Wedding celebration appetizers
- psistrom Sep 17, 2001 12:57 PM
For an early October wedding celebration dinner--a dinner following not a formal wedding but an eight-months later celebration--I'm looking for some suggestions of a couple things to go with cocktails. Something relatively simple--and readily eaten without a plate and fork--but flavorful and autumnal would be great. Our chef is adept, I think, but unimaginative in this regard--I mean, spanakopita--and though I love to cook, I don't make such things, and so I'm no help, and my wife's Canadian, so . . . .
One of my favorites is smoked salmon crostini -- that good chewy German pumpernickel health bread, spread with cream cheese, sprinkled with chopped walnuts, topped with smoked salmon and cut into bite sized pieces. Epicurious has a fabulous stilton hazelnut spread that would be excellent on rounds of french bread or apple slices. Martha Stewart's Entertaining has a lot of good hors d'oeuvres for a crowd recipes.
Anything on skewers is festive and easy to eat --chicken/pork/beef satay, grilled shrimp, or grilled fruit kabobs basted with chutney. Small open-faced sandwiches are also colorful, light and offer an array of tastes --cucumber w/cream cheese and caviar, smoked chicken salad with mango, rare roast beef on dark bread with grainy mustard or horseradish. Martha Stewart's "Hors D'oeuvres" has a ton of suggestions, and best of all, wonderful photography so you can see the finished product. High thee to a bookstore and you can stroll through and pick some more tasty and colorful items.
"and my wife's Canadian, so . . . ."
as a canadian, i can't possibly imagine what you might be intimating...
i would make duck liver pate and spread it on toasts and top it with slices of pear and cracked black pepper. donna hay's book "entertaining" has a wonderful recipe for this that's really, really easy to make and so, so wonderful. has a touch of cognac in it.