The term entrée is used to refer to a small course that is served before the main dish in a three-course meal. It is referred to as an appetizer in American usage and a starter in a British setup. Serving unique and delicious entrees can help satisfy the appetite of your guests before the main course. It is one of the best ways to create a memorable experience in birthday parties, weddings, cocktail parties, family reunions, and get-togethers. Small bites, dips, finger foods, and nibbles can make perfect starters for any social gathering. Here are seven unique and delicious entrees that will pleasantly surprise your guests.
- Wonton Cup Appetizers
Wonton cups are fantastic appetizers that guests will surely love. All you need is a package of wonton papers, a set of mini muffin tins, and creative combinations of ingredients to create an amazing entrée. It is important to eat wonton cups as soon as possible as they tend to lose their crispiness, the longer they sit on the counter.
- Stuffed Bell Peppers
There is nothing quite entertaining like a delicious stuffed bell pepper made with meat, cheese, and rice inside. Different people have distinct ways of making their stuffed peppers. It is important to choose bell peppers that can stand on their own to make it easier when adding the mixture. You also have the freedom to use the same color or all different colors as long as it works best for your occasion. The top and the seeds are removed to create room before filling them up with your stuffing. They need to be baked in the oven for about 30 minutes to soften the bell peppers and they will be ready to eat.
- Mediterranean Platter
Mediterranean platter requires some different sides placed onto a plate for sharing. The host can chop up small bites such as pita bread, hummus, fresh fruits and other finger foods on the sides to allow the guests to mix and match their favorites. There is essentially no prep time involved when making a Mediterranean platter and it does not require a high skill level to complete.
- Goat Cheese and Toasted Bruschetta
Goat cheese provides a completely different taste to cheese produced from cows. It is a quick appetizer for people who are looking for something healthy yet different from standard cheddar. Mixing goat cheese with simple items such as artichoke, deviled eggs, spinach, tomato, and peppers help to add taste to the flavor.
- Ham, Cheese and Olive Rolls
This combination makes a unique and delicious entrée that will increase your guests’ appetite. The best way to pull it off is to lay down some ham lunchmeat and then spread cream cheese over them. Roll each piece and then stick your toothpick into the olive and then into the ham. Cut each roll and place them on your platter and they will be ready to eat.
- Italian Stuffed Mushrooms
The Italian stuffed mushroom is another ideal appetizer that is sure to please a crowd. It is comprised of mushrooms that are stuffed with breadcrumbs, chopped bell pepper, green onion, and Italian seasoning. One of the best ways to complement any party is by adding Italian-inspired flavors and the best part of this appetizer is that you can store these mushrooms for a whole day as you wait for your guests.
- Honey Garlic Crockpot Meatball
The most interesting feature about honey garlic crockpot meatballs is that they can be served as an entrée or a main course. It is important to keep a bag of frozen meatballs on hand since they will be needed in great numbers when preparing this type of entrée. The frozen meatballs are placed in a crockpot. They are then covered with a mixture of honey, brown sugar, garlic, ketchup, and soy sauce. They are cooked on low heat for at least 4 hours while stirring occasionally. It is important to prepare them ahead of time so that your guests do not wait for long.
An elegant dinner party, a get-together or a holiday gathering is never complete without an appetizer. The above homemade selections are quick and easy to prepare and will enhance the mood of your guests as they wait for their main course meal. Entrees that require more time to prepare need to be planned ahead of time to avoid any inconveniences. You have the freedom to be as creative as possible when preparing your entrees, as it determines how well your guests will enjoy the party.