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Cocktail Party recipes


Last Updated : Aug 21,2019



कॉकटेल पार्टी - हिन्दी में पढ़ें (Cocktail Party recipes in Hindi)
કૉકટેલ પાર્ટી - ગુજરાતી માં વાંચો (Cocktail Party recipes in Gujarati)

 

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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Crispy Potato Snack
Recipe# 2388
19 Aug 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
A flavour-packed snack with an unmistakable Oriental touch, the Crispy Potato Snack features deep-fried potato cubes tossed with peppy ingredients like garlic and spring onions in chilli oil. Tinges of soy sauce and vinegar add to the energetic flavour of this snack, which goes great with crea ....
Cheese Poppers
Recipe# 39626
21 Aug 19

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 by Tarla Dalal
These exciting Cheese Poppers feature herbed cheese slice rolls that are batter-fried to perfection. A melt-in-your-mouth treat, which does not melt from your memory forever! It is amazing how a small sprinkling of mixed herbs with chilli flakes can transform plain chee ....
Tahini Paste, Lebanese Tahini Paste
Recipe# 22577
16 Aug 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
This homemade authentic Tahini Paste is so easy to make. A very flavourful and aromatic paste of sesame seeds and olive oil seasoned with salt, the Tahini Paste is a valuable addition to several Lebanese di ....
Lemon Cake
Recipe# 2620
14 Aug 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Bring together the soft succulence of the best of cakes with the citrusy scent and flavour of lemon, to make a perfectly delightful treat. The cake dough is perked up with tangy ingredients like lemon juice and rind, which gives a fresh aroma and refreshing flavour to the cake. Serve the Lem ....
Cheesy Rice Stick
Recipe# 40861
03 Aug 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
The Cheesy Rice Stick is a snazzy starter made with a dough of rice and potatoes perked up with appropriate herbs and spices. Portions of the dough are stuffed with a piece of cheese before being deep-fried to a perfect golden brown. The cheese melts in the heat and coats the inside of the ric ....
Hummus, Lebanese Dip
Recipe# 22719
24 Jul 19

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 by Tarla Dalal
Hummus, the famous traditional Lebanese spread, has a creamy chickpea texture. It tastes fantastic when served as apart of a mezze platter with Pita Bread or ve ....
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 ....
Pav Bhaji Fondue
Recipe# 39815
20 Jul 19

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 by Tarla Dalal
Perfect fondue for the chaat lover! The Pav Bhaji Fondue smartly combines veggies, cheese, cream, milk and pav bhaji masala, into a richly flavoured dip. The combination of veggies is also such that they ....
Hara Bhara Kababs
Recipe# 32747
15 Apr 19

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 by Tarla Dalal
One of the most loved kabab in Indian restaurants around the world, the Hara Bhara Kabab is interestingly made with the humble spinach! Bound together by mashed chana dal, green peas and paneer, and flavoured with readily available spi ....
Corn Pakodas, Corn Pakora Snack Recipe
Recipe# 521
23 Jul 19

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 by Tarla Dalal
The Corn Pakodas, apart from being irresistibly tasty, are also easy to make as they use minimal, readily-available ingredients, and a simple procedure. The combination of grated and whole sweet corn kernels with rice flour results in a perfect texture, while green chillies impart a mild but n ....
Potato Nuggets Recipe, Easy Party Starter
Recipe# 42490
03 Jul 19

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 by Tarla Dalal
Very easy to make and ideal to serve at parties, the Potato Nuggets is sure to please you with its succulent mouth-feel and pleasant cheesy flavour. A mixture of mashed potatoes and cheese, flavoured elegantly with red chilli flakes, is shaped into nuggets and deep-fried to make this all-time fa ....
Pink Lemonade
Recipe# 40808
24 Jun 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
This drink features a perfect blend of soothing rose syrup and peppy lemon juice, with mint leaves for added zing. These brilliant flavours are topped with chilled soda to make a thoroughly refreshing Pink Lemonade. Make sure the soda is absolutely chill because adding ice separately will dilu ....
Lychee and Melon Ball Drink
Recipe# 493
10 Jun 19

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
There is a lot of fun and fizz in this exciting glassful! Lychee squash, soda and strawberry syrup come together with lots of ice to give your palate a treat that combines all-time favourite flavours. Blobs of muskmelon float in this drink, making it look and taste more attractive. Make sure the ....
Cheese Corn Balls
Recipe# 30981
30 May 19

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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 ,
Cabbage Ghughras
Recipe# 519
16 May 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Ghughra, a traditional gujarati tea time snack gets a savoury twist with this unique filling. Cabbage ghughras feature a stuffing made of cabbage, raisins, coconut and other ingredients pepped up with a dash of lemon juice too. Serve the ghughras soon after deep frying to maintain the texture and cr ....
Urad Dal and Vegetable Appe
Recipe# 40524
02 May 19

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Urad dal, generally the basic ingredient for vadas, takes on the form of appe in this delicious recipe! A batter of soaked urad is perked up with spice powders and grated veggies before being cooked in an appe mould till crisp and golden in colour. Since this irresistible Urad Dal and Ve ....
Lavash
Recipe# 22702
29 Apr 19

 
 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 ....
Baby Corn Fritters, Fried Baby Corn
Recipe# 32729
26 Apr 19

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 by Tarla Dalal
Very easy to prepare compared to other kebabs and tikkis but worthy of serving on the same platter, Baby Corn Fritters are a really mouth-watering preparation of crisp, tender baby c ....
Dhokla Sushi with Bell Peppers
Recipe# 41200
16 Apr 19

 
 
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 ....
Crispy Fried Corn
Recipe# 4132
18 Apr 19

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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 ....
Watermelon and Guava Juice
Recipe# 33172
01 Apr 19

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
The thoughtful combination of juicy watermelon and pulpy guava laced with lemon juice results in a stunning juice that has a unique mouth-feel. Remove the seeds from the watermelon first, as the juice is not to be strained after blending. If you strain, you will lose the grainy texture. Savour every ....
Sugar Syrup, How To Make Sugar Syrup for Drinks and Desserts
Recipe# 498
01 Apr 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Sugar syrup is one of the essential items you must learn to make sometime early in your culinary journey, especially if you are interested in making sweets, preserves, drinks and desserts. This simple sugar syrup is ideal or making drinks and desserts. It can be kept at room temperature or in ....
Peanut Chaat, Evening Snack
Recipe# 42151
25 Mar 19

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by Tarla Dalal
Chaat adds more josh to the timeless appeal of boiled peanuts by combining it with juicy veggies, succulent pomegranate and crunchy sev. A dash of spice powders and lemon juice boosts all the other flavours, making this an utterly irresistible evening snack. It is one of the most popular snacks ....
Mint Chutney,  Pudina Chutney
Recipe# 4978
23 Mar 19

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
This popular mint chutney can be prepared in a matter of minutes by using fresh mint along with coriander leaves. This chutney has the aromatic freshness of mint combined with the earthiness of the coriander. Serve it alongside Indian appetizers like
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