The New Year’s celebrations are over, the ball dropped; you’ve celebrated with your family and friends. Whether or not you’re already planning another party anytime soon, you pretty much know what to expect: Uncle Mike is walking around with a martini in his hand, and friend of a friend Suzy – who you’ve never liked – is bumping into people with her bad breath. She’s exhaling all over guests since she has that loud, guttural laugh. If you’re hosting a party or bringing any of the appetizers, be sure to cook foods that don’t worsen breath or reputations. Besides, alcohol and certain foods don’t mix. Discover the best and worst hors d’oeuvres to serve at a party – keep these in mind for next year’s shindig.
Worst hors d’oeuvres to serve
1. Garlicky bruschetta: Tasty, easy-to-make, perfect for any party, right? Wrong. These little tomato bread bites are something you won’t want to smell on your neighbor’s breath later in the night.
2. Cipollini onions braised in red wine: Despite being a Food Network favorite, this classy app is another bad breath offender. They are delicious, but only if you don’t want a kiss when the ball drops.
“Unfortunately, brushing after you eat onions or garlic doesn’t help,” Richard Price, dentist and spokesperson for the American Dental Association, explained to WebMD. “The volatile substances they contain make their way into your blood stream and travel to your lungs, where you breathe them out.”
3. Oysters: Yes, these palate pearls from the deep are elegant, but there’s a chance that there’s a bad one in the bunch that can set the stomach awry. After all, you don’t want Auntie Terri vomiting in the fake plant. Talk about a culprit for oral odor.
4. Skip appetizers, just alcohol: This is another bad option. Not only does food help you maintain your aplomb during the party by soaking up the alcohol, it – if it doesn’t contain onions or garlic – could help offset the drying effects of alcohol. Alcohols reduce saliva production, which normally serves as a natural cleaning agent. Without saliva, your mouth becomes a habitable environment for odor-causing bacteria, allowing foul breath to wreak havoc.
Best hors d’oeuvres to serve
1. Bacon-wrapped dates: If you’ve tried them, you know that these irresistible appetizers are a winner. On top of their tastiness, high-fiber foods keep saliva flowing, which washes down stray food particles. Dates, the fruit, are a good source of fiber. They’ll be gone before you know it.
2. Seven-layer Greek dip: Packing cucumbers, tomatoes, hummus and feta cheese, the seven-layer Greek dip is both healthy and delicious. Feta cheese even benefits your teeth by helping to fortify dental enamel.
3. Teriyaki chicken and pineapple skewers: Savory chicken and caramelized pineapple fit easily on a toothpick. Guests tend to scarf this app down. Plus, they’re semi-healthy to keep up your New Year’s Resolution.
Hors d’oeuvres tips
1. Think small. You want to be able to pick up each appetizer with one hand while holding a drink in the other. Fashionistas put in their two cents: you want to avoid ultra-large or unwieldy foods that will distend the cheeks, which could alter applied make-up.
2. Structural integrity is key. Don’t buy crumbly food that you’ll have to pick out of the carpet the next morning. Yes, even dessert cakes fall into this category.
3. Set out a 40-piece container of gum on the side of the appetizer table. You might be surprised how many people, including Suzy, thank you.
Before heading to the party, brush your teeth and rinse your mouth with alcohol-free mouthwash to get the night started right.
Happy New Year everyone!