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Nov 12, 2012 06:56 AM

Need ideas: Thanksgiving appetizer

My mother-in-law has asked me to bring an appetizer for the out-of-town relatives to snack on. The family usually arrives around 11:00 and Thanksgiving lunch is right at noon, but she says they always arrive starving and can't wait for lunch. I'm struggling to think of what I could bring that would take the edge off their hunger, but not fill them up too close to the big meal. I was thinking maybe some spiced nuts? Just not sure really what to do, so I'd love some ideas.

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    1. re: King of Northern Blvd

      Thanks King - I started reading that thread but didn't finish because the first ideas were heavy cheeses, etc. But at the end I liked the idea of pecan stuffed dates. That might be my leading candidate right now (pun intended).

      1. re: jboeke

        If you press a walnut half (or pecan) into half of a dried FIG, it looks just like a walnut in its shell. I would experiment to see if I could put a tiny bit of Boursin under the walnut without it showing.

        Do you have Trader Joe's? They have a frozen hors d'oeuvres that is feta and caramelized onion in phyllo cups. Bite-sized. You bake them - they are scrumptious, and rich enough that one or two pieces will take the edge off.
        Offer along with a relish tray - olives, carrot, celery. Chewing is a big part of feeling sated.

        1. re: greygarious

          Yes, I love those Trader Joe's bites! Just took them to a Halloween potluck when I had to go straight from work. Those are my go-to item when I don't have time to cook.

          You think I should add Boursin or wrap in bacon? Paula Deen has a recipe that did the latter...of course she would!

    2. in the south we do a relish tray before big meals

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      1. re: LaLa

        A good thought - I never think of pickles because I don't like them, but family is coming from NYC and I'm in Atlanta, so it fits. I'm a midwestern transplant so I am still learning all my Southern culture!

        1. re: jboeke

          My mother is from the midwest and she always does a relish tray too - not many pickles on it, though. Hers is usually olives, crudites and dip, deviled or pickled eggs and pickled beets. I think as long as you have a variety of stuff and you put it on the obligatory cut glass lazy Susan, it qualifies. ; )

          1. re: biondanonima

            Ha! I believe I am inheriting such a try from my mother! But our family was anti-vegetable, so it was usually used for cheese and crackers or maybe deviled eggs.

        1. we usually do a serious cheese tastingritual a couple of hours before our dinner, crazy I know but folks like it.
          A big vegetable tray with nice dip to accompany drinks is appreciated at this time of day and (unlike the cheese) will not ruin anybody's appetite.