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Jun 30, 2012 09:23 AM

Party Foods: Which ones are you weary of seeing?

I love appetizers and grazing. I am always on the hunt for something new or even something old that can be revived. I also am tired of some options that everyone seems to make.

For example, I am really over the Spinach-Artichoke hot dip. Really over it.

I also liked the shrimp with lemon and parsley or basil or whatever but I'm starting to get sick of that now especially because people are buying it commercially and it is not well done.

Again I like hummous and layered dip and chips and salsa but please can we see something new out there peeps?

I suppose 40 or 50 years ago everyone served Lipton's onion dip. We seem to get stuck on the same trends until we kill them dead.

Am I being overly critical? Do you agree? Disagree?

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  1. Before I even read your post I was coming in to say Spinach-Artichoke dip.

    1. Very tired of layered taco dip, and bricks of cream cheese with anything poured over them.

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      1. re: nlgardener

        How could I have failed to mention the bricks of cream cheese with various sauces dumped on top.

      2. It seems that meat is out.
        Everything is some sort of modified spread- cream cheese or chickpea base, then whirr in veg or spices.
        Except potstickers. They are everywhere and a disgrace to Asian food: thick underdone boiled wrappers and a pinch of pork with scallion, or even straight "vegetarian."

        1. Oh, and how could I forget the midwestern cheese ball. My grandma always pulls that one out.

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          1. re: OliviaBG

            I put out a fromage forte ball and that did not last long. I have been told that is always welcomed with my family.

            Then again, we love our cheese.

            1. re: OliviaBG

              They're coming back into fashion among those who, like me, did not grow up with them.

              1. re: OliviaBG

                i love cheese balls. Good ones, not so good ones, even the port wine flavored ones.

                1. re: OliviaBG

                  Hey, my dearly departed grandmother used to roll out the hot sausage spiced cheese ball for years to adoring fans .... and how did you know we were from the Upper Midwest? :)

                2. Chicken wings and nuggets, enough already!
                  And any of those jive meatballs with grape jelly crap sauce.

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                  1. re: mrbigshotno.1

                    Or smokies with applebutter on them. yuck!

                      1. re: EWSflash

                        Oh yeah, there's far too much apple butter offered at parties these days. I am so over it (and quince jam too).

                        1. re: FrankJBN

                          It must be a regional thing... I'd never even heard of apple butter until I went to college, and still rarely see it here.

                          1. re: FrankJBN

                            I have never seen apple butter at a party (nor quince jam!). How do people use these? It might be something new for around here...

                            1. re: travelerjjm

                              I actually only mentioned quince jam as an example of another odd-ball fruit concoction that I never see at parties.

                              Maybe at the halloween parties of my youth I might have seen apple butter. That is the context of my experienec with it - a harvest time product. My mother made it when I was young.

                        2. re: Crockett67

                          I have never heard of smokies with applebutter (I must lead a sheltered life). Applebutter is one of my favorites, so it seems kinda like a waste...

                          1. re: travelerjjm

                            Smokies are good- little finger-size smoked (probably not really smoked) wieners that are really good- unless they're in grape jelly or apple butter, that is.

                          2. re: Crockett67

                            Our smokies were always set in a small crock pot full of a regional BBQ Sauce called Cookies. Every time I see them, it always reminds me of family holiday feasts long gone ....

                            1. re: hawkeyeui93

                              Even before I saw your name, my brain went "Iowa!" My husband is from Iowa and we have Cookies stocked in our pantry, even though we live in Texas where there are a bajillion BBQ sauces.

                              I make smokies according to my mom's recipe. My friends called them Drunk Weenies. One cup each ketchup, brown sugar, and bourbon. Yes, a whole cup of bourbon. Mix that until the sugar dissolves and then add 1/3 cup of soy sauce and Tabasco to taste. mmmm

                              1. re: dalaimama

                                I lived in Texas for thirteen years and wholly agree with you about Texas having more than ample BBQ Sauces. Cookies does have a hot wing sauce that is exceptional. Don't let your hubby know about it (if he doesn't already) or your pantry will be even more full! The one thing I missed more than anything [and would bring back to Texas with me when I visited Iowa] was a chip dip from a local family dairy called Anderson & Erickson's Party Dip. Your recipe sounds better than just dumping in Cookies BBQ Sauce in with the little smokies ... Thanks for sharing the recipe. I know what I'm whipping up at the next party!

                                1. re: hawkeyeui93

                                  OH man, A&E is amazing! That is always a staple at family parties. I have no idea why it is so much better than any other grocery dairy dip, but it honestly is just plain good. I'll have to get some of the wing sauce next time we go up!

                                  1. re: dalaimama

                                    I grew up near the AE Dairy and all of their products are very good, including ice cream [which unfortunately they stopped making to increase production of yogurt I believe]. I worked in a grocery store as a teen and most ex-pat Iowans visiting would claim to miss AE Dip, Hiland Potato Chips [extinct], and Pella Roll Bologna the most.