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Nov 28, 2012 09:31 AM

What are your favorite cold, bite size appetizers?

I'm putting together a large party for 150 people and am looking for a few ideas for bite sized apps that can be prepared in advance. So far I have:

Union Sq Cafe mixed nuts
deviled eggs
stuffed dates
polenta squares with eggplant tapenade
various spanish tortillas cut into triangles
cheese & crackers
various dips and crudites
spinach pie triangles
stuffed grape leaves
a few bruschetta, tbd

Anyone have any ideas that would go well with this sort menu? I'd like to add around three more dishes.

Many thanks for any suggestions!! Hope everyone is having a warm and peaceful holiday season!

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  1. blue cheese stuffed dates wrapped in bacon, baked and then glazed with an apple cider vinegar/ honey reduction

    "BLT" cherry tomatoes (hollowed out and stuffed with a mix of chopped (and drained!) lettuce, bacon crumbles, and mayo) If you put their little tops back on and skewer them with a frilly pic they look cute/ more interesting

    cream cheese and shrimp stuffed jalapenos wrapped in bacon and cooked

    I'm also a huge sucker for those cheddar dough wrapped green olives!

    all are fine at room temp for a while

    1. Rumaki! You asked so I replied. It's chicken livers wrapped in bacon.

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      1. re: ChiliDude

        <<<<<Rumaki! You asked so I replied. It's chicken livers wrapped in bacon>>>>>>

        Don't forge the water chestnuts in these!!!! YUM

        1. re: sandylc

          My cousin had bacon wrapped water chestnuts out at Thanksgiving and I randomly tossed one in my mouth with a small sweet cocktail pickle - fantastic! So good I kept eating them together. I'm thinking of combining these 3 for my next party.

        2. shrimp wrapped in a pea pod w/ peanut dipping sauce. Layer in a water chestnut for added texture.

          cheese straws. I like Ina Garten's recipe.

          smoked salmon on square of pumpernickel, topped w. creme fraiche and a sprig of dill

          crab salad served in an endive leaf

          cucumber/avocado shooters-basically cold soup in small glasses

          slices of toasted bread topped with grilled sirloin and gorgonzola

          dishes of mixed (pitted) olives

          dishes of marconi almonds

          crackers topped with goat cheese and either a slice of fresh figs or fig jam

          1. A little old school but still popular, and EASY shrimp w/ cocktail sauce, cream cheese, super thin cucumber, and smoked salmon on dark rye. Yummy with bubbly! Hey, I rhymed!

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            1. re: letsindulge

              I agree with shrimp cocktail or even peel and eat shrimp steamed in beer and herbs. Your menu sounds great, but the shrimp is always the first to go.

              1. re: pagesinthesun

                I was thinking shrimp too. At Thansgiving I did them scampi-style; the day before I'd sauteed them with butter, garlic, chives, lemon zest & juice. Easy. They were excellent slightly cool/room temp.

            2. Your menu so far looks terrific!
              Baked stuffed (small) mushrooms.
              Crostini spread with soft goat cheese and then spread (one half only, on diagonal) with black olive tapenade (tuxedo look).
              Salmon mousse out of original Silver Palate, with some finely chopped smoked salmon mixed in.
              Country-style pate with toasts and cornichons.