Backyard parties are just around the corner. If you’re wanting to serve food that will wow your guests, step outside your comfort zone. Adding international flare to your party food offerings will be a nice surprise. Kick your appetizers and finger foods up a notch with some sweet and spicy flavors from home and around the globe.

Korean chicken wings

If you are a fan of chicken wings then you are going to love this Korean variety. Sticky, savory, and sweet all at the same time, it’s impossible to eat just one. The secret is in the sauce. This recipe is comprised of a delicious sweet heat that is sure to please. 

You’ll want to marinate your wings in a mix of brown sugar, honey, soy sauce, oyster sauce and rice wine. Also included is fresh minced garlic and freshly minced bird’s eye chilies. Additionally, you will need to include tonkatsu sauce, gochugaru ( Korean chili flakes) and gochujang (Korean chili paste.) Regular chili paste and flakes will do in a pinch, but for that authentic flavor head to your nearest world food store, or shop online for the real thing. For the entire recipe check out the link above.

Bhel puri

Bhel puri is a delicious dish that hails from  India, and it’s sure to impress your guests with its unique combination of flavors and textures. There are quite a few ingredients, but don’t let that stop your preparing this delicious dish. 

One of the most important elements is puffed rice which along with the sev that provides a lovely savory crunch that contrasts the vegetables, and beans. It’s worth noting that you can assemble this bhel puri recipe without adding the chutney for guests who don’t like that much spice. 

If you can’t find papdi, you can use tortilla chips, or even Ritz crackers instead. Just be sure to assemble the bhel puri less than an hour before eating, otherwise, the wonderful textures will merge and you’ll lose the texture element of the dish.

Sweet, salty, spicy party nuts 

Nuts are a great option for a party as you can set them out as part of a buffet or as a part of a charcuterie board. You can actually add your own flavor and seasoning to nuts to create something less run of the mill. 

The nuts included in this recipe are walnuts, pecans, almonds, and cashews. They are easily are seasoned with black pepper, salt, cayenne pepper, and cumin. They also include sugar, butter that almost create a candied effect. The nuts are finished in the oven.

This combination of spices gives the nuts a yummy sweet and spicy flavor that are sure to be a big hit with your guests. 

Crockpot buffalo chicken dip 

A more traditional snack food to add to your table is crockpot Buffalo chicken dip. This dip could not be easier to make and is one that most everyone loves to eat. There are only a few ingredients including cream cheese, cheddar cheese, Buffalo sauce, and blue cheese dressing. All of these flavors combine with the shredded chicken to deliver a delicious snack whether it’s on crackers or tortilla chips.

The best part of this recipe is that it no muss no fuss. When you’re party planning, the easier the dish the better.

Try one of these recipes at your next get together. You’re sure to impress if you do.


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