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Old 12-12-2005, 04:50 PM   #11
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Great post. Thanks for these links I'll be using some of them later for our Christmas gatherings.
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Old 12-12-2005, 08:35 PM   #12
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Big bag of frozen meatballs from Costco.
Big jug of Koyasha's sweet and savory marinade.

Dump 1 layer meatballs in a pan. Fill with water halfway up the meatballs. Heat until bubbling and add the marinade. Simmer, turning the meatballs. The longer they simmer, the more "glazed" they get. Serve hot with toothpicks. My guests went nuts for this on Saturday!
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Old 12-12-2005, 09:19 PM   #13
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Cold ones preferred, huh?

Well, you could make cantalope wrapped in prosciutto. And/or steamed asparagus spears wrapped in prosciutto which has been smeared with a mixture of mayo and dijon mustard. Both are delicious and big hits.

Maybe a divided relish tray of jardinere, good mixed olives and marinated mushrooms. I have a wonderful recipe for the latter that my mother makes - they taste like steak!

I will post it when I find it.

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Old 12-12-2005, 11:39 PM   #14
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I would go with a nice antipasto platter (sans the cheese) ... add a bowl of hummus to the mix with pita chips.

I'm not sure if you consider butter in the no dairy part but like Mish, I would suggest puff pastry or phillo dough creations except that both either contain butter or need butter to work well... By the way Mish - those fillings look great!
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Old 12-13-2005, 08:01 AM   #15
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Thanks everybody, I'm sure I should be able to come up with something now.
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Old 12-13-2005, 12:00 PM   #16
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Mish:

Great post. Thanks for these links I'll be using some of them later for our Christmas gatherings.
You are very welcome, Andy. There are several I would like to try - appys, desserts, and entrees, as well.
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Old 12-13-2005, 12:04 PM   #17
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I would go with a nice antipasto platter (sans the cheese) ... By the way Mish - those fillings look great!
Thank you, Mediger. You read my mind, re antipasti. Wanted to mention a deli platter as well.

Charlie, if you're still open to some ideas, I'll try to get back. Hope you have a great time at your party.
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Old 12-13-2005, 11:14 PM   #18
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How about a fruit platter with melons, strawberries, grapes, orange sections, etc? The only draw back is that the fruit maybe expensive due to being out of season. Here are a couple of dips that are my favorites and can be served with crackers, pita chips, tortilla chips, etc.

Mexican Black Bean Dip


1-15.5 oz. can black beans
1/3 cup salsa
cup cilantro leaves
4 teaspoons lemon or lime juice
1 garlic clove, minced
Tortilla chips


Drain and rinse black beans. Combine beans, cilantro, lemon juice, and garlic in food processor. Blend until smooth. Garnish with leaflets of cilantro. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve. Serve with tortilla chips. Recipe can be easily doubled or tripled.





Roasted Garlic Hummus

1 bulb garlic, unpeeled
2 teaspoons olive or vegetable oil
1 can (15.5 ounces) great northern beans, drained and 2 tablespoons liquid reserved
3 tablespoons lemon juice
teaspoon salt
Chopped fresh parsley
Pita bread wedges, crackers or raw vegetables, if desired

Heat oven to 350F. Cut 1/2-inch slice off top of garlic bulb. Drizzle oil over garlic bulb. Wrap garlic in foil. Bake 50 to 60 minutes or until garlic is soft when pierced with a knife; cool slightly. Squeeze garlic into food processor. Add beans, reserved bean liquid, lemon juice and salt. Cover and process until uniform consistency. Spoon dip into serving dish. Sprinkle with parsley. Serve with pita bread wedges.

This recipe was originally posted by norgeskog.

SUN-DRIED TOMATO DIP

1/4 cup drained oil packed sun-dried tomatoes
2 Tbs chopped drained bottled roasted red peppers (1 oz)
1/2 cup walnuts roasted (about 1-3/4 oz)
1 tsp finely shopped shallot
1-1/2 tsp red-wine vinegar
2 Tbs water
1/4 cup evoo

Puree all ingredients except oil in a food processor. With motor running, add oil in a slow stream blending until incorporated. Season to taste with salt.


You may also get some ideas from the appetizer thread below.

Your favorite appetizers to make
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