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Appetizer ideas?

Have you made any appetizers that have gotten rave reviews at one of your gatherings..

I have heard of one with those little smokie sausages. Dont know how to make that one.

Im gonna have a get together next weekend and want some ideas. Maybe even crockpot appetizers...Theres gonna be a good mix of women, men and kids too.....

thanks a bunch.....

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Re: Appetizer ideas?

  • Since tomatoes are pretty ripe at this time of year, my suggestion is:

    -Cut slices of tomatoes

    -Drizzel lightly with balsamic vinegar and olive oil

    -Place one piece of basil and one piece of fresh mozzerella on each tomato slice and serve.  Yummy!

     For a crock pot app, I'd do crock pot rubens and serve with the little loaf of rye bread.  Try and google it.  If you can't find it, let me know and I will send you the recipe. 

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  • I get a ton of raves for this, I always bring to parties/BBQ's: Baked Brie

    The brie cheese melts inside the puffy crust for an elegant appetizer. Serve with apple slices, toast rounds, crackers, or other raw vegetables.

    Prep Time: 15 minutes

    Cook Time: 20 minutes

    Ingredients:

    • 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
    • 1 round of brie cheese, about 1 pound in size
    • 1 egg yolk mixed with 1 tsp water

    Preparation:

    Preheat oven to 400 F.

    Let frozen puff pastry come to room temperature before beginning, about 20 minutes.

    Lightly flour puff pastry, and roll out to 1/8-inch thickness. Wrap dough around brie and trim away excess pastry. (Reserve excess pastry to cut decorative shapes.) Seal edges by pressing with your fingers. Place on a baking sheet seam-side down. Attach any decorative pieces of puff pastry in design of your choice. (At this point, you may cover it and refrigerate for up to 48 hours.)

    When ready to bake, brush the puff pastry brie with the egg wash. Bake 15 to 20 minutes until golden. Remove from oven and let rest for about 20 minutes before serving.

    Serve with apple slices, toast rounds, crackers, or other raw vegetables.

  • mini cheese bisquits are easy.  get a beer bread package, mix according to instructions, add in shredded cheddar cheese and bake in bite sized drop pieces (can't remember the bake time, so do a test w/4 on a pan and use it as a guide).

    i like the yummy shrimp ceviche that my dh made for a recent wine party we attended.  he started the shrimp the night before by putting it (raw--the lime juice is going to do the "cooking") into the spiced lime juice the night before (i believe he used adobo seasoning).  the shrimp were cut up into pieces.  in another bowl he had the tomatoes, variety of peppers (he opted for a couple of jalapenos, banana pepers, anaheim peppers), onion (mostly red, but some white onion, too). a couple of hours before the party he mixed it all together to marry the flavors.  it was a hit, served w/blue corn chips.

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  • What about Hot Spinach & Artichoke Dip? I use the Food Network Recipe and at every party I have gone to, they dissapear fast!
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  • Here are two that I enjoy:

    ?Pizza Fondue: ?You need 2 (11-ounce) cans fiesta nacho cheese soup, undiluted; 1 1/2 cups shreeded Monterey Jack cheese or 4 cheese blend; 3/4 cup pizza sauce; 1/2 cup milk; 1 teaspoon dried italian seasoning; 1/2 cup chopped pepperoni. ?

    Combine first 5 ingredients in a heavy saucepan; cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until cheese melts and mixture is smooth. ?Stir in pepperoni. ?Spoon mixture into a fondue pot or chafing dish. ?Serve with your favorite chips. ?(I really like this with sea salt pita chips!)

    ?

    Herbed Cheese Spread: ?(This one might not be as well received by the kids, but it is my personal favorite dip!) ?You need 1 8oz package of cream cheese, softened; 3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese; 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley; 2 tablespoons cut (1-inch) fresh chives; 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves; dash coarse ground black pepper; 1 small garlic chopped; 1/4 cup finely chopped ripe olives. ?

    In a food processor bowl with metal blade, mix all ingredients except olives. ?Process until well blended. ?Spoon into serving bowl and stir in olives. ?Serve with crackers of your choice.

    ?

    Good luck with the appitizers!?

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  • This is our usual when having appetizer night...

    little whinnies (love those and they are so good and easy to reheat)

    spinach dip with cut up bread

    carrots and celery with ranch (just for the kiddos maybe)

    7 layer Mexican dip.  (refried bean, cheese, sour cream, salsa/tomatoes, green olives) it is my favorite

    garlic dip (with chips)

    onion dip (with chips)

    zesty meatballs (get them as Costco and just stick them in the crock pot)

    Enjoy! 

  • Baked Brie is always a hit with my friends.
  • Is the Baked Brie supposed to be served/eatten warm?  What if guests aren't there right away and it gets cold?  Does it still taste ok?
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  • Yes its still good when out for 2-3 hours. It shouldn't get cold. But it will get room temperature and I think it tastes even better room temperature because the cheese has settled and isn't to gooey.
  • All right.  I just bought the ingredients.  I'm going to try it out on the inlaws tmw!
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