Pizza on the smoked side

Top a prepared pizza crust with a little sour cream and smoked salmon, along with chopped red onion, fresh dill and capers. It takes all of 15 minutes to whip up.
Recipe: Smoked salmon pizza
(Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times / August 13, 2013)

It's Friday. You've made it. Feel free to celebrate with fun finger foods.

Smoked salmon pizza: Try the smoked salmon pizza from Morton's Steakhouse. Top a prepared pizza crust with a little sour cream and smoked salmon, along with chopped red onion, fresh dill and capers. It takes all of 15 minutes to whip up.

Deviled eggs: Deviled eggs are so simple to make. Halve some hard-boiled eggs and scoop out the yolks. Mash the yolks up, fold in a little sour cream or mayonnaise, a little mustard, some chopped herbs or seasoning, and maybe a dash of Worcestershire. Dollop the filling back in the shell -- or pipe it in if you're feeling fancy -- and you've got stuffed eggs. To devil them properly, add a little heat with a dash of hot sauce or a sprinkling of cayenne pepper.Or shake things up a little by adding minced fennel, smoked salmon, red onions and capers to your base. Place snipped chives over the finished eggs as a final garnish.

Peel 'n' eat shrimp: If you don't mind getting your hands dirty at dinner you can't go wrong with the peel 'n' eat shrimp recipe David Lentz of the Hungry Cat shared with us a few years back — large Mexican white shrimp steamed in a spicy beer reduction. They take an hour or two to marinate, so you'll need to plan ahead, but once you get the dish cooking it comes together in about a half-hour, plenty of time for you to lay out the newspaper over the table and ready a stack of napkins!

Ginger soy chicken wings: These Asian-inspired chicken wings are a tempting take on the classic finger food. The crunchy, deep-fried wings are glazed in a sticky-sweet soy reduction that gets its tang from fresh ginger. No dipping sauce necessary. You can find the recipe below.

GINGER SOY CHICKEN WINGS

Total time: About 1 hour

Servings: 4 to 6 appetizer portions

Note: Adapted from Beacon restaurant

SOY-GINGER GLAZE

1/2 cup chicken broth

1/3 cup mirin

1/4 cup sake

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons soy sauce

2 tablespoons sugar

3/4 teaspoon finely chopped ginger

1. Combine the chicken broth, mirin, sake, soy sauce, sugar and ginger in a medium, heavy-bottom saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.

2. Reduce the heat to simmer and cook until the sauce is reduced to 1 cup. Remove from heat and reserve.

CHICKEN WINGS

Vegetable oil for frying