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Trader Joe's Party Food?

aching Jun 19, 2007 01:50 PM

I know there are no shortage of TJ's threads on this site, but I didn't see one that was specific to party food. I'm having about 30 people over in a couple weeks and was wondering if there were any appetizer-ish, finger-food-ish things that anyone would specifically recommend from TJ's. My SO dies for the hummus, so we'll definitely have that, and probably chips and salsa - what else should we get?

  1. Carrie 218 Jul 6, 2007 08:29 AM

    I used to do a lot of parties with their frozen appetizers:

    Mushroom tartlets
    Spanikopita triangles
    Escargot in Brioche
    Phyllo-wrapped shrimp
    Crab Cakes
    etc.

    1. aching Jun 25, 2007 01:41 PM

      Okay, so I've compiled everyone's suggestions and come up with the following lists:

      REFRIGERATED
      hummus
      salsa
      feta dip
      onion dip
      marinated mozzarella balls
      pesto sundried tomato torta
      cranberry gorgonzola torta
      fiesta dip
      stilton cheese with cranberry
      blue cheese pecan dip
      chive yogurt dip
      old amsterdam aged gouda
      peach salsa
      artichoke bruschetta

      FROZEN:
      pot stickers
      spanikopita
      mushroom turnovers
      chicken coconut curry spring rolls
      spinach and artichoke dip
      mini-seafood crab cakes
      tarte d'alsace

      OTHER:
      chips
      ginger dipping sauce
      green curry simmer sauce
      blue-cheese stuffed olives
      greek dolmes
      sesame thin crisps
      guacamole chips

      I'm going to take the complete list to the store and see what's available. Thanks for the help!

      5 Replies
      1. re: aching
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        ExercisetoEat Jun 25, 2007 02:06 PM

        Maybe you've already headed to the store, but thought I'd let you know that the peach salsa isn't in the refrigerated section, and the blue-cheese stuffed olives are. (Just so you aren't wandering the aisles) =)

        1. re: ExercisetoEat
          aching Jun 25, 2007 02:25 PM

          Thanks! I had to guess at some of them, and I do have a bad habit of wandering the aisles at TJ's!

        2. re: aching
          b
          brendastarlet Jun 25, 2007 02:13 PM

          The little frozen beef and chicken tacos are a snap to prepare (I put them in towel paper and microwave them.)

          1. re: aching
            aching Jul 2, 2007 05:11 PM

            If anyone's interested, this is what I ended up serving, and it all went over very well!

            REFRIGERATED:
            Mediterraneous hummus
            roasted tomato salsa
            pico de gallo salsa
            marinated mozzarella balls
            chive yogurt dip
            blue-cheese stuffed olives

            FROZEN:
            shrimp gyoza
            vegetable gyoza
            chicken lemongrass stix

            OTHER:
            organic tortilla chips
            gyoza dipping sauce
            assorted crackers
            pretzel sticks
            salt & pepper Kettle Chips

            Of particular popularity seemed to be the hummus and the yogurt chive dip - but all of it pretty much disappeared by the end of the party. I bought some of the other recommended things but didn't end up serving them - but they will be eaten! Thanks again for all the recs!

            1. re: aching
              Emme Jul 6, 2007 01:45 AM

              Too late now, but for future...

              love that sundried tomato pesto torta!
              raw cheeses
              gruyere and emmantaler
              won ton chips
              chicken shu mai
              Orange chicken--served on toothpicks or with 'em
              Turkey meatloaf cut in individual bites (fridge section) or turkey meatballs (frozen)
              Cinnamon Pita crisps

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              gyozagirl Jun 22, 2007 01:38 PM

              What perfect timing- I'm heading to my nearby TJ's after work to pick up a few items for a BBQ party I'm going to tomorrow, and now I have new items to check out :-) The frozen spinach and artichoke dip that someone else already mentioned has always gone over well, as well as the guacamole chips. My friends also really liked the ready-made bruschetta from TJ's that I put out in place of salsa, with pita chips for one party.

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              1. re: gyozagirl
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                bulavinaka Jun 22, 2007 06:06 PM

                The bruschettas are quite good. I prefer the artichoke variety as it's a bit lower on the acid scale... goes well with alot of things... I've even mixed it with potatoes when making croquettes...

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                ExercisetoEat Jun 22, 2007 01:33 PM

                I always go for their blue-cheese stuffed olives, Old Amsterdam aged Gouda served on the mutligrain california flatbread, the Greek dolmes from the jar, and the sesame thin crisps to dip in the hummus. Another fun thing to do if they have the mini-bell peppers is to cut off the tops and stuff them with a seasoned cream cheese filling. Their peach salsa is one of the best things ever (imho). The options are almost endless at TJ's.

                1. Amuse Bouches Jun 22, 2007 01:22 PM

                  The Tarte D'Alsace would be great cut into strips. They also have pretty good party meatballs that take well to sauce. I like a lot of their dips -- the blue cheese pecan is good with crackers, and the chive yogurt is excellent for veggies.

                  1. Tehama Jun 22, 2007 10:39 AM

                    I've had good luck with the frozen Mini-Seafood Crab Cakes that come 12 to a pack.

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                      jessicheese Jun 22, 2007 10:31 AM

                      The fiesta dip is awesome. So is the frozen spinach and artichoke dip. The cheeses are always great to put out. I love the stilton with cranberry.

                      I also like to cut the frozen pizzas in thin slices to serve.

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                        mcmama Jun 20, 2007 08:37 PM

                        I like thier chicken coconut curry spring rolls (freezer section) and I bake them and cut them on an angle(pretty presentation) and serve them with TJ's green curry simmer suace warmed. Do NOT buy the lemon grass spring rolls, they are gross.

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                        1. re: mcmama
                          ccbweb Jul 2, 2007 06:47 PM

                          I second all of this recommendation.

                        2. bunnyluv24 Jun 20, 2007 07:51 PM

                          Try the Vegetable Bird's Nest. It's in the frozen aisle and all you do is bake it until it's crispy and serve with the accompanying sauce. I also like the Mushroom Turnovers(also frozen), but everyone isn't a fan of mushrooms. The Marinated Mozzarella Balls are great to have on hand, alone or with with slices of fresh baguette. I almost forgot my favorite and this has always been a hit for me, the Pesto Sundried Tomato or Cranberry Gorgonzola Torta. It's a molded round base of cream cheese, topped with either pesto & sundried tomatoes or the gorgonzola cheese with tart dried cranberries. All you do is invert it onto a plate and serve with crackers.

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                            Oh Robin Jun 20, 2007 03:14 PM

                            They sell the little Okami sushi packs which will always do in a pinch. Also I recommend ALL of their chips. Bean chips, black bean chips, salt & vinegar, plain kettle style... all delish with either their salsa, garlic hummus or onion dip. (yes it's just like Lipton). Great dried fruit and nuts and a good selection of cheeses.

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                              mojoeater Jun 19, 2007 06:57 PM

                              TJ's has a feta dip that is great. I think it's got roasted peppers in it. My SO loves their frozen bags of pot stickers, and they have a ginger dipping sauce in the jarred aisle. Their frozen spanikopita's not bad either.

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