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Interesting veggie dips- Party menu advice...

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My bf's 35th b-day celebration is Friday. I am doing all the cooking. I am trying to make it a "some of his favorite things" type of a menu, but I realize that "some of his favorite things" do not include many veggies, and the guests might like that. He does love Caprese salad, so I was thinking a Caprese Salad on a Stick situation...? Otherwise, what are some interesting/fun ways to do veggies/dips? Any creative ideas appreciated.

The menu thus far:
- Wagyu Beef mini cheesesteaks (crostini, provolone, Wagyu NY Strip, caramelized shallots and truffle oil)
- Mini Chicken Pot Pies (in porcelain Chinese soup spoons)
- Chinese Dumpligs/Pot Stickers
- Taqueria Can-Cun Salsa and fresh tortilla chips

For the cake I am going to get a large tiramisu from his favorite Italian bakery.

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  1. There are lots of dip recipes/ideas on this recent thread:
    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/363084

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    1. re: debbiel

      Oh my goodness, that is exactly what I need, thanks! (For the record, I searched "veggie" "vegetable appetizers" and even "crudite." "Dip"... "Dip" is one that I didn't search that I should have. :)

      1. re: Chowsmurf

        Oh, the search on this site is horrible. I remembered there was a carrot dip, so I did a google search for dip carrot site:www.chowhound.com

        It would have been even easier than that if I had remembered that I had posted to the thread and could find it in MyChow!

    2. Here's one of my favorites

      Creamy Curried Chutney
      1 cup sour cream
      1/3 cup mango chutney (hot), finely chopped, including sauce. Recommend Major Greys
      2 Tblsp minced fresh cilantro
      1 tsp. curry powder, madras
      ½ tsp. salt
      1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper

      Stir together all ingredients. Chill, covered, until ready to serve. Makes little over 1 cup.
      Serve in small bowl with carrot & celery sticks, and sliced yellow& red bell peppers.