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Dec 8, 2013 08:19 AM

Crockpot appetizers that are NOT bbq...

I've got two crockpots that I'd like to use for our holiday party next weekend. They are both the normal crockpot size (neither are the small dip sized containers) and I have multiple requests for bbq pork ribs for one which I plan on making. Ive been searching the web but coming up empty with something for the second pot- everything seems to be some variation on a bbq sauce (ketchup based, bottled, vinegar based, whatever!) I'm a heavy crockpot user, but I can't really think of anything that's easy to eat while standing except meatballs which, again, are usually served with a spicy bbq-type sauce. I was thinking of making the meatballs outside the pot and making a mustard-based dipping sauce and just using the crock to keep them warm, but that kind of defeats the purpose (which is to try to make as much ahead without the stove or oven as possible.)

Any ideas, hounds?

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  1. So I take it you want it to be finger foods? Or something you can put a toothpick in?

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    1. re: LuluTheMagnificent

      Correct, or something that can be easily eaten standing. We will have plates and forks, but something like a rib is preferable to, say, lasagna. I make a kickin adobo in the crockpot but alas, I think that would be too tough to eat! I usually do two heavier things (like the ribs, or pulled pork on mini buns) and then a bunch of finger food.

      1. re: CarmenR

        i don't really think of ribs as something all that easy to eat while standing since they are so messy?

        would you consider some kind of soup that can be ladled into small bowls? if you made rice, the adobo could be spooned over the rice into bowls too.

        1. re: hotoynoodle

          I wish we could do soupy things- tried a few years ago and the apt was a MESS after all the spills.
          Ribs actually end up OK because, while messy, they're eaten quickly so people can clean up and move onto their next attack ;)

          1. re: CarmenR

            Perhaps you need to find more coordinated friends. I did two big crockpots of chili for my Christmas open house last year (and my place is small and many were standing) and not a single person spilled anything - and there were probably 10 children age 15 and younger here over the course of the night.

            1. re: amishangst

              the 2-gallon punch bowl, 3 liters of barrel-aged cocktails plus whatever people bring probably contribute to the spillage ;) No harm, no foul- we expect a certain level of destruction, but hope to minimize the damage. Plus 40+ people in a 900 sq foot apt is going to lead to inevitable spills...

              1. re: CarmenR

                Wow 40 people in a 900 sq foot apt...that sounds cozy

                1. re: fldhkybnva

                  tis indeed! we have outdoor space for our summer bbqs, but in the winter its mostly just people having a smoke break. We are all NYers and are used to cuddling at social events ;)

                  1. re: CarmenR

                    Hahaha! I was just about to comment must be an nyc apt! Those are the best parties though, feels like a happenin' underground club :)

      1. I've had great success with plain meatballs in a crockpot with a selection of dipping/topping sauces: chutney-sour cream, sweet-sour, hot mustard, that kind of thing. I use pretzel sticks to spear them instead of toothpicks, that way nobody has to figure out what to do with the toothpicks.

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        1. re: nami54

          When you make meatballs like this, do you basically completely prepare them outside of the crock and then just toss them in on "warm" to keep warm during the party? Ive actually never used either of my crocks for just serving things- i'd be afraid they would dry out? Our parties usually go 6+ hours (or until the food runs out!)

          1. re: CarmenR

            Yes, just use the crock to keep them warm. I've never had a problem with them drying out, as meatballs have enough fat in them.

          2. re: nami54

            That's an interesting idea. I've been trying to decide between Swedish meatballs and a more Asian take. Maybe I can do both this way!

          3. cubes of chicken thigh meat in a pineapple teriyaki glaze...sprinkle with sesame seeds

            little balls of sticky rice that you can use to mop up the sauce

            1. Italian sausage and peppers. Served with crusty bread on the side. The sausage can be sliced into coins and the pepper and onions get very soft. A friends mom contributes this to parties and it is always a huge hit.