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Hello CH-ers, How about giving me your best recommendations for appetizers? The rules are: fingers or skewers only, no dripping. They will be served at a very chic opening at an art gallery, people will be standing/milling about, they can't have any liquids that could stain clothes. Thanks for your suggestions.

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  1. Your guests will appreciate the no mess rule. Mini cupcake tins in gold & silver make mess-less "plates" for small bites. you can find more adult variety cupcake papers & tins at baking supply stores.

    When my partners & I coordinate events we tend to go with small desserts and drinks with only a few appetizers. Small egg rolls, tightly prep'd meatballs, chicken bites are the usual and we jazz them up with unique ingredients. However on the dessert side, small cheesecake triangles, chocolate truffles, homemade cookies made smaller all fit in those neat cupcakes tin and make a great presentation.

    Good luck with your opening!

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    1. re: HillJ

      Thanks HillJ, Now tell me a meatball recipe...Chicken, too. Thanks.

      1. re: kathinmadrid

        http://www.leitesculinaria.com/recipe...
        we've made these in a bunless mini version
        http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/bl...
        spicy good
        http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/as...
        asian flavors
        http://www.acatinthekitchen.com/?p=203
        chicken meatballs
        http://bronmarshall.com/?p=80
        and these are killer
        (those cupcake tins will come in handy here

        )

        don't forget to check CH archives too, there are several delicious meatball recipes under CHOW.

        start rolling!

    2. These are some of my faves, tried and tested over more than a decade of holiday open houses. Keep in mind they're all vegetarian.

      Skewers of cheese tortellini, brushed with garlic oil and broiled
      Pitted dates stuffed with goat cheese and a roasted almond
      Mini arancini (those fried risotto balls)
      Roasted parsnip sticks wrapped in phyllo pastry and baked till crispy (recipe in French Chatelaine)
      Dolmades

      1. Skewers or toothpicks with grape tomato, mozz and basil; pinwheels would also be a good choice.

        1. Thanks all for the suggestions so far. I like the looks of the asian meatballs and the grilled tortellini sounds like a good thing to try. I had already planned on the mini-caprese (mozzarella, tomato, basil) though unfortunately it has to be served dry, no olive oil. Any other ideas out there? Something with smoked salmon maybe? Thanks.

          1. spinach pie, but cut the phyllo in strips and make individual portions by folding the strip into a triangle.