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Aug 26, 2009 10:55 AM

crowd pleasure finger food

i'm hosting a cocktail party on friday-i've got my standby foods, but I'd love some ideas of foods you serve that are always a hit with guest! thanks so much!

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  1. Crab cakes
    Croquettes with chipotle dipping sauce
    Pork spring rolls
    Crab rangoon
    Fried macaroni and cheese
    Deviled eggs
    Sausage boureki

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    1. re: JungMann

      baked brie. people love it, and it is super easy. You can either make a crust from packaged puff pastry, or else bake the cheese in a crock that it just fits in. Either way, slice it in half and fill with a layer of jam and a layer of nuts. Or you can use chutney. Put the top back on and either wrap in the puff pastry, seal and bake, or bake the crock. If I am doing it in a crock I normally take the rind off the top and sprinkle some extra nuts on top. Raspberry almond is good, cranberry chutney is fabulous.

    2. I made macaroni & cheese in the mini muffin tins for a holiday party. My intent was to be sure that the picky children had something familiar. Well they were a huge hit with everyone. Make you best homemade mac and cheese mixture, top with buttered bread crumbs and parsley and bake in mini muffin cups. I use aged gouda and smoked paprika in mine and it is really yummy - but you can use your own favorite version.

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      1. re: Kater

        I've seen a version with the buttered crumbs lining the muffin cups, just paprika on top - which might be neater as finger food that way.

        1. re: greygarious

          I will definitely try that the next time I make these; it sounds delicious ! But I will add that you do get a nice crust when you bake them in the tins so you can actually pick them up without the crumb addition.

          1. re: Kater

            I saw a show once where they made parmesan crisps and just molded them into little bowls to hold the mac and cheese. You cold do that with an overturned muffin tin!

            1. re: spellweaver16

              oh that's just evil

              I'm totally doing it!

            2. re: Kater

              This would be a primo booze sopper-upper too.

          2. re: Kater

            With these being finger food would you serve them in a muffin paper? Just looking for presentation ideas.

            I thought of a chinese soup spoon but would think it might roll around a bit on one of those!

            1. re: Allice98

              Nope you can actually just pick them up and eat them.

              1. re: Kater

                Sounds yummy! I love the crispy part of the mac and cheese the best so i am thinking of actually doing this some time for regular dinner. Hubby and I fight over the top....

                Of course we have now fallen in love with a recipe that you don't cook the pasta noodles first so i guess I will have to try to old standby for that one... or maybe reheat to no cook noodle version leftovers that way!!!!! Oh i think that would be so good!!!!

                1. re: Allice98

                  Would you mind sharing the recipe for no-cook noodles please? :)

                  1. re: OysterHo

                    There is no recipe for no cook pasta - you just don't boil the pasta before making the mac and cheese - you put the pasta in dry and it cooks in the dish - like making lasagna with no boil noodles.

                    1. re: Allice98

                      ok. I'll google it for ingredient amounts, as I'm clueless lol.

            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

              <VBG> The search queen strikes again. ;-)

              For other ideas - Sausage Wontons -

              Baked soft cheese (triple creme or brie) with warmed honey or preserves poured spread on top and served with crackers.

              Deviled eggs - you can go crazy with little "toppers" of caviar, chives, bacon, and other whatnot for garnish.

              A simple bruschetta using a good baguette and some fresh local tomatoes, OR use a mango chutney, prosciutto, and brie.

              Roasted red pepper dip with pita toasts.

              Puff pastry with crabmeat filling or filled with spinach, chopped mushrooms and cheese of choice.

              1. I'm going to second the deviled eggs idea. You can spiff them up a bit by adding a bit of crab or lobster and some Old Bay, but everyone loves deviled eggs.

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                1. re: almansa

                  I found a cool recipe for them where you mix in sour cream, chopped bacon, scallions, and cheddar into the mayo and yolk mix. They were fantastic!