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Old 02-15-2006, 03:46 PM   #11
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Looking forward to seeing all the posts for this.

With our party coming up I need ideas.

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Old 02-15-2006, 03:51 PM   #12
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i have so many favorites - baked brie is top of the list - also the creamy artichoke dip posted here - this is one of my favorites because it tastes good and is easy to make -

Sunset Dip

Spread one package of room-temp cream cheese on a platter
top with one jar salsa or picante sauce
top with 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
microwave til cheese is melted - serve with chips

i also like the very easy queso dip - 1 can rotelle and one block of velveeta cheese - microwave til blended together - serve with chips - not very healthy, but hey, its good!

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Old 02-15-2006, 07:28 PM   #13
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I usually set out an antipasta spread...olives peppers cheeses and smoked or preserved meat or fish item , breads etc. BUt a fresh made caponata (sweet and sour eggplant saute) on crusty bread is sooooooooooo gooooood!

But trust me I love meatballs too (homemade or store boughten!) I also LOVE CHEESE! (did I say cheese was good too?) ANd 7 layer texmex dip is really good too. and....................................
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Old 02-15-2006, 07:34 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by Michelemarie
........not very healthy, but hey, its good!
"Not very healthy" to me, means "this is unbelievably tasty and you must try some!" so I will!

As for the frozen meatballs - what a lifesaver indeed! They come in various forms - regular, italian (with seasonings).....heck, you can even get frozen swedish meatballs at Ikea! Try crockpotting the regular ones with nothing but a bottle of BBQ sauce and you'll have people flocking around the dish!

I still like Buckytom's proscuitto wrapped cantaloupe bites,

and another amazing favorite is making little cubes of English White Cheddar on toothpicks with red seedless grapes on top of them.
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Old 02-15-2006, 07:45 PM   #15
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One my family like and we have often is just a cooked sausage like Aidells garlic and artichoke, wrapped in puff pastry, baked til the pastry is puffy and golden, slice into rounds and serve with several mustards.
Another is simply one of the small around baguette, sliced into rounds, toasted on both sides, then topped with a mix of gorgonzola and marscapone and topped with a toasted walnut..I sometimes just chop up the tasted nuts and mix into the cheeses. One other we like is easy, wash and peel a cucumber, but leave some of the dark green skin around the cucumber, then slice into 1/2 inch rounds, top with a crab, mayo,lemon juice, chopped fresh mint, a drop or so of Tabasco and salt and pepper..

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Old 02-15-2006, 09:23 PM   #16
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My favorite or best appetizers are:

sweet and sour meatballs
spinach dip
artichoke dip
shrimp mold
cheese ball
layered Mexican dip
stuffed jalapenos
spicy Thai shrimp

It is hard for me to just pick one!!
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Old 02-16-2006, 12:29 AM   #17
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geez jkath, i wish i could take credit for prosciutto e melone, but those darn italians beat me to it.

my favorite irish appetizer is a rustic wheat cracker, topped with sharp cheddar cheese, diced raw onion, and spicy brown mustard. great with a cold 1.

my favorite spanish/portugese appy is garlic shrimp, aka camerones al mojo de ajo.

1 lb jumbo shrimp, shells spilt but intact, cleaned
1/2 cup chopped white onion
4 large cloves of garlic
1 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
3/4 cup evoo

puree the onion, garlic, s&p, and 1/2 cup evoo. toss with shrimp and let marinate 1 to 2 hours.
heat remaining 1/4 cup evoo in a skillet over high heat, add shrimp and marinade and sautee until the shrimp are opaque, or cooked thru to your liking, about 4 minutes. serve with crusty bread to soak up all of that good garlic oil when the shrimp are gone.
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Sunset Dip Sounds Very Good...michelemarie
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Old 02-16-2006, 07:07 AM   #19
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Buffalo wings with blue cheese dressing.Recipies posted for several variations
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Old 02-16-2006, 08:54 AM   #20
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I like to make mini quiche's with either your traditional crust or wonton wrappers.

Cheese Fondue

Of course melon with prochutto, but I like to cut my melon with a baller and then put a square of prochutto on top with toothpick. These are nice served in carved out mellon.

Dried beef dip-I am going to post a thread with this recipe later

crispy baked or fried ravioli, but the only problem with this one is it needs to be served after baking.

I know I have posted this several times before, but no matter what I serve this one seems to be the biggest hit.

Tex Mex dip
1st layer
2 cans frito lay bean dip (white label)-sometimes I will use black bean dip if I can't find frito lay.

2nd layer
3 ripe avocados
2 T. lemon juice
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. pepper

3rd layer
1 8oz. carton sour cream
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 package taco seasoning mix

Remaining Layers
1 bunch scallions, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 can black olives, chopped
2 tomatoes, chopped
Longhorn Cheese, grated
Fritos or Doritos

Layer ingredients in order given. Serve with chips. We like fritos

crescent wrap brie
I take a piece of brie. I add a pre-bought spice mixtrue (I can't remember the name right now since I am at work) it had dill, lemon, garlic and other herbs. I blend the 2 together and work the brie back into shape. Wrap crescent rolls around it. Design something pretty on top, brush with egg wash and bake until golden.

I'm haven't experimented with other mix in ideas for the brie, but plan to.

lobster mousse
1 can tomato soup
1/2 cup onion, chopped
cup celery, chopped
8 oz. cream cheese
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
1 cup mayonnaise
12 oz. lobster cooked (my mom uses 2 tails) cooked and chopped
1/2 cup warm liquid of lobster juice

Heat soup and cream cheese until melted. Soften gelatin in warmed lobster juice and mix everything together. Add a dash of hot pepper. Spray mold with pam. Fill and chill. Serve with crackers. We use ritz crackers.

Really pretty molded in the shape of a lobster. This is a picture of the one we use

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