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 to 2 drops of Tabasco sauce

Meatballs

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup fine dry bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • freshly group pepper
  • 2 tablespoons minced onion
  • 2 teaspoons prepared horseradish
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten

Preparation

To make the sauce:  In a large saucepan over medium high heat combine all ingredients.  Bring to a simmer and continue summering, uncovered, until flavors are blended, about 10 minutes.

To make the meatballs:  Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well, using your hands.  Form into 1/2-inch balls and place on a baking sheet.  Bake until browned, about 10 to 12 minutes.  Add meatballs to sauce and simmer 10 minutes.  Transfer to a chafing dish to serve.

We had cocktail sticks next to the dish so people could simply get their meatball cleanly and easily.  They were really tasty and went really well with the cocktails that evening.

Scallion Cream Cheese Bites

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup chopped green onions (scallions)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • salt
  • 12 – 15 wonton wrappers
  • water for sealing
  • oil for frying

Preparation

In a bowl combine cream cheese, green onions and ginger. Season to taste with salt.

To assemble bites: Lay one wonton wrapper on a flat surface. Spoon one teaspoon of mixture into the center of the wrapper. Dip your finger in the water and run along the edges. Bring all sides together in the center, pinch just above the filling to enclose filling. Carefully twist to close.  Repeat with remaining filling and wrappers.

Heat 2 inches of oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Once oil starts to shimmer, drip a small piece of a wonton wrapper in the oil, if it sizzles its ready. Working in batches so you don’t over crowd the pan, fry bites until golden brown, 2 – 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a paper towel lined plate. Sprinkle with salt if desired. Allow to cool for several minutes. Serve.

    I will make sure to add some more tasty recipes tomorrow.

    Thanks for reading,

    Andy

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