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Jul 13, 2007 11:22 AM

What Appetizer to Bring to BBQ?

So far there are a lot of dips- crab, salsa, pizza, etc. Overall, a non-chowhound crowd.

I am thinking bruschetta and a variety of crostins, maybe tapenade. I am afraid my typical ceviches, etc. would be too "out there" for the crowd.

Is this okay? Any other ideas are welcomed, as are the recipes! TIA.

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  1. Maybe if there is enough finger foods you can bring a real good sangria......emerils recipe on the food network website is delicious. When you throw in alot of fresh fruits it looks great too.
    The bruschetta sounds yummy too.....

    1. I had the same problem with a bbq last weekend. Definitely not a foodie crowd. I made a recipe from Michael Chiarello for proscuitto crostini with a melon relish. It was a fun twist on melon and proscuitto. Once I encouraged everyone to try it, they all loved it and asked for the recipe. Plus, it can sit out in the heat without any ill effects.

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      1. re: elc515

        Last year I brought ceviche, gazpacho and sangria to a 4th of July party and brought most of it home. Even thought the ceviche was shrimp people passed it up (too spicy even though I used mild jalapeno), forget the gazpacho (they didn't know how to eat it) I had to show them, and then they used it as bloddy mary mix. Sigh... The sangria was a hit with one other couple and we polished it off together. All I can say is keep it simple and safe in hot weather. This year I am doing Pita margherita pizza.

      2. Deviled eggs. You can make them as basic or as exotic as you like. Make fun if you like, but they always disappear in minutes.

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        1. re: chazzer

          Here's my favorite devilled eggs ingredients that bring out the devil:

          For 10 large hard cooked eggs:
          1 clove garlic
          2 serrano chiles, seeded and minced
          1/2 C mayonnaise
          1 tsp fresh lemon juice
          2 tsp dried mustard powder
          1/4 tsp cayenne powder
          1/4 tsp pure chile powder
          1/4 tsp paprika
          1/2 tsp salt
          1 tsp chopped cilantro
          1 tsp chopped chives

        2. This recipe for bacon wrapped stuffed jalepenos looks fantastic for a BBQ:

          I have several jalepenos sitting at home...waiting for the weekend to try this recipe.

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          1. re: ExercisetoEat

            I was gonna suggest that. Atomic Buffalo Turds they're called. They're best when they're smoked.

            Another suggestion I'd make is Caprese Crostini. Chop some tomatoes. Add basil chiffonade and I like a bit of fresh oregano as well. Add a touch of good olive oil. Top French stick croutons with this and top with some shredded mozzarella. Grill until browned on the bottom and cheese is slightly melted.


            1. re: ExercisetoEat

              I've made that recipe, though we didn't use the grill. My only complaint, and it had nothing to do with the recipe, was that my peppers were a bit bitter. Nothing you can do about Mother Nature.

            2. Caprese on a skewer. Use mini mozzarella balls, grape tomatoes, the occasional basil leaf. Lay on a nice platter and drizzle with pesto oil.

              Or how about melon and proscuitto skewers?