Dress up your Appetizers

Elegance, when it comes to appetizers, it is all about great tasting appetizers, with  an appealing appearance. It is a visual effect. An ordinary appetizer becomes elegant by the way it is presented. It’s all about the bling.

For example cherry tomatoes stuffed with a cheese filling is a fairly common appetizer. However, you can give a boost by doing a zig-zag cut on the tomato instead of a straight cut and you can add a single parsley leaf to top it off. Now it is more than your great little cherry tomato appetizer.

Deviled eggs are a staple when it comes to appetizers. They can be made with traditional mayonnaise, sour cream and even Greek yogurt. The key to stepping them up to an elegant  egg is again, in the presentation. Use a piping bag with a fluted tip to make the design of the egg yolk fun. The platter on which the eggs are served can be dressed up with lettuce leaves and sprouts.

Spiced nuts are favorite, but do you really want to dig into that dish that everyone has been using? How about some great cupcake holders. You can get them in gold or silver foil. You can even make ones yourself out of paper doilies.

These crab napoleons are elegant, because of the color and presentation. The paprika that is splashed on the top brings color to the pastry and adds that extra touch. It is all about dressing up the appetizer.

Add some unique color to any appetizers. This can be done in a number of ways. You simple add a thin slice of carrot, mango or any colored vegetable or fruit. Don’t be afraid to step away from the tradition recipe and top it off with something unique, Recently a hostess topped an appetizer with a chip of apple peel. It added texture, color and flavor. Brilliant. One chef colored the horseradish red.

The good news is that you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. You have serve all the traditional appetizers you love with a little extra “fluff”. Think color, flavor, appearance and serving method.

Smoked salmon on crackers is an excellent appetizer.  Smoked salmon on a cracker with a dab of cream fraiche and a couple of chives crossed on top is an excellent, elegant appetizer.

If you need ideas to find more elegant appetizers why not visit an expert. Martha Stewart certainly knows how to throw a party. Her website gives simple, clear directions on many elegant appetizers. These mushroom polenta diamonds are an excellent example.

Don’t be afraid. Step out of your comfort zone and be artistic with appetizers.