Fingers of Fury

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Finger foods are a great way to entertain guests at a party. They're easy to prepare, and once you've done it for awhile, will get mouths watering everytime word gets around you're planning a party. It compliments you when you've avoided store-bought items as much as possible in favor of the homemade dishes. You can find plenty of recipes on the web, and overtime as you've grown accustom, will want to add your own ingredients to make the dishes a bit more "you". To start you off, here are a few easy-to-make finger foods that everyone will enjoy and wonder whether or not Emeril Lagasse is back there in the kitchen helping you (with enough practice, your "BAM" yell can be as good as his).

Cheese Bites

These are great finger foods for cheese fans. If hosting a Super Bowl party, prepare these in honor of all your Packer fans. They only take about twenty minutes to prepare and will yield you 60 delectable treats.


1 cup of warm butter

2 cups of Cheddar and Monterey Jack; equal parts

2 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1/4 teaspoon of paprika


Preheat oven to 320 F. Mix the butter and cheeses together in a bowl. Once thoroughly mixed, add flour and the rest of the ingredients. Form the dough into 3/4-inch balls and place them on a baking sheet. Cook for 20 minutes. After done, let cool for a few then serve.


Probably one of the most easiest finger foods you can make. No cook required for these. Just takes about 10 minutes and can be prepared as your guests are entering. Depending on how many you're inviting, you might want to have a bit more on stock to accommodate all your guest.


3 soft avocados

1/2 lemon

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1/2 red onion, chopped

2 tomatoes, diced

1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped

1 minced garlic clove


Take a knife and cut around the center of the avocado vertically. Grab a spoon and remove the pit. Use the spoon to dig all the flesh out of the skin and into a bowl. Mash the avocados with a fork. It doesn't need to be creamy; bits and chunks are acceptable. Add the chopped tomatoes, onion, garlic and cilantro into the bowl. Mix thoroughly until everything's incorporated. Squeeze the half lemon over the mixture, placing your hand underneath to catch any seeds; let the juice run through your fingers. Serve with chips and salsa as an alternative.


Meatballs are the classic Italian spherical icons. Although they're often served over noodles, can be great standalone finger foods. There are a tons of hearty variations of this classic food, but here's a basic rundown of the ingredients.


1 pound ground beef

1 egg

2 tablespoons of parsley

2 tablespoons of thyme

1 clove of garlic

1 cup of bread crumbs; soaked in milk

olive oil

salt and pepper


In a large bowl, add the ground beef, parsley, thyme, garlic, bread crumbs and egg. Add salt and pepper and mix thoroughly. Form the mixture into miniature balls; about two inches in size. Add olive oil to a saucepan over medium heat then place meatballs without overcrowding. Ensure that all areas of the meatballs are brown; cooking should be done in 10 minutes.

Other Finger Food Recipes

Whether you're throwing a Super Bowl party or just a nice summer party, these items will be a sure crowd-pleaser. As well as browsing the web for possible finger food creations, there a are various cookbooks that offer popular recipes for finger foods. One highly reviewed on Amazon is Finger Food: Bite-Sized Snacks to Share with Friends written by Katharine Gasparo. Either way, you won't have a difficult time finding the recipe you want.

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