Simple finger food that could add some summer color to a party! That was my mission on the weekend.
Since the government loosened the Covid restrictions, people have started having small social gatherings. So, my friend organized a party where we were asked to bring some finger food to share!
In this article, you’ll find how to prepare simple finger food for a party plate.
What you need for a simple finger food plate
- fruits & veggies of your choice
- cold meat
- a plate/container
- baking cups e.t.c. for holding small fruit like blueberries
How to make a simple finger food plate
Step 1: Choose
To begin, choose a plate/container you like to work with. I found plain white containers are much better for showing beautiful colors. If you have baking cups you want to use, go ahead an lay them down.
Step 2: Wash
First, wash all the fruits and veggies. For now, you are only working with a variety of fruits. So the veggies can rest aside.
Next, start filling the cups (or without) to create an outline. In my case, I used local blueberries & cherries. When you are done, create another line if you like. I personally like to have a variety of colors, so I added green grapes as you can see in the picture above.
The fruit decoration part is done! Now, we are moving on to create some easy skewers!
Step 3: Create easy skewers for the simple finger food plate
Now, let’s get some cold meat & cheese of your choice. For this, I used German salami and a cheddar cheese block. Simply cut the cheese into bite sizes. Locally grown cucumbers & tomatoes need to be cut into bite size as well.
What you want to do is pick up a skewer, and find out what order you want your ingredients in. I like having meat & cheese together, so I sandwiched them between the veggies. I often make the same pattern: cucumber, cold meat, cheese, then tomato as a cap on top!
Tips: It’ll be helpful to have another plate to rest all the skewers you create. Soon, you’ll have quite gooey hands! For the salami, I folded them in half then folded that half into three. It’ll create a much cleaner look for a nice presentation.
Final Step: Complete the presentation
Once you finish making the colorful skewers, it’s time to place them in the middle of the simple finger food plate. Simply create a circle with them to fill the space.
Finally, add some greens (basil, parsley, cilantro e.t.c). Then add a final piece of your choice. As you can see, my choice was a strawberry.
Having my own children has made me more organized. This time, I wasn’t organized this time with after my 2nd Covid shot. After the first one, I had a number of reactions, so I kinda knew it could happen again…but I hoped not.
Unfortunately, it did happen! In fact, the 2nd one was way worse than the first one. With a high fever, I couldn’t really think of what to bring until the day of the party. One thing I knew is that it had to be something that was quick and easy, but add the color of summer!
Believe it or not, creating this only took me about 30 min. Even if you are a beginner (for cooking), 1 hour should be a plenty of time. Many people enjoy eating local food, and you, as the creator have the right to taste a few in advance!
If you are a parent, caregiver, or teacher, this is a fun way to teach children about healthy eating habits. In Japan, we eat food with our eyes before we actually put it into our mouths! Remember, kids learn through their play!