Appetizer to bring Christmas Eve?
- Susie Q Dec 23, 2004 05:05 AM
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.
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.
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.