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Appetizer for Block Party

A friend of mine is attending a neighborhood block party this weekend and has asked me for some advice. She was asked to bring some type of appetizer. It's supposed to be really hot this weekend (like in the 90's), and although the party is in the late afternoon/early evening, she doesn't want to bring anything that will spoil by sitting out for a little while.

I'm at a loss. The only suggestions that I have come up with so far are some type of cheese straws or something like a caponata. Excluding mayo and sour cream based dips/spreads, I can't think of another suggestion.

Does anyone have any ideas? Thanks!

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  1. Mexican themed things such as different salsas (roasted, plain, mango) corn chips, bean dip. Wish I knew how many people approx. Also tiny tacos or taquitos to dip in the salsas.

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    1. re: Gail

      Thanks...I actually thought of the bean dip thing too (although I don't even like it myself!).

      There will be a lot of people, maybe 50. But she is not expected to bring food to feed the whole crowd.

      1. re: valerie

        >>>Thanks...I actually thought of the bean dip thing too (although I don't even like it myself!).<<<

        Valerie, I may change your mind about this. Try the can of bean dip mixed with about 1/2 cup of Homemade Chili Sauce, the one in the little round jar. Can't get any easier and pretty darn good.

    2. How about fruit skewers? There's nothing more refreshing than fruit on a really hot day. If that's not appetizer-ish enough, maybe crostini w/tapenade and tomato/basil toppings.

      1. How about peel-and-eat shrimp? Boil 'em up with some Old Bay, ice 'em down, put out a nice horseradishy cocktail sauce, and add ice to the shrimp as necessary - probably won't be, because they won't stay around long enough to need any.

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        1. re: Bat Guano

          Well, don't actually boil the shrimp or they'll get rubbery - add them to boiling seasoned water, bring back up to a simmer, and remove from the heat, let them steep for 5 minutes or so, then chill.

        2. I brought homemade pizza-flavored breadsticks to a block party and they were a big hit. Easy if she has a breadmaking machine, or else buy premade pizza dough. Knead in some italian herbs and grated cheese, roll into thin sticks, let them rise, and bake til just brown.

          They other bonus is that they are easy to convince people to take home, or she can freeze the leftovers.

          1. how about tapenade? good w/pita or bagel chips or crudite. ditto for hummus. homemade salsa w/chips is yummy. prosciutto and melon is always good. smoked trout or salmon with horseradish and crackers. finely chopped vegetables (carrots, cukes, tomatoes, roasted peppers, celery) w/shredded mozarella in a basil vinaigrette served w/toasted baguette rounds. bruschetta w/same, platters of salade caprese (sliced tomatoes, slices of mozarella, sprinkled w/basil chiffonade, EVO and balsamic vinegar), mini ham & cheese biscuits,