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Nyleve Jul 13, 2007 02:38 PM

I am brain dead. Making paella tomorrow for dinner. Will serve with a nice green salad, good bread and a creme caramel and fruit for dessert. What's the appetizer? Nothing complicated - and no, I can't get serrano ham around here, darn it.

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    Nyleve Jul 14, 2007 08:51 AM

    Thanks, everyone! Very helpful. I will probably do the crostini with goat cheese and tapenade (have everything already), a bowl of mixed olives and possibly pick up some prosciutto to day, if I get around to it.

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      weezycom Jul 13, 2007 07:00 PM

      thinly sliced Smithfield/country ham wrapped around cantalope melon balls. Nice American twist on an Italian classic.

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        peppermintpatty Jul 13, 2007 06:32 PM

        Spanish cheeses, olives and almonds with some warm crusty bread and good olive oil

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          PhoebeB Jul 13, 2007 06:08 PM

          Mound of goat cheese heaped with caramelized onions, bagel crisps to pile it on. Oiled/herbed/garlicked & roasted bite-size red potatoes.

          1. yummyinmytummy Jul 13, 2007 05:12 PM

            dates stuffed with goat cheese and wraped in bacon

            cherry tomatoes, basil and mozzarella on a toothpick..can make the night before, looks great on a plate...before serving S&P, olive oil and vinger...

            I am a big fan of a bowl of berrata (sp?) and some good bread...maybe some summer strawberries on top with balsalmic vineger

            Have fun!

            1. DanaB Jul 13, 2007 03:02 PM

              I would do marcona almonds and olives. If you want something more substantial, I think the bruschetta/crostini idea is a good one. You can do a tomato/basil/olive oil topping, or a white bean topping, or the goat cheese/tapenade suggestion another poster gave you.

              1. Quine Jul 13, 2007 02:49 PM

                Olives! Just an assortment, some bread and relax.

                1. GretchenS Jul 13, 2007 02:47 PM

                  Crispy little toasts spread with soft goat cheese and then spread with a little tapenade on top of one half the cheese -- so they are two-toned: half dark, half light. You can do the toasts ahead and then spread them a little before guests arrive. Super simple and people just inhale them.

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                    4Snisl Jul 13, 2007 02:43 PM

                    Shots of gazpacho- red and white?

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