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FANCY APPS FOR A PARTY...ANY SUGGESTIONS

Hi all,
my parents are throwing a dinner party on saturday and im in charge of the hor d'oevres and apps. instead of pasta or risotto, my mom wants to have a nice spread of interesting things to munch on with drinks before we serve the main course. so far, i've been told to make figs wrapped in brie and prosciutto, as well as my chick pea spread.
Criteria: i would like to make as much as possible, so no premade apps allowed. my parents are not very adventurous, therefore if we could stick to italian or european apps, that would be great.
Can you help me? I realize its last minute
THANKS!!!

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  1. There was a recent thread with a lot of good ideas for an elegant cocktail party. Here's a link to get you started:

    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/343218

    1. The leaves of Belgian Endive make a great "boat" holder for virtually any creamy appetizer spread and look very elegant - here's a link to a picture so you can see what I mean - it happens to be a smoked salmon spread (always delicious) but I've used goat cheese with pistachios and walnuts, etc, etc,

      http://tinyurl.com/y364su

      1. Goat cheese mousse with parmesan tuiles are always a big hit! There's a recipe in Bouchon's cookbook.

        1. Here are some ideas:

          Tabbouleh, pesto, couscous or tuna/chicken salad stuffed cherry tomatoes
          Sautee mushroom filled puff pastry squares
          Lamb kofte or spinach feta wrapped in filo
          Salmon filled pastry pockets
          Turkey (or other meats) meatballs with a vareity of dipping sauces
          Baked brie
          Asiago breadsticks
          Grilled marinated vegetables
          Roasted baby potatoes

          1. How about a nice antipasto platter? Do you have a good Italian deli? You can load it w/ various olives, roasted peppers, dried sausage, artichoke hearts, eggplant, good tuna, etc. I do it on a round platter and put good Italian dressing in a bowl in the center. Toasted crostini on a separate plate and bread sticks in a nice glass works w/ it too. Hope it goes well.