What comes to mind when you read, “dehydrating recipes”? You likely have an image of tree bark-like food, looking withered and bland. No amount of sauce and toppings would turn the results into something palatable.
Now imagine serving those dried-up bites to a party crowd.
There’s a good chance your hors d’oeuvres get passed over but what if you could make them head turners?
This article shares mouthwatering dehydrated food for parties that’ll get people talking.
Try these Dehydrating Recipes at Your Party
The makeup of your party will dictate your choice of dehydrator recipes. So, the following list has a mix of easy dehydrated food ideas you’ll find satisfying for all types. Feel free to experiment and remix the recipes to your liking!
1. Fruit Leathers
Fruit leathers are excellent finger foods reminiscent of school snacks.
- Wash the fruit
- Puree in a blender
- Spread across a parchment paper
- Dehydrate at ~160F for 6-8 hours
- Cut and roll
Your guests may not pay attention to the health benefits but they’ll enjoy the taste! Fruit leathers have lots of possibilities if your local store has a good variety of fruit. Try adding seeds for more flavor!
2. Onion Rings
The beauty of the recipe is in the dredging. You can add several spices and flavors to your choosing.
- Slice onions to your preferred thickness
- Coat onion slices in flour and dip in almond milk
- Dredged rings in a spice mix
- Dehydrate at ~115F for up to 16 hours
3. Corn Chips
Chips and salsa are a staple for any party. What if you could make these two from scratch? This one-ingredient recipe will knock their socks off:
- Puree 2-3 cups of sweet corn
- Spread thinly on parchment paper
- Dehydrate ~115F for up to 10 hours
Slice the chips to your liking and you’re good-to-go!
4. Yogurt Bites
Making yogurt from scratch would take this recipe to the next level. But, store-bought yogurt is fine and already comes with plenty of flavors.
- Cut the tip of a sandwich bag’s edge
- Fill the bag with yogurt
- Pipe the yogurt onto a leather tray or parchment paper
- Dehydrate at ~135F for about 8-12 hours
Yogurt bites make for fun snack foods in place of chocolate. The various yogurt flavors would make quite a selection for cheap!
5. Cauliflower Popcorn Bites
It’s cheap, it’s healthy, and it makes a great base for a number of recipes — one being “popcorn” bites.
- Cut and crumble cauliflower into small chunks
- Sprinkle with spices (e.x. onion and cayenne)
- Dehydrate at ~115F for up to 24-hours
6. Salmon Jerky
Imagine your guest’s faces as they bite into what they think is beef jerky but get an amazing sensation of fish! Salmon gets a bit expensive but could be quite the palate pleasure at your party.
- Slice fresh salmon thin
- Marinade overnight
- Dehydrate at ~145 for up to 4 hours
7. Ginger Candies
Ginger has a spicy zing your guests will love for after-dinner snacking.
- Peel and slice ginger root into small cubes
- Boil the cubes until they’ve turned golden
- Remove the ginger and mix in sugar
- Return the ginger and boil until caramelized
- Drain and dehydrate to your desired crunch
Cover the candies with a sprinkling of sugar. Mmm!
Bland to Grand with the Absence of Moisture
The number of dehydrating recipes you can explore with a dehydrator is astounding. Almost every food has a new twist! Add your personal flair and try something new, and you’ve got a recipe for party success.
Have we got your mouth watering yet? Check our recipes for more ideas!