The Art of Great Finger Food
While a sit down meal is great, sometimes it’s nice to have an occasion where everyone isn't so static. Maybe it’s because the big game is on that afternoon and everyone needs something to pick at while they watch. Maybe you’re throwing a party and you want the guests to be able to mingle. Whatever the reason, sometimes it’s good to put on a spread that doesn't require a place setting, or even cutlery!

Here’s our rough guide to finger food. Of course, the first bit of advice? Paper plates and plenty of napkins!
BBQ Turkey Wings
Wings are the classic finger food. A big bowl of these will keep an army happy. The only downside is they take a while to cook, so make sure you prepare them well in advance.

To make these wings you’ll need 4 turkey wings, 3 tablespoons of butter, a large, finely chopped red onion, 3 crushed garlic cloves, a tablespoon of chilli powder, 2/3 cup of ketchup, 1/3 cup of brown sugar, a tablespoon of lemon juice, half a teaspoon of salt, a teaspoon of dried basil, half a teaspoon of pepper and a quarter of a teaspoon of Tabasco sauce.

Melt the butter in a saucepan, then add the garlic and onion. Let it cook until the onion goes soft, then add the chilli powder and cook for a minute further. At this point mix your ketchup, brown sugar, salt, basil, pepper, lemon juice and Tabasco sauce into the pan. Keep stirring, bringing the sauce to a simmer, then remove it from the heat.

Put the turkey wings in a large roasting pan and pour your new sauce all over them. Cover the pan with aluminium foil and place in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for two hours. then remove the foil and bake for another 20 minutes. Finally, remove the turkey pieces and place them on a serving plate.
Sandwiches are the ultimate finger food. There is literally no savoury food that can’t be made portable by sticking it between two pieces of bread. Here at Lean on Turkey we’ve got a whole heap of great sandwich recipes, from the festive turkey, cranberry and gruyere sandwich with sage mustard, to the toasted turkey, cream cheese and gherkin on rye and the fruity turkey, apple and rocket sandwich or the formidable turkey and bacon subs with chunky sweetcorn relish.

You could even make sandwiches that have a filling other than turkey, although to be honest we really can’t see why you would want to do that!
However for some people even the sandwich isn’t convenient enough. This is where the kebab skewer comes in. The kebab skewer not only has all the portability of a sandwich, but all the food is neatly queued up on a stick like a sort of savoury lollypop. Again, you’ll find plenty of great kebab recommendations on this site, from the fruity to the kofta, to the sweet chilli, to a simple, straightforward turkey kebab. For all of these, it’s a good idea to keep a plate of oven warmed pitta breads and some plain yogurt handy for serving.
Other snacks
As well as the centrepiece food, having a few snacks around is also good. A bowl of nachos, some crusty bread and a range of dips such as cream and chive or guacamole will give people plenty to choose from. Even simple dishes like cheesy turkey fingers can help create a great spread. That and selection of drinks will be enough to keep everyone happy!


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