A great party can’t start without a great spread of food! We love a great charcuterie and finger foods! See what we made with this crostini!
What Goes Great With A Cocktail?
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! 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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How to Plan Cocktail Party Food
When we start out planning what to serve at our party, one thing we always love to have is a good charcuterie plate. We make sure it’s full of beautiful meats, cheeses and nuts. The salty cured meats are a perfect accompaniment to a good cocktail. It’s because 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. We love beautiful stone serving platters. We love the look of dark slate platters, the natural variations in the stone colors and textures are attractive. Also, 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 in the shape of the United States. The platter is made in Denver by Steven Chavez and Justin English. They set out to to find uses for discarded waste stones from quarries and make that waste into something beautiful.
What Goes well on a Charcuterie Plate?
We also like to give our cocktail party guests some other finger foods that go along well with meats and cheeses. These are things 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, so we found a Spicy Stout Mustard made with whole grain mustard and a velvety Irish stout. It’s made by a husband and wife team who had the idea of making artisanal mustard after hearing a podcast on a food blog. Tangy with a bold spicy edge and a richness from the stout, it was strong enough to stand up to 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 plate as well as a picnic hot dog. It 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 for a friend who loves spicy food.
We suggested they check some of the other great selections that UncommonGoods offers for gifts.
What about Sweet items on a Charcuterie Plate?
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, we ran across a 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. They 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. They give 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. They also affect change via their commitment to finding sustainable and environmentally conscious products.
We offered 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 to toast them up until golden brown, and then spread goat cheese onto them.
We love a flavored goat cheese, so we blended in chopped green olives and figs. This gave the cheese an earthy sweetness that made the tang of the goat cheese extra rich. We topped it 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!
Like this recipe? Try these below, too!
Other Goat Cheese Crostini
Prosciutto Goat Cheese Crostini – Reluctant Entertainer
Goat Cheese Crostini with Fig Compote – Martha Stewart
Blackberry Goat Cheese Crostini – Life as a Strawberry
Goat Cheese and Asparagus Crostini – Food Network
Goat Cheese Crostini with Pickled Peppers – Food & Wine
- olive oil
- 1 baguette sliced on the bias
- 5-6 olives, chopped and drained
- 1 fig, chopped
- 4 oz goat cheese
- salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 350°.
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 up to 5 minutes or until crispy.
Smear with goat cheese mixture while still warm.
Place the blackberry on the goat cheese.
Garnish with chopped chives.
Drizzle with honey.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 125 Total Fat: 2.8g Saturated Fat: 1.6g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 6mg Sodium: 237mg Carbohydrates: 19.6g Fiber: 1.3g Sugar: 1.8g Protein: 5.6g
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