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May 24, 2011 07:21 AM

Blow their sox off killer appetizer needed for Memorial Day BBQ

I need a fantabulous app recipe, easy peasy, quick to make and memorable..I have 3 BBQ's this weekend..egads..

Thanks everyone..

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  1. Smoked bologna. I get the deli guy to cut a couple two inch thick slices, season with my BBQ rub and put it on the smoker for an hour or two. Cube it up and serve a mound of it with toothpicks on the side, and a dish of homemade bbq sauce for dipping. Always a hit, even amongst discriminating palates. Fine at room temp the next day as well.

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    1. re: laststandchili

      No. $hit? Wow! I'm going to carve out some time to make that. For reals. That sounds excellent. BBQ rub recipe? I have the sauce recipe. Wow.

      1. re: laststandchili

        Salami works well in this application too. Grilled or smoked, it's pretty good and you will be amazed at how fast it disappears.

      2. Chop up some peanuts until VERY fine. Load individual grapes onto skewers, dip the grapes into warm butter then roll in the peanuts. Chill ....

        1. Easiest appetizer I've ever made is spinach dip using Knorr's packaged vegetable soup, teamed with store-bought crudites. Always a hit! The recipe is on the package.

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          1. re: katydid13

            Skewer tiny little multi-colored tomatos, small balls of fresh mozzarella cheese and a basil leaf or two. The size and contents of the skewers is up to you. Drizzle with a little reduced balsamic vinegar (best if you do this after you arrive at the bbq). Its easy-peasy, colorful and pretty and while maybe not quite "fantabulous", should go well with whatever other foods are likely to show up at a bbq. Have fun.
            P.S. This travels very well too.

          2. Armadillo Eggs.

            Take a jalapeno & stuff it with cheese. Wrap the entire thing in ground breakfast sausage. Coat with the rub of your choice. Smoke or grill until done.

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              1. re: LaLa

                Aren't ABTs by definition smoked (rather than grilled)? Regardless of cooking method, there's nothing not to like about a cream-cheese stuffed jalapeno wrapped in crispy bacon.

              2. re: achtungpv

                Wow, off to get jalapenos (and skewers for them). I have everything else.

              3. OK this is a little more complicated than easy-peasy but it's totally do-ahead: you could make 3 on Thursday night and then just grab and go come the weekend: Silver Palate salmon mousse. I add about 3 or 4 oz of chopped smoked salmon and people go nuts every time. Thin crispy crackers work best.