One of the things I love about the lead up to Christmas and New Years is getting together to celebrate with friends and family. Whether you are hosting a gathering or have been asked to bring a plate, we’ve got you covered with lots of nutritious finger food recipes to wow your guests this festive season. They won’t even know they’re paleo!
A colourful antipasto platter of paleo-friendly foods is a sure party pleaser. You can choose no-cook ingredients, and it’s ridiculously quick and easy to pull together. For a winning platter, include a variety of flavours, textures, and colours. I like to include grilled vegetables, like my Lemon and Garlic Artichoke Hearts, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, pickled vegetables, smoked salmon and cold meats. For inspiration check out this Anti-Pasta Platter from Miscriant or this Charcuterie Board (skip the bread and cheese or include it for your non-paleo guests).
Try my special guacamole with leeks & pickled jalapeños
A big plate of chicken wings is always a winner at parties. For something spicy try Jalapeno-Lime Chicken Wings with Paleo Ranch Dressing from Meatified. There are so many different marinades you can use, like my Portuguese Chicken Wings, Sticky Asian Drumlets, or these sweet and spicy BBQ Chicken Wings from Paleo Leap.
Meatballs are great for entertaining – they easy to make, mince is a cheaper meat option, and there are so many different flavour variations you can try. Try this recipe for The Best Party Meatballs Ever from It’s me, Charlotte!, or one of my 10 Mouth-watering Meatball Recipes.
Cucumber is a great vessel for tasty toppings and fillings. Paleo sushi using cucumber rings instead of rice is fun and looks great, or you could try
Sweet potato is another versatile ingredient. You can top up sweet potato rounds with lots of lovely toppings such as guacamole and bacon in this recipe by The Roasted Roots.
These proscuitto wrapped asparagus spears are one of my go-to recipes when entertaining guests. They look a bit fancy, but trust me they are super simple to whip up!
Prunes wrapped in crispy bacon, or Devils on Horseback, are one of my all time favourite bites to serve (and eat!). I love the contrast of the soft sweet prune with the crunchy salty bacon… mmm…
Or these amazing looking Bacon Wrapped Grilled Peaches with Balsamic Glaze
Everybody loves a bite-sized piece of grilled meat on a stick. Try my Marjoram and Thyme Chicken Skewers or Paleo Satay Chicken Skewers. I also love serving a large platter of grilled prawns or scallops with a zesty dipping sauce. Check out these Garlic & Herb Roasted Shrimp with Homemade Cocktail Sauce from Joyful Healthy Eats.
Devilled eggs are a fun and retro finger food – perfect for parties! They are also easy to make and full of flavour. Try one (or all!) of these three different flavours with my recipe for Devilled Eggs – Three Ways.
These delicious Chilli and Lime Toasted Almonds are perfect served with a cocktail.
On the subject of cocktails… I’m not going to give you a lecture about avoiding alcohol because you are Paleo. But, when it comes to Paleo and drinking, it’s best to choose low sugar, grain free spirits, wines and cocktails. Here are a few of my favourites that you can serve at your next gathering.
My Prosecco Bellini is the perfect celebratory drink to serve to your guests on arrival.
This Strawberry Magarita is made with Tequila, Cointreau, strawberries and lime juice (without added sugar).
For something less fruity, try this Rebooted Margarita made with Tequila, lime juice and soda.
If you’re after something sweet, you can’t go wrong with a colourful fruit platter. If it’s a Christmas soirée you’re throwing, why not get creative and make an edible fruit tree!
What are your favourite, healthy party foods? Share with us in the comments.