Munchies for work Xmas party?
Criteria: must be good served cold; easily transportable (I'm taking the T here in Boston); ideally savory rather than sweet; no utensils; not to expensive or complicated to make.
The best idea I've come up with yet is deviled eggs, but this fails a bit on the transportable front (although I suppose I could assemble them at the office.)
we did a few cold services at our party this weekend...
bought pastry shells or siljians filled with goat cheese & fit jam
skewers of tomato & basil wrapped boccocini
salami crisps with sour cream & basil
mini cottage cheese pancakes with creme freshe & smoked salmon (may not fall into the inexpensive catergory)
proscuitto wrapped asparagus (spread boursin cheese on the procuitto b4 wrapping)
parmesan, walnut & rosemary shortbread
bruschetta, tempanade (purchased) & crostini
For our Thanksgiving potluck, I made a Pumpkin and Goat Cheese dip that went over extremely well, and was incredibly easy to make...
I got the recipe from Cooling Light http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/rec...
Because I was in a rush, I substituted a can of pumpkin puree for the butternut squash and increased the goat cheese proportionately. I also added a little sugar, since the pumpkin puree wasn't as sweet as roasted squash normally is. It only took me about 5 minutes to mix by hand once the garlic was roasted, and I served it cold with a sliced baguette
I say get a baguette (or two), some goat cheese, olive oil, and prosciutto (thinly sliced). Slice the baguette into 1/2in to and inch slices, brush each slice on one side with the olive oil, place under the broiler oiled side up until toasted a nice deep gold. Spread goat cheese on each piece (it's helpful to let it get to room-ish temperature). I like to then put a healthy pinch of coarsely crushed black pepper on each piece (I'm a black pepper fanatic, though). Take your slices of prosciutto and either tear or cut it into roughly baguette-size pieces and place on the top of each. Cheers!
This time of year my local groceries carry bulk pistachios in the shell. I think they were under $4/pound, so for $20 you could get a generous amount. Put in a medium size bowl with a smaller one tucked in for the shells, then just keep refilling and emptying the shell bowl.
You could also do peanuts in the shell, if you can't find reasonably priced pistachios.