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Nov 29, 2006 03:12 AM

Need help for menu ideas for light snacks!!

I'm having a cookie/baked goods exchange party in 2 weeks. It's going to be at 2:00 on Saturday. I want to serve some good snacks - not just chips & dips, etc... Problem is several are picky eaters - so it can't be anything slightly adventurous. I was thinking of making cheese fondue with veggies, bread, fruit dippers. Nad maybe some steamed shrimp. A little retro - but thought it might be fun. Any other suggestions.

Usually I would go the italian tapas route - but I know that won't fly with this crowd.

Any ideas would be appreciated! Oh, and I have a 1 year old so i will need to be able to make or at least prep most of them in advance over a day or 2.

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  1. Wings always fly with a crowd.

    1. Pinwheels made with puff pastry. They're ever-so-slightly fancy, but familiar at the same time, and you can essentially roll anything you want in it - I've done pesto, proscuitto, and grated romano in the past. You can roll them up ahead of time, enclose in plastic wrap, and pop them in the fridge until you're ready to slice and bake them. In fact, they're easier if they have time to sit in fridge to firm up a bit.

      Thinly sliced ham and swiss, with or without a touch of mustard, might also be nice.

      1. You could make little parmesan frico cups the day before and fill them with a bit of whatever...

        Deviled eggs are a bit trendy right now and easy to make.

        Mini pitas stuffed with tuna salad (made with chopped red apple, chopped red onion, dill, and celery... memories of childhood)

        Slices of beefsteak tomato, layered with a slice of mozzarella and basil leaf.

        Teriyaki skewers always go over well, can be prepared and reheated.

        Mini croissant or biscuit or sourdough dough wrapped around a cube of cheese-- prepare in advance the night before, then bake before the party.

        For desserts, you could do chocolate dipped fruits or pretzels.

        1. I was also going to suggest pinwheels of some kind...and how about some mini-quiches? Homemade or frozen.

          1. Ravioli or pierogis, sprayed with oil and baked until crispy

            Spiced nuts

            Roasted mini potatoes (on toothpicks) with homemade mayo

            Stuffed mushrooms