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toopie28 Sep 17, 2013 02:42 PM

Any ideas?

Want something easy for a party and have not really tasted much of the finger foods at either place. Cept for the mini chick pot pie bites from TJ's.

Thanks.

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  1. greygarious RE: toopie28 Sep 17, 2013 03:02 PM

    The turkey wrap "rollers" from Costco are popular. Each is 2-3 bites. The cranberry cream cheese holds them together well. TJ's phyllo bites with feta and caramelized onion are packed with deliciousness. A friend gets raves when he bakes the TJ tarte d'alsace and cuts it up into two-bite rectangles.

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      treb RE: greygarious Sep 20, 2013 11:53 AM

      2nd the mini wraps, they look and taste great, Also, from the frozen section spanakopita, mini pigs in blankets, chic fingers etc are good for parties.

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        dave_c RE: greygarious Sep 20, 2013 12:01 PM

        Another thumbs up for the turkey wraps.

        Recently went to a potluck where I brought the wraps, too much OT to really have time to cook. I was kind of worried since many of the guest were making foods from scratch.

        Everyone seemed to go for the wraps first before the homemade items.

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          toopie28 RE: dave_c Sep 20, 2013 12:47 PM

          Yes, they are really good - they are on the shopping list for tomorrow.

          I seem to remember some sort of sweet cream cheese - someone mentioned here cranberry - didn't know that even existed.

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            greygarious RE: toopie28 Sep 21, 2013 04:55 PM

            Ingredient list includes cream cheese and cranberry (or cranberry sauce - can't recall).

      2. viperlush RE: toopie28 Sep 17, 2013 07:57 PM

        From Trader Joes we get the spanakopita, Parmesan pups ( mini hotdogs in pastry), mushroom turnovers, and the mini tacos. Enjoy them all. Though the mini tacos do taste better with toppings.

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          nikkihwood RE: viperlush Sep 17, 2013 09:14 PM

          When we serve the mini tacos, we put a couple of bowls of good salsa and many spoons along side.

          The Pastry Bites with Caramelized Onions are good too - just bake them a couple of minutes longer than advised.

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            viperlush RE: nikkihwood Sep 18, 2013 04:54 AM

            Yeah we serve them with salsa, sour cream, and guacamole ( if we have some).

        2. boogiebaby RE: toopie28 Sep 17, 2013 09:11 PM

          TJs has more variety. We like the mushroom turnovers, pork shumai, mini tacos, black bean taquitos, and arancini balls. For chilled items, the hummus with a bag of their pita chips, the 7 layer dip, and the sundried tomato torta served with crackers are always hits.

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            viperlush RE: boogiebaby Sep 18, 2013 04:53 AM

            I forgot about the arancini balls and pork shumai. They are also family stables. I like that they sell a mini 7 layer dip. Perfect for two people.

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            toopie28 RE: toopie28 Sep 18, 2013 08:44 AM

            All great ideas - thanks.

            I forgot about the mini tacos - they are yummy!

            1. knowspicker RE: toopie28 Sep 19, 2013 07:41 PM

              For Costco they have really good stuffed grape leaves. The prosciutto wrapped mozzarella is good. They also do have things like the big shrimp platter with cocktail sauce. Not my fave but popular at parties. They have some nice sliced manchego cheese trays. The mixed Italian meat trays and the cheeses are always good. Little smokies in a crock pot with Stubbs BBQ sauce. Veggie tray with dip is... well a veggie tray. Fruit bowl.. is fruit bowl.

              The Costco smoked salmon is good and a good price the wild sockeye lox is also excellent.

              Around here they have Crunchmaster gluten free crackers and Crocatini for a great price if you want to do cheese and crackers.

              They usually have a baked brie that you can warm up at home. I'm partial to the fromager D'Affinois or the Delice de Bourgogne cheese.

              In Seattle they carry a good organic hummus. A good layered dip.

              They have freezer stuff, too. The mini quiches are popular and the taquitos and things like that are okay but the fresher items at Costco are better quality overall.

              If you don't mind some assembly the they have pretty good pretzel slider rolls and the Kirkland pulled pork is good... a little BBQ sauce and pulled pork on the slider rolls would be good for a party.

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                givemecarbs RE: knowspicker Sep 20, 2013 03:27 AM

                I wish my Costco had the baked brie year round. Mine only has it around the winter holidays

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                kate7047 RE: toopie28 Sep 19, 2013 08:26 PM

                +1 on the Kirkland pulled pork as well as the Brie in pastry. Both are delishious. Pot stickers (freezer section) are quite good too. Big frozen shrimp (thawed of course) with a bowl of cocktail sauce is super easy and guests love it.

                1. linguafood RE: toopie28 Sep 20, 2013 12:03 PM

                  Don't have a Costco, but a TJ's, where our lazy choices might include any of the following:

                  Alsatian tart
                  Mushroom turnovers
                  Stuffed mushrooms
                  Spanakopita
                  Lemon bars (great finger food dessert)

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                    susan1353 RE: toopie28 Sep 20, 2013 12:16 PM

                    It's also really easy to put together a great antipasto platter from TJs: salami/cured meats, cheese, roasted red peppers, stuffed grape leaves, olives, marinated mushrooms, etc. If you can open jars, you can do it.

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                      Bob W RE: susan1353 Sep 20, 2013 12:55 PM

                      This is a great suggestion. I would add that the new BJ's near us (Gainesville VA) has lots of these items in reasonable sized packages. They have a great refrigerated section with tons of good stuff for entertaining, as well as the usual jars of marinated mushrooms, artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, etc. It's a very nice store.

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