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Help for App Recipe for Hot Date!

jessabella617 Jan 20, 2011 06:30 AM

I have a date coming up and we'll be having champagne or wine and one hors 'ouvres at my house before we go out. We both love to cook and Id really like to impress.
A couple of restrictions
Im lactose intolerant so nothing with too much cheese or dairy
My date does not eat tuna
Like to keep away from garlic/raw onion(don't want to ruin any possible romantic moments!)
Id also like to keep it healthy-ish if possible, but this is NOT a dealbreaker
Things Im considering...
Dates stuffed w gorgonzola dolce wrapped in pancetta
Endive leaves with some kind of filling
So what are your favorite apps if you could only do one and wanted to charm someone?
Thanks for any advice you may have

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  1. lilgi RE: jessabella617 Jan 20, 2011 07:07 AM

    I found this recipe recently and it looks so impressive (and gorgeous!):
    looks perfect with a little wine.

    You might find a bunch of other ideas at in that website as well. Good luck on your date! I'm sure others will be chiming in soon :)

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      clint1245 RE: jessabella617 Jan 20, 2011 07:37 AM

      Not sure how you feel about crab but emeril used to have a really good asian crab cake. I just looked for it but could not find it, however, found one from Martha Stewart that looks pretty amazing I may have to try it.

      1. todao RE: jessabella617 Jan 20, 2011 07:47 AM

        If you want to stay away from garlic you won't want to use Panchetta. It is often processed using garlic as an ingredient.

        1. Davwud RE: jessabella617 Jan 20, 2011 08:04 AM

          Well.....I'm just gonna go ahead and say it. Oysters on the half shell........


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            jessabella617 RE: Davwud Jan 20, 2011 08:09 AM

            Thats a really great idea. Didnt even cross my mind!

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              joonjoon RE: Davwud Jan 20, 2011 08:20 AM

              +1 on this, served with mignonette, for something different.

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                goodhealthgourmet RE: Davwud Jan 20, 2011 08:51 AM

                +2 on the oysters *if* you know that your date likes them - they're a polarizing food :)

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                  bushwickgirl RE: goodhealthgourmet Jan 20, 2011 10:54 AM

                  Sure, raw oysters can be a deal maker or breaker. It also might be a rather overt signal on the OP's part, but if her date loves oysters, that's a way to go.

                  If not, take a lttle of that Asian crab salad, posted upthread, and place a teaspoon or so onto the endive leaf.

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                  nsstampqueen RE: Davwud Jan 20, 2011 01:16 PM

                  There are lots of recipes for oysters in the shell that are cooked, if you think your date (or yourself) might be squeamish about raw ones. Oysters Rockefeller comes to mind, but I know there are lots of great bake and serve recipes out there for them as well.

                3. KatoK RE: jessabella617 Jan 20, 2011 11:31 AM

                  How about some puff pastry nibbles to play off that crisp bubbly? Saute some minced mushrooms, shallots & thyme and use a mini muffin tin to form some tartlets.

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                    sparkareno RE: jessabella617 Jan 20, 2011 01:30 PM

                    I wouldn't do the gorgonzola in the dates only because you will have 'blue cheese breath'. How about bacon wrapped shrimp? Or something with scallops? Or beef carpaccio? I have done tangerine scallops in lettuce wraps but could also go in the endive leaf.

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                      goodhealthgourmet RE: sparkareno Jan 20, 2011 03:22 PM

                      "I wouldn't do the gorgonzola in the dates only because you will have 'blue cheese breath'."
                      to some people that could be a turn-on ;)

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                      Gail RE: jessabella617 Jan 20, 2011 01:49 PM

                      Stuffed mushrooms are easy and delish. They can be made in advance and popped into the oven while you're opening/pouring the wine. Also, a nice cold would be a crab salad type mix on the endive. Don't use canned crab. If you can't get fresh, Phillips has nice lump crab in plastic containers. Costco and large super markets should have it.

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                        goodhealthgourmet RE: Gail Jan 20, 2011 03:24 PM

                        for some reason Phillips has become difficult to find in the past year or so...or at least it has out here in SoCal. the places where i used to buy it all carry Chicken of the Sea now.

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                          Gail RE: goodhealthgourmet Jan 20, 2011 06:03 PM

                          I'm in central CA and have no trouble, strange. Are you checking in the cold, not frozen, areas?

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                            goodhealthgourmet RE: Gail Jan 20, 2011 06:21 PM

                            yep, just the refrigerated section. Smart & Final, Costco, TJ's - all COS now, no Phillips.

                            i just checked their website - the only stores listed within 100 miles of me are 5 Ralph's locations, i'll check the one closest to me.

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