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Jul 10, 2006 07:27 PM

Girls' Night Treats

Hi all,
Am planning a girls' night out on friday. I've invited the ladies over for a few drinks before we head out, and I'd like to have something sweet for the gals to nibble on.
Here's the catch: I'll only have about an hour to prepare everything - so it's gotta be quick (but more importantly delicious!). I'll have some time the night before though not much (facing a busy busy week...this girls' night will be much deserved!).

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  1. Here are some favorites:

    Saute some french baguette slices in olive oil, spread on mayonnaise, add slices of perfectly ripe avocado and an anchovy filet (not the kind that comes in salt - a marinated filet). You could probably get away with making the toasts in the morning.

    Stuff prunes d'Agen with a walnut half, wrap in prosciutto or jamon bayonne.

    Make trout salad (see my post today) ahead of time - spread on bread/toasts. For this purpose, I use the food processor to make a spread rather than a salad.

    Fried sage leaves - maybe a bit fussy for your time frame, but lovely with chunks of provolone or fontina.

    Deviled eggs - I love them with chives - could definitely make the night before. Also tasty with some smoked Spanish paprika.

    Hummus, with sauteed ground lamb and pine nuts - buy the hummus, sautee the lamb and toast the pine nuts the night before, put together that evening.

    Hope this helps!

    1. rather than dessert sweet, something that's always nice to nibble on with drinks are party mixes. there are so many varieties of the salty/sweet. Of course the standard mixed nuts with m&m's, or chocolate/yogurt covered pretzels,raisins, nuts.

      here's a fun one that I used to make often for the girls!
      sounds odd, but really good, and quick to prepare.

      preheat oven to 375 degreesF. In a large bowl mix 5 cups honey grahams cereal, 3 cups teddy grahams, 2 cups ramen noodles-crushed (NO flavor packet), 3/4 cups sliced almonds, and 1 cup golden raisins. In a small saucepan, over low heat, melt 1/3 cup butter, then mix in 1/3 cup honey and 1 tsp orange juice.
      Pour the mix over the dry mix & toss well to coat. Spread onto large baking sheet & bake for about 10 minutes. Pour into large bowl when cool enough. serve room temp, then store the rest in an airtight container, if any!

      1. The best crab dip you ever had:

        drained canned crabmeat
        heavy cream or bechamel to bind
        top with grated 2-5 year old WHITE cheddar and fresh ground black pepper.

        broil and serve with baguette slices for dipping, OMG!

        1. Bruchetta: If you have a grill use it to toast bias cut baguette brushed with olive oil and garlic. Top with Chopped tomato and fresh basil. Maybe leave out the garlic, you -are- going out after all.

          Melon wrapped with Prosciutto. If you need a recipe I can't help you, mine's secret.

          Goat cheese topped with a little jarred pesto sauce on the same toasts as the bruchetta.

          It is summer, so get a bottle of Prosecco and a can of peach nectar. Cheap and tasty!

          If you've never had Campari grab a bottle serve with soda water and a lime. Its a love hate thing (I hate it, but friends swear by it)

          CRAP you said SWEET.... ummm... errr......

          Ah! Chocolate fondue!! Whats more fun than that! A block of GOOD chocolate, mix with (heavy or light) cream about 2 parts chocolate to 1 part cream, in a double boiler. Melt. Xfer to fondue pot, or just serve in a nice crock. Serve with Pineapple cubes, dried apricots, marshmallows, angel food cake, bananas.

          Could be a little messy but mmmmm good.

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          1. re: inane

            Sorry - I also missed the "sweet" reference - though maybe the prunes could qualify!

          2. I have Sara Moulton's newest cookbook, and she has a recipe where she fills hollowed-out strawberries with chocolate, and warms them up in the oven a little bit. Then she tops them with whipped cream. This would be very easy and seems very girly! I can look at the temp. and time when I get home tonight, if you would like.

            Also, I've posted this recipe before, but I think it's really good and refreshing:

            Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips
            CINNAMON CHIPS
            4 (7-inch) flour tortillas
            1 tbsp sugar
            1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

            2 med Granny Smith apples
            1 cup strawberries -- sliced
            1 kiwi fruit -- peeled and chopped
            1 small orange
            2 tbsp packed brown sugar
            2 tbsp apple jelly

            Preheat oven to 400 degrees. For cinnamon chips, lightly spray tortillas with water. Combine sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over tortillas. Cut each tortilla into 8 wedges; place in single layer on baking sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned and crisp. Cool completely.

            For salsa, peel, core, and slice apples. Cut apples into quarters and dice into small pieces (I usually use the food processor for all the fruits.) Dice strawberries and chop kiwi. Place fruit in 1 quart bowl. Zest orange and juice. Add orange zest, orange juice, brown sugar and apple jelly to fruit mixture, mix gently. Serve with cinnamon chips.

            Here's a recipe for Raspberry Almond Bars that is really good as well: