If you are planning to host a party in near time but are nervous about the arrangements as well, don't worry. We've got you there on the most difficult part: food!
Of course, we all want to throw the 'coolest party ever', with all sorts of snacks, beverages, and desserts for sure. But deep down we also know that the time available to cook all of that is pretty less. Well, leave the troubles behind as we bring to you 10 really-very-easy party snack recipes that'll hardly steal 20 minutes off your clock to go from the kitchen to the living room. Try them the next time you throw your amigos a party and earn the crown of the best host!
This beverage is a perfect combination of flavor, nutrition and zero effort. Blend together till smooth 6 ripe bananas, 1 can of orange juice (prefer fresh oranges for a better flavor) and 3/4 cup of concentrated lemonade. Freeze the mix in a tray for about an hour.
Just before serving, take the punch base in a bowl, add some pineapple juice and blend well by stirring. It's an amazing appetizing drink to welcome your guests.
All you need to do is chop cucumbers in quarters, and thread a single toothpick with sliced cherry tomato, cheese cube (prefer feta cheese), olive and chopped cucumber. Place the skewers on a serving tray and drizzle some olive oil over them. Garnishing with pepper would be the last step.
You can change the base ingredients as per your choice and availability of food items.
It's time to give a spicy kick to the otherwise salty popcorn with this super easy trick. Melt 5-6 tablespoon of butter in a pan and mix Tabasco sauce (or any other spicy sauce) in it. Mix 1.5 tablespoon of paprika, salt, garlic powder and pepper each and mix well. Pour the spicy mix on a large bowl of popcorn, one spoon at a time.
Just throw in some chopped coriander, green chilli, diced onions, a pinch of fennel seeds, salt to taste and pepper in a bowl of well mashed boiled potatoes and mix it well. Prepare balls of the mixture and press them a bit for quick cooking. You can either deep fry them in olive oil or fry them light on a frying pan.
You can add bread crumbs to the bix for a crunchy taste.
The best part about bread pizza is that you get to decide the size of the slice (which can be small and thus prepare more servings in lesser time.) The steps are pretty easy; spread pizza spread on the bread, add chopped onion, tomato, sliced olives, capsicum, etc. (toppings of your choice) and top it up with some grated cheese.
Keep the bread slices in the pre-heated oven and bake it at 180 degrees till the cheese starts to melt. Serve hot with oregano and chilli flakes as garnish.
Paneer Tikka fills in for a slightly heavy snack with a bang on Indian flavors. Its recipe is quite non-complex, and it goes as follows: In a bowl of hung curd (1/2 a cup), add one tablespoon each of red chili powder, ginger garlic paste, coriander powder, a pinch of garam masala powder, turmeric powder, chaat masala powder, each, and half a tbsp of corn starch, salt and olive oil and whisk well.
Cut cottage cheese, capsicum, onion, and bell pepper in equal size (1-1.5 inch size is preferred.) Add them to the bowl of whisked marinade and mix gently until all the vegetables and cheese are coated. Leave the mix in the freezer covered with a lid or plastic wrap and in the meanwhile grease the metal skewers with oil. In case you are using wooden skewers, soak them in cold water for at least 10-12 minutes to prevent them from burning.
Start skewing the veggies and paneer in a regular order and place the skewers on the baking tray. Brush the tikka with oil on all the sides, wrap them in an aluminium foil nd cook for 7-8 minutes in a pre-heated oven at 200 degrees. Turn the skewers and repeat the process. Garnish with lemon slices and sprayed chaat masala and serve hot. You can replace cottage cheese with tofu for a healthier snack.
If your guests have a sweet tooth (well, who doesn't?), it's time to get them munch like crazy on these amazing caramel popcorns.
Melt one cup of butter in a saucepan and add two cups of brown sugar, half-a-cup corn syrup, and a tbsp of salt to it. Stir continuously and bring it to the boil. Now let the mix boil for 3-4 minutes without stirring. Remove from heat and add half-a-tbsp of baking soda and one tbsp of vanilla essence to the same. Pour the mix gently and uniformly over a large bowl of popcorn. Keep stirring the popcorns for a uniform coating.
You can preheat the popcorn to 95 degrees C for better coating.
This happens to be one of my favorite party snacks, which is surprisingly very healthy as well.
All you need to do is cut a few carrots (depending on your guest list) in shape of fries, brush olive oil on all the sides, and roast them for 3-4 minutes in a preheated oven at 200 degrees C. Garnish the carrot 'fries' with some hazelnut and honey, and serve them with a bit spicy garlic dip, only to watch your guests go crazy over it!
You can offer mustard sauce, tomato ketchup, etc. along with the carrots as well.
Bored of garlic breads already? It's time to treat your folks with bread with a tangy twist!
This three-ingredient beer bread is cooked in two simple steps:
1) Add 4 cups of pre-mixed baking mix, half a cup sugar, and 350 ml of your favourite beer in a bowl and mix the batter till smooth.
2) Bake the mix in a preheated convection microwave (at 220 C) and bake the mix for about 18-20 minutes on bake setting.
After cooling the bread, slice it up and serve the beer bread warm to your guests.
What's better than a delicious dessert? A healthy dessert!
All you gotta do is melt some dark chocolate, dip cherries, strawberries, almonds, or basically whatever you've got and let it freeze for -810 minutes. If kids are coming over, it'd be pretty creative to insert popsicle sticks in sliced bananas, kiwis, green apples, etc. and then coated with chocolate.
Trust me, with chocolate on the platter, nothing can go wrong, EVER!
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