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Old 09-11-2007, 11:13 PM   #11
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Are the appetizers going to be served as a buffet? Are they going to be seated at tables or mingling?

I think an interesting and easy dish, if appropriate for the setting, might be fondue. One, it can be perceived as elegant even tho it was originally peasant food. Two, kids love cheese. Three, itís fun!
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Old 09-12-2007, 12:24 AM   #12
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I would definitely nix wings........formals and tuxes and wings do NOT mix

I think kids are open to a LOT more given the opportunity. This might be the perfect time to experiment with foods that aren't too terribly expensive.
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Old 09-12-2007, 12:28 AM   #13
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I hope these kids have sophisticated tastes.....some of these suggestions are very gourmet for the average high schooler....

Two years ago my son went to a turnabout dance in Feb. One of the girls had everyone over before the dance for a buffet dinner. There were about 12 kids there. All the parents pitched in a brought a food item. I remember making pasta salad. Hardly anyone ate, or if they did, they ate miniscule portions. I forgot what the main course was, but there was plenty of food leftover, including my pasta salad. Part of the problem is the kids were concerned about soiling their dresses, suits, nerves, etc. One kid said he NEVER eats!
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Old 09-12-2007, 12:51 AM   #14
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Try bacon wraped mushrooms. bake them till nice and done blot on a paper towel
and serve in a chafing dish with tooth picks. kis love bacon and shrooms.
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Old 09-12-2007, 12:00 PM   #15
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Try bacon wraped mushrooms. bake them till nice and done blot on a paper towel
and serve in a chafing dish with tooth picks. kis love bacon and shrooms.
What's your recommended method for the mushrooms?
Type of muhroom?

It sounds fabulous, I can't believe I heaven't seen them around


SN : Ever try Bacon Wrapped water chestnuts?
wrap and bake then make a sauce of,

butter, worcestershire, mustard, (wine, sherry, or brandy opt)
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Old 09-12-2007, 12:11 PM   #16
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Maybe it's just me- but bacon-WRAPPED doesn't sound elegant to me. Not to say that you shouldn't serve bacon, because you definitely should, but I dunno that I'd wrap anything in it.

Since you're doing prime rib for your entree, keep your app very light, but packed with flavor. Bacon is a good idea here, so maybe do a Pan-seared scallop on crispy pancetta with a hazelnut-orange reduction. Splurge and get some nice 8-10 count scallops and serve the kids a scallop or two apiece.

If you want to go a little more elegant on your entree, and serve lobster with your prime rib rather than shrimp, I've got a great recipe for a lobster bisque that uses the shells, and I've always thought it was cool to serve them in shot glasses. It's a rich bisque, so small portions would be recommended, either a shot glass or a demitasse-sized portion.
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Old 09-12-2007, 12:22 PM   #17
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If you wrap them very neatly and broil them til the bacon is perfectly crisp, the bacon wrapped water chestnuts are very elegant, I think. Teens love them!
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Old 09-12-2007, 12:38 PM   #18
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Maybe it's just me- but bacon-WRAPPED doesn't sound elegant to me. Not to say that you shouldn't serve bacon, because you definitely should, but I dunno that I'd wrap anything in it.

I disagree,

Top Steak at Ruth Chris?
"Bacon Wrapped" Filet Mignon

Top Appetizer at Commanders Palace?
Oysters Racca (Top Appetizer at One of the Top Five Rated Restaurants in the World!!!)

Food is for people to enjoy, if your diner's have less experienced palates it is your obligation to serve food with universal appeal.

Bacon has universal appeal

Would you not serve chicken satay because you use "skippy" pb in the sauce?

I love going to a reception where the only appetizer is caviar and there are only two teaspoons of it gone by the end of the night, but all the crakers that were around it were devoured in the first 1/2 hour. It makes me chuckle a little.

and I do love scallops, they are my favorite food, but as far as universal appeal and some people getting 'grossed out" by the texture, I think you have to go with the shrimp instead of the scallops.
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Old 09-12-2007, 01:13 PM   #19
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Have you tried asking some of the kids what they would like? Might help or even surprise you and make the job easier if ( and I know that's a big if) they will give you some suggestions.
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Here's a recipe for brie I posted a long time ago.


Holiday brie
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