By Stana Peete
Whether you are hosting a dinner party or a braai it’s customary to offer your guests a few snacks to enjoy before the main meal is ready. People love to eat, drink and be merry while they are enjoying the company of friends or family. Preparing a few bite sized snacks will make you the star of the party. Here are a few great bite size snack ideas.
• Crackers with Toppings
This is a very common type of bite size snack. You can prepare a platter with crackers and add a variety of toppings. This is where you can get creative. Besides the usual grated cheese choice, you could add cucumber and cheese or tuna mayo. Take a peak at what you have in the fridge or your pantry and get creative. Your guests will enjoy the variety of options.
• Mini Pastries
You can make miniature versions of your favourite pastries. Prepare pies in bite sized options. Use a muffin pan in which to make the pies. Line the muffin tray with the pastry and fill it with chicken, beef, or whichever ingredients you prefer. Then cover each pie with another layer of pastry. Once you’ve baked it, you’ll have wonderful muffin sized pastries. You can do the same with quiche.
• Mini Burgers
Whereas you would usually prepare regular sized burger buns, you can prepare golf ball sized burger buns instead. These will bake into lovely small burger buns. You can then fill the burger buns with minced meat to create cute mini burgers. This will certainly make your guests smile at the idea.
• Cheese Platter
A cheese platter is always enjoyed by guests. Prepare a platter with a variety of cheeses which include blue cheese, brie and camembert. Ensure that you place a cheese slicer alongside so that guests can easily slice a piece of cheese for themselves.
• Biltong Platter
This snack is a big favourite at braais. There are many varieties of flavours of biltong that you can choose from to create a delicious biltong platter. It would be a good idea to get a biltong slicer that suits your requirements. These are very handy pieces of catering equipment that could make your hosting task much easier. You can either choose a biltong slicer that cuts biltong into slices or chunks. Prepare a platter and place the different flavours of biltong on it. For a bit of a flavour twist you could add a dip as well.
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