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Mar 28, 2013 11:07 AM

What's your favorite make-ahead appetizer? Dairy Free!

I've been tasked with bringing an appetizer to my aunt's for Easter. There will be 10 adults and 2 children. My cousin is very lactose intolerant, so no dairy permitted, although I believe goat cheese is OK. My other cousin is an extreme low-carber so I'd like to make something he would eat as well, but it's not totally necessary. Also it needs to be something that's either cold or served room temp because it's about an hour drive away from my house, and can be made in one go since I'm limited to Sunday morning/early afternoon for prep. I do not want to reheat anything at her house since I'm sure her oven is scheduled for other things. I'm not sure what else she's serving, but I do know the main is grilled pork tenderloins.

I have a few ideas, one is a sun-dried tomato tapenade, and the other is Ina Garten's, savory palmiers with sundried tomatoes, goat cheese, pesto, and pine nuts. I also thought of maybe just some kind of roasted nut mix with herbs or something. BUT, none of that is really speaking to me.

So, I'm interested to hear what you all have up your sleeves!

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      1. re: melpy

        This is the recipe. You can play around with the spices if you want. We usually omit the olives even though I love olives.

          1. re: juliejulez

            I would make a crostini with goat cheese, then the options are limitless, smoked salmon, some speck and chives, roasted vegetables. For low card you could do some on cucumbers. Another carb option would be sliced cooked potatoes, goat cheese and chives. transport in a cooler, then they will be fine at room temp for a while.

      2. This is my second shout out to it in the past minute, but I have to say "Frittata"!

        Super versatile, and loves to be served at room temp. It fits low carb lifestyles, is gluten free, dairy free, can be vegan or not and is yummy.

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        1. re: pinehurst

          Vegan frittata? Do elaborate, please.

          1. re: pinehurst

            how on earth can a frittata be vegan?

              1. re: LaLa

                That may be a vegan quiche; there is nothing about it that is a frittata in my opinion.

          2. I've seen many different recipes but here's something I love:

            Take fresh or frozen and thawed edamame, peas, fava beans, etc. But them in a food processor with arugula, mint, basil, parsley... really any complimentary herb(s). Add some good olive oil and a generous amount of salt and pepper. (I really love to add some finely grated Pecorino, which is a sheep's milk cheese, but you don't have to use it.) Grind it up as coarse or smooth as you'd like. It takes two minutes to put together, can be adapted in many ways, and can be made about a day in advance.

            You can serve with crackers, toasted lavash, pita chips, endive "scoops", etc.

            1. I love baked wonton wrapper cups filled with just about anything. How about a mix of sautéed spring veggies?

              1. Prosciutto wrapped asparagus is great room temp
                Deviled eggs are not dairy

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                1. re: LaLa

                  2nd the deviled eggs. It will be served everybody is tired of hard boiled eggs. Great for low carb, also dairy free. You could get non-traditional stuffing if you like.