The holidays are the perfect time to serve up finger foods. Whether you’re having a small get together or need a way to feed lots of people, finger foods can be affordable and fun to make. Of course, there are a few tips that make these little snacks more festive and even keep them warm until all your guests are served. If you plan on making finger foods for the holidays, try some of these tips.
Use Cookie Cutters
Mini sandwiches are a popular finger food, but do they always have to be cut into triangles? No. Hollow cookie cutters are an easy way to make sandwiches more festive. This is also a great way to get kids to try new foods and to let them help out in the kitchen. It’s important to use very sturdy cookie cutters so that they go all the way through the sandwich. If you’re using especially thick ingredients, such as meats and cheeses, cut the items separately and then assemble the sandwiches.
Add Spices and Herbs for Color
Red and green spices and herbs are a great way to make finger foods more festive. For example, a sprinkling of paprika on a dip can add color without affecting the flavor. You can even add spices to the sides of cut sandwiches. All you have to do is roll the edges of the sandwiches in the spices or herbs to get them to stick. In this case, chopped chives are a tasty option.
Keep Finger Foods Warm in a Slow Cooker
Wet finger foods, such as meatballs or cocktail sausages, can be kept warm for hours inside a slow cooker. All you have to do is pour the meat and sauce in the slow cooker and set it to warm. Your guests will be able to munch all night along without eating cold food. Just remember to keep the lid on the pot as much as possible and stir it ever so often to make sure the sauce doesn’t burn. Also don’t forget to have a container of toothpicks set out to make the snacks easy to grab.
Dress Up Serving Platters with Stencils
Large platters are perfect for serving holiday finger foods, but if you’re worried that your white platter may look a bit boring, grab a food stencil. Food stencils are an easy way to decorate anything, even platters. Place the stencil on the platter and then use spices to fill it in. It’s important to use a spice that won’t alter the flavor of your recipe, such as paprika.