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Dec 6, 2012 05:54 AM

Non-Cheese-y Holiday Appetizers

Im having a cocktail party soon and just realized that almost all of my go-to appetizer recipes contain cheese. So I would like some ideas for no-cheese fancy apps, not Chex Mix or pretzels, but something on the level of my other offerings, i.e., gougeres, smoked salmon and cream cheese canapes, serrano ham and monchego tapas etc. So far I have come up with cherry tomatoes filled with guacamole ( a pain to make) and roasted vegetable dip with pita chips. Thanks in advance for any and all suggestions.

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  1. Chili Lime Chickpeas, I'm making them next week.

    1. Dates stuffed with almond, rolled in bacon and grilled.
      Crostini with chicken liver and tapenade
      Rosemary and anchovies shortbread
      Aubergine caviar

      1. What about rolling prosciutto around asparagus? Or something sweet to balance all the salty, like hte stuffed dates Jpan99 mentioned or a fruit tray with yogurt-based dip?
        An alternative to your guacamole tomatoes, what about buying mini pastry shells and filling them with guacamole and some shredded chicken (buy a rotisserie one already cooked!)?

        1. Red curry chicken wings made in a slowcooker or baked
          Steamed little potatoes with sour cream and caviar/smoked salmon

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          1. re: tcamp

            While I'm a big-time wing lover, I have to disagree with serving them at a holiday cocktail party. WAY too messy as cocktail-party finger food.

          2. I also used to make curried chicken in filo cups. Buy the pre-made filo cups in the market. Make or buy chicken salad and add curry powder to it. (chicken should be cut small so it fits into the cups) Fill the filo cups with the curried chicken salad and top with some mango chutney.