We all enjoy a good appetizer. But for many of us, it simply means a simple bowl of hot or cold soup. When it comes to appetizers, it always means moderate eating before the main course is served. However, it doesn’t have to always be “light” when you can provide meat appetizers, particularly when the affair calls for it, such as Christmas, Super Bowl Sundays, three-course meals, lengthy dinner parties, and large banquets.
Meat appetizers help fill guests particularly if the event is held for a long period. To maximize and offer variety, switch cold and hot meat appetizers when you serve them. Cold appetizers or the antipasti platter include cold cuts like salami, ham, pepperoni, sausages, bologna, and chorizos. Serve them on a huge platter with cubed or sliced cheeses as well as ripe pitted olives. The latter can be set in the morning or the day before wrapped securely and chilled in the refrigerator.
Hot appetizers require sautéing, grilling, baking and roasting the meat. An example of this includes miniature stuffed filet mignon and a platter of meatballs pierced with toothpicks. Imagine a whole range of meatballs you can create—from Swedish to Italian to Asian as well as the dips you can offer. Mustard, horseradish, catsup, pickle relish and gravy make delicious dips for meatballs.
Barbecue skewers also offer variety—you can have it in chicken, pork, beef, and turkey. Marinate them well or use Asian-style satay sauces for that wonderful flavor. Likewise, you can also make sausage and onions in a skewer by grilling or baking them. Partnering the meats with vegetables add flavor as well as texture and nutrition to the meat appetizer. Last in this skewered list are fruited ham balls, using apricots or pineapples to give a tart and sweet note to the meat appetizer.
Several types of a pig in a blanket can be made into a meat appetizer. Encase them in the dough, with both ends of the sausage peeking out, before baking. It’s almost like a sausage roll. Likewise, cut up the sausages into two and fill a pita bread with half a sausage, put in pickles, mustard, and other fillings and then roll securely. Like a blanket indeed.
Make meat as an element in the appetizer as well, by doing a roast beef dip, stuffing vegetables with chopped sausages, or wrapping food in bacon. Bacon is a popular appetizer ingredient because anything you wrap with crisp bacon becomes an instant, gratifying favorite such as the bacon-wrapped scallops in the collection. Remember to add a vegetable appetizer to break the monotony of meats.