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Moroccan Appetizers, Snacks and Finger Food

Moroccan Party Food Ideas


Although the traditional Moroccan way to entertain is to sit guests down to a several course meal, you'll find plenty of ideas for planning a gathering or party around finger food. Here's a list of snacks, appetizers and more to get you started.

1. Moroccan Olives

Olives for sale in souks in medina (old walled city) of Marrakesh, Morocco.
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Olives are used in Moroccan cooking, served as condiments or starters, and of course, set out for snacking. Almost any kind of cured olive will work on your appetizer table, but you may want to consider buying imported Moroccan olives, such as those found at Mustapha's Moroccan online store. (You can see my review of their products here.)

2. Edam Cheese

Photo © Christine Benlafquih
This Dutch-import to Morocco, dubbed "red cheese" because of its colorful paraffin wax coating, has become a standard, all-purpose cheese in Morocco. Slice it to add to to mini-sized sandwiches, or cut it into small cubes when serving it as part of a cheese plate.

3. Sausage Stuffed Croissants

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These savory stuffed croissants can be prepared in advance with either unleavened puff pastry dough or leavened croissant dough. In Morocco, merguez sausage is very popular, but you can substitute another variety if you like. Bake and freeze ahead of time, then pop them into the oven to reheat.

4. Cheese and Olive Pastries

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These lovely puff pastry wedges with savory cheese, herb and olive filling will melt in your mouth. The addition of cured or cooked meat is optional. The pastries can be assembled in advance and frozen until baking time.

5. Olive Tapenade

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Easy to make ahead of time, serve black or green olive tapenade as a dip, or offer it already spread on crackers or small rounds of crusty bread. You'll want to have a little harissa on hand to give the tapenade its signature kick.

6. Briouats

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These little fried pastries can be stuffed with sweet or savory fillings. In Morocco, they're made with a special paper-thin pastry called warqa, but outside of Morocco you can substitute phyllo dough or spring roll wrappers. Fry them ahead of time and reheat in the oven.

7. Stuffed Msemen

Photo © Christine Benlafquih
This tutorial will walk you through the process of making the delicious stuffed "pancake" known as msemen. The one shown here features a spicy onion filling, with the tutorial also linking to a recipe for a ground beef filling. All types of msemen, plain or stuffed, can be made ahead of time for easy reheating. Cut each pastry into quarters for finger-sized servings.

8. Stuffed Harcha

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Harcha is a semolina bread which is cooked stove-top. This version is stuffed with a savory herb and cheese filling.

9. Moroccan Style Puff Pastry Strata

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This quiche-like strata is completely enclosed in puff pastry. Layered with sauteed veggies, smoked turkey and cheeses, it's sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Arrange pre-cut squares on a platter, or simply place the casserole on the food table for guests to serve themselves.

10. Kefta Puff Pastry Wrap

Photo © Christine Benlafquih
These savory kefta and cheese wraps make the perfect finger food to offer as a party or tea time food. Bake them ahead of time and then reheat when needed. Serve warm or at room temperature.
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