Tempting Trays: Festive Party Food

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Tempting Trays: Festive Party Food
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Be the hit of the party with our guide to tasty party snacks guaranteed to please a crowd. From homemade guacamole in plantain cups to DIY chocolate-dipped fruit, eHow Food shows you how to make easy appetizers to delight your guests.

Salsa
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Salsa

You’ll never buy store-bought salsa again once you realize how easy (and delicious) it is to make your own. Daisy shows you the basic principles to make a party on a chip.

  • in association with Rachael Ray

Related: Watch Salsa Two Ways in HD

Guacamole
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Guacamole

Our takeaway from Daisy’s lesson in guacamole: Don’t be afraid to go big with the flavors. She adds plenty of cilantro, lime and onion to her guac to make a tangy, flavorful mixture that will have guests begging for your recipe.

  • in association with Rachael Ray

Related: Watch Guacamole Basics in HD

Fried Plantain Cups
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Fried Plantain Cups

Edible serving cups made from fried plantains -- what’s not to like? Daisy shows how to make these tiny treats, ready to fill with guacamole, salsa, pulled pork, or whatever dips or spreads you have on hand.

  • in association with Rachael Ray

Related: Watch Fried Plantain Cups in HD

Roasted Garlic
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Roasted Garlic

Drizzle some EVOO on a head of garlic, wrap it in foil, throw it in the oven for an hour, and the garlic’s bitterness has mellowed into a sophisticated spread for bread.

  • in association with Rachael Ray

Related: Watch Quick Tip: Easy Oven Roasted Garlic in HD

Spicy Chipotle Albondigas
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Spicy Chipotle Albondigas

Everyone likes meatballs, but too often at parties they’re dry, greasy or both. Mix things up with Daisy’s Latin American version, which bring a healthy amount of heat to the usually innocuous appetizer.

  • in association with Rachael Ray

Related: Watch Spicy Chipotle Albondigas in HD

Roasted Red Peppers
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Roasted Red Peppers

You can buy the ones in the jar, but if you have tongs and a gas grill you can make your own in minutes while preserving the bright flavors of the peppers. Whir them in a food processor until smooth or serve them in strips next to your favorite dip.

  • in association with Rachael Ray

Related: Watch Quick Tip: Roasted Red Peppers in HD

Baba Ghanoush
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Baba Ghanoush

This Middle Eastern dip made from roasted eggplant is a figure-friendly party hit, and only takes a few minutes in the food processor. Serve it with veggie sticks or toasted pita triangles.

  • in association with Rachael Ray

Related: Watch Quick and Easy Dip: Baba Ganoush in HD

Chocolate-Dipped Fruit
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Chocolate-Dipped Fruit

You may not have a chocolate fountain at your party, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have chocolate-dipped strawberries. Heather shows how easy it is to make and serve this dessert treat -- if you have a fondue pot, you can even have guests dip their own.

  • in association with Rachael Ray

Related: Watch Easy and Elegant Chocolate-Dipped Fruit in HD

Shortbread
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Shortbread

Made of butter, sugar and everything nice (plus Heather’s secret ingredient, crème fraiche), shortbread fingers are an addictive, indulgent addition to the cookie tray.

  • in association with Rachael Ray

Related: Watch Rich, Buttery Shortbread Cookies in HD

Spicy Toasted Almonds
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Spicy Toasted Almonds

Set out bowls of these spicy, citrusy almonds at your party -- they come together in a few minutes and take the idea of “bar snack” to the next level.

  • in association with Rachael Ray

Related: Watch Spicy Toasted Almonds in HD

Labeling Party Food
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Labeling Party Food

Appease picky eaters and guests with food allergies with Evette’s tips on labeling party food. Just add pretty placecards identifying the dish and ingredients and you’ll buy yourself time to mingle with guests, instead of manning the buffet table.

  • in association with Rachael Ray

Related: Watch Labeling Party Food in HD

Party Hosting Wine Tips
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Party Hosting Wine Tips

Hosting a shindig and clueless about wine? Jordan and Joe discuss their favorite bottles to bring to a holiday gathering.

  • in association with Rachael Ray

Related: Watch Party Hosting Wine Tips in HD

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