There is no need to bring out the fancy bread or cookie cutters or to shape them into something sophisticated that any sculptor would be proud of. Just make sure that the vegetables or fruits look fresh and crisp. The ingredients should have vibrant colors and your breads or crackers should have firm textures. It will certainly make your guests enthusiastic and curious about the other dishes you had prepared. The last tip is for you as the host to set the tone of the dinner by smiling. From the moment you stepped foot in the kitchen to prepare the first dish you must be in high spirits even under time pressure. A positive attitude despite the odds would still make the meal or dinner preparations just as quick and easy as your appetizers.
Let s take a look at how to make your old favorites a bit more special: Cheese Dip - You can certainly make a simple little cheese dip that would be delicious but don t you want to make a dip that your guests will remember and talk about and ask you for the recipe? How about an Artichoke and Cheese dip? By adding some chopped artichoke hearts to your favorite cheese dip you ve perked this appetizer up enough to make it memorable. You can also add flavorful ingredients like Parmesan cheese Worcestershire sauce mustard and red pepper flakes to really kick this cheese dip up a few notches. Cook in your crockpot on low for about 2 hours and keep warm to serve with your crackers chips or bread. Cocktail Sausages - Think way beyond those little wienies and serve up an easy but fancy batch of sweet and tangy Apple Sausage Appetizers instead. Use any combination of ingredients such as brown sugar honey balsamic vinegar and Dijon mustard then instead of adding Vienna Sausages cut up some good apple smoked sausage some tart apples like Granny Smith and some sweet onion and add that to the crockpot.
Like dim sum pieces of sushi are another example of bite sized morsels that can be eaten in many varieties rather than a full course meal. Sushi has been traditionally served in Japanese restaurants although in recent years sushi bars (i.e. that serve only sushi and beverages) have become very popular. The ingredients of these gourmet appetizers include prawns and raw tuna wrapped around rice balls and then dipped in soy sauce and horse radish to perk up the flavor of the morsel. At a sushi bar you can typically order sushi rolls that are sliced up into bite sized pieces and individual pieces for as much as you can eat (and afford to spend!). Tea is also the preferred beverage when eating sushi. As with dim sum you can order sushi as a gourmet appetizer preceding a full course meal if eating in a Japanese restaurant.