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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.
      http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recip...

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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:

          http://www.thepioneerwomancooks.com/t...

          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.

            DT

            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?

              1. Baked beans?

                1. I just had haloumi cheese on a skewer interspersed with sun dried tomatoes, and grape tomatoes that was grilled and had a little pesto on it. It was delicious. I was also going to suggest poppers -- stuffed jalepenos.

                  1. How about BBQ Nachos? I've made these before, last 7/4 actually and they were a big hit.

                    Assuming you can use the host's grill (but it's not crucial, can make them in the oven) take a disposable aluminum pan, and reinforce the bottom with a double sheet of h-d foil. To the pan, I add the tortilla chips, lots of grated cheddar & jack, layer it twice or so, you can also be creative and add refried beans, regular beans, chili or taco meat. Put it over a medium to medium low fire, and cover the grill to melt the cheese. Then, I used a squirt bottle with bbq sauce and drizzled it with that, and the same with some ranch dressing. Then garnish with whatever you like: chopped tomatoes, cilantro, guac & sour cream, chopped black olives and sliced pickled jalapenos. Sure to go over big, especially with a Non-Chowhound crowd!!

                    1. I forgot, this is also excellent: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/bo...

                      People eat it right up, foodies and non-foodies alike.