Party Food Ideas To Smash Your COVID-Induced Blues

With COVID still going strong, many of us are wondering whether this whole sorry episode is EVER going to come to an end. But that doesn’t change our basic needs. We all need a pick-me-up from time to time to see us through challenging times. 

Here’s where party food can help. No – you can’t invite your friends over for a massive shindig. But you can comfort yourself with some well-constructed party food.

In this article, we present some incredible party food ideas that’ll send you wild, even if you’re all on your lonesome!

Lasagna Party Ring

If you’ve never tried a lasagna party ring, you’re missing a trick.

The basic idea is actually pretty simple. 

You start by cooking a lasagne in a shallow pan as you normally would. 

Then you allow it to cool so that all the moisture soaks into the pasta. Once it’s cold, you take it out of the pan and cut it into small rectangular chunks, ready for serving. 

In the meantime, you whip up a bowl of tasty marinara sauce and place it in the middle of a larger plate. You then add the bite-size lasagna pieces around the edge of the bowl in a concentric ring, before topping with chives or whatever other crunch green you think will go with it. 

Chilli Dog Pan

If you haven’t tried a baked chili dog pan yet, you’re missing out. This decadent party treat is essentially a giant chili dog, complete with hearty cheese sauce. 

You start by taking small frankfurters and then wrapping them individually in gooey bread dough. You then tightly pack them together in an oven-proof pan and pour some cheese sauce into the gaps. 

Baking the bread and the sausages creates a kind of hot-dog mass which you can then peel off like regular tear-and-share bread. 

Ham And Cheese Ring

A ham and cheese ring is a savory take on a traditional filo pastry dessert. But instead of adding rhubarb or blueberries, you’re stuffing it full of your favorite meats and cheeses. 

Start off with your filo pastry as you would normally. Then add Monterey jack – or whatever cheese you prefer – and your ham. Then seal it in the middle and bake until golden.

If you want to add a little extra kick, add capers or olives. 

Make A Cocktail

Be honest: how long has it been since you last had a cocktail?

Thanks to restrictions, it’s probably been a while. But that’s no excuse for not having the courage to try a blue lagoon drink yourself. 

It’s actually super easy to make, like most cocktails. The basics are always the same: a spirit and a mixer. Everything else is just tacked on. 

Becoming a cocktail pro is actually a lot of fun. And given that many of us have more time on our hands, it could be the perfect hobby to keep you occupied until things return to normal. 

So what are you waiting for? Try out some of these party ideas yourself and beat the COVID blues.

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