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Anyone feel like sharing a favourite entertaining recipe? One that is you go-to recipe for company? A show stopper appy you are proud of?

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  1. A few of my go-to's are: smoked salmon wrapped roasted asparagus, prosciutto wrapped asparagus, stuffed mushrooms, roasted eggplant dip, dapple-fried (panko too) asparagus w/ aioli, fingerlings w/ aioli. Of course, a cheese plate. I don't know if any of them are show stoppers, but they sure clean up!

    1. I'm not sure if you are referring to a "sit down" first course, or canapes, but one of my favorites for the latter is to make gravlax (I've posted the recipe here if you are interested). I'm not a big fan of serving a cheese plate, because I find people tend to fill up on it, and I like to serve cheese after the meal. I prefer to serve canapes before the meal, because, and this may sound terrible, I have some control over how much gets eaten. Another favorite is sliced baguette brushed with olive oil and baked, topped with avocado slices and boquerones/marinated white anchovies. When I'm feeling ambitious, I've made beggars purses, with a blue cheese/pear filling. For our wedding anniversary, I made scooped out tiny boiled potatoes, brushed with melted butter and filled w/ caviar and topped w/ chopped chives.

      I recently made a first course of crepes wrapped around asparagus and prosciutto, served with hollandaise sauce, that was lovely.

      1. Bleu cheese stuffed dates wrapped in bacon.

        They are so good and pretty easy. I buy dates and butterfly them. I take a small pinch of bleu cheese and close the date around the cheese. Then take a strip of applewood bacon, cut in half, and wrap it around the date and secure with a toothpick. Bake at 400 until the bacon is cooked.

        So good!

        1. Wow! My mouth is watering! All these ideas sound great! I will have to try those dates asap!

          1. tyler's florence's recipe for caramelized onion toasts always knocks people out. sort of a quicker version of a pissaladiere.

            1. I'm sure you could find a way to make these more "gourmet" but I cannot make these fast enough before the plate is empty and my guests are asking where the next batch is. Men, especially, seem to go crazy for them:

              Triscuit base spread with cream cheese. Sprinkle with ground pepper. Lay some smoked salmon pieces on top. Top with a garnish of a red onion petite slice.

              1. I'm all for easy & taste great appetizers. Here are my tried & true:
                -Dates stuffed with goat cheese and an almond.
                -Stuffed mushrooms: put Boursin or one of those soft cheeses in the mushroon cap & broil till bubbly-people love them
                -Whole chestnuts, wrap with bacon, slather with bbq sauce, broil till the bacon is done, these are to die for

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                1. re: synergy

                  Another one - prunes d'Agen, stuffed w/ a walnut half, wrapped in prosciutto or a similar French ham (bayonne?).

                  1. re: MMRuth

                    Along the same lines, figs, goat cheese, prosciutto baked and then drizzled w/ balsamic vinegar.

                    I go through phases for everything. Right now for appetizers, it's shrimp, deveined, w/ a sliver of jalapeno where the vein was, wrapped in bacon (secure w/ toothpick), sprinkled w/ brown sugar and broiled. Leave more seeds for heat, clean out completely for mild.