Creating a range of snacks for your guests is one of the easiest jobs in the world. Most Western snacks are easy to make, require very little ingredients, and can be done in a short amount of time. But sometimes eating the same snacks over and over can get boring pretty quickly, and thinking outside the box for your next party can completely change how much enjoyment your guest’s experience.
Fortunately, snacks are popular throughout the world, and there are plenty of international ideas to keep your party’s fun and exciting for everyone attending.
Bruschetta – Italy
This is ancient Italian appetizer makes use of a range of fresh ingredients to bring a special something to the snack table. Traditionally, bruschetta is made from grilled bread slices that are then topped with salt and drizzled with olive oil, along with freshly chopped tomatoes and basil. Other options are available such as tuna, mussels, or just about anything imaginable, making it a great snack while playing poker or watching the races for horse betting.
Empanadas – Latin America
Empanadas are originally from Spain, but they quickly became a favourite in many South American countries. It’s the precursor to the modern hot pocket that has a filling with some kind of meat inside a thick pastry crust. They’re easy to put together, and give you the chance to bring a decidedly Latin American delicacy to the snack table.
Falafel – Middle East
Falafels are made from ground chickpeas that have been formed into small balls. They’re one of the oldest snack foods in the world, dating back to the Ancient Egyptians, where the pharaohs of old would enjoy them every now and again. They’re extremely popular in the Middle East, and has seen widespread popularity around the world, but especially so in Israel.
Smoked Salmon Smorrebrod – Denmark
This open finger sandwich is a favourite among Danes, and combines dill, thin slices of salmon, cucumber, and cream cheese, all of which is added on top of a slice of rye bread. The beauty of this snack is that all of the ingredients can be interchanged for something else, depending on what exactly you want to serve your guests.
Samosas – India
Samosas are a favourite among Indians, and have made their way to an array of different countries. They’re triangle-shaped pastries that contain a stuffing made traditional of potatoes, meat, peas, and onions, that are then either deep fried or baked. They’re meant to be an easy snack to eat with your hands, and date back as far as the 11th century.
Dolmades – Greece
Greece has always been a hotspot for good food, and dolmades are a testament to this fact. Dolmades are made by steaming grape leaves in water and lemon juice and then making a stuffing from rice, ground lamb, garlic, lamb, tabouli or rice and an assortment of herbs. The herbs can either be parsley or dill, although any herb can be used successfully.