Parties are such fun thing! Not only the actual atmosphere going on, but all the process of preparing everything – decorating the place, the table, the food. When making food for parties, we aim for something not too greasy, oily or anything that can make our floor desperate for cleaning afterwards! In that case, appetizers are here to help. There are hundreds or recipes and combinations of appetizers on a toothpick. They are the perfect food for parties because of their bite size, cute looking and deliciousness. And if you’re really into appetizers… who needs a party to make them? Prepare them anytime you want and enjoy!
1. Smoked Salmon, Cream Cheese & Cucumber Bites
Peel and slice cucumbers, place them on a platter in the fridge. In the meantime, beat cream cheese, horseradish, cream and dill in a large bowl until the ingredients are well combined. Place one tablespoon of the cream mixture on each cucumber slice and add a piece of smoked salmon on top. Insert a toothpick in the center and voila, you are done! Serve right away or keep these in the fridge until needed.
2. Bacon Wrapped Dates
Bacon and dates? Yes, that’s a combination you need to try. Buy pitted dates and fill them with cream cheese with a frosting bag and tip to pipe. Cut the bacon strips into thirds and wrap the dates with it. Secure with toothpick and coat them in brown sugar. Place them on a foil lined baking sheet, drizzle with maple syrup and bake them until the bacon is brown and crispy.
3. Penguin Appetizers
Aren’t they so cute? They will certainly be a delicious decoration to your party. Buy jumbo and small pitted olives and drain the juice from them. Cut out a small wedge on each jumbo olive and fill it with cream cheese. Peel carrots and cut them into coins and cut out a triangle on each of them. Insert the large end of the triangle into the opening of the small olive and that’s how you get the penguin’s beak. Place the small olive on top of the jumbo olive, while the carrot coin on the bottom. Secure with toothpick and serve.
4. Glazed Cocktail Balls
Time for some vegan appetizer! Buy or make your own vegan meatballs. If you decide to buy, prepare them according to the given instructions. Make a glazing sauce by whisking in a small bowl vegan mayonnaise, cayenne hot sauce, pineapple juice, maple or agave syrup and extra virgin oil. Toss the meatballs into the sauce and place an pineapple slice on each of them. Secure with toothpicks and serve them.
5. BLT Bites
The BLT appetizer is just a bite size of the same named sandwich. You only need bacon, cherry tomatoes and crunchy lettuce leaves. Cook the bacon until it gets crispy, but still soft enough so that you can pierce it with toothpick without breaking. Drain it, let it cool and after that cut bacon in inch long pieces, while cut any non crisp lettuce from the leaves. After that, just combine the ingredients in order you want on a toothpick.
6. Caprese Sticks
What’s more satisfying than a Mediterranean kitchen on a toothpick? All you need to do is combine mozzarella balls, cherry tomatoes, lettuce leaves and many other ingredients if you wish – vegetables, meat, fruit, cheese and the list goes on. The caprese salad appetizer is perfect if you are really in a hurry and you don’t have much time. Just grab these ingredients and secure them with a toothpick.
7. Grilled Mini Pork Skewers
These mini pork skewers are delicious, but plan ahead if you decide to make them because it will take more than two hours to have them all ready and done. That’s because you have to refrigerate the marinated pork for 1 or 2 hours. In the meantime you make the sauce with which you later drizzle the already grilled pork. The cooking level is easy so it doesn’t require professional skills and the recipe is enough for 6 servings.
8. Apple Cinnamon Bacon Bites
Similar to the recipe with the dates, this one includes apple. Wash and cut the apples into small pieces and wrap piece of bacon around it. Sprinkle with cinnamon and bake for 10 minutes, or until the bacon is brown and crispy. Take them out from the oven and sprinkle them again with cinnamon. Yes, it’s that easy!
9. Strawberry Caprese Bites
Another recipe that offers you appetizers ready in no time. You only need mint leaves, strawberries and mozzarella balls. These appetizers are perfect for a summer party in the backyard or for any day. They are so delicious that you wouldn’t want to wait for a party to eat them!
10. Watermelon Feta Mint Skewers
Cool, refreshing appetizers with watermelon is what everybody needs on a hot. summer day. Cut the watermelon into cube bite – sized pieces. Do the same with the feta cheese. Place a mint leaf between the feta and the watermelon and secure them with toothpick. To add more flavor, you can drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Everything is approximately ready in 15 minutes and this recipe is enough for 12 – 24 mini skewers.