If you’re going to go to all the fuss of throwing a party, then make it a memorable one. No offense to mom, but those old-school recipes laden with mayonnaise aren’t going to go over well with a refined foodie crowd. Check out these recipe ideas for a more sophisticated (and tasty!) soirée:
1. Charcuterie board – What was once just a simple way to enjoy a selection of meats, these appetizer boards are an elegant way to serve snackable foods. Stock yours with spiced peanuts, sliced meat, colorful fruit and even some fig leaves for flare and make it the pièce de résistance of your party.
2. Sweet and Savory Fondue – While gelatin molds and finger sandwiches are from a bygone era that should probably stay gone, fondue is a groovy 70’s throwback with retro appeal. We suggest a sweet spin on the classic that uses peanut butter instead of cheese.
3. Chocolate peanuttini – The martini glass is a high-brow vessel among cocktail glasses. That’s why it’s the perfect glass for serving classy cocktails. This chocolate peanuttini recipe is appealing in both aesthetics and flavor.
4. West African peanut punch – Give your cocktail party a cultural enhancement with this recipe for peanut punch – which is a common beverage in West Africa and the Caribbean. Ours is spiked with bourbon and chili-infused honey for a little extra kick.
5. Boiled peanut hummus – Unless you’re planning an opulent affair, caviar may not be the best food to set out for serving. Caviar of the South, however, is something that just about everyone would enjoy. This recipe for boiled peanut hummus gives the traditional dip a Southern twist for an elevated, yet unpretentious, appetizer.