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Old 03-01-2007, 07:52 PM   #1
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What appetizer to serve w/lasagna & Garlic Bread?

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.



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Old 03-01-2007, 08:12 PM   #2
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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?

Or for something a bit simpler, bruschetta's always a hit!

Antipasto is a nice idea too, if your guests will be over for a while before dinner is served.

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Old 03-01-2007, 08:25 PM   #3
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How about a simple antipasto platter with italian salamis,olives,marinated artichokes,pepperoncinis,cherry or grape tomatoes etc and just a little bit of cheese and maybe some of those sesame bread sticks.You dont want to fill people up too much before the big dinner.Or just a platter of crudites and a couple of dips.
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Old 03-01-2007, 08:31 PM   #4
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I'd definitely go with antipasto. It's something you can do ahead so you can enjoy your guests and it offers a variety of things. If you go with one or two traditional appetizers, some of your guests may not care for them or may have a food issue with some of the ingredients. At least with antipasto, everything's in sight and guests can pick and choose as they wish.

The components of antipasto also echo quite nicely your dinner "theme," if you will.
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Old 03-01-2007, 08:50 PM   #5
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I think stuffed mushrooms, but also antipasto is a great idea.
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Old 03-01-2007, 09:11 PM   #6
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If I were showing up for a heavy lasagna meal, I would really enjoy some fresh fruit slices like pineapple, strawberries, & cantaloupe. Otherwise, I'd eat some fresh veggies like carrot sticks, celery, and small mushrooms. Plus a nice refreshing beverage like spring water...etc.
Although traditional, the antipasto is sort of like serving a sampler.
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Old 03-01-2007, 09:20 PM   #7
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Wrap 2 spears of steamed asparagus, which has been tossed in olive oil, with a slice of prosciutto.

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Old 03-02-2007, 01:36 AM   #8
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It really depends on how long your company will be there before you serve dinner. My family has been know to sit and eat for 6 hours with lots of courses so by the time we are at the end the beginning is a distant memory.

Lasagna is heavy so you don't want people to fill up too much before.

I think that an antipasto platter is a nice idea just try to keep it lighter (more fruit and veggies, less cheese and meat).

This is also a great appetizer recipe --> Prosciutto Wrapped Figs And Blue Cheese
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I would go with an assortment of olives and grape or cherry tomatoes and bruchetta.
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I'd keep it Italian too, antipasto/bruschetta...both of them maybe, depending how greey your crowd are and remembering lasagna is filling.

Is it possible to be "cheesed out?" lol

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