Post # 1
I’m trying to figure out what appetizers to served during cocktail hour for our bbq dinner reception. We are on a pretty serious budget and will be making food ourselves, so not only does it have to be cost effective, it has to be easy to actually set up on the day of.
Menu: green/veggie salad, rolls, pulled pork, baked beans, baked potato salad, cole slaw, and a variety of bbq sauces. Obviously we will have cake, and for booze we are doing beer, wine, and his and her cocktails.
SO! As far as apps I’m thinking veggie platter, fruit tray, maybe a huge cheese ball with crackers or baguette…But I also wouldn’t mind doing some heavier appetizers as we will be serving booze during this hour! Any suggestions?
Post # 2
Chips and salsa- inexpensive too
Mini corn dog muffins- can be made ahead and reheated in the oven, microwave or grill
Post # 3
julies1949 : we had talked about chips and salsa but then worried it wouldn’t “go” with the main meal. Maybe we were just overthinking?
Post # 4
Hm, I see what you mean about chips and salsa not “going” but I do think you’re overthinking! (And I say this as a massive overthinker myself.)
In addition to chips and salsa, what about a variety of dips like seven layer dip, spinach and artichoke dip, or queso? You could serve the hot dips in little crock-pots.
Post # 5
Mac and Cheese balls – because I’m disappointed m&c didn’t make the main menu. I don’t know if you know how to make, I sure don’t, but they’re so delicious. Also just breads and different dips/spreads would be great, as suggested above.
If you’re DIY, it might be wise to rethink the mayo based foods on your entrees, btw, or make sure you’ve got serious ice on hand. I know people like their slaw (I have no idea why) but I’d be a little bit worried about it keeping well.
Post # 6
skunktastic : I was also disappointed that mac n cheese didn’t make the final cut! We couldn’t figure out how to keep a large amount hot without drying it out! We went with more cold things because the reception is indoors and we have tons of fridge space. No worries about mayo based foods here!
Post # 7
- Wedding: July 2017 - The Lodge at Little Seneca Creek
This sounds like our wedding menu! Our cocktail apps are just fresh fruit and veggies. Although alcohol will be available during our cocktail hour, I think most of our guests will be responsible. Also, dinner will start about 15 minutes into the reception, so something light and fresh is perfect for the cocktail apps during our summer wedding.
Post # 8
hband : to keep it hot you could keep it in a slow cooker (crock pot) switched to low. It shouldn’t dry out. Chicken wings are pretty cheap to buy by the kilo. You can marinate them, bbq them the day before and do the same thing keeping them in the crock pot to keep them warm on the day. Or meatballs on toothpicks.
Post # 9
We do a lot of BBQs and appetizers that go over well and super simple to prepare include bean dips (the multi-layer recipes), guacamole, shrimp cocktail, deviled eggs, and charcuterie plates (various cold meats, cheeses, olives, jams, and mustards).