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Sep 5, 2008 02:48 PM

"Grazing" Food Ideas

Have a new position at work and three times a year they have "grazing" meeting days. We each have to bring two or three grazing items. Just found out Monday is one of those days.

These should be finger foods or foods we can eat without forks and knives, hopefully that don't need heating.
Trying to get away from dips, fruit and veg skewers, olives, tapenades, etc.

Ideas I wouldn't mind trying but don't know about how easy to make ahead of time or recipes:

Lettuce wraps or rice wraps with a sesame dip
Flat pressed sandwich loaf(ves)

Always open to suggestions and would love any recipes for the ones above or others.

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  1. What about a big bowl of edamame it's a great snack. Also I love to graze on popcorn that is flavored.

    1. That sounds kind of fun. What about:
      gazpacho served in little cups
      deviled eggs
      pressed sandwiches are a great idea. My fave is grilled eggplant, provolone, pickled banana peppers, tapenade. You could also make some with Italian-style with salami, hot ham, provolone, pickles, onions, olive oil, oregano, s&p.

      1. Whole Foods has smoked gouda pimento cheese. It's one of my favorite grazing foods when served on the New York sea-salt bagel chips.

        1. We have all vowed to stay away from nuts and seeds since it has been overdone in the past. Sadly, no Whole Foods near where I live.

          1. My new favorite (and super-easy!) is roasted chickpeas - toss some canned chickpeas into a bowl with whatever spices you want (i use cumin, curry powder, and powdered ginger), then roast them on a greased baking sheet for 45-50 minutes until theyre crunchy. Delicious!

            4 Replies
            1. re: Cebca

              Cebca--sounds delish. What temp is the oven?

              1. re: Petrichor

                i can't speak for Cebca, but i do mine at 400 degrees for 45-55 minutes. just make sure to shake the pan every so often.

                  1. re: Petrichor

                    sure thing.

                    two of my favorite ways to spice them:
                    - curry powder, chile, & sea salt
                    - agave & dried ginger [& a pinch of sea salt to enhance the sweetness]