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Feb 6, 2007 04:13 AM

cheap and easy....appetizer for a crowd

I am looking for a cheap and easy- plus tasty- appetizer to make for a birthday party this weekend. Anyone have any ideas? We are traveleing 2 hrs by car tothe party.

Thank you!

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  1. my favorite party appetizer is Stuffed Mushrooms. They're cheap or pricey depending on your preference.
    I stuff them with sausage and cheese
    or crab
    or shrimp
    I've made them several ways and they're always a hit.

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    1. re: othervoice

      a good cheap stuffing I use for mushrooms is ham (either leftover from a roast ham or chopped up deli ham) mixed with softened butter and lots and lots of chopped garlic. You can stuff a lot of mushrooms with a relatively small amount of ham. Mushrooms are also very good stuffed with pesto.

    2. You can also make vegetarian stuffed mushrooms -- even cheaper.

      A friend brought this very easy appetizer to a party recently -- dried apricot topped with a mix of blue cheese and cream cheese, and a walnut on top. Sounds a little odd but tastes really good, and no cooking involved.

      You could also bake a big pan of something, like a solid strata or egg casserole, cut it into cubes, and stick toothpicks into them. Or make little meatballs.

      1. Little labor, not too expensive - cream cheese, any size/shape. Top with jalapeno or habanero jelly. Or MAKE extra-thick, extra spicy salsa. Serve with crackers. You guys must all live near mushroom farms....I'd spend a small fortune buying enough for "a crowd."

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        1. re: Alice Letseat

          at $2.99 lb. 6 bucks will buy you alot of mushrooms.

          1. re: Alice Letseat

            yup. A brick o' cream cheese w/ hot pepper jelly on top. Can't be beat. Bring some crackers.

            1. re: NYchowcook

              i like to do a brick of cream cheese topped with shrimp (bay shrimp works great) and sweet hot chili sauce serve with crackers. so quick and easy.

          2. Vietnamese spring or summer rolls. If you use fresh seafood in the filling, you'll have to transport them by cooler, but they're great crowd-pleasers and hold up well after making.

            1. I made what seemed to be a really reasonaly priced appetizer for the party we had this past weekend:
              Homemade Olive Bread & Roasted Garlic & Artichoke spread. Both would last the drive and can be heated when your arrive.