A buffet is a great way to serve a large group of people. It allows them to try new things while still staying within their comfort zone, and it’s easy for you as a host or hostess because it’s self-serve. What’s even nicer about a buffet filled with finger foods is that your guests will be more likely to try more new things.
Tapas are Spanish specialties that are fast becoming popular all over the world, and it’s easy to see why: They’re ideal snack foods: delicious, small, portable and usually interesting. If you still haven’t decided on a theme for your party, tapas might be the way to go. From the fairly familiar mini-empanada (which can be filled with savory or sweet fillings) to Spain’s ubiquitous bacalao, it’s up to you (and what you think your guests will like) as to how authentic you want to be. If you’re feeling especially ambitious, you might even consider venturing into the celebrated realm of Basque cookery and its pintxos.
Some examples of the true-to-memory version would be the ever-popular finger sandwiches, mini-fruit-tartlets and pigs in a blanket. As the saying goes, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” right?
If you think your guests would be more likely to appreciate a surprise, you might want to try twists on familiar foods. Some examples might include homemade bacon and egg ice cream served over mini-waffles, curried mango pocket pies and miniature buns with serrano ham and Gruyere cheese baked inside.