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Need help with appetizers for western themed party

I'm helping out with a laid-back western themed dinner party next week and need help with ideas for appetizers.   The hostess is serving sliders, corn on the cob, and baked beans, and asked me to take care of the appetizers....any ideas?

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Re: Need help with appetizers for western themed party

  • Pioneer Woman's Cowboy Nachos -- you could prep them ahead & bake when you get there:

    http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2008/06/cowboy-nachos/

  • I am in love with cowboy caviar dip!

    Here's one recipe - there are tons of variations

    http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Cowboy-Caviar/Detail.aspx

  • This site may help, its aimed toward kids but can be modified

    Birthday Theme Party Food:

    Tip: have a good ol' barbeque and use cowboy hats or straw baskets with a gingham napkin or bandanna to serve corn, potato chips, trail mix, popcorn etc.

    And now to the "real" stuff:

    *Buffalo wings
    *Bronco beans
    *Horse Feed (shreded lettuce)

    *Barbeque chicken, beef, ribs etc.
    *Haystacks (shoestring potatoes)
    *
    Cornbread
    *Chili n' chips
    *Weiner roast (hot dogs)
    *Potato, Coleslaw and green salads
    *Sausages
    *Corn on the cob
    *Wagon-wheel pasta
    *Roast foil-wrapped potatoes on an open fire (if you can have one)
    *Mashed potatoes and gravy
    *Watermelon (and you can have a watermelon seed spitting contest-this can be great fun!!)

    Birthday Theme Party Drinks:

    *Root beer
    *Ginger ale
    *Cactus juice (Lemon-lime soda. When you're about to serve it add scoops of lime sherbet and watch it bubble! You can also make green ice cubes with green food coloring to add to the whole cactus effect.)
    *Sarsaparilla (Before the party, drop cherries in each ice cube slot and freeze. Then, at the party, put one tablespoon of grenadine syrup into each glass, drop a frozen ice cube, then pour cream soda over the ice and watch a pinkish foamy drink appear).

    Tip: Put up a bevarge outpost (could be your kitchen counter). You can call it the Birthday Saloon. Have a dressed-up parent or sibling be the saloon keeper and serve soda pop in tall mugs.

    Birthday Theme Party Treats:

    *Golden nuggets (chocolate ones)
    *Sugar cubes
    *Bugs - chocolate covered raisins.

    *Golden goblets (caramel popcorn)
    *Smores (marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers)
    *Trail mix
    *All kinds of potato chips (maybe with barbeque flavors) with salsa
    *Rattlesnake eggs (jelly beans with spots on them)
    *Shelled peanuts
    *Jell-O Jigglers (cut with cookie cutters) in the shapes of cowboy hats, boots, horse shoes, ponies, etc.

    Tip: You can put many of these treats in cowboy hats.

     

  • You could do a nice 7 layer type dip with chili, guac., sour cream, cheese and serve it in a cast iron skillet....but the tortilla chips around the rim of a straw or cowboy hat

  • Cowboy Caviar
    Cowboy Cooking Recipes from AlansKitchen.comMakes 10 servings

    Prep Time: 10 min.
    Chilling Time: 2 hrs.

    Ingredients:

    • 1 - can (15-ounces) black beans (rinsed & drained)
    • 1 - can (4-ounces) ripe olives (chopped & drained)
    • 1/4  - cup onion (finely chopped)
    • 2 - Tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 2 - Tablespoons lime juice
    • 1/4 - teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 - teaspoon crushed red pepper
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1/8 - teaspoon black pepper
    • 1 - package (8-ounces) cream cheese (softened)
    • 2 - large hard-cooked eggs (peeled & chopped)
    • 1 - green onion with top (sliced)

    Directions:

    1. In a medium-size bowl, you want to mix black beans, olives, onion, oil, lime juice, salt, red pepper, cumin, and black pepper.
    2. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.
    3. Spread cream cheese on a servings plate.
    4. Spoon bean mixture evenly over the cream cheese.
    5. Arrange chopped eggs on bean mixture in ring around the edge of the plate.
    6. Sprinkle with green onion.
  • Cowboy Caviar
    Cowboy Cooking Recipes from AlansKitchen.comMakes 10 servings

    Prep Time: 10 min.
    Chilling Time: 2 hrs.

    Ingredients:

    • 1 - can (15-ounces) black beans (rinsed & drained)
    • 1 - can (4-ounces) ripe olives (chopped & drained)
    • 1/4  - cup onion (finely chopped)
    • 2 - Tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 2 - Tablespoons lime juice
    • 1/4 - teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 - teaspoon crushed red pepper
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1/8 - teaspoon black pepper
    • 1 - package (8-ounces) cream cheese (softened)
    • 2 - large hard-cooked eggs (peeled & chopped)
    • 1 - green onion with top (sliced)

    Directions:

    1. In a medium-size bowl, you want to mix black beans, olives, onion, oil, lime juice, salt, red pepper, cumin, and black pepper.
    2. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.
    3. Spread cream cheese on a servings plate.
    4. Spoon bean mixture evenly over the cream cheese.
    5. Arrange chopped eggs on bean mixture in ring around the edge of the plate.
    6. Sprinkle with green onion.
  • Bacon wrapped mini sausages. Mmmmm...
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