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Best Trader Joe's hors d'oeuvres

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FoonFan Oct 24, 2005 11:02 PM

I am throwing an 80th birthday party for my mother for 60 or 70 people, and want to serve pre-made hors d'oeuvres from Trader Joe's. Any suggestions?

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    N Tocus Oct 25, 2005 12:34 AM

    1) TJ's mushroom turnovers with cream cheese crust. 2)TJ's mini-quiches about 2 inches across. 3) A pasta salad: TJ's artichoke-filled tortellini, cook and drain, add a package of TJ's frozen artichoke hearts microwaved until barely done, toss all with a little lemon juice and olive oil. Add scallions or green pepper if you like.

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      RWCFoodie Oct 25, 2005 12:51 AM

      Totally agree on the mushroom turnovers; they're delicious. Avoid any of the dim sum type things, they are terrible (in my opinion). I don't know if they are still carrying them but they used to have escargot in little mini brioche that were out of sight. They were on the expensive side but they were delicious.

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        torta basilica Oct 25, 2005 03:53 PM

        Love the escargot in brioches! I add even more garlic butter :-)

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          RWCFoodie Oct 25, 2005 08:44 PM

          Wow! Those escargot/brioch thingies are so delicious the way they are that I never thought of adding anything to them but if I see them again I may have to try some more garlic. If I'm not mistaken, I think they were imported from either Canada or France. Truly, one of the best frozen apps I've tasted other than commercial prods avail only to the trade.

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            PolarBear Oct 26, 2005 06:10 PM

            Tried to get some today here in central CA, was told they were trying but it seems to be a seasonal item?

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      ton casmo Oct 25, 2005 11:23 AM

      i agree on the escargot and i just got some spinach artichoke dip that was frozen that was really really tasty

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        jessicheese Oct 25, 2005 06:23 PM

        The spinach artichoke dip is a staple in my fridge.

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        MV Oct 25, 2005 12:05 PM

        Its not frozen but it is made entirely from trader joes items and easy to assemble. This recipe was the one time i actually bought the ingredients for the free samples they were giving out. Take the medditeranean flat bread, spread on some of their lemon artichoke pesto, top with their medditeranean cheese blend and cook in the oven until the cheese is melted. i like to do mine in the toaster oven to brown the cheese. i start on 400 unitl the cheese is melted then switch it to broil for browning

        The cheese mix contains, provolone, fontina and kasseri. Kasseri is a greek cheese and was alaways a fav in my house growing up. it goes particualrly well with lemon and thats whats in the pesto. If you dont make this for the party, i reccomend it for an everyday snack or light meal with a salad.

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          foodiex2 Oct 25, 2005 01:13 PM

          They make these brie and cranberry things in phyllo dough that are awesome. They seem to be seasonal as I only seem to see them Oct thru Dec.

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            Siobhan Oct 25, 2005 01:25 PM

            I like the shrimp wrapped in phyllo.

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              chocoholic Oct 26, 2005 04:32 PM

              A two-step suggestion: Buy a container of the Trader Giotto's fresh bruschetta topping (in the refrigerated section) and a loaf of TJ's Italian, French or sourdough bread. Slice and toast the bread, and top each slice with the bruschetta topping. Very fresh and tasty, and very easy.

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                Christine Oct 27, 2005 10:47 AM

                The frozen Pork Gyoza are quite good (thin-skinned Asian dumplings). Shrimp and veggie gyoza are okay, but less flavorful. Without thawing first, you lightly pan fry them in a touch of oil for a minute, add a couple of tbs of water and cover for a few more mins (to steam them), then remove cover and cook off the rest of the water to lightly brown one side of the dumpling.

                They are always a big hit and super super easy. Serve with toothpicks and a good dipping sauce. (I don't think much of TJs dipping sauces. You can buy better elsewhere or make your own).

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                  cmd Oct 29, 2005 07:07 PM

                  The mushroom turnovers are my favorite, followed closely by the spanakopita (though they need to be cooked longer than instructed to be properly flaky).

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                    Niki Rothman Nov 6, 2005 12:07 PM

                    Yikes! Both me, and my friend who cooks spanakopita of her family recipe, hate the TJ's spanakopita. It has a definite slightly bitter flavor,. My friend says they're using an off-brand of feta, or perhaps a strange herb. She's a stickler for high quality ingredients - but TJ's is all wrong once you've tasted a really good one. I got her easy spanakopita recipe which is made in a lasagna pan and then cut into squares.
                    I posted it last week on Home Cooking.

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