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Dec 8, 2012 05:26 AM

Your most (or least!) favorite costco appetizers!

I'm throwing a holiday party next weekend and have decided to give myself a break and get a bunch of appetizers from Costco and only cook a few things myself (thinking of doing crockpot ribs and maybe some wings in the oven.) I have a friend with a Costco membership, so I'll probably send my boyfriend and he to pick up some stuff. I'm thinking of going the mostly-frozen, easily reheated, totally unhealthy but somehow tasty, chain-restaurant style appetizer route versus our usual classy, homemade/gourmet route. I've never been to Costco.
Does anyone have any absolute favorites or total misses for something like this? We will probably get 3 or 4 different kinds and I will cook another 2-3 to hopefully feed about 35 people.
Thanks, hounds!

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  1. mini quiches
    crab cakes
    fried macaroni and cheese balls
    mini "gourmet" pizzas- the gruyere/mushroom ones are quite good

    They also have boxes of frozen assorted appetizers, all usually puff pastry based. The types per box seem to vary by season.

    Have your BF check out their cheeses. You can find better cheeses as well as the ubiquitous cheese balls. They have boxes of assorted crackers too that are comparable to any name brands.

      1. re: ferret

        Is this pre-made at Costco? It's certainly super simple to do a bake brie yourself anyway by buying the wheel there and using a piece of puff pastry. I like to cut the brie in half first and saute a bunch of mushrooms, them re-asseble and bake all together. I found a habanero relish at a local farmers market that goes great with it but any pepper jelly could add some spice.

      2. WORST,execrable..... COSTCO'S pre-made SUSHI

        EXCELLENT selection of cheese,crackers and bread,yes for the baked Brie

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        1. re: lcool

          The Kirkland, WA store is now carrying 3 varieties of freshly made sushi - a major improvement. While not on the level of a good sushi bar, at least comparable to the fresh made in most markets. Price varies by type, but about $10 for 2 large rolls and the crab is actually real not imitation.

          1. re: FoodDee

            That would be a welcome,huge step up.
            Here,DC area all we have is the pre-made,not on site trays that are truly vile,execrable

            1. re: lcool

              The Kirkland store seems to be where they try new house made products - the sushi isn't available in the Woodinville store which is about 10 miles away. I do remember buying house made sushi at Southern CA Costcos about 10 years ago before they started carrying the pre-made.

          2. re: lcool

            Thats strange, I would say their baked brie is meh, but out of all the pre-made sushi you could buy theirs is the best.

            1. re: RetiredChef

              I think there are a few close to home COSTCO stores that have decent sushi.Here in the east coast the pre-made is truly execrable.
              rice=wads of silicone
              vegetables, all opposite the desired texture,stale,rubbery,mushy etc
              fish,? utterly tasteless and mushy or rubbery

              If you visit a COSTCO with the large,party like clamshell of pre-made sushi,open and taste before you leave the parking lot and be grateful for the return policy.

              1. re: lcool

                Maybe it is a east vs west coast thing or the amount the store sells, my local store (I live in Washington state) gets sushi daily and many times it’s sold out by 5 PM.

                1. re: RetiredChef

                  Just above, FoodDee finds even on the west coast there are store by store differences.
                  Here it is strictly a long shelf life kind of product.

                  Maybe because in this area we have so much "kiosk" sushi available.Ten stores on my travel path,five make to order and pre-make until 7PM and five pre-make from 10 to 1 to sell that day,add the dozen or so Asian restaurants in the same geography with half of all making very good rice COSTCO may have a why ? compete directly philosophy. who knows

                  1. re: lcool

                    Now it’s making more sense, we only have 1 kiosk / drive thru sushi joint in a 20 mile radius and they are not very good. We also have about 5 different sushi options at Costco and while it’s about the same quality as the supermarket made sushi it’s about half the cost hence why they probably sell so well. I will admit I have been guilty of buying a few trays for parties and casual get togethers.

                    1. re: RetiredChef

                      As do I and would include COSTCO if they were like what you get

                      What should have been a dead give away at my COSTCO is the trays are in the "long date" refrigerated gondolas with cheese,lunch meat,herring etc,not in the fresh,short life cases with meat,fish,sandwiches etc.

                      1. re: RetiredChef

                        the new sushi that I am seeing in Kirkland are 3 different types of rolls packaged 2 rolls of one variety to a tray.

            2. Hosting a Christmas party in a couple of weeks and on my list is the Artichoke Jalapeno cream cheese dip...OMG, its so good and I get a couple of baquettes, slice them up and served warm and the dip is a huge hit.
              I've done the brie and heat up and do a jalapeno jelly over the top.

              Baby peppers in the bag, I halve them and stuff with goat cheese and heat in the toaster oven and then sprinkle with fresh herbs..
              The meat and cheese platter for $25 is a pretty good deal..get those pretzel rolls

              Shrimp cocktail platter for $10 can be gussied up with bamboo skewers over a bed of crushed ice and it comes with a little sauce but get more cocktail sauce with a big dollop of horseradish sauce.
              Great selection of cheeses during the holidays at Costco..

              Tamales if you want to put them in a crock pot...
              Sushi blows..

              2 Replies
              1. re: Beach Chick

                I'll see your artichoke jalapeno cream cheese dip and raise you a Stonemill® Kitchens Spinach & Artichoke Parmesan Dip

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  Love that stuff first I thought it wasn't that great and then zapped it in the microwave, OMG, hot, cheesy goodness..

              2. I like the coconut coated shrimp, mini quiches, spanakopita, sandwich platters, cheeses, crackers, olives, Italian coldcuts and their pretzel rolls. Only heating and /or plating involved, no cooking! And they have those addicting chocolate barks now.

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                1. re: treb

                  How are those coconut shrimp at Costco?

                  Concur on the peppermint bark..delicious!

                  1. re: Beach Chick

                    The shrimp are surprisingly good considering they're frozen and you just heat them in the oven. The batter is crisp and does not over power the shrimp.