When you are trying to choose the best cold appetizer, consider the people who will be eating it, and the way it will be served. For instance, the appetizers and snacks chosen for an outdoor picnic, where a bunch of kids will be attending, will be different than the appetizers selected for a more formal, indoor event. Consider clean-up as well, and convenience of eating the cold appetizer; do you want people to be able to eat it with their fingers, or will it be necessary to set out plates and forks? Also, determine whether the appetizer needs to be kept cold, or if it is all right to serve it outdoors, or at room temperature.
Finger sandwiches make some of the best choices for a cold appetizer. They are easy to make, enjoyed by people of all ages, and can be customized in virtually endless combinations. There are plenty of vegetarian options for finger sandwiches as well, not just deli meat. Tomato and basil, cucumber and cream cheese, or egg salad are some of the most popular options. Another one of the easiest cold appetizer options is various types of homemade or store bought dips with vegetables, chips, or crackers provided. People can then make a small plate of snacks and dip, and it requires very little preparation or cooking. Some people even make a sweet dip to be used with fresh fruit.
Some cold appetizer choices require a bit more effort, but may be a nicer option for serving before a meal. Deviled eggs are pretty easy to make, but tend to be a crowd-pleaser. Individual quiches, for which many different recipes can be found online, can also be baked ahead of time and then served cold in some instances. A shrimp cocktail is also a delicious option that is always served cold.
Many people enjoy making miniature wraps or roll-ups, then cutting them into individual bite-sized pieces. These can also be customized with a number of different cold ingredients such as vegetables, meats, or egg. A simple bruschetta served with individually cut pieces of French or Italian bread are an excellent simple, and an equally delicious choice. You have numerous options for the cold appetizers you are able to serve at an event; just consider the tastes of the people who are coming, and the amount of time you want to invest in shopping and preparation.