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Old 06-25-2007, 12:05 PM   #1
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Chic fresh appetizers

I'm planning an outdoor cocktail party for my mother and her friends. They are all very chic modern women in their 50s or so, and I'd like the food to reflect their tastes. For drinks, I'm thinking of serving mojitos, cinnamon-apricot martinis, and apple-cranberry punch. What are some easy appetizer ideas that I can whip together for the party that will compliment the drinks and be yummy?

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Old 06-25-2007, 01:39 PM   #2
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Women, love drinks and snacks, and one some of my friends enjoy is peanuts dry roasted in a skillet with five spice powder, then salt added at the end. They also like twisted pastry sticks plain,made with puff pastry, add some chopped ham and herbs,or crushed peppercorns, or small bites of coconut honey pork. One I myself love if to take a pack of puff pastry cut pieces big enough for a precooked kielbasa or your favorite sausage,wrap the sausage in the pastry, brush with egg wash, bake til hot and pasty is golden then slice and serve with several mustards for dipping.
Hope this helps a little.

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Old 06-25-2007, 02:03 PM   #3
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One I myself love if to take a pack of puff pastry cut pieces big enough for a precooked kielbasa or your favorite sausage,wrap the sausage in the pastry, brush with egg wash, bake til hot and pasty is golden then slice and serve with several mustards for dipping.


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Old 06-25-2007, 02:28 PM   #4
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I'm planning an outdoor cocktail party for my mother and her friends. They are all very chic modern women in their 50s or so, and I'd like the food to reflect their tastes. For drinks, I'm thinking of serving mojitos, cinnamon-apricot martinis, and apple-cranberry punch. What are some easy appetizer ideas that I can whip together for the party that will compliment the drinks and be yummy?
Don't know what your budget is, but here are some ideas...

One of the best, foodwise, outdoor/indoor parties, I've attended - Outdoors - fresh crab, shrimp, lobster, oysters on ice - lined up on long tables with white linen - crab and/or cold shrimp salad, all on ice - caviar and champagne.

I would keep it simple:

Melon wrapped in proscuitto

Oysters/Clams/crab - on ice

Shrimp on ice

Pate

Stuffed mushrooms

Smoked salmon

Something sweet - like truffles

Crab or shrimp Puffs

Champagne and/or Cosmopolitans
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Old 06-25-2007, 04:30 PM   #5
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Take VERY thin-sliced prosciutto and slather with some softened goat cheese. Cut prosciutto in half taking one half and wrap around 3 blanched (still crispy) pieces of asparagus (with ends removed). Place on a tray in a circular pattern and top with a vinaigrette made with red vinegar, Dijon mustard, chives, and a bit of oil. If you need exact measurements I can send them to you tonight after I get home.

This is wonderful, seems to fit the bill, is probably something different and not too heavy. I have to take this to many functions as this is what everyone wants (especially our "girl" get-togethers).

You could also do a version of tomato pie but use a mini muffin tin. Use either cherry tomatoes or roma tomatoes, whichever fits better in your pie tin. If you need a recipe for this there are some here on the site already - or I can send you tonight.
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Old 06-25-2007, 04:36 PM   #6
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Cheese Straws - Follow Ina Garten's recipe on Food Network. I used that as a starting point and used Asiago and Parmesean cheese with readymade puff pastry. They were exotic, yummy and easy to make.

Tea Sandwiches - Cream Cheese, Dill and Cucumber or Chicken Salad sandwich with pineapples and walnuts

Crab Cakes - Buy readymade ones if you don't have time. I love the mini ones that Trader Joe's sells.

Spinach and Artichoke Dip with gourmet crackers (again most grocery stores and or speciality stores have some really nice cracker choices)

Assorted cookies - I love biscotti's so I always gravitate to that

Mixed berries - Blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries arrange on raised a cake platter
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Yakuta - cream cheese/dill/cucumber tea sandwiches ALWAYS hit the spot. If they are cut in triangles you can moisten the long end of the triangle and dip in chopped (pick an herb) flat-leaf parsley, chopped chives, or I imagine even chopped cilantro for a change! Mix in a little lime juice with the cream cheese and once again, I have managed to add my two favorite ingredients to something?
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Wow! These are all good ideas - I like asparagus wrapped with proscuitto (I think I got this from Kadesma ) - I roast it at 400 degrees for 20 minutes - good room temp or warm. Also proscuitto with melon is good. Brie and a wedge of pear or some grapes is nice. Have fun.
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Old 06-25-2007, 05:18 PM   #9
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I do the melon and poscuitto and love it, but when I'm dressed up, anything but jeans I don't like big slices..So I cut the melon into bite sized pieces and then wrap with a small half slice of proscuitto, and put in a cocktail food pick..Makes ya feel all lady like and like you are NOT blowing your diet
One other thing I really like is to halve a fig,, use a melon baller and make an indentation, put in some mascarpone then drizzle with honey You can also do this with apricots..I tried one of Giada's yummies several weeks ago and even theDH who hates blue,gorgonzola loved it..I just sliced baguettes,got some dolce or soft and creamy gorgonzola,brushed the baguette slices with evoo, toasted both sides a little, then put on a piece of the gorgonzola, popped it under the broiler til the cheese started to soften, then pulled them out and drizzeled with wild lavender honey..They were wonderful.

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Old 06-25-2007, 05:59 PM   #10
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A small cheese platter with fruit might be nice with some good crackers.Olives?I love the tea sandwich idea you can make several kinds.Petit Fours would be a nice dessert or some really good little cookies and some chocolate truffles.I think champagne or champagne cocktails (mimosas?)or other refreshing champagne cocktail would go with just about everything.
Also a really good iced tea should be available if some dont want alcohol or want something else after cocktails.
I would to make love these kind of parties for a living.
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