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alliedawn_98 Dec 23, 2008 08:20 AM

We spend Christmas Eve with my SO's brother and his wife. We usually do finger foods and desserts. This year, she bought a spiral ham instead of her normal cold cuts. She said she'd have stuff for sandwiches.

Here's what she's going to prepare:
Spiral ham and sandwich fixings
Cheese and Crackers
Beef roll ups (dried beef, cream cheese, onions, pickes)
Taco dip with tortillas
Cheesecake or some other kind of cake

I'm taking:
Deviled eggs
Banana Pudding
potatoes

The deal is she suggested scalloped potatoes. To me, those do not belong on this menu. Then I suggested making twice baked potatoes instead. She seems to think that's too much work but left it up to me. I love making those for bbqs and things but they just don't seem festive enough for Christmas to me.

What do you all think? Any suggestions? I don't mind making potatoes but want it to look nice and fit in well with the other foods.

I just ran across this recipe and thought it might work, what do you think?
http://www.finedinings.com/potato_nes...

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    critter101 Dec 23, 2008 08:55 AM

    Sounds like a "down home" kind of meal to me. I'd keep it fairly simple. Check out this link, and scroll down to jazzy77's post with recipes for Greek potatoes or hasselback potatoes. They both look really good.

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/579719

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      CeeBee Dec 23, 2008 09:06 AM

      Since it still seems to be in the realm of sandwiches, what about potato salad? We have that for Easter along with our spiral ham.

      1. paulj Dec 23, 2008 09:09 AM

        There is Scandinavian version of scalloped potatoes which is a popular seasonal item, Jansson's Temptation. It is rich with cream and subtlety flavored with anchovies, preferably the sweet Scandinavian style.

        http://www.dlc.fi/~marianna/gourmet/5...

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          nemo Dec 23, 2008 09:12 AM

          Allie: Those potato cups look delicious. Here's a recipe for appetizer potato balls that I've been meaning to try. Of course, leave out the ham.

          http://www.virtualcities.com/ons/bc/k...

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            Val Dec 23, 2008 09:40 AM

            Hash brown casserole or potato casserole would work perfectly here! It's great with a ham centerpiece! The recipe is a little, well, "junky" but it will disappear (meaning that people will gobble it up). If you are not familiar with this, I'll post a recipe. You might reject it right off the bat, though, I don't know.

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              dct Dec 23, 2008 09:58 AM

              I second this suggestion. We always have ham and "cheesy potato thing" for our Xmas gathering. If you search this site for "mormon potatoes" you'll find recipes and more info. They are also very easy and pretty indestuctable.

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              smarsh Dec 23, 2008 09:48 AM

              Timely post! I'm also trying to find a potato dish that works with finger foods. I'm leaning toward these...
              http://mylastbite.wordpress.com/2008/...

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                bex109 Dec 23, 2008 10:03 AM

                I would do mini twice baked potatoes with small yukon golds. They're easy to scoop out with a melon baller, and really not any more time consuming than deviled eggs

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                  JungMann Dec 23, 2008 10:26 AM

                  I was about to recommend the same. Someone else on another thread recommended using new potatoes and dolloping with creme fraiche and caviar for something more extravagant.

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                  northside food Dec 23, 2008 10:06 AM

                  I think twice baked potatoes would be perfect. They seem very festive and party friendly to me.

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                  1. re: northside food
                    jeniyo Dec 23, 2008 11:14 AM

                    or even potatoe lakakes with creme fraiche and caviar! you can obvously have other stuff on it also..

                  2. alliedawn_98 Dec 26, 2008 08:10 AM

                    Thank you all for your suggestions. I went with the tried and true twice baked potatoes. Our hot water heater thermostat went out on Tuesday evening so it was hard getting everything done on Wednesday. I think I made 20 (halves) potatoes and only 2 were left at the end of the evening. Thirteen people ended up eating and really there was way, way too much food.

                    I did save the links provided and intend to give them a try when the occasion arises. Thank you all again!

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