The Best Party Starter Foods
The traditional custom for most servings of food consists of: a starter, a mains, and a dessert. For many, skipping the starter altogether and going for the mains tends to be a more convenient option, but starters serve a purpose of their own, especially when it comes to dinner parties thrown at home.
Starters are meant to whet the appetite, and are best kept for those parties where the main theme is aimed at providing full courses of food to hungry guests. It’s also about providing a wide range of choice, allowing guests to choose what they want before moving on to the mains. Starts are also extremely easy to make, require few ingredients, and are generally tend to be small and delicious. They’re the perfect way to get an evening started before other activities begin. These are some simple starter ideas for any occasion, and would work well for any casino-themed affair – give these a try before the best roulette games and real fun starts.
- Stir-Fried Chilli Chicken
This is a straightforward, simple dish that shouldn’t take longer than 15 minutes to put together. All it takes is some chopped chicken put into a pan along with oil, garlic, and chillies. When the chicken has fried for about a minute, add some tomato puree, soy sauce, and sugar. The dish is ready once the sauce has been reduced to the preferred consistency.
- Cheese Balls
Everyone loves cheese thanks to its wide range of flavours and textures. It gets even better with fried cheese balls, which can be dipped in a number of different sauces. These take around 30 minutes in total to make, and require cheese, eggs, salt, baking powder, and chilli powder. Mix all the ingredients together, and deep-fry in oil until crisp and golden brown.
- Chicken Satay
Chicken satay is the perfect starter for those evenings where guests are going to be walking around rather than sitting. The chicken, which marinaded in a combination of ginger, garlic, turmeric, chilli paste and lemon juice, is then placed on a skewer and cooked evenly on all sides. Once finished, they can be coated in any sauce of your choice.
- Kakori Kebabs
Kebabs are always a popular choice when it comes to starters, and Kakori kebabs are a simple but tasty option that are extremely easy to prepare and cook. Marinade mutton or lamb in a mixture of garlic paste, black pepper, salt, coriander, chillies, cloves, cinnamon, cumin speeds, nutmeg, onions, papaya, powdered Bhuna chana, egg, and brushing ghee. Once the mutton has marinaded for around 4 hours, place it in the fridge for around an hour. Once done, shape the meat around skewers, and place on a charcoal grill. Rotate them constantly for around 15 to 20 minutes until they are brown and have cooked evenly. Brush with ghee every two minutes until complete, and serve with a side of sauce, or chaat masala onions and green chutney.