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There’s nothing quite as lovely as relaxing in front of the television, or listening to some music, or having a movie night with the family. Of course, for some, this could be the best (and still amazing) entertainment they can look forward to right now.
During these lovely nights in, it can be better to put on a spread of celebratory finger-foods rather than eating a heavy meal and lazing all night on the couch, if only to go for something a little different. Once the warmer weather arrives, we’re sure to add beautiful barbecue foods to that list.
But what exactly are ‘finger-foods?’ Of course, they’re foods you don’t necessarily need to use cutlery for and can pick up, combine onto a plate, and perhaps eat without worrying about standard table etiquette. As such, it’s suitable for all age groups and almost all indoor and outdoor events.
It can be nice to think a little more deeply about what comprises the perfect finger foods, however. This way, we can celebrate an event inside, or perhaps make the concession of celebrating a birthday at home, or fuelling yourself with good and healthy foods during your Netflix binge.
Let’s see what that means in practice:
Tasty, Simple, Healthy
These are the three principles of creating lovely finger food. Of course, ‘healthy’ might not be the operative term for some people trying to indulge. Little pizza rolls or cheeses can be a nice indulgence, but they can also pair well with other foods to balance out that indulgence, like carrot sticks, pieces of salad, or sweet potato fritters.
In other words, you can happily feed your family with healthy and less-greasy foods than you may have without feeling like you’re doing without the indulgences. Furthermore, pre-packaged food from the supermarket is in no way ‘bad’ to eat, but it can be that you have a lot of fun making some of these items yourself! For instance, this guide that teaches us how to make spring rolls at home gives us the chance to create a beautiful and really tasty classic, as healthily as possible. Don’t overthink it. Finger-foods are about celebrating, slow picking, and food that can last on the spread for a couple of hours without being less tasty.
Finger foods are best when they’re small, and can be combined. With serving tongs you might place different pieces of meat such as charcuterie (this pairs excellently with craft beers or aged wines). Duck gyoza, fries, avocado toast, little sausages, or cut up sandwiches can all provide a plate that is both tasty and comfortable to put together.
In this way, everyone in your family can select the items they might like, ignore those they’re not too keen on, or try new foods they might be interested in. Little serving sticks or plastic cutlery (they can help us get hold of some finger foods), can help us widen our serving options.
Dips & Additions
Perhaps the most fun element of creating a finger-food spread is that dips and little additions can also come with it, helping us enjoy a range of tastes with very little in the way of excess preparation. A guacamole dip for your nachos can be a lovely addition, as can sour cream, salsa, cheese melts, and more.
It might be, for instance, that your lovely toasted sticks orbit a confident wheel of camembert cheese. You can then eat this bit by bit, grateful for how tasty this is and how refined your decisions were. Again, finger foods are about indulgence, exploration, and mixing certain foods. You never know, you might just unlock flavor combination you had never considered to be worthwhile. Furthermore, finger foods need not be savory. Sweets can be just as worthwhile in this context, especially to polish off a wonderful feast. There’s almost no better way to bond.
Pairing Well With Drinks
Finger foods are often made to be picked at over the course of an evening, which means that having a range of drinks available to help wash it down is a nice idea. For the adults, having wine together, or punch served in a watermelon, or soft drinks can be a nice idea.
Children might enjoy a pitcher of orange or blackcurrant squash. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you might bring your blender out and a range of fruits, allowing everyone to enjoy their own smoothie. That could be a wonderful showpiece. No matter what you choose, remembering that finger foods are incomplete without a quenched thirst is essential.