Post # 1
- Wedding: September 2013 - B&B
Hello Bees! I hope you are having a good day today wherever you may be 🙂 I am having a cocktail style reception, and was creepin’ around on the food boards last night and today trying to find some inspiration. I only found a few that were about hors d’oeuvres, and specifically about gathering different options. So I thought I’d just go ahead and ask!
I plan on having cheese, veggie, and fruit displays, with spreads and dips. If you have had a particularly good dip/spread before, please share! I am also having some kind of carving station for small sandwiches, and then a mashed potato bar with all kinds of trimmings. (Favorite food! Yay!)
Then, I plan on 9-10 passed hors d’oeuvres. Here is where I would really love some inspiration or for you to share ones that have stood out to you! Or ones that you had yourself that were big hits. I want to get all kinds of ideas before narrowing down my choices.
Thank you bees!
Post # 3
Bacon-wrapped scallops are always a hit. Ditto Spanakopita.
One I love is mini-meatballs served on pretzle sticks.
Post # 4
Sliders are ALWAYS a big hit amongst our circle of friends.
Post # 5
Your post title made me laugh! My fav Hors-de-NOMS are mini cocktail meatballs, cream cheese stuffed mushrooms, fancy chicken nuggets (hey it’s all in the presentation!), and bacon wrapped scallops. Chicken satay, and beef kushisashi are also delicious for the “meats on sticks” fans. I can give you recipes for any of these if you’d like.
Post # 6
ooh! I think cocktail hour is always the best part – here is a totally non-exhaustive list of my faves:
pigs n blanket with mustard dipping sauce
smoked salmon w/ creme fraiche on toast or blini
coconut shrimp with sweet-hot dipping sauce
sliders (regular or pulled bbq pork)
individual caprese (mozz, bazil & tomato on a skewer)
mushroom risotto balls (fried balls of risotto – good veg option)
favorite dips and spreads:
guacamole with tortilla chips
hummus with pita/pita chips
hot spinach artichoke dip with crostini
Good luck choosing! It sounds like it will be a great reception!!
Post # 7
Our caterer is making these little cubans on corn bread that are sooooo good. The pulled pork is sooooo good and the sauce, omg. I’m hungry now.
Post # 8
I’ll take bacon wrapped ANYTHING..scallops, shrimp, veggies who cares?
Stuffed mushrooms are fantastic
chicken or beef skewers (or any kind of meat on a stick!)
lamb “lollipops” with mint sauce or mint jelly
croquettes of some sort
samosas, egg rolls and any other kind of asian inspired rolled and fried foods
Post # 9
We had fried mushroom risotto balls, and little wonton chips with an Ahi Tuna Poke. So yummy. At other weddings I’ve had little sliders, chicken satay, bruschetta. We had this white bean puree with goat cheese at our tasting, but could only pick two apps so it didn’t make the cut. It was a great spread though.
Post # 10
Easiest spread ever. Cook bacon, chop it. Chop green onion. Put both in sour cream and add a tbl of roasted ancho powder (you can find it at most grocer and I found mine at Cost Plus). Stir. NOOOOM.
Fiance makes chicken wrapped in bacon and everybody attacks it. Mix a medium sized bowl of brown sugar with 3 tbl of cayanne. Chop chicken into 1inch/bite sized chunkes. Chop sliced slab of bacon in half equally. Set out toothpicks so they’re within arms reach. Non stick spray a baking sheet and preheat your oven to 400. Drop a piece of chicken in the brown sugar mixture so it’s completely covered, take a piece of bacon and tightly wrap chicken piece, secure with toothpick and place on cookie sheet. Repeat. Cook for 20 minutes or until bacon is carmelized. Enjoy.
If you’re not making yourself, just give the above recipes to your caterer.
Some that I haven’t yet made that are outstanding – curry chicken salad with golden raisins on endive leaf, feta cheese ‘pops’, salmon and dill crustini, ceviche…I mean the list is endless. I heart cocktail party food like nobody’s business.
Post # 11
- Wedding: September 2013 - B&B
Thank you so much for the responses! And I definitely appreciate the recipes because my mom and I will be making a lot/most of the apps, and the caterer will be filling in the rest or just putting together the ingredients that she and I would have prepared. These are great please keep em coming!!!
Post # 12
@Sunnyday278: Awesome! That’s going to be so much fun. And when in doubt…costco and trader joe’s!!
Post # 13
Bacon wrapped anything! And springrolls!
Post # 14
Will you have seating? If not, I’d think in terms of what can my guests grab off a tray and pop into their mouths… oftentimes with a drink in one hand, it can be hard to navigate even a cocktail plate, much less a plate + fork. Some more “out there” bites I’ve loved include cucumber cups (thick slices hallowed out a bit with a melon baller and filled with corn relish, chicken salad etc.), fancy grilled cheeses (with pears or jam or something sweet involved), bloody mary shooters with pickled veg & a cocktail shrimp, potstickers, puff pastry cups with spinach dip or brie & honey. You also can’t go wrong with old standbys: meatballs, mini pizzas, mini empanadas, spanikopita, bacon anything.
Post # 15
We had a cocktail-style reception, and I loved our food. We had some wonderful things that were passed, esp. bacon-wrapped asparagus. Of the things that were on the cocktail buffet, my favorite was probably the hummus platter.
Post # 16
@Sunnyday278: ooo I LOVE a good coconut king prawn! I also love lobster mac & cheese on its own soup spoon! annnnnd cream cheese wontons are my personal heaven as well 🙂