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Last Updated : Nov 06,2018



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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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Aloo Cheese Croquettes, Potato and Cheese Rolls
Recipe# 32755
16 May 14

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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 ....
Grilled Mushrooms in Garlic and Dill
Recipe# 41704
18 Jan 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
This mouth-watering starter is made by grilling succulent mushrooms coated with butter, garlic and dill. As the mushrooms cook, a very appetizing aroma arises from the grill pan – it’s buttery, garlicky and herby – so tempting that you cannot wait to taste it! Grilled Mushrooms in Garlic and ....
Fruity Beetroot Soda
Recipe# 33209
08 Jan 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
While you are sure to have tried Juices combining fruits and vegetables, this unique blend of beetroot and fruits with soda is something unique! Beetroot gives not only an appealing colour but also a pleasant texture to the drink, while pineapple ....
Vatana ni Kachori, Matar Kachori, Green Peas Kachori
Recipe# 40639
17 Dec 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 ....
Mexican Tarts with Refried Beans and Sour Cream
Recipe# 1249
25 Dec 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Tarts are usually very attractive, not just because of their dainty size but also because they are open containers that show off their contents! This kind of makes the snack all the more appetizing and makes it impossible to resist. We have used readymade tarts for this recipe, which makes it ve ....
Fried Chana Dal, Savoury Jar Snack
Recipe# 42424
19 Dec 18

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Fried Chana Dal is a common, time-tested namkeen that nobody tires of! The crispiness of the deep-fried chana dal together with the chatpata seasoning makes it a great success with young and old. It is a priceless, intensely satisfying experience to pop some of this into your mouth before you si ....
Dabeli Cheese Fondue
Recipe# 41229
17 Dec 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Sometimes, it is nice to fuse Indian flavours with international cooking styles, to make a dish that is both exotic and exciting to the Indian palate. Here, we have created a gooey, cheesy fondue with the fantastic flavour and aroma of dabeli masala, a traditional Gujarati spice mix with strong ....
Lavash
Recipe# 22702
17 Dec 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
We always gain a deep satisfaction from preparing exotic, international foods in our own kitchen, isn’t it? Here is your chance to make Lavash, the all-time Mediterranean favourite. With mild scents of olive oil and the strong aroma of toasted sesame, Lavash is a bread par excellence. Bake them fres ....
Cheese Corn Balls
Recipe# 30981
11 Dec 18

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 by Tarla Dalal
Corn is an all-time favourite, so is cheese. Put these two together in the form of a crunchy yet soft-centered deep-fried dish, and you have a chartbuster. Also try other recipes with corn and cheese combo like Corn Filled Bread Tartlets ,
Virgin Mary  Mocktail
Recipe# 489
16 May 10

 
 by Tarla Dalal
A unique drink with an intermingling taste of tomato juice and worcestershire sauce with a dash of lemon and pepper.
Dhokla Sushi with Bell Peppers
Recipe# 41200
30 Nov 18

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Love the exotic flavour of Sushi but don’t have the time to prepare it, or don’t have access to the ingredients? Not to worry. We have brought together Indian and Japanese styles to create a dhokla-based sushi, which anybody can make and enjoy any time! You can also surprise your guests with thi ....
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 ....
Nachos with Salsa and Baked Beans
Recipe# 38291
15 Jun 14

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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 ....
Spinach Tarts
Recipe# 978
14 Nov 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Here is a cheesy, creamy and chunky treat of melt-in-the-mouth homemade tarts baked with a luscious spinach-based filling. A range of exciting ingredients ranging from tomato puree to onions and green chillies give the spinach mixture a balanced taste that combines tang, spice and crunch. Top ....
Galouti Kebab On Crispy Naan
Recipe# 41988
14 Nov 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 ....
Spinach and Cheese Balls, Protein Rich Recipe
Recipe# 33225
12 Mar 09

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 by Tarla Dalal
Spinach and cheese balls, this power-packed snack is made up of cheese and paneer, 2 dense sources of protein. Paneer has a bland flavour and thus blends well with any ingredient. This recipes is sure to be enjoyed by people of all age groups especially the kids who love to munch on finger foo ....
Mini Onion Samosa
Recipe# 40490
30 Oct 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
These scrumptious bite-sized samosas are excitingly stuffed with onions that have been sautéed with masala powders for that really mouthwatering aroma and flavour. Sautéing the onions rids it of the raw smell and imparts a rich aroma instead. The texture also gets more enjoyable. Mini Onion Sa ....
Ginger and Lemon Drink, Party Drink
Recipe# 33184
26 Nov 11

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Ginger and lemon drink, I never cease to be amazed by how simple ingredients available in every kitchen can transform into glamorous products when combined with skill and imagination. Just try this drink made using ginger and lemon and you’ll believe me! you can make a syrup with the ginger juic ....
Cottage Cheese Balls in Tomato Sauce with Herbed Spaghetti
Recipe# 2462
22 Oct 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, ....
Cheese and Spring Onion Samosa
Recipe# 41246
11 Oct 18

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by Tarla Dalal
Unlike the common samosas that are stuffed with soft, potato-based mixtures, the Cheese and Spring Onion Samosa has a totally different filling, which gives it an exciting texture and unique taste too. The stuffing of cheese and spring onions seasoned with red chilli flakes, gives you a fabulous ....
Spicy Garlic Hummus
Recipe# 41552
01 Nov 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Hummus is an ever-popular Mediterranean dip made of chick peas, garlic, olive oil and other ingredients. This is a spicy variant of the same, spiked up with red chilli paste. Curd gives the Spicy Garlic Hummus a creamy texture and tangy flavour, which complements the other ingredients beautifull ....
Grilled Paneer with Spicy Pepper Garlic Sauce
Recipe# 41696
29 Sep 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
A sauce that combines spices like pepper with garlic can be nothing but exciting! In this yummy preparation, succulent cottage cheese is grilled with a sprinkling of salt and herbs, and then drowned in a tongue-tickling pepper-garlic sauce. The crisp and soft texture of the paneer together with ....
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 ....
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 ....
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