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Finsmom Apr 29, 2008 01:36 PM

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. AnnVL RE: Finsmom Apr 30, 2008 10:37 AM

    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. MMRuth RE: Finsmom Apr 30, 2008 10:41 AM

      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.

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        obx_nancy RE: Finsmom Apr 30, 2008 11:12 AM

        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!

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          Finsmom RE: Finsmom Apr 30, 2008 12:18 PM

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

          1. beelzebozo RE: Finsmom Apr 30, 2008 01:38 PM

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

            1. Tehama RE: Finsmom Apr 30, 2008 05:22 PM

              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.

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                synergy RE: Finsmom May 1, 2008 11:03 AM

                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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                  MMRuth RE: synergy May 1, 2008 11:04 AM

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

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                    chowser RE: MMRuth May 1, 2008 11:09 AM

                    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.

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