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Old 08-15-2005, 06:16 PM   #1
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Potluck ideas...

My parents are going to a potluck this friday and they've asked me to whiop n easy appeitizer that they can take with them. Of course I agreed but I don't have any great ideas! I want to try something really delicious and new.
What would be some great things to make; please include the recipe if possible.
(Mind you, there are no specialty food stores around here so plz no gourmet ingredients)
THANKS!

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Old 08-15-2005, 07:02 PM   #2
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This one sounds weird to people who have never had it, but trust me these are the best ever.

Bacon Wrapped Watermelon Rind

You can find pickled watermelon rind in the pickle section of any supermarket. They are very sweet. Take anywhere from a half a slice to a whole slice of bacon and wrap around a piece of watermelon rind and secure with a toothpick. Place under the broiler and cook until the bacon is done. The are best cooked just before serving, but can also just be reheated in the over or toaster oven when it is time to serve them. Make a lot because they disappear VERY fast.
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Old 08-15-2005, 07:21 PM   #3
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Barbecups



1 lb. ground beef

½ cup prepared barbeque sauce

¼ chopped onion

1 to 2 tablespoons brown sugar

10 oz. can of flaky biscuits

2 oz. (1/2 cup) shredded Cheddar or American Cheese



Heat oven to 400 degrees. Grease 10 muffin cups. Brown ground beef in skillet. Drain. Stir in barbecue sauce, onion, and brown sugar. Cook 1 minute to blend flavors, stirring constantly.



Separate dough into 10 biscuits. Place 1 biscuit in each greased muffin cup; firmly press in bottom and up sides forming ¼ inch rim. Spoon meat mixture into each biscuit-lined cup, and sprinkle with cheese.



Bake at 400 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes or until edges of biscuits are golden brown. Cool slightly before removing from pan.



NOTE: I cut each biscuit in half, and make these in mini-muffin tins for bite-sized appetizers.
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Old 08-15-2005, 09:11 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by Swifty
My parents are going to a potluck this friday and they've asked me to whiop n easy appeitizer that they can take with them. Of course I agreed but I don't have any great ideas! I want to try something really delicious and new.
Can you give us some more details? Do you have anything particular in mind? Appetizers are my favorite so I have lots of appetizer recipes. It it were up to me, that's all I would eat!

Will they have access to an oven or do you need cold things? How about a crock pot? When are you planning to prepare it - how far ahead of time? Is spicy OK?
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Old 08-15-2005, 09:34 PM   #5
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Bacon wrapped maraschino cherries

I once had something quite divine - maraschino cherries that had been wrapped with bacon and baked. The little package was held together with a toothpick. This is not a very good recipe, in that I don't have quantities, dimensions, oven temps or times - but hey, that never stops me from giving something a try!!!!

I found this on the web, it doesn't mention the cherries, and I just ran the cherry idea past my good-cook friend from New Zealand (who frowned and said "Ewwww") but here it is:
Bacon-Wrapped Things You can wrap many things in ½ of a bacon strip, and broil until the bacon is well cooked, turning occasionally. Try: sm. bread sticks; green olives; pitted prunes; fresh shrimp; water chestnuts; chicken livers; cherry tomatoes; mushrooms; dates; pineapple cubes; candied watermelon chunks; scallops; smoked oysters or clams; cocktail hot dogs. Or: cut crusts from slices of white bread and cut in ¼`s; flatten bread with rolling pin. Spread with small curd creamed cottage cheese and roll up, with bacon slice around and broil.
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Old 08-15-2005, 10:30 PM   #6
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Prosciutto wrapped around rockmelon, figs and nectarines (baking until prosciutto crisps up is optional) are another example of the awesome pairing between salty and sweet.
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Clams and Muscles


12 oz - mussels
12 oz - clams
1 tsp - pine nuts
1/2 tsp - rosemary leaves (trimmed)
50 g - soft butter
a pinch - fleur de sel (French sea salt)
1/2 tsp - chopped tomatoes (seeds removed)
15 ml - olive oil
2 slices - baguette (toasted & buttered)
1/2 tsp - capers


Directions:

In a very hot cast iron pan with olive oil, sauté clams first. After 1 minute add mussels. Add butter, pine nuts, tomatoes and rosemary. Cook until mussels & clams open. Remove from heat and flavor with fleur de sel and capers. Serve with 2 slices of toasted & buttered baguette.

Spinach Bacon Deviled Eggs

Description:
From Country Home magazine - recipe of the month.

Ingredients:
12 hard cooked eggs, peeled, cut in half, and yolks mashed in a bowl
1/2 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained and squeezed dry
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup real bacon bits
2 1/2 Tbl. cider vinegar
2 Tbl. butter, softened
1 Tbl. sugar
2 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. salt

Combine the thoroughly mashed yolks with the remaining ingredients and mix well. Fill the whites evenly with the mixture.



Cinnamon sugared nuts

2 egg whites
1 c Sugar
8 cups unblanched almonds or pecans, or walnuts
1/4 C Cinnamon



Heat oven to 300°. Stir whites and nuts in bowl until nuts are well coated and sticky. Mix sugar
and cinnamon; sprinkle over nuts, stir until nuts are completly coated. Spread in a single layer on
2 ungeased cookie shets. Bake about 30 minutes or until nuts are toasted and dry. Store in an
airtight container
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Ok, this might sound simple, but it's great, a bit of sweet and sharp taste.

Toothpicks, canned chunked pineapple, and a chunk of sharp cheddar. Thats it!
One piece of pineapple, one piece of cheddar :)
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Ok, this might sound simple, but it's great, a bit of sweet and sharp taste.

Toothpicks, canned chunked pineapple, and a chunk of sharp cheddar. Thats it!
One piece of pineapple, one piece of cheddar :)
This is great with apple as well.
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Old 08-15-2005, 11:09 PM   #10
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Well I was thinking more of an appetizier than can be prepared perhaps ahead of time and doesn't have to be reheated or prepared right before the party and wrapped in tinfoil to retain heat. I don't want to make a dip because the hosts are saying that there will be PLENTY of salads. I was hoping to prepare something more on the savoury bitesize morsels line...know what I mean? I was hoping to keep the use of seafood to a minimum because I haven't had much experience with it and I want to be able to make several times as practice before the potluck. I think spicy will be ok but nothing too hot. My parents are going to a party that is being hosted by my old principal(really nice guy) and I wanted to impress him and his guests. I was talking to him earlier today and he hinted and maybe something more on the ethnic side, and I quote, "Maybe you could try something for us uncultured Canadians to try(I'm Korean)." Mind you, I don't have access to many gourmet or ethnic food-products due to the lack of specialty shops.
How's that for a hint?
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