Canapés, Crudités, and Serving Trays — All About Appetizers

Whether you are hosting a holiday party, have guests over that you want to impress or any other social function, appetizers such as canapés, crudités, and other small items to snack and nibble on are great for guests. They do not have to be fancy, complicated, or take a lot of time to make—as long as they are delicious and look appetizing they will be a hit. 

Why Appetizers Are Important

No matter what type of party you are hosting, having small appetizers will give guests something to eat and talk about when they first arrive. This is especially important if your guests are coming over to eat dinner since they likely came hungry. While the main meal finishes in the kitchen, appetizers give your guests something to snack on.

They are also great if you are hosting a larger party and guests will be eating throughout the day and showing up at different times, such as a football or other sporting event. Watching the big game is the main attraction so having finger foods that are easy to eat while watching the TV is a great option.

Make Sure You Have The Right Serving Tray

No matter what type of hors d'oeuvres you are serving, the way you present them is almost as important as how they taste. Piling appetizers up in a large bowl or on a plate can be messy and unhygienic—you don’t want guests touching everyone else’s food.

Using a high quality serving tray such as this silver swirl pewter serving tray allows your appetizers to shine and has enough room to hold a lot of food. With the right tray, guests will be eager to taste the delicious food you’ve made. With a timeless, classic look it’s perfect for any type of event you plan on hosting no matter how formal or informal, and makes a great gift for the hostess in your family!

Another thing you want to consider is, if there is any type of sauce (especially with crudités) for dipping, you want to make sure the sauce is easily accessible but not spilling everywhere. This serving tray can hold crudités around the edges and sauces and dips in the center for perfect serving.

3 Easy Appetizers To Serve Your Guests

Not sure what to serve your guests on your pewter serving tray? Here are 3 different options to consider that are beautiful, easy to make, and most importantly: delicious.

  • Shrimp and Sausage Skewers
    • Slice smoked sausage or Spanish chorizo into bite-sized pieces and bake on a tray at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
    • Meanwhile, season 12 peeled, uncooked medium-sized shrimp with salt, pepper and Spanish smoked paprika.
    • Flip the sausage slices over and add the shrimp to the baking tray, baking for 3 minutes or until the shrimp are cooked through.
    • Thread one piece of sausage and one shrimp on skewers and sprinkle with chopped parsley for color.
    • Serve with garlic mayonnaise or your favorite dipping sauce.
  • Easy Crudités
    • Slice equal portions of celery, carrots, and red bell pepper into thin strips 1.5 inches long.
    • Arrange your platter with vegetables, toasted pita bread sliced into strips, and small breadstick.
    • Serve with dips including French onion, Ranch, Guacamole, Hummus, or Tomato Salsa
  • Cheese Platter Skewers
    • Cut cubes of various cheese roughly one inch in size. Choices could include:
      • Cheddar
      • Mozzarella
      • Stilton (Careful: Strong)
      • Goat’s Cheese
      • Feta Cheese
    • Slice a mixture of red and green grapes in half.
    • Skewer a red grape half followed by a few cubes of cheese, and finally a green grape half.
    • Optionally fold slices of prosciutto and skewer between cheese cubes.
    • Serve skewers on a tray alongside miniature breadstick twists and a whole grain mustard.


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