15 of the Most Popular Gourmet Finger Food Ideas

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15 of the Most Popular Summer Finger Food Ideas www.compassandfork.comAre you looking for gourmet finger food ideas for easy entertaining? Remove the stress for your event by preparing these make ahead finger foods for your party.

Consider a combination of easy  appetizers to put together party platters. Our collection of recipes includes dips, cold fand warm platters and desserts.

For entertaining, it’s an opportune time to prepare some gourmet party food ideas ahead of time. The Spanish are rightly famous for their concept of tapas, simply small plates of food. It is not uncommon to consume a number of tapas in the evening rather than one large, formal meal.

So, why not follow their lead for your next summer entertaining event and serve small plates or platters of food for a more informal and fun event.

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But, now it’s onto our collection of summer finger food ideas for casual entertaining. We hope you enjoy this collection of small plates. Remember to click on the recipe name or the picture for the recipe. You can also click on the country to view other recipes and travel articles from that country.


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Dips & Nibbles: Popular Gourmet Finger Food Ideas

Zacusca | Romania

Zacusca is a smoky, Romanian eggplant spread. Some people call it Romanian eggplant salad. It is delicious spread on good crusty bread, see our ciabatta recipe, below. In addition to the eggplants, red bell peppers, tomatoes and onion form the basis of this healthy and incredibly tasty dish. Make it ahead of time. (Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, Paleo)

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Tzatziki | Greece

A classic of Greek cuisine, it is perfect as an easy-to-make summer appetizer. Great to enjoy on a sunny day prior to a BBQ or just for accompanying a chilled beverage with family and friends. (Vegetarian, Gluten-Free)

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Guacamole | Guatemala

Guacamole can be made on a moment’s notice with everyday ingredients. So just perfect when those unexpected guests drop in or you are looking for a starter for a dinner party. And such a popular dish with people of all ages. This simple, healthy guacamole will be popular no matter what the occasion. (Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, Paleo)

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Ciabatta | Italy

This easy ciabatta will goes perfectly with the zacusca, tzatziki and guacamole. Ciabatta is just one of those simple ways to enhance a crusty loaf of bread to give it a touch of class. And it requires very little effort or cost to do so. (Vegetarian)

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Roasted Chickpeas | Turkey

Looking for a healthy alternative to peanuts or other nuts at your next party? Why not consider roasted chickpeas (garbanzo beans)? Roasted chickpeas with a dash of spice are crunchy, healthy and cater for both gluten-free and vegetarian folks. Another summer snack you can prepare well in advance. (Vegetarian, Gluten-Free)

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 Popular Cold Finger Food Ideas

Meze Platter | Turkey

Turkish mezes are perfect for social gatherings and are designed to promote talking! Turkish mezes are small quantities of food served at the start of a meal. They are usually cold, vegetarian and the emphasis is on fresh, healthy ingredients. Just perfect with ciabatta. (Vegetarian, Gluten-Free)

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Cheese Platter | Australia

Wine and cheese are a fantastic combination. Good for an appetizer, an alternative to dessert, as part of a summer grazing platter or an excellent addition to a dinner party. How do you make a gourmet cheese platter? Are there any guidelines? What about wines? What goes with what? A good combination of cheese and wine can delight all of the senses. (Gluten-Free)

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Italian Antipasto Platter | Italy

Showcasing all that is good about the Emilia Romagna region, the delicatessen, food bowl of Italy, is this simple Italian Antipasto platter. Perfect for summer entertaining. And, can easily be prepared ahead of time. (Gluten-Free)

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Popular Make Ahead Finger Food Ideas

Grilled Calamari | Spain

Fresh calamari is healthy, tasty and easy to buy. This simple grilled calamari recipe is another simple appetizer (the Spanish would call it a tapa) with just a few minutes cooking on the grill. It’s everyone’s favorite! (Gluten-Free, Paleo)

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Devils on Horseback | Australia

Together smoky bacon wrapped around prunes is a sensational combination. The sweetness of prunes and the saltiness of the bacon combining to provide a mouth-watering package of divine taste. They are perfect for any finger food situation and they are simple to prepare and cook, just perfect for summer entertaining. It really doesn’t get much easier than this dish if you are under pressure from a time perspective. (Gluten-Free, Paleo)

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Garlic Mushrooms | Spain

Portobello mushroom recipes are some of the most popular recipes around and baby portobello mushrooms are my recommendation for these garlic mushrooms. Having trouble finding baby portobello mushrooms? No problem. You can substitute with medium-size Swiss Browns or button mushrooms. Another, Spanish tapa that will be a hit! (Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, Paleo)

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Thai Spring Rolls | Thailand

Looking for something a little different to serve at your next summer event? Thai spring rolls are deceptively easy to make. Once you have tried and succeeded you will wonder why you have taken so long to make them! Once shallow-fried, these spring rolls take on a golden hue and deliver a delightfully, crunchy outside not to mention the tasty morsels inside. They can be prepared in advance with just the final cooking immediately prior to serving.

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Garlic Shrimp | Spain

Garlic shrimp are simple to prepare and quick to cook. They make perfect summer finger food. You will love this Spanish version, enhanced with the addition of smoky paprika. (Gluten-Free, Paleo)

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Dessert Platters: Popular Finger Food Ideas

Spiced Oranges | Morocco

There are only three ingredients in our spiced oranges, and takes only 5 minutes to prepare and you can make it beforehand, making it perfect if you are hosting a summer event. The great tastes of Morocco! (Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, Paleo)

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Kentucky Bourbon Balls | USA

There is a reason bourbon balls are so popular in Kentucky. They’re good and simple to make, even for people that don’t usually make chocolates or desserts. (Like me!) (Vegetarian, Gluten-Free)

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