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Seeking festive appetizer for champagne tasting party!

hopegoode Dec 16, 2009 07:25 PM

Think there will be over 20 people so would like a recipe that all would be able to taste. Won't know what other appetizers are being brought. Anyone have unusual dips to recommend? Bruschetta toppings?

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    jcarlile Dec 17, 2009 09:23 AM

    I saw this recipe for "Sparkling Cranberries" a few days ago, and have been thinking how nice it would be as a nibble at a holiday party -- they're so pretty, and the sweet/tart combination sounds divine


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      katecm Dec 17, 2009 09:09 AM

      Chocolate-covered grapes. No one else will bring them, they're perfectly bite-sized and easy and clean to eat: http://projects.washingtonpost.com/re...

      1. tcamp Dec 17, 2009 06:20 AM

        Black olive pesto and crackers. Or make some cheddar coin type crackers.

        I like the salmon spread idea; I just made one using suggestions from a recent thread. The capers seal the deal for me.

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        1. re: tcamp
          hotoynoodle Dec 17, 2009 06:27 AM

          you know, i have salmon spreads at my parties all the time and they never get eaten. this year i finally wised up. seems i'm the only one who really loves the stuff, lol. course, there is always a TON of other food.

          1. re: hotoynoodle
            tcamp Dec 17, 2009 06:32 AM

            I think people *think* they don't like fish. I put dollops out on crackers and they were hoovered up. By kids, even.

            My 8 year old, who claims to hate fish, ate up some salmon in a salad over Thanksgiving. Afterwards he asked me what kind of animal that salmon meat came from because he'd like to have it again.

            1. re: tcamp
              hotoynoodle Dec 17, 2009 07:05 AM

              my friends are all restaurant and hospitality peeps, not afraid of food by any stretch. they hoover up the chicken liver pate, lol. i just think it's that there is so much other stuff and i'm sick of tossing the salmon. no mas this year.

        2. fmcoxe6188 Dec 17, 2009 06:15 AM

          I enjoy shellfish quite a bit with my bubbles, what a bout a simple shrimp presentation or a crab salad in endive leaves?

          1. hotoynoodle Dec 17, 2009 05:53 AM

            not unusual, but gougeres are traditional and fab with bubbles. tuna tartare also great.

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            1. re: hotoynoodle
              sholli Dec 17, 2009 06:48 AM

              I second the gougeres. We started thanksgiving w/ gougeres and champagne and it was lovely. A single recipe also makes many individual pieces which are easy finger food.

            2. JEN10 Dec 17, 2009 05:49 AM

              I have a recipe for baked brie in phyllo with sundried tomatoes, pinenuts, and basil. Pretty easy to do and always a hit. A smoked salmon dip would work, I do one with lemon zest, yum.

              1. purple goddess Dec 16, 2009 07:33 PM

                What about a chocolate dip with fruit pieces. Probably different that the usual stuff, and chocolate goes so well with bubbles.

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