ISO Elegant Apps without dairy
Throwing a twelve-person appetizer party for New Year's Eve. Looking for some ideas for apps on the elegant side without dairy. So far, I have:
Mini Beef Wellingtons (filets cut bite-sized, mushroom duxelle, pate, in pastry)
Risotto 'bar' (risotto in martini glasses with varous toppings - making a non-dairy version)
Ahi and Avocado Ceviche on Sesame WonTon Crisps
Mushroom Leek Brandy Tarlettes
Cucumber Cups with Crab
Roasted Marcona-Stuffed Dates with Bacon
Need a couple more crowd pleasers. Any ideas?
Thanks in advance, hounds. All the best - and most delicious - for the New Year!!
Maybe a bruschetta bar? Michael Chiarello's book has some topping suggestions. I like mini bruschettas with white bean spread, but you could also have some tapenades and marinated tomatoes. I'm sure there are tons of ideas for toppings I can't think of right now. I think what you've listed sounds delicious!
I have to second Lauren and suggest shrimp - they are always a crowd pleaser and seem to be the first thing to go. I just served some at a party that I steamed, but then coated in a very light "dressing" of olive oil, lemon, garlic and hot pepper flakes. They were a big hit.
I'm guessing the non-dairy's for allergies and not religion (what with the bacon). May I ask what toppings you're using for the risotto? And how are you keeping it warm in the martini glasses? My turns to cement if it gets even slightly cool. . .