101 Bar Bites by Ryland Peters & Small
Delicious nibbles, snacks & small plates to complement your drinks
Each year at Christmas I’m hoping that my family will be in charge of making the appetizers. There’s just something about being able to make all these little bites and nibbles that makes it so much fun to do, especially cause it means you’ll be doing a lot of cooking! I used to always make these big dinners whenever I invited friends over, but lately I’ve started to be more of a fan of serving them little bites to eat instead throughout the evening! The result is just so much more fun that to have to cook one meal, as some people may or may not like every part of your big dinner, but when it comes to small bites there’s always something for everyone. At the same time it can be a big task to be in charge of cause most recipes out there will focus on the main event and it can be quite hard to find a great recipe for smaller snacks.
Thanks to Ryland, Peters & Small that problem is now well out of the way as they have collected 101 delicious bar bites in one cook book. It’s ideal for any cocktail party, gathering or cosy night in you may have planned at any time of the year. Stepping away from any classic cookbook, the book is also divided based on the portion size, since there’s of course no difference in the course.
A selection of moreish and satisfying nibbles, snacks and small plates to accompany your drinks with flavours from all around the world. 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.
- Hardcover: 144 pages
- Publisher: Ryland, Peters & Small Ltd (9 Mar. 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1849758077
- ISBN-13: 978-1849758079
Thanks to Ryland Peters & Small I get to give one copy of this tasty book away! Here’s how you can enter:
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