My aunt calls me yesterday and says "Hi! Christmas eve will be starting at 6:30 pm this year, but you're assigned to bring an appetizer, so you need to get there at 6."
uhm.... 1) wth is Christmas Eve being held? (not at aunt's house) 2) I'm required to bring somethign? Since when? 3) I have a 13 month who eats dinner at 5:30... I can't get there at 6 pm . I will def be late. 4) Uhm, yeah, tacky to call me up and say that I'm required to bring something. This is not something that's ever been done. I understand if I called and said "hey! do you guys need help, want me to bring anything?" Or if I was invited and they said "hey, I was wondering if it would be ok if you could bring something? maybe an app or a salad?" but REQUIRED?? errggg..
anyway, i'm not fighting my family on this, i'm picking my battles and it's christmas, so i'm not going to bring it up to them (but i had to vent lol)
so onto the question: i need an appetizer for this shindig. I don't have the time or the $$ to go and make a huge thing (btw, there will be about 50 family members there, but a few of us are bringing apps, so it can feed abotu 20 people). My aunt makes a baked brie every year, so that's out of the question. Any other ideas? I want to avoid the spinach in a breadbowl, too... do you think a crudite platter or cheese and fruit might be a good idea? Any cold apps anyone has recipes for?
tia! i'm going a little nuts, what iwth the baking for the holidays, presents, christmas day, now this... uugggh i want january 2nd already!