Tempting Trays: Festive Party Food

Overview

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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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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

Guacamole

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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

Fried Plantain Cups

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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

Roasted Garlic

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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

Spicy Chipotle Albondigas

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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

Roasted Red Peppers

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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

Baba Ghanoush

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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

Chocolate-Dipped Fruit

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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

Shortbread

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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

Spicy Toasted Almonds

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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

Labeling Party Food

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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

Party Hosting Wine Tips

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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