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Need ideas for an appetizer

We am having my family and my fiance's family over for dinner on Sunday. I have already purchased everything I need for the main meal, but I feel like I need something to put out in case my prep runs long (which is normal.) Problem is, I'm broke and need to try to work with what I have.

Here is the menu:

Grill-roasted chicken
Parmesan garlic grilled corn
Roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon
Pilaf or macaroni and cheese
Green salad (from mom)

Plum hazelnut torte
Brownies (from mom)

What I have to work with for an appetizer:

A loaf of sourdough

Provolone
Heavy cream
1/2 block cream cheese

Various canned beans (mostly chickpeas and navy beans, but a few kidney and pinto)
1/2 can of chipotles in adobo
Canned green chiles
Tahini

2 cucumbers
Carrots
Onions
1/2 head cabbage
Red grapes
Maybe a bell pepper or two

That plus all of the basic staples, spices, vinegars, etc. and a lot of Asian pastes and sauces.

I don't know if there is anything that can be made out of this, but any ideas would be appreciated. (It's worth mentioning that my future-in-laws, my step-dad, and step-brother are not adventurous eaters, but I'd still like to hear anything that y'all come up with.)

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  1. You have the ingredients for homemade hummus served in a sourdough bread bowl with veggies and cubes of toasted sourdough removed from the bowl as dippers.

    1. Your menu looks pretty heavy, especially if you go with mac and cheese rather than pilaf. If you do the pilaf, you could make some pickled grapes/vegetables and make a cheese spread out of the provolone and cream cheese, and serve it with sourdough toasts. If you do mac and cheese, I'd just go with crudites served with a light tahini dip.

      1. You can make some crostini out of the sourdough and serve with dips/spreads.

        With the beans and tahini, you can make some hummus (maybe even toss the green chiles in there).

        You can also make a spread with the cream cheese and some roasted red peppers and some garlic.

        The provolone could be cut up and served as is, with some grapes on the side.

        Hope this helps!

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        1. re: chefjeannine

          Agree with this. I was also thinking the cream cheese could be blended with some chipotles in adobo, with cream to thin it.

        2. I suggest insalata Caprese as an antipasto (appetizer). Alternating slices of tomato and fresh mozzarella topped with shredded fresh basil and drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. The cheese is salty so do not add salt.

          Buon appetito!

          1. How about roasted chickpeas? Easy to make and fun little bits to pop in your mouth.