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6 Summer Party Appetizers *Giveaway*


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I love a good party.  But easy laid back open house style entertaining.  Which I find perfect for summer.

I recently hosted (together with Nefesh B’Nefesh) my own Goodbye BBQ.  But the kicker, as I have oft complained here for the last few weeks, is that my kitchen contents are all packed up on a lift and anything that was left I gave away in haste forgetting that I had 4 weeks left to feed my family.  So with only a stockpot a HUGE serrated bread knife and oversized cutting board to my name I hosted a party for a hundred and do what I was brought up to do… made my momma proud and called the caterer.

So if I could have hosted a Sunday summer soiree and actually cooked I would have made some of my favorite party finger foods.  Things you can eat standing up while mingling and holding a baby.

Beef Satay with Horseradish Mustard

Beef Satay with Horseradish Mustard

I really skewer lots of things.  Yes it’s a partial patchke which is only really against my religion if it’s super hard or super duper time consuming.  But to skewer sliced beef is really not so bad.  The horseradish mustard though is a real favorite and a great burger condiment.

Fried Risotto Balls with Marinara Dipping Sauce

Fried Risotto Balls with Marinara Dipping Sauce

There are a few steps to this recipe but if you make the risotto before hand it will seriously cut down your prep time.  Cut it down even more by using whatever rice you’d like – even instant.  This is a cool way to use up leftover chicken.  It’s shredded and added to the rice mixture.  Make it pareve by omitting the chicken and using vegetable broth.

Tuna Tartar with Honey Sesame Wonton Crisps

Tuna Tartar with Honey Sesame Wonton Crisps

This presentation is fancy for when you are pre-plating and hosting a holiday or Shabbos meal.  At a party place a spoonful of the tartar on each crisp so people can just grab a wonton and pop it into their mouth.

Going Dairy?

Mini Spanakopita

Mini Spanakopita

I love phyllo it’s so flaky and light it almost doesn’t feel like a carb.  People get confused with how to “roll” this.  Do it just like you would a flag.  Any flag rollers in the house?

Smoked Salmon Rolls

Smoked Salmon Rolls

Well now this is completely carb free and a HUGE crowd favorite.  Make it Pareve by using tofutti cream cheese.

 Potato and Goat Cheese Triangles

Potato and Goat Cheese Triangles

Hubby says put anything in a puff pastry and he will eat it.  So I do.  potato and cheese in puff pastry probably should be illegal.  But it isn’t yet so let’s enjoy.

What’s your favorite party food?


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46 Responses to 6 Summer Party Appetizers *Giveaway*

  1. avatar says: dalesusan

    oohh. i’m pretty skinny, so i can eat and love the spanikopita and the goat cheese and potato triangles. thanks!

  2. I love anything with puff pastry for an appetizer. Hot dogs in a blanket, or those cheese puffs look fabulous as well. I once made a salmon wellington as an appetizer and people went crazy for it!

  3. avatar says: LeeIt

    My default fav app has got to be bruschetta with goat cheese. Easy, and when the bread is fresh from the oven, there’s really nothing better.

  4. My favorite party food is guacamole!

  5. Pigs (aka dogs) in a blanket :)

  6. avatar says: mink

    Call me a traditionalist: My fave appetizer is gefilte fish, on lettuce, with horseradish.

  7. avatar says: goldie

    BRownies since I love dessert more than anything else!

  8. My favorite party food is stuffed capons. They are pretty easy to make and very elegant. I make them for just about every formal sit down party ever, from Sheva Brachot to a large Yom Tov dinner, with lotes of friends and family. They are always a hit.

  9. avatar says: skossman

    My favorite is miniature egg rools.

  10. avatar says: leahk

    I like chopped liver.

  11. My favs are fruit salad and stuffed mushrooms of course bopth are home made!

  12. avatar says: skkorman

    I like hummus and pita bread!

  13. avatar says: imergoot

    Favorite party food is guac and chips or just chips with anything. Can you tell I love chips?

  14. avatar says: jraphi

    I love burekas-the more goat cheese and katchkaval the better!

  15. avatar says: dlhaley

    I like deviled eggs.

  16. My favorite appetizers are mini falafel balls with a dipping sauce.

  17. avatar says: llinda29

    I like raw veggies with dip

  18. avatar says: RenaB

    Zaida’s Tuna! Served at every dairy event we’ve ever hosted. Has crushed BBQ chips and ketchup in the recipe. Odd ingredients but never a scrap left in the bowl.

  19. I visited Tishbi winery on my one and only trip to Israel last year. Great food & wine! I would LOVE to win any of their jams, especially the onion one!

  20. avatar says: merdsr

    The smoked salmon roll looks good. My family visited the Tishbi winery the past January. We had the best time. The wine was great as was the restaurant they run. I can still taste the jam that was on the table along with the most delicious home made bread. I would love to wi the jam.

  21. My favorite is the Potato and Goat Cheese Triangles. I would actually like to try them all, except for the smoked salmon. Too much like sushi. I know it isn’t but… Thank you!

  22. avatar says: Love3570

    Stuffed mushrooms are my favorite. Yum


  23. avatar says: telcon

    Kosher pigs in a blanket

  24. avatar says: Lexiquin

    I was going to say I couldn’t name just one favorite appetizer (because I like so many), but then I saw your Smoked Salmon Rolls–I think the would be my favorite! Those preserves sound delicious and I think they’d be a great accompaniment to several varieties of appetizers.

  25. I always make sure to put out lots of crackers and bite sized veggies with all sorts of salatim like choumous, eggplant salad, roasted pepper salad, olive dip… you get the idea :)

  26. avatar says: hindyg

    Everything here looks fantastic! That tuna tartare looks perfect. I am a big fan of anything with mushrooms – mushroom turnovers and stuffed mushrooms. I also love asian dumplings. Yum!

  27. avatar says: shayndya

    veggie knishes with mushroom sauce

  28. Similar salmon rolls are a go-to appetizer for me too! And spanakopitas. New for me here are those amazing risotto balls. Of course I would pick the thing that’s fried! It looks so good.

  29. The Smoked Salmon Rolls sounds succulently superb!

  30. I’m a sushi lover so I usually make a variety of rolls as appetizers! My personal favorite have smoked salmon, cream cheese, and cucumber in them.

  31. avatar says: julis55

    stuffed mushrooms

  32. avatar says: mannabsn

    any sort of stuffed mushrooms – yum

  33. I know it is very 1990′s but I still love a tri layered pesto, sun dried tomato and goat cheese served with crackers.

  34. avatar says: Dianeba53

    I love spinach dip and bread and don’t forget the old fave chopped liver

  35. I am going nuts for that tuna tartare! Give me anything with fish, and I am a happy lady!

  36. avatar says: kendrawar

    We love mozzarella sticks .

  37. I love to make a jalapeno and apricot baked brie, and spread it on toasted baguette slices! Soooo Gooooooood!

  38. avatar says: Abw

    Homemade dips with fresh bread – always good!

  39. avatar says: fusgeyer

    Love the smoked salmon rolls.

  40. avatar says: tamarw

    I love potato puffs.

  41. avatar says: malcac

    mini franks in blanks

  42. avatar says: brittny04

    My favorite appetizer is boneless buffalo wings with ranch.

    Brittany Poole
    bldpoole @ gmail dot com

  43. avatar says: chadro

    I like pineapple cole slaw

  44. avatar says: Me4Wrest

    My favorite appetizer is the Little Franks In the Blanket.

  45. I like the Mini Spanakopita!

  46. Hummus and veggies

    krazekatlady at gmail dot com

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