Trying to come up with appetizer ideas for your next gathering? With a little creativity an appetizer can turn into the star of the meal. The secret is to start with good quality ingredients and a tasty recipe – from there have fun! Here are three ways you can elevate appetizers that look and taste great.
1. Ample selection
Appetizer platters should always start with selection. Try choosing elements that are tasty and complementary, but also offer something different. Be sure to have plenty of meat, cheese and crisp options, and of course wine! Here are three pairing ideas to diversify your next snacking table.
- raincoast crisps® rosemary raisin pecan with brie, salami and Sauvignon Blanc
- raincoast crisps® fig and olive with tapenade, camembert and capicola and Merlot
- raincoast crisps® salty date and almond with havarti and prosciutto and Rosé
2. Complementary cocktails
Offering a signature drink for the evening is a great way to add flair and a personalized touch. No need to wait until dinner try a light and refreshing aperitif, meant to be drank before the meal. Right now, we’re enjoying a classic Negroni – equal parts gin, sweet vermouth and Campari, pored over ice and garnished with an orange rind.
3. Presentation is key
You don’t need to spend a ton of effort on presentation, a little goes a long way. For example, you can decorate your appetizer by embellishing your platter with fresh flowers and herbs. The more colours you incorporate, the more visually appealing it is. For appetizers that need to be contained inside small dishes, like pasta salads and fruit salads, choose a non-conventional dish to serve them in. This will add personality and showcase your décor skills.
So, the next time you are trying to up your appetizer game, consider these simple tips and you will be sure to ‘wow’. Visit our pairings section for additional appetizer ideas to entertain your guests with.