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helmswoman Feb 24, 2012 08:09 AM

I need a few ideas for what to serve with drinks before dinner. I don't want to overwhelm my guests' appetites, but do want to give them something to eat with drinks. This group tends toward wine, and we'll probably be serving champagne and/or kir royale (w/pomegranate liqueur) before dinner. For the meal itself, I'm serving a mixed greens salad w/smoked duck breast as a first, seafood stew (cioppino) as a main, if that helps. Thanks!!!

  1. Hank Hanover Feb 26, 2012 03:53 PM

    I was always taught that an appetizer is to encourage the appetite and not be filling. My understanding is that salty foods fill that bill. Consequently, I think the gougers that were earlier mentioned would be great. Oysters or shrimp cocktail would work but you would have to make sure they didn't eat too many. Something with green olives would work.

    Mamachefs idea of deviled eggs would be nice especially if they had a small dollop of caviar on them or for my low brow crowd... bacon bits.

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      attran99 Feb 26, 2012 02:53 PM

      Crostini bar is my current fave. Slice up and toast some baguettes or a variety of breads and crackers. Lay out a selection of meats, cheeses, spreads, toppings...and your guests can make their own creations. Lots of options for them, not a whole lot of work for you.
      Vegetable crudités and a roasted shrimp cocktail would work well, too. For the shrimp cocktail, I use Ina Garten's recipe. Perfectly cooked shrimp every time!

      1. eclecticsynergy Feb 26, 2012 02:08 PM

        These buckwheat cheese straws are always well received- both rustic and elegant, they look like twigs and taste great. Crunchy, lightly cheesy, very good with wine. An interesting alternative to the ordinary.

        http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/...

        1. CindyJ Feb 25, 2012 12:42 PM

          I often turn to this link when I'm looking for ideas: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/19/din...

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            helmswoman Feb 26, 2012 11:27 AM

            Thanks for the wonderful ideas!! Chowhounds always inspire me.

          2. mamachef Feb 25, 2012 12:30 PM

            What tatamagouche said is correct, helmswoman1, but let me try to give you a hand. If you want to keep it light, and if your cioppino doesn't contain the venerable oyster (and I've never heard of one that does) think about just an assortment of them. Nice with the wine and Champagne, and kind of a "lead-in" to dinner without duplicating. Then there's just having some mixed nuts laying around in bowls, which isn't a bad thing at all. There's always a crudite platter; you could make bagna cauda in advance and keep it warm in a fondue pot. Maybe serve some breadsticks with it too, although breadsticks alone wih a dip would be fine. They're easy to make either out of premade pizza dough or for special, puff pastry. Cheese straws. Easy, and perfect: cut strips of puff pastry, butter, sprinkle with best-quality Parmesan, twist, sprinkle with herbs, bake. Or you could make the truly correct version, with piecrust and sharp cheese. People LOVE them and snarf them up, either way you choose to make them. Deviled eggs, maybe? With a shrimp or an herb sprig on top? Maybe an easy pate? Chicken liver pate is wonderful. A veg./cream cheese terrine, perhaps? Lovely, colorful, delicious. Not heavy.
            On that note: if you want to keep it light, provide ONE appetizer. Your dinner sounds absolutely lovely and I'm sure everyone will have a wonderful time, including yourself.

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              kengk Feb 25, 2012 12:41 PM

              The oysters, either raw or some kind of "Rockefeller" preparation, is what would thrill me the most if I were a guest.

            2. tatamagouche Feb 25, 2012 11:37 AM

              You'll have better luck on the Home Cooking board, probably...

              1. gingershelley Feb 24, 2012 11:07 AM

                Gougers would be a great warm snack with wine. Simple, savory and tasty.

                Perhaps a bowl of good olives and some spiced nuts to suplement...

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                1. re: gingershelley
                  TSAW Feb 26, 2012 03:34 PM

                  I saw this recipe for gourges on the Chowhound Oscar party recipes page. I tried them. They are very nice with wine.

                  www.chow.com/galleries/271/elegant-sn...

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