25 Finger Foods for Game Day Entertaining and Beyond
Party hosts should always be prepared with a menu of easy-to-eat finger foods, whether it's to feed a crowd during the big game, Academy Awards, Grammys, or some other cause for celebration. These 25 satisfying dishes are simple and cheap to make, ranging in price from 50 cents a serving for popcorn or veggie sushi to $4 a serving for sliders and ribs. Mix and match to come up with an ideal party menu without going over budget.
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Beans are cheap and filling, which makes this dip a good option for large, hungry crowds. A classic seven-layer bean dip recipe from McCormick can be adapted to what's on hand and customized to taste. It doesn't even have to be seven layers -- a dish of flavorful refried beans with some hot sauce on top does the trick.
Guacamole is a favorite at parties, and one of the most nutritious options in a sea of fried and fatty foods. Using larger Dominican avocados, which are a brighter green and have smoother skin than Mexican Hass avocados, cuts costs. Or shop an ethnic market for good prices on Hass avocados a few days before the guac is needed, ensuring they have time to ripen for use in a recipe posted on Allrecipes.
Crunchy chips made from kale are all the rage, and just as satisfying as potato chips. Buying them from the store is costly and often means getting a bag full of preservatives. Follow a Food Network recipe from Melissa Darabian to bake easy and inexpensive kale chips at home.
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This classic party platter has stuck around for a reason: It satisfies with minimal effort and cost. A few types of cheese, such as a block of cheddar, a small wheel of queso fresco, and a wedge of brie, along with a box of crackers makes an easy snack centerpiece at any party.
Raw fish can be expensive, intimidating, and dangerous to work with at home, but veggie sushi is fun and easy to make, and costs just pennies per serving. Basic instructions posted on Allrecipes are a good place to start. Make custom specialty rolls and dipping sauces to create a sushi platter as impressive as it is inexpensive.
Quiche is one of the least expensive dishes to make for a crowd, and baking it in mini-muffin tins yields perfectly bite-size, crustless versions. A recipe from the blog Add a Pinch covers the basics, but feel free to customize with different fillings.
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People have long searched for a way to made mac and cheese a finger food. Rolling it into balls and deep-frying is one option, but those who prefer a cheaper, hassle-free option can follow a recipe from the blog Chef in Training for mac and cheese "cupcakes" -- small, handheld portions baked in a muffin pan.
Made from inexpensive chicken, easy dipping skewers from the food blog Damn Delicious are a light option that is full of flavor. Marinating the chicken overnight makes it tender and flavorful, so it's not a step to skip, but making the sauce and even grilling can be done ahead of time; just heat up the skewers before serving.
Hearty mini sandwiches are impressive but can be easy to pull off. A sausage and pepper slider recipe from Taste of Home cuts down on cost by using inexpensive Italian sausage as the meat with more filler from onions and peppers. Cooked in a large batch and assembled on small buns, the process is quick and easy.
Making ribs in the oven is an easy process that fills a kitchen with delicious and tempting aromas. With simple instructions posted on Allrecipes, baby back ribs take just over four hours make. They can easily be prepared ahead of time and kept warm in a low-heat oven. Buy ribs in bulk from a wholesale club for quality meat at low prices and feast on ribs all weekend long.