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These Ravishing Cold Appetizers are Guaranteed to Please the Crowd

Cold Appetizers for a Crowd
Delicious meal starters served cold or in room temperature are preferred for big parties. Consider serving cold appetizers in your party, and you do not have to worry much about keeping the dishes hot till the serving time. Read on to find some delectable cold appetizer recipes ...
Ningthoujam Sandhyarani
Last Updated: Jan 25, 2018
Making delectable appetizers in large amounts, and that too on your own, is easier said than done. Indeed, deciding yummy starter recipes for a crowd can be quite confusing, even for experienced party hosts. A better choice for serving large number of guests is to go for easy appetizers that you can serve cold. At least, you have the choice of preparing them the night before, and keep them in the refrigerator for chilling. In fact, when it comes to the recipes that have been mentioned in the article, it is cooling them that takes more time when compared to the time of preparation.
This PartyJoys article gives you four amazingly delicious recipes, that are easy to make, and equally scrumptious to eat! The best thing about these recipes is that you can alter them as per your taste buds, and creatively make your own variation of these recipes. All you need is the basic knowledge of the art called cooking!
Deviled Eggs
Deviled eggs garnished with paprika
Total time: 1 hour

Ingredients -
  • 24 eggs, boiled
  • 4 tablespoons of minced onion
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons of mustard
  • 4 tablespoons of sweet pickle
  • 2 tablespoons of sweet pickle juice
Directions for Preparation -
An easy-to-cook, yet tasty finger food for a crowd is deviled eggs. Peel the boiled eggs and cut them either lengthwise or horizontally into halves. Take out the yolk part in a bowl and keep the white halves in a tray. To the bowl containing egg yolk, add onion, mayonnaise, mustard seeds, sweet pickle, and pickle juice. Mix these ingredients well, or blend them in an electric mixer. Fill this yolk mixture into the white halves. You can chill these stuffed eggs in the fridge. This creamylicious appetizer is best served after seasoning with paprika.
Teriyaki Meatballs
Teriyaki meatballs served cold
Total time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Ingredients -
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 cup chopped green onions
  • ¾ cup teriyaki sauce
  • 3 teaspoons chopped ginger root
  • Seasoning spices as per taste
Directions for Preparation -
To start with making a meatball appetizer, preheat oven to 350°F. Take a large mixing bowl and combine together all the ingredients listed above - ground beef, garlic powder, onion, teriyaki sauce, ginger, and seasoning spices. Roll the batter into many medium-sized round meatballs and place them in a baking dish. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 30 minutes. Allow meatballs to cool down and keep in the refrigerator.

You can serve them cold with toothpicks or reheat next day by placing in a preheated oven for 5 minutes. Either way, they taste delicious. The ingredient quantity for this easy appetizer for a crowd can be adjusted according to taste and the number of guests coming to the party. One pound of ground beef is sufficient for making 16 (1 ounce) appetizer meatballs. Accordingly, you can increase the meat amount as well as the remaining ingredients.
Turkey Tortilla Pinwheels
Turkey tortilla pinwheels
Total time: 2 hours 20 minutes

Ingredients -
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 8 ounces of cooked turkey (boiled and shredded)
  • Lettuce
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 5 flour tortillas (10 inches)
  • Garlic powder to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 ounces chopped red chilies
Directions for Preparation -
Another party appetizer for serving a crowd is turkey tortilla pinwheels. Take a large bowl and add the ingredients - sour cream, cream cheese, red chilies, garlic powder, turkey, and salt. Whisk the mixture for even mixing. Make sure that everything is blended perfectly. On a platter, lay the tortilla, spread the filling mixture, and place lettuce leaves over it. Roll it tightly, twist the ends and wrap with a clean plastic sheet. Repeat the same for the remaining 4 tortillas. Keep these tightly tied wraps in the refrigerator for two to three hours, so that the texture becomes firm. Before the party, you can unwrap the plastic foil and cut the filled tortilla into thick pieces. Serve on a platter.
Pickle, Olive, Spam, and Cheese Appetizer
Cold appetizer with olive, pickle, spam, and cheese
Preparation time: 20 minutes

Ingredients -
  • 1 pound olives
  • 1 pound cheese
  • 1 pound canned meat (Spam)
  • ½ pound pickles
Directions for Preparation -
This is one of the yummiest cold appetizers for a crowd, which you can prepare with less effort. Prepare the cheese and Spam by cutting them into bite-sized cubes. In case of large pickles, you may prefer cutting them into smaller pieces. In a large bowl, add all the ingredients and toss well. Keep in the refrigerator for one day for better taste. Your quick appetizer is ready. Next day, serve on platters with toothpicks.
If you have noticed, the preparation time for the aforementioned dishes is not much. It is the refrigeration time that one needs to relish these dishes in the true sense of it. There is no chaos of heating up the dishes and rushing to the kitchen again and again, while missing out the company of the crowd in the party. With the option of serving cold appetizers, you can spend quality time with your friends, rather than busying yourself with making starters in the kitchen. So, try out these easy recipes, and begin your party meal with these yummy appetizers!
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