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20 Simple Yet Stunning Finger Foods to Wow Your Guests

You should spend your party impressing everyone with your witty anecdotes and tasty food, not in the kitchen wearing a stained apron. Here's how to trade the pots and pans for a wine glass, without sacrificing your reputation. 

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dUCK cONFIT cROSTINI

Combining holiday flavors, these crostini look and taste amazing. Major bonus: they're deceivingly easy. With parsnip puree, fig jam and a sliver of duck sitting atop a crispy bread toast, this finger food displays complimentary flavors and a variance in textures. In other words, it's the perfect cocktail guest--it's dressed for the occasion.  Find the recipe here.


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VIDEO: Tasty Beef Tomato Pockets

Looking for an easy snack or party appetizer? These little beef pockets are a pinch!

Ingredients

Dough:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • Water

 Filling:

  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup tomato sauce

 Method

  1. Mix flour, sugar, salt, milk, and water in a pan, and mix until you form a dough.
  2. In a saucepan, heat a splash of olive oil and add the onion. Cook on medium-high until onion has softened.  
  3. Add the ground beef, and add the salt, water, and tomato sauce. When the meat has browned, remove from heat. 
  4. Dust a flat surface with flour, and roll out the dough into a flat sheet. 
  5. Use a ramekin or cup to cut out circles. 
  6. Add a dollop of beef-tomato mixture to the center of each circle. 
  7. Pinch the dough into a little pocket.
  8. Bake in the oven at 350° F for 15 minutes.
  9. Enjoy!

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