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What would be a good appetizer for a fried chicken dinner?

I am having a dinner party Saturday night to celebrate several occasions at once: 2 sons have June birthdays, 1 son just graduated college, and 1 of the birthday boys is home from the Army on a short leave, and school is out for summer for the other birthday boy! Lots happening.
Their all-time favorite meal is fried chicken, potato salad, collard greens, and biscuits. I'm doing sliced heirloom tomatoes and a pineapple and cucumber salad.
Since I am having other people in for the party, I want to have appetizers before the meal so we can enjoy cocktails before dinner. Can anyone recommend a couple of appetizers that would go with a fried chicken meal?
As a side note, my friend is going to make a sheet cake, iced with a solid color frosting, and she's going to bring a variety of colored icings and pastry bags so we can all write messages of congratulations on the cake. We'll take pictures before we devour it.

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  1. you can make mini cupcake meatloaf and mashed potatoes.
    Make the meatloaf in mini muffin tins, meashed potatoes for frosting and sprinkles- chifes and bacon!!

    1. Sounds like picnic fare, so I'd suggest a tray of deviled eggs, baby sweet pickles, radishes or scallions, and fat pretzel sticks.

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      1. re: weezycom

        That's a good idea. Pack in more veggies with a meal like that. A crudite platter with some southern flair perhaps? Green tomatoes in ranch dip are a fave of mine, but you could add in radishes, blanched green beans, whatever.
        Love weezy's idea of deviled egges. Very fitting.
        And finally, what about some "texas caviar" aka, black eyed pea salad/ salsa type thing served with pita chips.

        1. re: hollyd

          I think vegetables with dip is always good.

          1. re: Lewes17266

            Forgetting the fact that it may be a southern inspired theme, or not....

            My suggestion was going to be for a crudite platter with a different types of dips as well, coupled with a cheese platter or an Italian Antipasto tray of sorts.

            1. re: Lewes17266

              homemade fried onion dip! I made it for mother's day and it was a HUGE hit!
              Ingredients
              nocoupons
              2 large yellow onions
              4 tablespoons unsalted butter
              1/4 cup vegetable oil
              1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
              1 teaspoon kosher salt
              1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
              4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
              1/2 cup sour cream
              1/2 cup good mayonnaise
              Directions
              Cut the onions in half and then slice them into 1/8-inch thick half-rounds. (You will have about 3 cups of onions.) Heat the butter and oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Add the onions, cayenne, salt, and pepper and saute for 10 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, for 20 more minutes until the onions are browned and caramelized. Allow the onions to cool.

              Place the cream cheese, sour cream and mayonnaise in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat until smooth. Add the onions and mix well. Taste for seasonings. Serve at room temperature.

        2. My mother-in-law used to hollow out a watermelon, then fill it with balls of watermelon, cantaloupe and honey dew. It was so attractive and delicious.
          Since your menu is Southern, cheese straws would be nice too.

          1. Try a corn salsa and chips, made with corn, black beans, red/green peppers, onions (mushrooms if you want) with a dressing of sherry vinegar, sugar and oil heated together for a few minutes and poured over the salsa. Mango is delicious in this as well.

            1. pimeto cheese dip with pita points, beer cheese dip with crackers,celery,and carrots, cheese straws...very southern and great with cocktails.