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Easy appetizer help..fast!

Having a party tonight. Lots more people coming than expected. need some easy appetizer ideas.

already doing: swedish meatballs, chicken wing, feta cranberry wraps, 7 layer dips, crackers and cheeses, chips and dip, cheesy english muffins.

Just need easy, fast recipes.

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  1. Can't you just double up on some of the apps you already have planned? You have a really good selection!

    But if not - what about that old 1970s standby of little Vienna sausages in a combination of chili sauce and grape jelly in a crockpot? Usually a cup of grape jelly to a bottle of chili sauce (some use BBQ sauce), some Worcestershire sauce, and wet mustard - maybe 2 Tbsp. of the sauce and 1 tsp. of mustard?

    ETA: Orange-Spiced Nuts - these are super-simple and easy to just have out in various rooms for guests to graze: http://www.chow.com/recipes/25611

    1. Herbed nuts from Alice Waters The Art of Simple Food
      1.5 tsp water, .5 tsp salt, 1.5 c almonds, leaves from a few sprigs fresh herbs (thyme, marjoram, savory etc.) Mix, bake at 375 until almond brown in center

      1. bacon wrapped almond stuffed dates drizzled with honey
        gazpacho (serve in shot glasses with or without shrimp)
        fruit platter (easy, and something for the health conscious)
        veggie platter
        pigs in a blanket
        watermelon-feta skewers
        cream puffs w/chocolate sauce or mini desserts from the frozen section (thaw and serve; no baking necessary)

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        1. re: Caralien

          i think i'll add the pigs in a blanket...the kids will love them. i'm also considering pastry puffs with chicken salad since it's so easy to do.

        2. What is a cheesy english muffin?

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          1. re: lynnlato

            These things are scarily GOOD. I first had them at a Christmas party in the early 1990s, and couldn't stop eating them! LOL But they must be made with Old English cheese spread.


            I always knew them as Crabby Bites. :-)

            1. re: LindaWhit

              That is certainly a little closer to the pin (by way of description) than cheesy English muffin! I guess Cheesy Crab Bites would be most accurate. ;) Where does one buy Old English cheese spread? I've never heard of it. I'm only familiar with the furniture polish!

              Edit for the OP: How about chili dip? Always a winner: shredded cheese on top of a can of chili (so much the better if it's your own, but you said fast!) over cream cheese spread over the bottom of a pie dish or 8x8" pan. Bake till cheese is bubbly--serve with Tostitos. Jazz it up with sliced jalapenos on top and/or your choice of taco-related seasonings (chipotle, ancho, chili powder, epazote). I made this for lunch this week.

              1. re: kattyeyes

                We always put shrimp in them when I was little, but i'm not sure if any guest have seafood allergies so i'm just doing the cheese spread...they are still yummy that way!

                We have a 7 layer dip coming so i think it may be too similar to the chili dip.

                1. re: kattyeyes

                  Yeah, "Crabby Bites" are really NOT the most appetizing name, when you really think about it! LOL

                  As for Old English cheese spread - I honestly don't know if it's still sold. Hmmm....it's still on Kraft's website:


                  Click on the Product Locator link, and put in Cheese / Jar Cheese / Old English and the distance and you can find it. I'm pretty sure it's shelf-stable until opened, so probably located with the lovely Cheez-Whiz. :-D

                  1. re: LindaWhit

                    HA! Probably a "sharp" variation of Velveeta! It's sounded "fancier" before you posted the pic--LOL. ;)

                    OP, since you already have English muffins and there are kids to feed, you could make little pizzas. I used to love those when I was little. Have fun tonight!

                    1. re: kattyeyes

                      it is still sold along with the other flavors ...pinnaple,pimento,and olive... at the piggly wiggly.

                      1. re: LaLa

                        I have a hard time reading the name of that particular grocery store without giggling. ;) Thank you! Pineapple cheese--who knew?!

                        1. re: kattyeyes

                          Lol...my five year old is trying to talk me into putting their bump sticker on my car...it says "I am down with the Pig"

                          1. re: LaLa

                            I'm 40 and would try to talk you into it as well--that's a hoot! :) Love it!

                  2. re: kattyeyes

                    as for the old english cheese, it's usually on a shelf...not refridgerated. blue lid...small glass jar. i get mine at market basket.

              2. I'd definitely add a vegetable platter.

                Do you have a Trader Joes handy? They have a TON of ready to go stuff

                1. Ever tried Hammy Roll-ups? Mix your favorite blue cheese (I use Danish bleu) with 8 oz. Neufchatel Cream Cheese (room temperature) to taste. Spread on somewhat thickly sliced boiled ham slices - about 1 oz.slices. (1/2 lb. of ham yields 8 slices.) Place whole scallion (cleaned and trimmed to size) at edge of each spread-covered ham slice and roll-up length-wise. Wrap each roll-up in aluminum foil and refrigerate till ready to serve. Slice cross-wise into rounds (1/4" thick) before serving. Elegant and delicious.

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                  1. re: Boonowuno

                    Or the lowbrow version: just cream cheese, and use a whole dill pickle instead of scallions. Corned beef may be substituted for ham.

                  2. If money isn't a big concern, how about a shrimp platter? All you need to do is boil them, chill them and serve with cocktail sauce. (or in a pinch, buy the pre-cooked ones at the fish market, or even the frozen cooked ones from Trader Joes).

                    Smoked salmon platter, with red onions, capers, tomato slices, cream cheese, etc. Serve with those cute little rye bread slices. (Ruggshlager? Something like that) You can also find great smoke trout spread and smoked salmon spread at most fish markets or delis.

                    Baked brie. You can buy pre-made ones at TJ, but it's really just a matter of thawing some puff pastry. get a whole brie, slice in half and fill with something yummy. I like not too sweet berry preserves mixed with a little cinnamon and ginger. Add some slice almonds, top with the other half of the brie and place on a circle of puff pasty. put more jelly and nuts on top, cover with a larger circle of pasty, press around, seal and bake. An easier version is to forgo the pastry and just put the brie in baking dish that is very close in size to the cheese. bake it until it is bubbly and serve with crackers.

                    If you like the puff pastry idea; it's simple to make tarts with whatever you have around. I like the classic french tart of cheese and tomatoes drizzled with olive oil and baked. You smear a little mustard on the pastry before putting the cheese and the tomatoes on and YUM!

                    1. So we ended up with way to much food. The swedish meatballs and wings were a huge hit. So were the english muffin things.

                      Two people brought fruit salad, another brought avocado salad, and we have bottles of wine out the ying-yang. As far as alcohol goes, we are ready for our next party!

                      I really want to try the baked brie idea...I'm pregnant right now and I think that's one of the banned cheeses. So in 7.5 months I'll give it a shot.

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                      1. re: rizzo0904

                        and we have bottles of wine out the ying-yang. As far as alcohol goes, we are ready for our next party!

                        LOL! No, it's always good to have a "stash" of wine in the house - even for cooking! Glad to hear the party was a success - I guess you're eating appetizers for a few days? Or did people go home with doggy bags?

                      2. When I had a similar problem once, I just added some curry powder to some very good Greek yogurt. They all licked their chops and asked for the recipe. Onion frittata is pretty easy and you can cut it in cubes and put on the buffet. If the onion will slow you down, frittata with some diced or grated cheese is really easy, assuming you know how to make a frittata.