Ideas for Finger Foods

Updated February 21, 2017

Serving finger foods at your next gathering is an easy way to provide snacks to your guests without having to cook a full meal. The finger foods that you put out for guests should be tasty and pleasing to the eye at the same time. Have some variety in your finger foods so that there is something tasty for everyone. Colourful fruit choices will brighten up your platters as well.

Cold Finger Foods

Small finger sandwiches with meat filling are the first choice for cold finger foods. Choose a good variety of meat finger sandwiches for your buffet. Roast beef with horseradish, chicken with special flavoured mayonnaise and turkey with cheese are good choices for finger sandwiches. The crusts should be cut off for a cleaner presentation. Spread butter or margarine on the bread before making the sandwiches to keep the bread from becoming soggy.

Devilled eggs are another common choice for finger foods at a buffet. The choice of yolk mixture varies from recipe to recipe. Some recipes call for a spicier filling, while others are tangier.

Antipasto platters and fruit trays are additional cold finger food choices for your next event. Combine flavours in unique ways such as cherries with cheese and olives on toast or kiwi and cream cheese on crackers. Add a selection of cakes and cookies to your finger food buffet for sweets, along with whole fruits for those who would prefer a healthier sweet.

Hot Finger Foods

Chicken fingers, french fried potatoes and puff pastry with sausage or kielbasa are great hot finger foods. Meatballs are a common finger food dish, but you can make them unique with different sauces. Instead of a tomato sauce or cream sauce, try barbecue. Chicken fingers require dipping sauces. You can step beyond the traditional sweet and sour sauce and try using cranberry instead. It is a unique flavour and pairs well with chicken.

Hot cinnamon twists are a sweet treat to add to your buffet. These are particularly good for holiday buffets or parties in cold seasons.

Nuts and Snack Foods

Chips and dips are also finger foods that can be added to a buffet selection. Guacamole, salsa and sour cream dips are common choices, but there are some unique dips that can be included as well. Herbed feta cheese is a good choice for dipping vegetables or pita chips. Hummus is a geat dip to serve with pita bread or bagel chips. A salsa made with fruits like apples, kiwis and strawberries should be served with cinnamon chips. Just make sure that everyone can see the difference between the traditional salsa and the fruit salsa. Shelled nuts go well in a buffet with fruits as well.

These are just a few of the things that you can add to your finger food selection. Finger foods are an easy and low cost way of preparing food for a big crowd. They are simple to prepare and can be served on trays throughout the course of the party, or they can be arranged on buffet tables.

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Luanne Kelchner works out of Daytona Beach, Florida and has been freelance writing full time since 2008. Her ghostwriting work has covered a variety of topics but mainly focuses on health and home improvement articles. Kelchner has a degree from Southern New Hampshire University in English language and literature.