Author(s): Ryland Peters & Small
A selection of moreish and satisfying nibbles, snacks and small plates to accompany your drinks. From sophisticated classy bites to deep-fried cheesy treats. Because fully eating is cheating! (But small bites are OK). The trend for superior bar snacks has steadily been gaining traction over the last few years. First, we had the revelation of posher crisps and fancy nuts, now bars in major cities across the world are upping their menu game in order to capitalize on foodie trends and keep up with customers who want informal, relaxed yet good quality grub. Dishes that are truly delicious and interesting, yet which won't lull them into a food-induced stupor, break the bank or force them to get up from that prime-position bar stool and interrupt the flow of the evening. Transfer this laid-back eating concept to your very own cocktail parties, gatherings and cosy nights in with 101 Bar Bites. Picture the scene: you want to show off your culinary prowess with something homemade and fortify guests for a night of merriment - but the night is not calling for a formal sit down meal.
Perhaps you are watching the big game on TV, preparing to go out dancing or simply chilling with good friends and a bottle of wine. Things you can quickly grab and consume - not necessarily with a knife and fork. In this wide range of bar bites inspired by cuisine from all around the world, find something to enjoy whatever your tipple: from sliders, onion rings and loaded fries to go with a pint of lager to infused olives, bruschetta and whitebait with a crisp white wine. Mexican nachos will be ideal with tequila cocktails, or a divine charcuterie platter is just the thing to accompany a heady glass of red. The food is divided into chapters according to portion size. First come Nibbles, which will include Home-made Tortilla Chips and assorted dips, Infused Olives, Masala Popcorn and Rainbow Pickles. Next is the Snacks chapter, which includes slightly larger morsels like Chipotle Chicken Wings, Onion Rings and Persian Sausage Rolls. Small Plates is where you can find the most substantial food: try mini Pizzette, Sliders, or a Gourmet Grilled Cheese.
The Sharers chapter includes food which can be served on platters, big bowls and boards such as Nachos, Charcuterie and a Seafood Platter. There is also a Sweet Treats chapter so that you can indulge your sweet-toothed guests with bite-size Mini Doughnuts or Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Pretzels. Finally, there is a selection of classic drinks and cocktails to complete your bar snack menu such as a Tropical Punch, Iced Margaritas or Elderflower Champagne Cocktails.