5 Easy And Incredibly Impressive Party Food Recipes

Throwing a little party this weekend? HOLLY ANDERSON from The Wandering Matilda is here to help. Try these five very easy but extremely impressive party snacks and you’ll be serving up masterpieces quicker than a pizza can be delivered to your door.

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Roast Onion Hummus

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A party classic. Only better.


1 shallot, peeled and quartered
1 brown onion, peeled and quartered
4 garlic cloves, peeled
2 tins of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2tbs tahini
Juice of 1 lemon
1tbs salt
1/4 cup olive oil


Makes 3-4 cups

Pre heat your oven to 180ºC.

Place your onions and garlic on an oven tray and drizzle with olive oil. Bake for 10 minutes or until your house smells amazing and the onions and garlic are golden.

Blend all the ingredients until smooth. Taste here to ensure the balance of saltiness and lemon is perfect. Serve warm and top with sesame seeds, a little cayenne pepper and drizzle with olive oil.

Recipe link here.

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Chicken and Zucchini Balls with Cayenne Yoghurt

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This middle eastern twist on the classic meatball is very quick to make and bullet-proof amazing. They’ll go great with that home-made hummus too.


Chicken balls:
Olive oil
250g chicken mince
1 green zucchini, grated
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 brown onion, chopped
Handful of chopped spring onion
1 egg
Handful of chopped coriander and mint
2tsp ground cumin
1tsp sumac
1tsp cayenne
Salt and pepper
Plain flour for dusting

Cayenne yoghurt:
10tbs plain yoghurt
1tbs cayenne pepper
1 clove of crushed garlic
3tbs olive oil
1tsp salt


Preheat your oven to 180ºC then heat a little olive oil in a pan add sweat the onion and garlic over a low heat. Once the onion is translucent and soft, leave aside to cool slightly.

In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together, including the cooled onion and garlic then form golf ball sized balls using your hands. Place on a large tray and sprinkle with the flour, rolling them around until completely covered.

Heat a few big glugs of oil in a large pan and fry the balls on a high heat until caramelised on all sides (you’re not cooking them all the way through here, just browning). Place the meatballs on a lined baking tray and bake for 30 minutes.

While the meatballs are in the oven mix the yoghurt ingredients together until smooth. Delish delish delish.

Recipe link here.

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The more dips the better!


1 cucumber
3 cloves of garlic, skin on
2tbs white wine vinegar
2tbs chopped dill
1tsp salt
400g natural yoghurt


Makes around 2 cups

Peel, deseed and grate the cucumber then leave in a sieve to drain out the moister.

Pre heat the oven to 180ºC and roast the garlic with the skin on for 10 minutes. Once cool enough to touch, peel the garlic and using a knife mush the cloves to a paste.

In a bowl mix the vinegar, dill, salt, yoghurt and pureed garlic together. Squeeze the excess liquid from the cucumber and mix through the yoghurt.

Recipe link here.

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Ricotta and Onion Jam Toasts


Feeling extra lazy? You can always just buy the pre-made onion jam for this one…


1 large baguette cut into thin slices
Olive oil
Seat salt
250g ricotta
Handful of walnuts

Onion jam
2tbs butter
Olive oil
3-4 brown onions, sliced
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar




To make your onion jam heat the olive oil and butter in a medium sized non stick pot and over a very low heat gently sauté the onions for 15 minutes until translucent. Add the balsamic and sugar and cook for around 15 minutes or until there is no liquid left in the pot and the onions are dark and sticky. This will last in the fridge for 1-2 weeks.

Pre heat your oven to 180ºC. Drizzle your crostini generously with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt. Bake for 5 minutes or until golden and crisp. Use a timer here so you don’t forget about them!

To assemble spoon the ricotta generously on the toasts followed with the onion jam. Sprinkle the chopped walnuts on top.

Recipe link here. 

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Beer and Garlic Pretzels




One sachet of yeast
2tsp sugar
180ml beer at room temperature
635g Tipo 00 flour
4 cloves of garlic, crushed
40g butter at room temperature
50g bicarb of soda
1tbs sea salt



Makes 12

Combine the yeast, sugar and 60ml of the beer in the bowl of a stand mixer and leave to foam – about 3 minutes.

Add the flour, garlic, the remaining beer, butter and 200ml of warm water and mix on a medium speed with the dough hook attachment for 8-10 minutes. Check here in case you need to add a little water to loosen the dough.

Once the dough is soft, place it in a large oiled bowl and leave for an hour to double in size.

Pre heat your oven to 180. Cut the dough in half then with each half cut into six pieces. Roll each piece into a log then create a U shape and fold the ends over each other and press into place. Bring a large pot of water to the boil then add the bicarb soda.

Gently place the pretzels in the water one at a time at leave for 30 seconds only before gently removing and placing on a lined baking tray.

Once each pretzel has been blanched brush with the egg and sprinkle with sea salt. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes switching the position of the trays in the oven half way through.

Eat these on the same day as baking as they will go super chewy 1-2 days later.

Recipe link here.

Holly is the lady behind the food blog, The Wandering Matilda. She has spent the last five years writing and cooking across Europe and Asia. Tasting, treating, tippling and typing, Holly feels she has mastered adulthood when her butcher knows her name, she makes it in time for 6:30am yoga and can justify buying fresh blueberries over frozen ones. Follow her wanders @thewanderingmatilda.