Vegetables and DipIt's easy, healthy, colorful, crunchy, and everyone appreciates having some vegetables around. You can use three or four contrasting colors, or go wild with a huge platter. Tip: Hard vegetables such as broccoli are easier to eat when blanched. Boil for two minutes, and then transfer to a bowl of ice water for a quick cool-down.
Low-Carb Vegetable List with links to carb counts
As an alternative consider stuffing your vegetables instead of dipping them. Any dip or spread can be stuffed into vegetables such as mini-bell peppers or cherry tomatoes.
Slices of cucumber or jicama make great vehicles dips as well as cheeses and spreads, such as:
- Shrimp Dill Spread
- Homemade Cheese Spread
- Pimento Cheese Spread
- Pesto Torte from Linda Larsen, About.com Guide to Busy Cooks
Shrimp CocktailLow-carb and SO easy! This low-carb cocktail sauce can be mixed up in no time (the ones from the grocery store are full of sugar): Low-Carb Coconut Shrimp
Cheese PlatterArrange several cheeses on a platter. Add melon or berries for a sweet contrast, or small mounds of sugar-free apricot jam.
Smoked SalmonThere are lots of ways to serve smoked salmon. Put it out near the cheeses so that people can mix and match. Salmon with cream cheese on cucumber slices is great; add a sprig of dill or a couple of capers for extra spark, if you'd like. If you want to get a little fancier, make roll-ups by spreading salmon with cream cheese, then rolling up and slicing (see photo).
ProsciuttoProsciutto is a cured Italian ham that comes sliced very thin. Prosciutto and melon is a classic combination. Mound a bit of prosciutto on your cheese plate for another great pairing. Or, roast asparagus, and then wrap each stem with prosciutto. For a truly fun and impressive party food, try Asparagus Flowers, from Peggy Trowbridge Filipone, About.com's Guide to Home Cooking.
WingsChicken wings are great finger food and can be made in so many different ways. The trick is to get them crisp. Some ideas:
- Wings with Spicy Peach Dipping Sauce
- Classic Buffalo Wings, from Diana Rattray, About.com's Guide to Southern Food
- Grilled Lemon Wings, from Derrick Riches, About.com's Guide to Barbecues and Grilling
- Easy Blue Cheese Dressing