Not Your Average Dinner: Mini Finger Food Night
When your generally applauded go-to meals aren't getting the standing ovations you're used to, it might be time to downsize dinner for a change. This spread of mini foods comes together quickly (they're mini, after all), and the whole family can help make them. And when everyone's done cooking, go ahead — tell 'em they can eat with their hands.
Serve Drinks in Coupe Glasses
Got some champagne coupe glasses you pull out only on New Year's Eve? Grab them from their cabinet perch and dust them off — their teeny size fits the theme, no matter what you drink out of them. And who says "mini-food night" can't double as "fancy night"?
Sometimes the bread can almost get in the way of this classic sandwich's savory flavor. Skip the carbs and pile a grape tomato, lettuce wedge and piece of bacon onto a skewer — now this bite basically counts as a first-course salad. And you don't even have to skip the mayo: Use a squeeze bottle to pipe it onto the lettuce stacks.
Veggie Ribbon Roll-Ups
Crudites are quintessential finger foods, and this take on the idea is even more inventive than an artfully arranged platter, because the veggie ribbons have their own dip inside. Slice zucchini or carrots thinly lengthwise, top with a dollop of herbed goat cheese and roll up.
Spinach Feta Triangles
Flaky phyllo is always a crowd-pleaser, especially when filled with savory feta and hearty (and virtuous!) spinach. These homemade versions of the freezer-aisle appetizers bake up in just 15 minutes.
Get the Recipe: Spinach Feta Triangles
Mini Stuffed Peppers
Stuffed bell peppers can be belly busters — and can get messy. Try mini “lunchbox” peppers to offer your family a fun fork-free option. Fill with cooked ground meat (or beans for a vegetarian dish), top with cheese, and heat in the oven until warmed through.
Gyoza is basically the perfect food: It's both crispy and tender, and meant for dipping in savory sauce. Get the whole family involved in dumpling folding for a fun predinner activity (and faster prep!).
Get the Recipe: Pork Gyoza
Finish off the meal with one-bite sweets arranged in a pretty row on a skewer. Top doughnut holes with sprinkles, chocolate or caramel — and go ahead and dip fresh fruit, too.