Hand-Held Party Food Ideas


If you're planning any type of special event where guests will be active, or you want the dining situation to be very casual, consider serving hand-held foods, such as empanadas. Party-goers of all ages can enjoy treats that are easy to eat on the go. 

No matter what type of meal you're serving, such as brunch, lunch, dinner, or even a late-night snack, hand-held foods are appropriate. If you're planning just a light meal, empanadas can work by themselves, especially if you have a few different options in a buffet-style spread. For a larger meal, you can serve them alongside other dishes, such as soups and salads. 

Hand-held foods are appropriate for any type of special event or occasion, such as both kids' and adults' birthday parties, holiday celebrations, anniversary and graduation soirees, bridal and baby showers, and family reunions. They work well for both indoor and outdoor events, since some may even be heated up on a grill if you have access to one.

Depending on the size of the event and your budget, you can either make the food yourself or have it catered. For a large gathering, consider ordering them from a wholesale supplier, which may even save you money. 

Here are some hand-held party foods to consider:

1. Empanadas 

Either baked or fried, empanadas are turnovers made of pastry dough and some type of filling. The dough is typically crusty, slightly chewy, and formed into the shape of a pocket. Fillings range from savory to sweet, and hot to cold, depending on your preference. 

Some empanada filling options include ground beef or pork, refried or black beans, any type of cheese, such as feta, mozzarella or cheddar, spinach, peas, carrots, and any type of fruit. You can serve them as a main course along with a side, or as a dessert topped with whipped cream or ice cream.

2. Tacos 

You can't go wrong serving tacos at an event, as guests of all ages are sure to love them. As one fun idea, set up a taco bar featuring ingredients such as seasoned ground beef, refried beans, pulled pork, shredded cheese and lettuce, sliced black olives, chopped tomatoes, salsa, guacamole, and sour cream.

Guests can move down the buffet, creating their own hand-held creations. Other options include a mix of meat- and bean-filled burritos, Mexican-style pizza, and even taco salads for guests who prefer to eat on the lighter side. 

For more help, contact a wholesale empanada supplier in your area.


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