Throwing a party? Find easy party recipes that you can make ahead so you can relax and enjoy yourself. Our pick of party food means your guests can help themselves to some informal food that you can pick up with your fingers, from smart canapés to simple bites.
See savoury party food including smoked salmon and cheese rolls, olive focaccia you can tear and share and easy crostini topped with goats' cheese and roasted red peppers. For the ultimate in mouth-watering party food, go for a stack of Cajun ribs with sticky molasses, which you can serve hot or cold.
It's easy to make a selection of homemade dips and have salted tortilla chips or crudités for dipping. A lemon and coriander hummus makes a herby, zesty twist on everyone's favourite dip. Make large bowls of salads that everyone can help themselves to on a buffet table, like a fruit and nut bulgur wheat salad. A simple blue cheese and caramelised onion tart is a great way to feed a crowd, as you can cut it up and everyone can help themselves. Chilli chicken skewers are a great option, as they are easy to pick up and eat and work well hot or cold, so you can make them ahead and pull them out of the fridge when you need them.
We love slow cooked cherry tomatoes on this easy bruschetta recipe
work, topped with mozzarella and basil for a Mediterranean bite.
Don't forget sweet canapés, which are easy to make ahead days before your party. Think hazelnut and frangelico brownies, which you can cut into small squares for easy sharing, or make a set of chocolate and salted caramel caramel canapés, which are so easy to assemble using readymade ingredients. Or for a bit of festive sparkle, make prosecco and lychee jellies with edible glitter in shot glasses or pretty tea cups.
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