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Last Updated : Sep 08,2018



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Top 10 Snacks, Starters for Cocktail Parties

A cocktail party is usually an occasion for celebration. It might be to celebrate an occasion, an achievement or simply a sophisticated get-together.

Some of the occasions for which cocktail parties are held:
1. Pre-wedding events
2. Birthday party
3. Business meeting
4. Baby shower
5. Engagement
6. Any other happy moment worth celebrating!

  Top 10 Starter Recipes
1. Corn Cheese Balls
2. Nacho Chips with Cheese Dip
3. Pav Bhaji Fondue
4. Besan Masala Peanuts
5. Aloo Cheese Croquettes
6. Cheesy Baked Zucchini Fries
7. Ricotta and Cherry Tomato Crostini
8. Broccoli and Cheese Balls
9. Pesto Corn and Black Olives Pinwheel Sandwich
10. Paneer Tikka

At a cocktail party, the guests are usually served several bite-sized starters along with alcohol-based drinks or cocktails. A couple of non-alcoholic mocktails are also served for teetotalers. The guests will be moving around freely at a cocktail party. The snacks or starters may be placed at tables at convenient places or carried around by bearers depending on the scale of the party, the place where it is held, the number of helpers available, etc.

Usually, dry and bite-sized snacks are preferred. The starters are always made to look very attractive because there is a certain standard to live up to in a cocktail party! The cocktails may precede a brunch or dinner party.

 

10 Tips to choose your Veg Starters wisely for Cocktail Parties

1. Always include some starters with bread as it soaks up alcohol.
2. Let not all the starters be deep-fried. Not only will it get difficult to prepare, but some people might be hesitant about having so much deep-fried stuff. So, include some raw, steamed or baked starters too.
3. Include a selection of chips and dry tidbits that can be enjoyed with dips.
4. The starters served should be easy to pick and eat, and not saucy or messy. Go for bite-sized!
5. Pick a good mix of deep-fried, baked, tandoori and barbequed snacks.
6. Make it convenient for the guests by serving each starter with toothpicks and tissues.
7. The starters should be piping hot and fresh.
8. Ensure that the starters are circulated well, or placed amply in several locations, so that is it available for all the guests to try.
9. The cocktail snacks must be arranged attractively in platters to make it look classy.
10. Do not select starters with uncommon ingredients, because some guests might be hesitant to try. Mushrooms and eggs are also not very preferable.

A mix of Indian and international starters will strike a proper balance and make sure all your guests are satiated. When a series of snacks is served one after the other, variety is very important. Only then people will pay attention to and individually relish each snack. If the snacks are repetitive, for example if you serve four or five types of tikkis one after the other, the guests will get bored and not even notice what they are eating. So, go for a good variety.

This is not very difficult to do, because there does exist a rather large pool of cocktail snacks and starters in every cuisine. You can go for standard, ever-popular choices like the Corn Cheese Balls, Nacho Chips with Cheese Dip and Besan Masala Peanuts, or surprise your guests with something different like the Cheesy Baked Zucchini Fries or Pav Bhaji Fondue! Croquettes and crostini are ideal to serve at cocktail parties because they are handily sized and extremely attractive to look at. If you are planning to serve Tikkis or samosas, make sure you size them small.

When arranging a cocktail party, the idea is not just to serve satiating food, but to do it in such way that you set a new standard that’s spoken about memorably for a long time! Class and convenience go hand-in-hand to make a cocktail party a great success.


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Fruit Punch
Recipe# 490
29 Jun 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
One of the most popular welcome drinks served at most parties, the Fruit Punch features a delightful blend of colours and flavours. The heady aroma of fruits entices your taste buds and refreshes your senses, making it a worthy drink to prepare even on a normal day when you feel dull and require a b ....
Nachos with Salsa and Baked Beans
Recipe# 38291
22 Sep 18

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by Tarla Dalal
A salad, a snack or something in between? Nachos with Salsa and Baked Beans is a snack that makes you think. With uncooked salsa, baked beans and a creamy cheese sauce arranged temptingly atop corn chips, it causes a burst of flavours and textures in your mouth. The exotic garnish with olives, sprin ....
Mini Cashew Idlis in Milagai Podi
Recipe# 41201
14 Sep 18

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
This peppy cocktail snack features cashew-studded idlis coated with spicy milagai podi. Adding spiced cashews to the idli batter gives the idlis a nice peppy crunch, while tossing it with milagai podi raises the spice quotient. Mi ....
Amlana
Recipe# 3853
19 Apr 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Amlana is a delicious Rajasthani drink made with tamarind pulp, perked up with spices like pepper and cardamom. The addition of black salt imparts a wonderful flavour, which is further enhanced by the minty garnish. Chill this drink really well before serving!
Mexican Bread Tartlets
Recipe# 6178
31 Aug 18

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 by Tarla Dalal
Cute, little bread tartlets are filled with a delicious mixture of corn, capsicum, tomatoes and onions and topped with a generous layer of cheese. These tartlets must be eaten warm after they’re baked and the cheese is all molten. A great snack for children!
Galouti Kebab On Crispy Naan
Recipe# 41988
27 Aug 18

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
The Galouti Kebab on Crispy Naan is an appetizer with such an attractive appearance and awesome flavour that it will capture everybody’s attention. It does involve a bit of effort but it is not difficult per se, and is surely worth the time you put in. More so, if you are serving it at a party b ....
Crispy Fried Corn
Recipe# 4132
22 Aug 18

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 by Tarla Dalal
A snack that requires a bit of patience but is so unique and exciting that you will thoroughly enjoy the results of your effort! Unlike most dishes that make use of boiled or crushed sweet corn, here the kernels are deep-fried till absolutely crisp, and then tossed with flavour-givers like ginge ....
Corn Croquettes
Recipe# 1602
03 Sep 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
These attractive, golden-coloured Corn Croquettes are perfect to serve at parties as they have a brilliant flavour and texture, and are handily sized too. You will love the mild sweetness of corn, the succulent softness of cooked rice and the perky flavour of green chillies, which play out won ....
Cottage Cheese Balls in Tomato Sauce with Herbed Spaghetti
Recipe# 2462
11 Aug 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Think of this dish as three tasty units placed together with the sheer motive of delighting the diner! Flavourful and succulent cottage cheese balls; tangy tongue-tickling tomato sauce; and perfectly cooked, herbed spaghetti... each of these is as perfect as can be, whether in terms of flavour, ....
Aloo Cheese Croquettes, Potato and Cheese Rolls
Recipe# 32755
09 Aug 18

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 by Tarla Dalal
A yummy starter, which is sure to raise one’s expectations of the forthcoming meal! Aloo Cheese Croquettes also look very appetising, so nobody is likely to pass up the tray without tasting one. A melt-in-the-mouth covering of mashed potatoes gives way to a succulent, cheesy filling that has the pep ....
Labneh
Recipe# 22723
04 Feb 15

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 by Tarla Dalal
Labneh is a popular mezze dish, and serves as an interesting alternative to sour cream or cream cheese. Made from hung curds and seasoned with garlic, the pungent dip tastes great when spread on bread, lavash, or fresh pita. It has a prominent presence on the breakfast table, in Middle Eastern house ....
Pizza in A Pan, No Oven Pizza Recipe
Recipe# 1894
05 Sep 18

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 by Tarla Dalal
Surprise, surprise! Now, you can make mouth-watering pizzas at home, even if you do not have a convection or microwave oven. All you need is a broad non-stick pan and a bit of tact. This delicious Pizza-in-a-Pan is colourful and attractive, with a range of lip-smacking toppings and seasonings rangin ....
Corn Rolls
Recipe# 4119
10 Dec 15

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 by Tarla Dalal
These scrumptious Corn Rolls stand apart from other run-of-the-mill starters due to the tongue-tickling Oriental-style filling of corn, onions and green chillies perked up with soya sauce. Bread acts as the holder for this mixture, while plain flour helps seal the rolls. Drain the oil well aft ....
Roasted Cashew Nuts, Healthy Roasted Kaju
Recipe# 42662
24 Jul 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
If you’re nuts about nuts like most foodies are, then this snack is just right for. Something that you can munch on without much guilt, the Roasted Cashew Nuts is made by baking the cashews coated with lemon juice and spices. Its vibrant flavour is sure to add more zeal to your day! You can perk ....
Cheese Poppers
Recipe# 39626
24 Jul 18

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 by Tarla Dalal
A melt-in-your-mouth treat, which does not melt from your memory forever! These exciting Cheese Poppers feature herbed cheese slice rolls that are batter-fried to perfection. It is amazing how a small sprinkling of mixed herbs with chilli flakes can transform plain cheese slices into a flavourfu ....
Cheesy Baked Zucchini Fries
Recipe# 41188
21 Jul 18

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by Tarla Dalal
This snack is a cheese-lover’s dream come true! Unpeeled zucchini fingers are coated excitingly with cheese and breadcrumbs, and baked in an oven till it acquires a uniquely cheesy crispness! It is basically the kind of snack that is both crisp and chewy, an amazing texture that everybody love ....
Hummus Dip  with Tahini Paste
Recipe# 33601
19 Jul 18

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
While we commonly make quick and easy versions of hummus with chickpeas, garlic and curds, this is a slightly more elaborate hummus dip enhanced with tahini paste. This authentic recipe has a rich mouth-feel and really strong flavour. Apart from the exciting flavour of tahini paste, the strong t ....
Broccoli and Paneer Tikki ( Healthy Starter)
Recipe# 35022
16 Jul 18

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 by Tarla Dalal
The Broccoli and Paneer Tikki is a simple yet innovative starter that’ll brace the tummy for an exciting meal! Featuring a healthy blend of ingredients like antioxidant-rich broccoli, calcium-rich paneer a ....
Mint and Orange Drink
Recipe# 494
16 Jul 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Mint is always a great value-add to any citrus flavour, be it orange or lemon. Mint leaves mixed into a tangy orange-flavoured soda makes a totally refreshing drink, which is wonderful to have chilled on a hot summer’s day. This Mint and Orange Drink is also a great option to serve at
Pizza Crackers
Recipe# 512
05 Sep 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
A quick-fix snack that matches the flavour of pizzas with an even more exciting texture! Made with readily available cream cracker biscuits, the Pizza Crackers derive their exciting flavour from a topping of pizza sauce, capsicum and cheese, brought together at the right temperature to create a nice ....
Dill Baby Potatoes
Recipe# 36938
28 Jun 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
A mouth-watering delicacy of baby potatoes tossed with butter and dill! While the strong flavour of dill is enough to make these potatoes exciting, there is more to the surprise. A tangy curd dressing further improves the texture and flavour of the Dill Baby Potatoes, as the intermixing of curds wit ....
Sprouts Tikki, Healthy- Starter Sprouts Tikki Recipe
Recipe# 35023
30 Jun 18

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 by Tarla Dalal
Let’s give a healthy twist to the evergreen Aloo Tikki! Using sprouted moong increases the nutrient-value by at least 15 per cent, while coriander and mint give an aromatic spin to the tale. Serve these fibre-rich Sprouts Tikkis hot and crisp, as soon as you prepare them. Serve with
Salsa, Mexican Salsa, Fresh Tomato Salsa Recipe
Recipe# 836
13 Aug 18

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 by Tarla Dalal
The most popular in Mexican cuisine is salsa, it taste great with tortilla chips but can also be used inside Mexican wraps like Barrito and Paneer Tikki Salsa Wrap , …very ....
Vatana ni Kachori, Matar Kachori, Green Peas Kachori
Recipe# 40639
03 Sep 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Making perfect kachoris is an art, and nothing short of it. The ideal cover, which is crisp and flaky but not too oily, and a soft filling, which is neither dry nor soggy, are all essential elements of the perfect kachori. Here, we present a recipe that is quite easy to follow and guaranteed to give ....
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