A great party can’t start without a great spread of food! We love a great charcuterie and finger foods! See what we made!
When you post as many great cocktails as we do, we often find ourselves being asked when we are going to invite our friends over to actually try the cocktails we post! One of our favorite things to do is to entertain family and friends, so every few months, we host a cocktail party where we let folks try some of our drinks. Any good cocktail party has to have good food to go along with those cocktails, and one of our favorite ways is to put out a spread of finger foods that our friends can nibble on while they move about chatting with each other.
Of course being food bloggers who post lots of pictures of delicious looking food, we absolutely have to uphold our reputation and have food that looks as good as it tastes! We love to put out a spread that looks beautiful, so we like to have serving dishes that enhance our offerings. One of the places we often go shopping for unique serving dishes is UncommonGoods, a retailer that offers tons of unique artisan and designer items perfect for our sense of style. When we were approached by UncommonGoods to review a couple of items, we knew we had to have a cocktail party to show off some of the great entertaining items.
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When we start out planning what to serve at our party, one thing we always love to have is a good charcuterie plate, full of beautiful meats, cheeses and nuts. The salty cured meats are a perfect accompaniment to a good cocktail, the salt enhancing the flavors of the cocktails, while also making you thirsty for another drink! Rich cheeses and nuts are perfect finger foods for nibbling on while carrying on conversation, plus as a host you can offer lots of variety so everyone can find something they like.
A good charcuterie plate has to be presented on something that looks great and can keep the meats and cheeses cool and some of the beautiful stone serving platters. We love the look of dark slate platters, the natural variations in the stone colors and textures are attractive, and the slate can be chilled in a freezer to keep items on the plate cold. One stone platter that caught our eye was a platter cut out in the shape of the United States. The platter is made in Denver by Steven Chavez and Justin English, who set out to to find uses for discarded waste stones from quarries and make that waste into something beautiful.
We also like to give our cocktail party guests some other finger food options that go along well with meats and cheeses like toasted bread and spreads. Traditionally many charcuterie plates include a selection of dips or spreads and bread. These spreads often include tangy mustards, honey and jams that compliment the selection on the charcuterie plates. We love a good mustard, and when we found a Spicy Stout Mustard made with whole grain mustard and a velvety Irish stout by a husband and wife team who fell in love with the idea of making artisanal mustard after hearing a podcast on a food blog. Tangy with a bold spicy edge and a dark richness from the stout, this mustard was strong enough to stand up to strong boozy cocktails, salty cheese and rich cheese.
Perfect for spreading on a toasted bread as well, this mustard would be at home on a fine charcuterie plates as well as a picnic hot dog, and was one of the highlights of our dips for the guests of our party. One of our guests even asked where they could get it as they thought it would be a perfect gift to bring one of their friends who loves spicy food. We suggested they check some of the other great selections that UncommonGoods offers for gifts.
We also like to have some sort of preserves or jam on the plate to give a sweet option for folks. While checking out some of the great kitchen and bar glassware offerings to serve some cocktails in, we ran across a recommendation for some savory wine jam made in Vermont. These jams, a Cabernet and Black Pepper jam and a Rosemary and Garlic Chablis jam were savory and sweet and brought a flavor of wine that worked really well with the meats and cheese. We thought these would work well with our cocktail party theme, and they didn’t disappoint.
One thing we liked about all these products is that they were all made by small family owned companies in the USA. UncommonGoods has a commitment to working with small artisian shops and designers, giving them a platform to reach a larger audience to better support their arts. Founded as a BCorp, UncommonGoods believes that they can use the power of business to make a difference in their community and affect change via their commitment to finding sustainable and environmentally conscious products.
Our last dish we offered for our cocktail party was a Cocktail Crostini, which was a simple elegant recipe that was easy to make and was delicious. We started out with a fresh baked baguette that we sliced on the bias and then drizzled with olive oil, salt and pepper. We placed them in the oven an toasted them up until golden brown, and then spread goat cheese onto the toasted bread.
We love a flavored goat cheese and we made a nice rich goat cheese by blending in chopped green olives and figs, which gave the cheese an earthy sweetness that made the tang of the goat cheese extra rich. We topped the crostini with a fresh blackberry and micro chives, and then drizzled honey across the top. Our crostini must have been a hit, as they disappeared before the first round of drinks was even done!
- 1 baguette, sliced on the bias
- 4 oz goat cheese
- 5-6 green olives, chopped and drained
- 1 fig, chopped
- Olive Oil
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Place goat cheese, olives and fig into a food processor.
- Blend until fully incorporated.
- Slice the baguette on a bias.
- Drizzle slices with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
- Bake for 5 minutes, then flip.
- Bake other side for 5 minutes.
- Smear with the goat cheese mixture while still warm.
- Place the blackberry on the goat cheese.
- Garnish with chopped chives.
- Drizzle with honey.
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