Need Appetizer Ideas

cyndicyndi Posts: 3,341Registered Users
My mom gets upset when everybody snacks on her goodies while the meal is in the oven. This year, we're supposed to bring an appetizer/snack type item. On stepsister is bringing spinach artichoke dip and I think the other one is also bringing a dip. My mom suggested that I bring a cheese ball of some sort. I have no idea what to bring.

Any suggestions? I'm not completely sold on the cheeseball idea, but it proabably shouldn't be a dip.
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  • RimiRimi Curl Neophyte Posts: 2,001Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    ooh, deviled eggs!
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  • SariaSaria Posts: 15,963Registered Users
    How about gougeres? Or spiced nuts? They can tossed with herbs, butter, and sea salt. Roasted or fried chickpeas are good, too. Arancini are a slightly more involved bite, but irresistible!
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  • cyndicyndi Posts: 3,341Registered Users
    Saria wrote: »
    How about gougeres? Or spiced nuts? They can tossed with herbs, butter, and sea salt. Roasted or fried chickpeas are good, too. Arancini are a slightly more involved bite, but irresistible!

    OMG! I love gougeres! (are they the little cheese bread ball puff thingies) I had those at artisinal in NYC...so yummy!
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  • cyndicyndi Posts: 3,341Registered Users
    RiMiDa wrote: »
    ooh, deviled eggs!

    Ugh...I'm the only one in my family who hates deviled eggs.
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  • cyndicyndi Posts: 3,341Registered Users
    I think I'm going to attempt the gougeres....hopefully, I'm not overestimating my cooking abilities. Do you have a good recipe?
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  • cyndicyndi Posts: 3,341Registered Users
    And if you don't have a recipe...how does this one sound?

    Alain Ducasse's Gougères Recipe - Alain Ducasse | Food & Wine

    This one seems the most basic...just gruyere accented with some nutmeg. Some of the other recipes had some other random spices.
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  • SariaSaria Posts: 15,963Registered Users
    It's just cheesy pate a choux. Not too hard:
    Gruyere Cheese Gougeres Filled with Bechamel @ Not Quite Nigella

    Gougères: A Recipe for French Cheese Puffs | David Lebovitz

    Just make sure to bake them fully. Underbaked pate a choux is gross.

    That recipe is good, but nothing wrong with playing around. I love chives and some freshly ground black pepper in mine.
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  • NetGNetG Posts: 8,116Registered Users
    My dad and I always do stuffed mushrooms together (this time we're preparing them Christmas Eve instead of the morning of, but I don't mind not rushing so much!), someone always does pigs in a blanket (we use pre-made crescent roll or biscuit dough and little mini dogs), cheese and cracker trays, and the new one I've done recently is fried wontons with cream cheese and fresh chives inside. I think the wontons are my new favorite, and I need to make them again tomorrow, too... Super easy to make, but yummy! You can buy pre-made wrappers at the supermarket and put the filling in, then seal the wrappers, drop in 1/2"-1" of hot oil in a pan, flip when first side starts to turn golden, remove when done.
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  • webjockeywebjockey Posts: 2,786Registered Users
    From my new favorite food blog Noble Pig has a lot of great looking appetizer ideas. I'm tempted to make the buffalo chicken dip myself.

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  • rouquinnerouquinne Curl Connoisseur Posts: 13,737Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    the New York Times posted a list earlier this week of 101 appetizers, some very quick and easy!
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  • spring1onuspring1onu Curl Connoisseur Posts: 16,528Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Cheese straws!

    This one may not be for everyone, but I love ham roll-ups. My mom always made them with ham, cream cheese and sweet pickles and I could eat the whole freakin' tray. I've also made them with black or green olives mixed into the cream cheese instead of a whole sweet pickle inside.
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  • WileE-DeadWileE-Dead Banned Posts: 24,963Banned Users Curl Neophyte
    Sausage balls! mmmmmmm
    Veggie tray!
    Cheese/summer sausage tray!
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  • munchkinmunchkin Curl Connoisseur Posts: 2,909Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Asparagus sandwiches/Rollups

    Drain and dry a can of asaparagus till quite dry
    Cut crust off slices of bread
    Roll bread slice flat with rolling pin
    Spread with mayonnaise
    Roll up asparagus spear in flattened bread
    Cut in smaller pieces (possibly thirds)

    Usually one can of asparagus will use pretty much use a loaf of bread. Of course, you can make less if you don't need that mnany.

    Makes a good tasting finger food.
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  • spring1onuspring1onu Curl Connoisseur Posts: 16,528Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Sausage balls, for REAL! I made some with apple in them and they were really good!
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    The amount of time from slipping on the peel and landing on the pavement is exactly one bananosecond.
    I do have a secret yen for pink in unexpected places. ~ninja dog
    I've decided that I'll never get down to my original weight, and I'm OK with that--After all, 8 pounds 2 oz. is just not realistic.
  • curlysue21curlysue21 Posts: 5,219Registered Users
    I just remembered going to a party at my SIL's and she had red pepper jelly on top of cream cheese. Ugh, I about ate the whole damn thing!
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  • WileE-DeadWileE-Dead Banned Posts: 24,963Banned Users Curl Neophyte
    Little smokies w/ BBQ sauce!
    Great for the crockpot.....
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  • spring1onuspring1onu Curl Connoisseur Posts: 16,528Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    This is awesome, I've been needing ideas for NYE because I just want to do a bunch of appetizer snacky things instead of making dinner. :blob4:

    The mention of cream cheese reminded me, you could make a spiced cranberry sauce with oranges and pecans (takes about 15-20 minutes) and put it over cream cheese with crackers. The cranberry sauce needs to set up overnight though so not sure that would be an option.
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    The amount of time from slipping on the peel and landing on the pavement is exactly one bananosecond.
    I do have a secret yen for pink in unexpected places. ~ninja dog
    I've decided that I'll never get down to my original weight, and I'm OK with that--After all, 8 pounds 2 oz. is just not realistic.
  • munchkinmunchkin Curl Connoisseur Posts: 2,909Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    curlysue21 wrote: »
    I just remembered going to a party at my SIL's and she had red pepper jelly on top of cream cheese. Ugh, I about ate the whole damn thing!

    That's always a good one too. . . and easy!
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  • misspammisspam Posts: 5,318Registered Users
    Gougeres - YUM! I made some once with bleu cheese.

    I second the cheese straws. Easy peasy.

    Spiced nuts are always nice.
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  • WileE-DeadWileE-Dead Banned Posts: 24,963Banned Users Curl Neophyte
    I already have spiced nuts.
    oh, n/m
    
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  • misspammisspam Posts: 5,318Registered Users
    I already have spiced nuts.
    oh, n/m
    
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  • The New BlackThe New Black Curl Connoisseur Posts: 16,754Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    cyndi wrote: »
    RiMiDa wrote: »
    ooh, deviled eggs!

    Ugh...I'm the only one in my family who hates deviled eggs.
    Ick, I hate them too.
    I already have spiced nuts.
    oh, n/m
    
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    I love stuffed mushrooms.

    Prosciutto-wrapped asparagus spears with cheese.

    Chicken satay or other kabob
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  • cyndicyndi Posts: 3,341Registered Users
    I've decided to make the sausage balls. If I were hosting a party and planning a menu, I would make the gougeres. However, the sausage balls will fit in better with the other appetizers. Mostly, my mom just wants snacks to keep everybody out of the food as it comes out of the oven.
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  • cyndicyndi Posts: 3,341Registered Users
    WHOA! These things are GREASY! Wishing I had made the gougeres. :sad10: Oh well, I'm sure the guys will like them.
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  • KrazyblondegurlKrazyblondegurl Posts: 1,008Registered Users
    Yum!

    I'm working tonight (Christmas eve) and we're bring food. I'm bringing:

    bbq meatballs in crockpot
    fruit and fruit dip
    veggies and spinich dip
  • curlyarcacurlyarca Curl Connoisseur Posts: 8,449Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Heart of palm. Yummy.

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  • curlyarcacurlyarca Curl Connoisseur Posts: 8,449Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    NetG wrote: »
    My dad and I always do stuffed mushrooms together (this time we're preparing them Christmas Eve instead of the morning of, but I don't mind not rushing so much!), someone always does pigs in a blanket (we use pre-made crescent roll or biscuit dough and little mini dogs), cheese and cracker trays, and the new one I've done recently is fried wontons with cream cheese and fresh chives inside. I think the wontons are my new favorite, and I need to make them again tomorrow, too... Super easy to make, but yummy! You can buy pre-made wrappers at the supermarket and put the filling in, then seal the wrappers, drop in 1/2"-1" of hot oil in a pan, flip when first side starts to turn golden, remove when done.

    I looooove these.

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  • ~Ghost Poster~~Ghost Poster~ Posts: 2,264Registered Users
    cyndi wrote: »
    Saria wrote: »
    How about gougeres? Or spiced nuts? They can tossed with herbs, butter, and sea salt. Roasted or fried chickpeas are good, too. Arancini are a slightly more involved bite, but irresistible!

    OMG! I love gougeres! (are they the little cheese bread ball puff thingies) I had those at artisinal in NYC...so yummy!

    I know I'm late to the party. Sounds similar to what I just finished making a batch of a few minutes ago...and they're already gone! They were supposed to be for tomorrow!

    Cheddar Pepper Palmiers
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  • ~Ghost Poster~~Ghost Poster~ Posts: 2,264Registered Users
    curlyarca wrote: »
    NetG wrote: »
    My dad and I always do stuffed mushrooms together (this time we're preparing them Christmas Eve instead of the morning of, but I don't mind not rushing so much!), someone always does pigs in a blanket (we use pre-made crescent roll or biscuit dough and little mini dogs), cheese and cracker trays, and the new one I've done recently is fried wontons with cream cheese and fresh chives inside. I think the wontons are my new favorite, and I need to make them again tomorrow, too... Super easy to make, but yummy! You can buy pre-made wrappers at the supermarket and put the filling in, then seal the wrappers, drop in 1/2"-1" of hot oil in a pan, flip when first side starts to turn golden, remove when done.

    I looooove these.

    Oh wow, those sound fabulous. I'm writing this down for another time. Maybe NYE snacks.
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  • SariaSaria Posts: 15,963Registered Users
    Pretty different. Palmiers are a flaky, puff pastry cookie shaped like, well, palms or elephant ears (I usually do cardamom and raw sugar ones). I don't think I've seen savory ones, though it's a cool idea. Gougeres are made from pate a choux, the base of eclairs, cream puffs, profiteroles, churros (though not the traditional Spanish ones), croquembouche, Paris-Brest, and a bunch of other confections (they also form part of potatoes Dauphine, which I love). It's eggy and should bake up hollow and light. It's not exactly diet food, but it's probably less calories than puff pastry. :lol:
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