Help: red finger food

enui
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On Sunday afternoon me and some friends are going to run a Murder Mystery Party.
It will be the kind where there are some "actors" playing the part of the suspects and the "public" plays detective trying to solve the murder.

We are going to offer something to drink and something to eat. Since much of the story revolves around Bloody Mary (the drink) and strawberries, I'd like to keep a "red" theme. I'm going to bake a strawberry yogurt cake and cover it with red icing, but I could use some suggestion for red finger food.
Please keep in mind that I will have to prepare it in advance (no later than Sunday morning) and I will have to transport it to a place with no fridge, where it will have to wait for 2 o 3 hours. Also, we expect up to 60 people, so it has to be something easy to make and possibly cheap, since I'm paying for it out of my pocket!

So far the only ideas I got are squares of pizza and canape with red "caviar". If I can find some workforce to exploit (also known as "friends" :P ) also some skewer with cherry tomatoes and cubes of cheese, but I'm not sure how the skewered tomatoes would hold up.

So, any suggestion is welcome :)

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Stephanie
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Re: Help: red finger food

Red bell pepper comes to mind, either raw or cooked in some dish or another. Or may be tomato/hot sauce dip, or even a salsa. Another thing that I have been meaning to experiment with is using hot sauce in an omelet, I am pretty sure that would turn it bright red (I like things extra spicy).

The tomatoes will work by the way, I use them when I have them in my bento.

enui
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Re: Help: red finger food

I don't know why I did not think of pepper, it was so obvious! Well, thank you :)

Dip seems messy... we only have one small table on one side of the room to put the food on, and I don't think I can afford to prepare individual cups :/

Omelet... that could be interesting. Usually it turn orange-ish, due to the yellow of the egg, but I could place red pepper pieces on top... or maybe even make a sort of crustless quiche, with rice, and bake it in the oven.

And I have found workforce for the skewers so now I only have to buy the tomatoes :)

maki
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Re: Help: red finger food

Hmm...the no refrigeration thing is an obstacle. Otherwise, something like little meatballs in a red sauce would work great.

It would be another cake...but red velvet cake cut into squares?

Salsa, as Stephanie suggested, is a good idea, though you may want to try to keep it cool before serving.

I've seen some red flour tortillas (made red with red pepper paste I think), which would be great for wraps. I think I saw them at Trader Joe's or Whole Foods. You could fill them with a mixture of red peppers and cream cheese tinted with sweet paprika or something like that, and slice into little rounds about the size of sushi rolls.

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enui
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Re: Help: red finger food

Another girl is taking care of the sweet side, so we'll have plenty already. Beside, savoury seems to be more popular usually.

I'm not sure what you mean by salsa? In italian salsa is just any sauce, but bechamel by itself doesn't sound very appealing, for instance ;)
And we don't have Trader's Joe or Whole Foods in Italy :( But I can work with the idea.

Stephanie
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Re: Help: red finger food

Salsa is just raw tomato, onion, hot pepper (serrano or jalapeno usually), cilantro, lemon/lime juice, salt and pepper either finely chopped or it can be put in a food processor or blender for a finer texture. Here is a picture of the courser version pico de gallo:

http://www.beemanandkirsten.com/blog/wp-content/gallery/misc/pico_de_gal...

There are a lot of dishes you can make with the salsa. I imagine you could use that in the omelet to give it the red color at least for the center, you could even use some broken tortilla chips and make it like huevos rancheros. I think I might just have to do some experimenting of my own.

bronwyncarlisle
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Re: Help: red finger food

Dusting things with paprika, smoked or not, would give a red tinge to paler coloured things.

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Alice
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Re: Help: red finger food

My advice when it comes to needing red foods is to get out the bottle of cochineal food colouring and be done with it. It's cheap, it looks good, and it doesn't make anyone I know hyper. Also, it's not made out of insects anymore, but that wouldn't have put me off anyway. You can put

However, if your into natrual at all costs or you'r worried about pepole with alergies, your could always go with tomatoes, pepers, chillies, red onion, piments, any kind of red spice, cherries, pickled ginger, beetroot, and radish. Obviously not all in the same dish.

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