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Dinner Club - Citrus Appetizer Ideas

My dinner club is meeting up again. I always like to run the theme past other Chowhounders for their great ideas and tips. This time around the theme is "Citrus", I'm on appetizers. So that is finger foods only (no salads or veggie type dishes - another couple does that). This group tends to favour meat but that's not a requirement.

In snowy Canada I can't go and pick any wonderful fresh citrus fruits or get any locally but I do have access to the basic ones (maybe even blood oranges or kumquats! maybe...).

Any creative ideas anyone has would be greatly appreciated.

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    1. re: critter101

      I am gone to have to try this. I have a big lemon trees and always on the lookout for lemon recipes!

      1. http://vegetarian.about.com/od/vegeta...

        I happen to like this combo. It's a bruschetta recipe. Citrus and blue cheese bruschetta with fresh oranges and grapefruits and crumbled blue cheese.

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        1. re: HillJ

          .............................ooooooooooooooooooooooh and maybe some toasted walnut pieces mixed in for crunch, yummy

        2. A few suggestions for you:

          1. Skewered anything with marmalade dipping sauce
          2. Citrus cured salmon from Rhulman's 20
          3. Citrus broiled shimp from Fish without a Doubt

          Let us know what you choose and how it turned out.

          My dinner club is meeting next Saturday - we are making one the Sunday Suppers at Lucques menus.

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          1. re: herby

            how about a ceviche? In spoons or shooter glasses, or on a piece of endive.

            1. re: cleopatra999

              I thought about it too :) Even in a bowl with toothpicks for picking.

          2. I'd probably do a citrus (probably grapefruit) and herb empanada platter with a spiced/spicy lemon cream dipping sauce

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            1. re: iL Divo

              Intriguing! Please your empanada recipe!

            2. avocado and grapefruit supremes is a great combo. you could go in a guacamole direction, or do a salsa. for winter, the addition of some pomegranate arils adds great color and pop. (either the guac or salsa can be served in a variety of ways--on endive, with chips of various descriptions, on scallops, etc. )

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              1. re: chez cherie

                wow I was thinking an avocado, pomegranate, pink grapefruit, and basil (purple thai if possible for max color) dip/guac....maybe with shrimp and/or radicchio or endive spears.

              2. Preserved lemons! Frittata with leeks and preserved lemons that you cut into squares. Or do deviled eggs with preserved lemons and chives.

                1. Can you get decent scallops or oysters? Pan seared scallops or oven roasted oysters (or just straight up on the half shell) topped with citrus gremolata. Pretty simple & delicious

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                  1. re: Cherylptw

                    Might steal your oyster idea. My market finally started getting them in last week, and I am binging before our peak season is over.