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Need kids' pool party app

My son's 9 yr old baseball team is having a pool party. I want to bring a great appetizer, but don't really want to bring a dip (because boys will be boys and double-dip). What is a good pick-up appetizer that both parents and kids will like? I would love something really different but not too fussy. Thanks for your help!

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  1. I like to wrap bacon around those crunchy little bread sticks and bake it till crisp.

    You could do hot dog minis. I take a buch of little smokies and cook them-then put them in little bread rolls-you can find them at supermarkets some time.

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    1. re: 1munchy1

      I like using those little smokies and heat them up in ketchup & mustard or bbq sauce.

      You can cut string cheese in quarters and skewer with a grape tomato half. Or use mini fresh mozzarella balls if you think the kids would eat them.

      I also like to use cucumber cups to hold small portions of shrimp, crab or tuna salad. You can actually fill them with anything, use the english ones with out the seeds. And peel, cut and use a small melon baller to scoop out a cup, then salt them and drain them on a paper towel for a few minutes to get some excess water out before filling them.

      I also like to bake garlic breadsticks, cheese straws and focaccia bread to serve with apps. Any pizza or puff pastry dough (for the straws) will work.

    2. Any kind of meatballs.

      1. Maybe a Hawaiian chicken kabob with pineapple and a teriyaki glaze? Or are you looking for something that doesn't need any cooking at the site?

        1. I love chicken on a stick. Inexpensive and easy to make, grill or bake ahead and then serve with dips. I like a good marinade on mine so very tender and juicy and then a couple of dips on the side. For kids. Absolutely BBQ or ranch, For adults a spicy honey mustard or a sweet and sour chili sauce or terriyaki sauce. They are adult but still easy. Can easily be served room temp doesn't have to be hot. I marinade in a garlicky olive oil and herb marinade over night, then I thin slice into long strips and then ribbon them on to short wooden skewers. It takes just a few minutes to cook and then set to the side. Serve with the dips.

          Bacon wrapped chicken bites also on a skewer is a lot of fun. Use a maple bacon or hickory and then a sweet honey mustard sauce. Easy and just a couple of bites per skewer. Room temp again.

          I like what I call my mini sandwiches. I take small round rolls and just cut a hole in the top and scoop out the bread. Bake for 5 minutes just to crunch up a bit and then fill with chicken salad, shrimp salad, egg salad or anything you want.

          Pizza, make the crust ahead and top with a mix of caesar chicken salad, some lettuce, chicken caesar dressing, maybe some olives, etc. Or you can use your favorite salad like feta, spinach, olives, tomatoes. A healthy way to get kids to eat salad.

          For a desert, I use crescent rolls (pillsbury) and spread with cream cheese walnuts and raspberry jam and roll and bake. Serve warm if possible, but room temp is just fine. A sweet desert but not too much.
          ...these are also great with cream cheese, fresh herbs, proscuitto ham and some parm and then rolled and baked. Totally different but they need to be warm.

          Fruit salad or fruit skewers grilled and then chilled.

          One favorite is apple sage sausage, found at most grocers or you can you use your favorite spiced sausage and then cut into bite size pieces. I add some maple syrup, a little chili sauce for some spice and a little apple juice and then cook in the crock pot 3 hours. You can take the pot it will stay warm for a while. Transfer to a bowl and poke tooth picks in the sausage and serve with fresh apple slices. Easy quick, inexpensive, delish and kids love it. I like to put some apples on the tooth picks or mini skewers first and then the sausage so everyone gets the idea. It is really tasty.

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          1. re: kchurchill5

            I would second the bacon wrapped chicken bites. I've also had a similar thing that was baked inside crescent roll dough--kind of a fancied up pig in blanket that was served with a really tasty honey mustard.

            Sweet and sour meatballs would be good. You can always do the crockpot thing with any kind of meatball.

            Chicken satay on a stick? it's peanut butter..kids would like that, right?

          2. This may not be a good idea if the food is going to be outside on a hot summer day, but if the food will be inside, I've been mesmerized by the "stained glass" gelatin ever since I saw them! Maybe you can find the right colored flavors to match the baseball team?


            Maybe you're looking for more savory suggestions or this seems too much like a dessert, but as the saying goes, there's always room....:)

            1. Raspberry-Brie RITZ crackers

              Prep Time:
              15 min
              Total Time:
              17 min
              12 servings, 2 topped crackers each
              What You Need!
              24 RITZ Crackers
              12 slices Deli Fresh Shaved Honey Ham, halved
              4 oz. Brie cheese, cut into 24 small pieces
              2 Tbsp. raspberry preserves
              2 Tbsp. chopped Pistachios
              Make It!
              HEAT broiler. Top crackers with ham, folding as needed to fit crackers; cover with cheese.
              BROIL, 4 inches from heat, 1 min. or until cheese begins to melt.
              TOP with preserves and nuts.

              For variety, substitute fig jam for the raspberry preserves.
              Easy No-Broil Preparation
              These fruity Brie toppers are equally delicious without broiling. Assemble as directed, then serve at room temperature.
              Special Extra
              Garnish with small rosemary sprigs just before serving.

              1. Plate sent out a recipe for Peanut Butter Sushi w/Edamame Salad (just the beans water chestnuts and mandarin orange sections) and a Raspberry Vinaigrette Dipping sauce- it just seems like fun and the grownups would love the dipping sauce. I think Plate requires membership- let me know if you want more details. (may be tough in that setting)

                A friend that coaches his son's baseball team mentioned just today the boys go wild for cut up fresh fruit-it gets devoured. Involve shishkabob sticks and it's always fun!

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                1. re: Boccone Dolce

                  You know, you may be right about that fruit. Do you have any suggestions how to keep it chilled on a table outside? I live in Baton Rouge, after all..

                      1. re: suites

                        I was serious tho. You can use a metal mixing bowl, fill it with ice, crushed is probably less bulky, then lay the skewers across, or chunks of fruit on top w/ toothpicks. You can also cover it (ice) with plastic wrap so fruit doesn't get watery. Also can put in a tupperware dish on top of the bowl of ice. Bring in a cooler if it's super hot.

                          1. re: Phurstluv

                            My Mom had this neat thick metal tray- she would fill a shallow bowl with ice and arrange the food in the tray, which sat on top of the ice.. I'm sure there's an easier way to describe this but my brain is foggy.
                            Anyway- it works great. They sell metal plates all over: http://www.equippers.com/shop/product...
                            Once the metal gets coldy, it stays coldy...

                            1. re: Boccone Dolce

                              Right. You can also use a third pan, those semi shallow metal food service pans that are good for holding homemade ice cream and granitas.

                  1. Pigs in Blankets. Always gets devoured. Sweat and Sour Meatballs. I still use Heinz chilli sauce and grape jelly.

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                    1. re: Stuffed Monkey

                      I second pigs in blankets. If you want something unique, you can always stuff a little cheese, some tomato, or pimientos inside 'em. Or if you make your own dough you can go crazy with seasonings.

                      When I make pigs in blankets I use Pepperidge Farms frozen puff pastry, and dust the "inside" part of the pastry with a little Colman's mustard. Roll 'em up and bake. Serve with a creative sauce that both adults and kids will like -- or separate sauces for each group.

                    2. I would go for something on a stick. You can do grape tomatoes and mini balls of mozarella drizzled with pesto. Or someone mentioned Hawaiin chicken.. you can do that grilled with beef and pineapple in a teriyaki glaze on a stick. Fruit kabobs on a stick are always a hit with kids.

                      If you don't want to go with 'on a stick' what about mini toasts with different toppings? You can do baguette slices with tomato salad, whole wheat triangles with white bean spead and pesto, or white bread with jam and slivered almonds.

                      Personally, I would avoid peanut butter, because you just don't know who's allergic.

                      Bed Bath and Beyond sells inexpensive lucite serving dishes that are made to be used poolside. They make one that has a section for ice, a tray to hold to food on top, and a cover to keep out critters.

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                        1. re: cheesecake17

                          You can do watermelon slices on a stick too, they love that.

                        2. My kids when younger loved wraps. Wraps of all kinds, sometimes using lavash, but mostly flour tortillas. Cream cheese, roast beef, lettuce, tomatoes, avocados, and cheese. They really loved them, they are easy to transport, and just slice on site.
                          Actually my kids and their friends would eat everything I put it out. Boys.