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Old 03-02-2007, 05:26 AM   #11
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I like the antipasto platter but, I personally,don't want any fruit before dinner.
A nice seafood appy would be nice for this special dinner--calamari salad? Pickled shrimp?
A bruschetta topping with roasted red peppers, capers, and goat cheese, or pesto or tapenade?

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Old 03-02-2007, 06:53 AM   #12
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How about cutting phyllo dough into small squares, placing them each into mini-muffin tins, and filling them with a tomato, basil, garlic and EVOO?
Could I do this with puff pastry? I hate trying to work with phyllo.

I like all the ideas, especially an antipasto platter. There will only be about 12 people and dinner will be buffet style and casual so I don't want to fill everyone up too much. Thanks for all the great ideas!

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Old 03-02-2007, 06:54 AM   #13
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Originally Posted by sherin65
Dh's 50th bday is next week and we're having his family over. I'm making lasagna, salad, and garlic bread. I was thinking of making mozzarella/olive/basil skewers for an appetizer but don't want to "cheese" everyone out since the lasagna is loaded with cheese.

I need a couple of appetizer suggestions that would go well with the dinner I'm serving.

Since your main dishes are lasagna, salad & garlic bread, a few suggestions for the appys:


Arancini (Italian rice balls)

Black & green olives - I like your skewer idea. Perhaps you could add marinated mushrooms, cherry or grape tomatoes or roasted red peppers.

Carpaccio (if you are a fan)

Seafood cocktail (crab or shrimp)

Crab or shrimp Stuffed mushrooms (grilled portabellas)

Fried mozzarella sticks

Stuffed baby artichokes (shrimp & bread crumbs)

Stuffed Prawns

Fried Calamari

Prosciutto wrapped around melon (cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon) w a few drops of balsamic

Here's a recipe I posted for Italian Egg Rolls:
For Constance - Italian Egg Rolls

Take a look at the appetizer recipes posted on this site from the members here. There are lots of great ideas. I have a recipe for a crab 'martini' (crab cocktail served in a martini glass). (How about tartufo (sp) for dessert? I have a recipe if anyone is interested -- and minstrone as a starter? ) Hope your dinner is a big success.

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