When planning special occasions, knowing what to prepare for appetizers can be a nightmare, particularly if some of the guests are non meat eaters. In such circumstances, preparing food that will please please non meat and meat eaters, is key. It is often helpful to prepare food in advance and store in the refrigerator. The following paragraphs discuss how to prepare delicious appetizers for parties.
Sun dried tomato and garlic hummus, can be easily made and stored prior to the occasion. A twist on the traditional hummus recipe, it does not contain any tahini or olive oil. Add one quarter cup of water to two tablespoons of chopped sun dried tomatoes, two garlic cloves and one 15oz can of chick peas. Process until mixture is smooth and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with either warm pita, or slices of baguette.
Tomatoes stuffed with mozzarella. Using large beef tomatoes, remove the tops and remove inners with a teaspoon. Tear mozzarella into small pieces, and stuff into the tomato using a small spoon. Drizzle with olive oil, and add a pinch of ground black pepper. Tomatoes can be decorated by adding a sprig of parsley to the top.
Stuffed apples. In a bowl mix approx a quarter of a cup of peanut butter, with a teaspoon of honey and two tablespoons of raisins. Mix well. Core some large apples of choice. Fill the indentation in the apples with the mixture and then store in the fridge for about twenty minutes. When completely chilled, slice apples about one quarter of an inch thick, and serve.
Stuffed cucumber. Mix two, pressed garlic cloves with four tablespoons of herb cream cheese, add some ham that has been chopped into small pieces (optional). Put this mixture to one side. Peel a large cucumber, and cut into slices of around two inches thick. Remove the seeds from the center using a teaspoon. Fill the center with the mixture, and allow to chill. The cucumber slices can be decorated with a basil leaf.
Ham and cheese skewers. Cut some ham, (honey roasted, oven baked or smoked) into three quarter inch cubes, cut some blue cheese (or cheese of choice) into cubes of approximately the same size as the ham. Chop some apple into thirds. Thread first the ham, then the cheese, then the apple through the skewer and serve.
Honey bruschetta with blue cheese. Slice a baguette into half inch pieces and grill each side for around one minute each side, until golden. Divide some blue cheese among the slices, and then drizzle with pure honey.
Melon sail boats. Using a honey dew melon, Slice into portions of around two inches in thickness, remove seed. Slice a lemon into one quarter inch slices and cut each slice in half. Thread lemon through a cocktail stick and place a cherry on the end of it. Insert cocktail stick into the inner slices of melon.
The above recipes should satisfy both meat and non meat eaters. Easily prepared, most of these appetizers for parties can be stored in the refrigerator, ready for serving when guests arrive.