The guest list is made, all the food planned, drinks finalized and now it’s time to start executing the big plan for the party! You go through your list and everything looks good. The excitement of hosting another get together has you just sitting on the edge of your seat! Whether this is the first time hosting a party or the hundredth, you still get excited to put your vision into action! This party is going to be amazing and you can’t wait to see the expressions on your friends faces when the night finally happens.
But then, you remember, that you are short some serving dishes. What to do? It’s all about finger foods and the night wouldn’t be the same with the specially made foods just placed on a paper plate. Entertaining, whether for work or pleasure, just isn’t the same unless you have the right piece to place all that beautifully made food on (even if you get your food from your local deli or caterer.)
Serving dishes are some of the most unique items that we have in our kitchens. We love to find something different or beautiful or a certain color or style to fit our needs. Sometimes we are looking for picnic practical. Something that travels well or even keeps our food hot or cold. But then sometimes we need something that makes a statement, even a subtle statement. But we are all looking for function and style no matter what!
Recently, my daughter celebrated her 14th birthday. We have family birthday dinners that the guest of honor gets to choose what exactly they want for dinner and the rest of us make it for them. So when my daughter wanted Sushi, I decided to use The Oak Barrel Company’s Tapas Sushi Servers to display the wonderful dinner on!
My 15.5 year old daughter made the Sushi. I made the Asparagus Ham Roll-ups and my 17.5 year old daughter made the cake pops without sticks! Needless to say, everyone enjoyed our finger food dinner celebration! But seeing the finger food displayed on the Tapas Sushi Servers was amazing! So we took pictures to show you just how these servers work and look with food! AND the clean up was so easy! I brushed them off, oiled them down and now they are ready for our next party, big or small!
The Tapas Sushi Server is made from the stave of a wine barrel. The natural dark reddish coloring comes from the wine that was aged in the barrel. The red hues even bleed into the wood, causing a beautiful finish on the sides and edges of the Tapas Sushi Server making each server become unique and different. No two will even be identical. And this makes quite a statement when you put your food out on a Tapas Sushi Server at a party!
Here are the recipes from our party for you to use:
Sushi (California Rolls)
- White Rice
- Seaweed Wraps
- Cucumber (sliced long and thin, and remove seeds)
- Avocado (sliced long and thin)
- Imitation Crab Meat, the long stick kind
- Make rice following directions on label.
- Prep your veggies
- When rice is done, place rice in a thin layer on the entire wrap. Add thin pieces of Cucumber, Avocado & Imitation Crab meat to the edge closest to you.
- Carefully, roll the wrap up with the rice and stuff to the inside.
- Cut Sushi to desired thickness and place on Tapas Sushi Server.
Asparagus Ham Roll Ups
- 1 Bunch fresh asparagus (about 1 lb)
- 1 (8oz) package cream cheese
- 1 tsp horseradish
- 1 tsp brown mustard or dijon-style mustard
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 pound ham thinly sliced
- Cook asparagus until crisp-tender
- Mix together cream cheese, horseradish, mustard and Worcestershire sauce.
- Place ham on cutting board. Put a thin layer of cream cheese mixture on whole slice. Place one spear of asparagus at one end of ham slice, and roll up, jelly roll style. Slice into bite-sized pieces. Chill.
- French Vanilla cake mix made following directions on box in (2) 8″ layer pans.
- Frosting, canned or homemade. Enough for one cake.
- White melting candies.
- Crumble cake into a bowl.
- Add frosting, mixing in thoroughly until it’s a dough ball.
- Form into balls about the size of a walnut. Add a stick if you want to make Cake Pops.
- Place onto cookie sheet that is lined with parchment paper.
- Freeze for 30 minutes to an hour.
- After an hour: In a double boiler, melt candies.
- Carefully dip frozen ball into melted candies.
- Quickly sprinkle with sugars. Set back onto tray till dry.
- Serve when dry.
I hope you enjoy your entertaining for friends and family as much as we do!!!
~Kelly Smith – Coach, Blogger, Artisan