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Dec 23, 2004 05:05 AM

Appetizer to bring Christmas Eve?

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I am going to a dinner Christmas Eve and have been asked to bring an appetizer. Any suggestions for something that can be prepared ahead and will make a great impression. Others are bringing shrimp, Swedish meatballs and cheese and crackers.

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  1. A thin slice of ham, pat of cream cheese, basil leaf. Roll up and pin with toothpick.


    1. The ham suggestion also works with salami. It may not look or sound like the best appetizer but it is always the first to go. As much as I would like to try something new, I always have to make those because people have come to expect them.

      What about an antipasta platter with marinated artichokes, marinates mushrooms, red peppers, prosciutto, dried sausage and salami, olives, etc. This can look really beautiful if arranged nicely on a plate.

      Another option---mejoul (sp?) dates, split open with the pit removed, put some soft brie cheese in the middle and top it with an almond.

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      1. re: fatcat

        That date/brie/almond thing sounds yummy, but I'd stick in into a 325F oven for 7 or 8 minutes, I think.

      2. This is what I'll be bringing. I made it for a Final Four party last year and it was excellent. The simplicity of the recipe really belies its depth of flavor.


        1. I'm making rare tuna topped with tomatillo salsa on a crisp fried wonton wrapper. Easy to make - just marinate ahi tuna in soy, ginger and rice wine vinegar, cut into 5 x 1 3/4 logs, pan sear all sides briefly on a very hot skillet, slice into 1/4 in thick squares, place on a wonton wrapper that has been fried crisp, top with the salsa which is made of chopped tomatillos, chopped scallions, garlic, cilantro, cayenne and rice wine vinegar.

          I once made these for a friend's dinner party. I packed the tuna, wonton crisps and salsa separately and assembled it at the party. It disappeared in minutes.

          1. Thanks everyone for the ideas! Well, I've got to decide and get busy.