Darlene – make that no good cousin of mine bring something – on second though after thinking about his taste as a child – DON’T! [:)]
I have been catering since I was in my teens but only do it from time to time these days. Did set catering for a movie not long ago and have a casual cocktail reception coming up June 8th. Without knowing some other information, here are a few:
I make a buffalo chicken dip that is easy to prepare in advance and ALWAYS a winner.
La Brea Tar Pit Chicken wings are a good alternative to hot wings
Black Pepper Almonds are great snack food to sit around in bowls and another one that is always a winner
I use premade meatballs and put them in the grape jelly/chili sauce mixture but you can use cocktail sausages
OH – really tacky but absolutely wonderful – cut hot dogs into thirds. Wrap each third with 1/2 strip of bacon. Put a whole box of brown sugar over it. I think the original directions said to microwave and then put in crockpot but I like to put in the oven and bake until the bacon is crispy and the sugar forms a nice sauce. I have also ‘upscaled’ this by using the cocktail sausages in lieu of hot dogs.
You can do grilled chickn strips (on skewers or not) or breaded chicken tenders/bites and serve with a 5 ingredient curry dip.
Marinated feta cheese
Antipasto platters always go over good for me and I get asked to bring them – I make my own balsamic roasted onions (quick & easy)
Salmon rillettes (sort of a dip or spread) can also make pork or other meats
Ham rolls (must be made in advance – party rolls with ham & cheese and then a mixture of butter, mustard, poppy sees and other spices poured over and soaked overnight – bake off last minute and hold in warm ove)
Depending on the day, time, what else is going on, etc. as to how many pieces you should have and how many selections you should have. Send you email.