I have always loved making mini food for parties but have not done any for quite a while, so when I was choosing a menu for Easter, I decided to do the whole meal bite size. It is a really fun and easy way to feed guests whether it is for a party or just a casual get-together.
All you need is a packet of disposable shot glasses and any food that is cooked or will set in the fridge as you can’t put these plastic ‘glasses’ in the oven. The two above were super quick to make and disappeared in a flash. Best of all they can be done in advance so you don’t have to spend all your time in the kitchen.
MINI PRAWN COCKTAILS
Simply layer finely shredded lettuce, cooked prawns that have been chopped into small pieces, Masterfoods Seafood Cocktail sauce and a mini lemon wedge.
MINI THAI BEEF SALADS
Layer shredded carrot, finely diced cucumber, small slivers of beef and a few pieces of red onion.
(To make the beef, fry or BBQ a 500gm piece of rump steak and allow to rest wrapped in foil for 10 minutes. Mix together in a glass bowl 1/2 cup lime juice, 1/2 teaspoon of fish sauce, 1 red chilli finely diced and one spring onion chopped. Slice the meat into slivers and then place in the marinade. Making this the day before required allows the flavours to develop a lot more.)
Here is a few other ideas that I have done in the past:-
Tomato bruschetta with tiny toast fingers, diced chicken with mayo and sundried tomatoes, mini ‘buckets’ of hot chips, mini fried rice cups, potato salad with crispy bacon bits. Any food that can be cooked in advance and served cold or gently warmed will work.
Filling them full of sweet things for dessert is fun too. Chocolate mousse, Tiramisu, Eatons Mess, cheese cake, fruit salad, jelly and custard all work really well. Jelly shots with a splash of Vodka are always popular.
I usually buy a packet of cocktail forks from the supermarket to serve with mini food just to make it a little easier to eat without having to tip the food into your mouth. Small spoons work better for desserts and I get these from my local cheap shop.
The best part is cleaning up, you just through it all in the bin when you are finished. But if you want to be more environmentally friendly I also have a big stash of mini latte glasses that I have used when I want the event to have a bit more formality and I just pop them in the dishwasher at the end of the night.
What is your favourite party food that you could serve in mini form?
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Wow! How organised. I don’t use disposable anymore. I got a stack of Ikea glasses that we use every time we have a party – about 50 of each (Champagne, tumblers and wine glasses ) We’ve used them about 20 times now, so the cost is miniscule now. And no worries if you break some! #Lovinglifelinky
My mini latte glasses have had a good work out, I have had them for so long I don’t even know where I got them from!
Oh yum – you have my mouth watering! Lovely quick ideas ideas – thank you! 🙂 #TeamLovinLife
A prawn cocktail would go down really well right about now!
Ooh I’ve never tried making mini food. I’d be happy to be served anything prawn or beef like you did!!
Its just a fun way to serve good that people seem to love.
I must admit I love a mini burger. We are about to celebrate my daughters 18th and mini burgers were my choice.
I have done mini burgers too, and hot dogs using bake at home rolls as they are the perfect size.
I love this idea of ‘mini foods’, and your suggestions sound delicious! I will definitely be creating my own very soon. Thanks for sharing!
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