A first-rate cocktail party requires more than a few strong drinks and good company; you’ll also need some creative summer cocktail party hors d’oeuvres for your guests. Below, you’ll find two tasty finger-food recipes.
Put 1 cup of water, butter, salt and cayenne in a pot and bring it to a boil. Let the butter melt completely, take off the heat and stir in your flour over low heat. Beat in 4 eggs until fully incorporated, and then stir in zest, scallions and parsley. Put this in a piping bag and pipe 1-inch rounds onto parchment-lined baking sheets. Preheat your oven to 400 and whisk your last egg and a teaspoon of water in a small bowl; use this to brush each puff. Bake each until golden brown, which should take 20 minutes. Serve right away.
Chop up half of your olives and slice the other half, setting both aside. Remove the yolks from your eggs and discard them – or better yet, save them for use in another dish. Put your egg whites in a bowl and mash into ¼” pieces. Add your mayonnaise, tuna, olives, caper and tarragon, then season with salt and pepper. Put a large spoonful of this over each crostini, and garnish with any leftover tarragon. Serve immediately.
With these two recipes, you’ll be on your way towards a memorable cocktail party.