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Feb 27, 2007 11:21 AM

Retro hors d'oeuvres

I want to throw a party with classic cocktails and retro hors d'oeuvres. Here's a list of nibbles I've come up with. Any other suggestions? Something with sliced olives? Hot crab dip with toasted almonds?

1. Deviled eggs
2. Cheese balls
3. Swedish meatballs
4. Pigs in blankets
5. Mini quiche Lorraine
6. Baked brie in puff pastry
7. Spinach dip served in hollowed-out loaf of bread
8. Cheese sticks
9. Celery stuffed with cream cheese


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  1. Well there's the Bacon wrapped water chestnut thingy that you're missing from the Classic lineup!

    2 Replies
    1. re: King of Northern Blvd

      do you mean rumaki? isn't that some sort of chicken liver/chestnut/bacon thing?

      Another idea is this recipe in the big yellow gourmet cookbook for whole green olives (like the juicy big ones with the pimento) baked in a cheesy dough that are awesome and tres retro (to me at least).

      1. re: WineWidow

        there are a bunch of classic bacon-wrapped things: devils on horseback (cheese-stuffed dates wrapped in bacon), angels on horseback (oysters wrapped in bacon), rumaki (chicken livers and water chestnuts wrapped in bacon), bacon-wrapped water chestnuts, and bacon-wrapped smokies (cocktail weenies).

    2. Looks like it's time to dust off the old fondue set for some melty-cheesy retro fun!

      1. Jello retro style...shooters ?

        1. Angels on horseback - scallops, oysters or shrimp wrapped in bacon - 1/3 slice bacon, top with seafood, sprinkle of fresh parsley and paprika, secure with toothpick and broil in oven.

          1. I am a caterer and thi was a menu I did for a retro party. Sorry if I repeated some of your items.

            Mini Meatloaf Sandwiches on Petite Soft Buns with Crisp Bacon and Spicy Mayonnaise
            Mac n’ Cheese ~ Elbow Pasta baked with Creamy Three Cheese Sauce with Buttery Crumb Crust
            Pigs in Blankets ~ Mini Hotdogs served with Honey Mustard Dip
            Golden Triangles of Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Demitasse Cups of Tomato Soup for dipping
            Shrimp Cocktail with Spicy Horseradish Cocktail Sauce
            Deviled Eggs
            Potatoes Au Gratin ~ Creamer Potatoes layered with Gruyere and Cream with a touch of Nutmeg
            Wedges of Iceberg Lettuce drizzled with Chunky Bleu Cheese Dressing and sprinkled with Crumbled Bacon and finely diced Red Onion
            Rice Krispy Treats half dipped in Chocolate
            Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches ~ Vanilla Ice Cream between Petite Chocolate Chip Cookies