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I'm going to a dinner party this weekend and the host is making Beef Bourbon Tips. I'm supposed to bring an appetizer, but I don't cook. Can someone give me ideas on what to bring and where to buy it from? There are 6 of us attending, I'd like to spend under $40 in total if possible. Also, bonus points if I don't have to do anything with it (a.k.a. heat up) and can just bring it over. Thanks!

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  1. a selection of cheeses and a box of crackers from <insert cheese store here> examples: Surdyks, Lunds, Kowalskis, Cub, France 44, etc. if you go to a store that has dedicated cheese people, they will be able to tell you about it in an attempt to match it to what will be served if you want to go that route.

    1. I know this is a HIT. Go to Saigon. Get their Bahn Mi Sandwiches. They are under 3 bucks each. Politely ask to have them cut into three's (they don't like 4's). You can get 10 sandwiches for under 30bucks and talk about TASTY!? 10 would even be over the top!

      1. You didn't say which area of the TC metro, so I'm going to give a general suggestion. Byerly's/Lund's can whip up an appetizer platter for you. http://order.lundsandbyerlys.com/cate...

        I adore making appetizers, but if I was in a pinch, Trader Joe's Tarte D'Alsace with ham, gruyere and carmelized onions is wonderful. You'd have to bake it at the host's home, so that probably would not work for your requirements.

        Some good cheese, crackers and a trip through an olive/antipasti bar at a quality grocery store may be your best option.

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        1. re: justalex

          That's what I was thinking too. Whole Foods or the coop (Mississippi Market anyway) have good olive and antipasti selections. Things like roasted peppers. A few choices like that with some cheese and crackers would fit the bill.

        2. Great idea! I actually ordered from Whole Foods as I liked their selection better:

          http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/store...

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          1. re: debbie421

            One more idea for you -- a piece of smoked trout or salmon. Doesn't need to be a big piece. That will be a little different and would mesh well with some cheese and olives. her things

          2. You didn't say where you lived, but I recently went to an event where someone brought fresh spring rolls (served cold) from Pho 79 in St. Paul. I skipped most other things for them. :)
            Odds are reasonably good that if you visit a (local) restaurant whose appetizers you like, they would prepare a tray for you as part of their catering operation.