24 December 2015

Cocktail Party Foods - Easy and Elegant HDs

Sausage Pinwheels - Easy and Elegant Cocktail Party Canape / www.delightfulrepast.com

Hors d'oeuvre--which I just call HDs because, let's face it, nobody, myself included, can pronounce it--get short shrift at Delightful Repast because I don't give a lot of Smart Little Drinks Parties. But here are three of my tried-and-true HDs and three more from some blogger friends. 

Gougeres - French Cheese Puffs (below)

Cocktail Party Foods - Easy and Elegant HDs / www.delightfulrepast.com

Sausage Rolls (below) are a British classic. I recommend my Ruff Puff (quick puff pastry) for them. Make lots because, whether they are "in" or "out" at a particular time, everyone loves them!  

Sausage Rolls - Easy and Elegant Cocktail Party Canape / www.delightfulrepast.com

Sausage Pinwheels (the top photo) were made with my homemade sausage, but you can use any sausage you like. Sometimes I make my own puff pastry and other times I use a good frozen puff pastry.

The following three are from three of my favorite food bloggers. And you'll find nine more at my previous Cocktail Party Foods post, for a grand total of 15. So let's get this party started! What is your go-to "signature" HD?

Spinach Artichoke Dip Jalapeno Poppers - The View from Great Island

Chipotle Shrimp Wontons - Cooking on the Ranch

Ricotta Roasted Red Pepper Crostini - Noshing with the Nolands

Eggnog with Cooked Custard Base / www.delightfulrepast.com

Always offer plenty of alcohol-free beverages. For winter parties, might I suggest my Eggnog? You can make one pitcher with brandy (or other alcohol) and one without; or just leave out the alcohol and add a bit to individual servings for those who want it. 

40 comments:

Sue/the view from great island said...

I definitely want to come to this party! Thanks for including me Jean, and have a wonderful holiday!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, Sue! It seems like a good mix of flavors and textures. I'd love to be biting into one of your jalapeno poppers right now!

Angie Schneider said...

My husband is a huge fan of savoury pastries. He will love those party foods.
Have a blessed and delicious holiday season, Jean.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Angie, thank you. We love savoury pastries, too. Best wishes to you and yours.

Sippity Sup said...

Hors d'oeuvres. I can pronounce it but I can't spell it! Merry Christmas. GREG

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

:D Thanks, Greg. I'll take a stab at it: Okay, it's not orderves. Or whores doovers. Something like or duhvrwa.

Thomas "Sully" Sullivan said...

“It” isn’t hard to pronounce if it’s spelled correctly. Horsdooveray, I make it. Of course, that makes it politically incorrect. The same Australian company that banned Santa saying “Ho, ho, ho…” because it might offend some women will never sanction my rendering of horsdooveray. Just sayin’. Me, I don’t care what you call it. I’ll take two of those pinwheels and a glass of that melted snow (how do you nog an egg) in your photos… Merry Christmas!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, Sully! I just love HDs -- you can consume a dozen of them in no time at all, to the tune of about two days' worth of calories!

Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch) said...

I want to reach into my computer screen and grab a bite of everything you've posted. And thanks so much for including my Wontons. I was pretty proud of those. :) Wishing you and your Family a very Merry Christmas. Hugs.

Mildred said...

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Lea Ann, you *should* be proud of those Wontons! I know your friends and family are enjoying some wonderful food this week! Wishing you all a wonderful 2016.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, Mildred! I just enjoyed a brief nap with the cat on my lap and had actually thought of you and your kitties. Stay warm and cozy!

Ryoma Sakamoto.Japan said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family!!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thank you! You might be my first commenter from Japan! I hope you will visit again.

Richard Sheppard said...

Made you eggnog again yesterday. What a treat! I guess it's becoming a tradition for us!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Richard, thank you! That's the kind of tradition I like!

Margaret-whiteangel said...

Lovely party food.
Hope you had a wonderful Christmas...

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thank you, Margaret! I'm so enjoying traveling around Australia via your posts and beautiful photos!

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Oh my Jean, I want to come to your house for the party!!! All the appetizers look super scrumptious and I must try some or all of them. Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipes with us. Happy 2016!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thank you, Kitty. You'd be most welcome!

Tony Grant said...

Hi Jean, I hope yourself and the family have had a wonderful Christmas?
I didn't know that sausage rolls are just, British? Australians, New Zealanders, South Africans and Canadians might think they like them too.
By the way, I can say,hors doeurvres. It's living within a stones throw of France that does it. They love to hate us and we love to hate them but we love each other really, especially when we try to speak each other's language. ha! ha!
Happy New Year to you!!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, Tony! I always feel pretentious when I pronounce it correctly, but I can't bring myself to pronounce it incorrectly, so "HDs" it is! :D

Miz Helen said...

Your Elegant Cocktail Foods will be perfect for the upcoming New Years parties! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and hope you are having a great holiday season!
Come Back Soon,
Miz Helen

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks so much, Miz Helen! Wishing you a wonderful 2016!

Tony Grant said...

Ok everybody. Can I have your eyes looking at me. Thank you.
The phrase, Hors d'oeuvres, for the sake of good French relations should be said correctly.Hors d'oeuvres, is TWO syllables, pronounced "or derv."The letters of, d'oeuvres, are blended. You do not pronounce the H in hors, it is silent.There is NO , ray, sound at the end of the phrase. Altogether now..........!! Very good. I knew you could do it. There should be no embarrassment, no, people will think I am posh, stuff, just thoughts of a good friendly relationship with the French. One more thing, the ,hors, sound is made at the back of the throat, a little like a last gasp death rattle and the ,d'oeuvres, is said at the front of the mouth against your very nice sparkling teeth.
Have a nice day, you all!!!!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Eyes on you, Tony! And I might add, for sticklers, no "s" sound at the end, even when you're talking about more than one. Thanks for the French lesson! :-)

Bernideen said...

Dear Jean:
What a great selection of recipes for the New Years and other parties. I am so glad you have links to other helpful recipes too! So glad you shared.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thank you, Bernideen. About the only HDs I ever make are ones that will also go just as well with afternoon tea! No surprise there, huh?!

Jann Olson said...

Love these HD's! Our family loves appetizers and that's generally what we do for Christmas Eve and of course gotta have some for New Years as well. All sound great! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
hugs,
Jann

Swathi Iyer said...

Jean that is great collection of recipes, Love to try few.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thank you, Jann! I'm really in the mood now for some tasty little nibbles rather than a meal.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Swathi, thank you. Wishing you a wonderful 2016!

Art and Sand said...

Those sausage rolls look yummy and maybe even something I could make.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, Carol. I'm sure you won't have any trouble making them!

TexWisGirl said...

they all look good. happy 2016 to you and yours!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, TWG! Right back atcha!

Creatively Homespun said...

This looks TASTY! Thank you for linking up to Creative K Kids’ Tasty Tuesdays. I have pinned your post to our Tasty Tuesdays Pinterest Board! I hope you can come back and party with us again tomorrow!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, CH! Appreciate the Pin, too!

Marilyn Lesniak said...

Great collection! Thank you for sharing your delicious recipe at the #RecipeSharingParty. I look forward to what you will share next week!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thank you, Marilyn!

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