How to Cook Pleasing Party Snacks as a Student

Cooking crowd pleasing party snacks as a student can be budget friendly and easy. Having a selection of favourites on the table is a great little touch. These recipes will last as people come and go all night long.

Garlic Breaded Mushrooms

These mushrooms are a great little nibble and go really nicely dipped in some mayo. They’re delicious hot or cold.

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Makes: 1 bowl

2 slices of bread, crusts removed

2 cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped (garlic powder works well if you can get it)

Salt and pepper

2 eggs, beaten

3 handfuls of button mushrooms, cut in half

1/4 mug of plain flour

Oil (groundnut or vegetable, not olive oil)

  1. Grate the bread into breadcrumbs or blitz in a blender.

  2. Put the breadcrumbs into a bowl and add the chopped garlic. Mix together and season with salt and pepper.

  3. Crack the eggs into a separate bowl and whisk until light.

  4. Place the mushrooms on a plate and sift (pour through a sieve) some flour over them. Carefully dip a mushroom into the egg, then into the breadcrumbs. Place onto a separate plate. Repeat until all the mushrooms are coated in the breadcrumbs.

  5. Pour oil into a small saucepan until it’s about 3 centimetres deep. Heat over a high heat.

    Hot oil is extremely dangerous. Never leave the pan unattended. If the oil starts to spit, turn the heat down slightly.

  6. Carefully fry the mushrooms in the oil, a few at a time, until the breadcrumbs turn golden brown. Repeat until all the mushrooms are done.

Per serving: Calories 54 (From Fat 32); Fat 3.5g (Saturated 0.8g); Cholesterol Trace; Sodium 56mg; Carbohydrate 3.2g; Dietary Fibre 0.3g; Protein 2.3g.

Spicy Chips

This dish is hardly a recipe, more of a tip. Thin-cut chips or French fries rather than chunky chips work best here, because they taste okay even when they’re cold.

Preparation time: 30 seconds

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Makes: 1 big bowl

3 big handfuls of frozen chips

4 big pinches of hot paprika or chilli powder

  1. Cook the chips, following the instructions on the back of the packet.

  2. When they’re done, sprinkle them generously with hot paprika or chilli powder.

Per serving: Calories 28 (From Fat 9); Fat 1.0g (Saturated 0.1g); Cholesterol Trace; Sodium 45mg; Carbohydrate 4.2g; Dietary Fibre 0.3g; Protein 0.5g.

Home-Made Pizza

Pizzas are fairly cheap to buy, but don’t give you that extra edge of creativity. You can’t buy a pizza modelled on your best friend’s face, or that spells out Happy Birthday in pepperoni. But you can make one.

Preparation time: 2 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Makes: 2 Home-Made Pizzas

2 pizza bases

Tomato purée

2 tins of chopped tomatoes, with excess liquid drained

3 big handfuls of grated Cheddar cheese

2 handfuls of pepperoni or other spicy sausage slices

1 small green pepper, sliced

1 small red pepper, sliced

1 small red onion, sliced

  1. Preheat the oven to 220°C and place the pizza bases on a baking tray.

  2. Starting from the middle and working outwards, spread the pizza bases with tomato purée and then spoon over the drained chopped tomatoes.

  3. Cover both pizzas with grated cheese and then top with the onion, peppers and pepperoni.

  4. Place in the preheated oven for around 15 minutes or until the topping is bubbling.

  5. Allow to cool slightly before slicing and serving.

Per serving: Calories 454 (From Fat 176); Fat 19.5g (Saturated 9.0g); Cholesterol Trace; Sodium 566mg; Carbohydrate 51.5g; Dietary Fibre 2.9g; Protein 18.1g.

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