Five Great Party Foods

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Five Great Party Foods

Great party foods are essential to any backyard barbecue, housewarming party, birthday party or sports gathering. The best party foods are ones that have universal appeal, are easy to eat, and taste delicious. Finger foods placed on platters and circulated or placed throughout the room are ideal, as the only other item needed is napkins. Foods that are small and easy to pop in one’s mouth between conversation are perfect for parties and gatherings.

Number one on the list for great party foods is chips and salsa or guacamole. The salsa should not be too spicy, as everyone will be eating it and some may not be able to handle super-hot foods. A medium heat salsa can be placed in a bowl on a platter. The bowl should be surrounded by fresh tortilla chips. The chips can be store-bought; just make sure they are fresh. Nothing will ruin a party faster than stale chips! It is also super easy to make your own tortilla chips: simply stack five corn tortillas on top of each other, making sure the edges are lined up. Then, using a sharp knife, cut the tortilla stack first in half, then in quarters, and then in sixths. This will yield 30 chips. Using a large frying pan, or a deep fryer if you have one, fry the chips for about 3 minutes. Let the chips cool for about five minutes before serving.

Number two on the list is great for health-conscious party goers. A veggie tray with ranch dressing or hummus gives everyone a break from salty and fatty foods. Veggie trays can be found at any grocery store, but it is much more fun to make your own! Place a bowl of hummus, ranch dressing or homemade dip in the middle of a platter. Then, cut up an assortment of vegetables and arrange them around the bowl. Cherry tomatoes, carrots, celery, broccoli and snap peas are all great choices.

Number three on the party food list is ribs. This finger food is popular with everyone and is incredibly tasty! Find a good butcher in Salt Lake City and purchase a few racks of baby back ribs. A great idea is to prepare your own marinade and then barbecue the ribs during the party. The party guests can enjoy the smell as they are cooking while they munch on the other party snacks.

Number four on the party food list is pigs-in-a-blanket. These are super easy to make using miniature hot dogs and puff pastry, or they can be store bought. Pigs-in-a-blanket are the quintessential party food. The breading on the outside of the hot dog allows guests to not get their fingers greasy, and their small size makes them easy to pop in your mouth!

Number five on the list of course has to be something sweet: chocolate covered strawberries! These are easy to make right at home. All that is needed is fresh strawberries and melting chocolate. Using a microwave, melt the chocolate and then dip the strawberries. They can be cooled in the fridge before serving. Chocolate covered strawberries are the perfect sweet complement to any great party.