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What do you serve with drinks before Thanksgiving Dinner?

Any special nibble that's great with drinks before a coma inducing dinner? Anything your family loves? I'm looking for suggestions to serve my crowd. Thank you!

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  1. Favorites are stuffed mushrooms and the kids like shrimp with cocktail sauce. It's hard to keep it light. Spiced nuts and pistachios are good too. I try not to offer too much but I often get carried away.

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    1. re: Cheesy Oysters

      We do the good old crudites with dip. Not real exciting, but it works, it's light, and won't spoil the rest of the Thanksgiving dinner.

      1. re: Cheesy Oysters

        I stick to simple crudites, gherkins, olives and such. No dips or cheese which would blunt the appetite for dinner.

        1. re: Cheesy Oysters

          do you have a good technique for spiced nuts? I'm thinking roasted almonds w/ garlic and rosemary. Just don't know if I should butter and/or salt before or after roasting.

          1. re: NYchowcook

            Nychowcook, I always advocate home cooking BUT, I was at Whole Foods this weekend and tried their Holiday Spice roasted pecans. OMG! It was seasoned with cloves, allspice, cinnamon, ginger and tasted exactly like Thanksgiving & Xmas rolled into one. Plan to use some in a roasted pear, blue cheese salad but they would make excellent apps.

            1. re: NYchowcook

              The Black Pepper almonds from epicurious are ou tof this world. They are just the right balance of salty/sweet/spicy and they are always gobbled up.

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              1. I always do a pretty big raw vegetable platter surrounding a good size bowl of my famous blue cheese dip. I also am always asked to make a layered and quite decadent dip that features cream cheese, chopped red onions and red and black caviar. It's all layered into a spring form pan. Mine is heart-shaped and obviously for Valetine's Day but if anyone asks I tell them, "It's heart-shaped because you'll love it." And then almost all nibbles are put away for at least two hours before the bird emerges.

                1. Love the recipe for the cheddar/cranberry spread. Any favorite spiced nut recipes? Would you share the blue cheese dip and caviar? They sound so good!

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                  1. re: DaisyM

                    My favorite spiced nuts are spicy and sweet. I like this with cashews. You roast your cashews with sprigs of rosemary. When they're done, and the rosemary is crunchy, break the rosemary leaves off and toss them with the cashews. They are also a delicious, crunchy treat. While they are roasting, melt a few tablespoons of butter with brown sugar, salt, pepper and a touch of cayenne. When it's all melted, and while the cashews are still warm, toss everything together. Spread out on wax paper and allow to dry.

                    They're amazing! It's a real change from the usual sweet or spicy, and the rosemary is a great treat.

                    1. re: DaisyM

                      I actually wrote out the blue cheese dip in another thread that I will look for. Here is the recipe for caviar pie:
                      12 eggs -- hard-boiled
                      mayo
                      salt and freshly ground pepper
                      One medium red onion, chopped
                      8 ounce block of softened cream cheese
                      16 ounces sour cream
                      2 large jars -- black caviar
                      1 large jar -- red caviar

                      "Grease" a 10" spring-form pan with a little mayo.Mash the eggs, mayo (enough to hold eggs together), salt, and pepper together. Spread into bottom of pan.
                      Spread onions on top of egg salad. Mix cream cheese and sour cream until smooth. Spread over onions. You can be prepared up to this point the day before (recommended). Put the spring-form on a paper towel on a plate (the sour
                      cream tends to separate). Spread the caviar into a cute design. Serve with plain crackers.

                      1. re: southernitalian

                        Be sure to rinse the caviar before spreading it. The dye in inexpensive grades tends to bleed through. Also, it's so much better if you can use a cream cheese without gums. I serve mine with warm potato pancakes.
                        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/29500...

                        1. re: Melanie Wong

                          melanie, have you found any brands without gums? well, national brands?

                          1. re: alkapal

                            In California we have the Sierra Nevada/Gina Marie brand that's distributed statewide, available at Safeway and other supers as well as cheese shops, and relatively inexpensive. Don't know if it is sold more widely than that. Here's a thread from last year with some ideas,
                            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/301859