Need suggestions for tasty make-ahead hors doeurves
I am having a Christmas party with lots of great singing around the piano. Sadly, I always end up in the kitchen too much of the party. I need suggestions for tasty (easy is good too!) make ahead hors doeurves. Thanks!
> Orange-Spiced Nuts can be placed in bowls throughout the mingling area. http://www.chow.com/recipes/25611-ora...
> Deviled eggs
> Cucumber cups stuffed with herbed goat cheese
> Skewered caprese (buffalo mozzarella, basil, cherry tomatoes) drizzed with balsamic
> Crockpot sweet & sour meatballs
> Manchego cheese with membrillo paste
> Proscuitto-wrapped melon
And this thread might help: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/926418
Nice job! I've never used fresh-then-dried orange rind. I like that idea. I'm assuming you minced it very finely (or ground it?)
And the cayenne quantity is obviously variable. I usually bring these to family gatherings, who don't like it too spicy, but when I've made them for coworkers, I end up going a bit spicier.
I've made a version of Pioneer Woman's roll-ups for years but I have also used diced ham in them as well. You can use a combo of almost anything. Chopped olives and diced dill pickles are two things you could add as well. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/re...
Also easy (as I said in an earlier thread) would crock pot meatballs in a chili/grape jelly sauce. http://www.food.com/recipe/appetizer-...
Never have any left. :)
re: c oliver
So I just made my turkey meatballs.
Cooking the second test batch (5 balls).
They aren't fabulous yet...
2.25 pounds lean ground turkey
1.5 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
1/2 cup+ finely chopped shallots
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
2 tablespoons coarse lemon salt (from mallorca)
Freshly ground pepper
3/4 cup finely chopped portabello mushrrom (1 large one)
1/3 cup finely chopped carrot
Fresh grated parmesan cheese (maybe 2/3 cup)
Needs more depth...
Plus, I am going to freeze them in small balls uncooked and bake them party day. Or should I bake them now?
hi maggiec, welcome!
I have a small party coming up and plan to make:
salami & pepperoni coins; served with tangy mustard
cheese plate with fresh grapes (3 cheeses, with kinds of grapes)
Oven grilled jumbo shrimp with lime/cilantro dressing served on skewers
tiramisu bites (firmer than traditional cut into cubes and served on pop sticks)
Nothing is difficult or too time consuming. A few large platters and the bar/cocktails and we're good to go.
I love puff pastry for apps- i like to fold a square of it into mini muffin tins and add grated parmesan or pecorino with fresh herbs after they bake.
Or cut long strips of the puff, sprinkle with spices (i like smoked salt and hot paprika, also great sweet with cinnamon and sugar) and then twist the strips like a corkscrew and bake.
Make various flatbread pizzas and cut in small squares, serve room temp
Bake mini frittatas in a muffin tin
A crockpot or thermos with a simple pureed soup and a bowl of crunchy croutons nearby- guests serve themselves into small glasses or cups to sip from
Roasted spiced chickpeas
During the summer, we had a large party and this is what I served (things that are not on pieces of bread/cracker/toast were served on a small ceramic white spoon - I bought from Williams Sonoma)
Lettuce leaf filled with tiny piece of boneless buffalo chicken
One mini grilled Italian bread, rubbed with garlic and grilled tomato, spiced with S & P and basil olive oil. Top with a slice of carpaccio, and garnish with shaved parmesan and arugula leaves.
1 tiny garlic bruschetta with chopped tomato and basil
One tiny mini potato pancake with cream cheese, smoked salmon and chives
1 tiny potato skin filled with cheddar cheese and bacon topped with chopped green onions
1 nacho topped with cheddar cheese, green onions, salsa, and black olives
3 tiny tempura (sweet potato and zucchini sticks dipped in either flour, egg, and breadcrumbs or tempura batter then deep fried)
1 wonton purse stuffed with mushrooms (& chicken) and smothered in cream sauce
Two slices of grilled eggplant strips atop a rice cake in soy mustard butter with ginger-mango relish
One tiny round piece of toast topped with round piece of roast beef topped with a creamy mushroom sauce. Garnish with deep fried sweet potato slices and thin chives.
One mini beef fajita (can take regular tortilla and with cookie cutter make smaller ones)
1 mini hamburger topped with an onion ring, lettuce, mayo and horseradish – can garnish with mini ultra thin French fries
1 strawberry stuffed with a tiny piece of chocolate
I will also suggest in addition to *all* of the above :-)
Skewered Chicken Satay - make ahead (freeze if necessary) and reheat day of with more sauce
Roasted Slices of Sweet Potato and/or Beets with Rosemary, Goat Cheese and some Chives to finish
Spiced Roasted Chickpeas
…and always a hit… Bonnie's Buffalo Chicken Dip… with celery sticks and anything else you want to dip…
Garlic bagel chips (or a garlic crostini), with some quince paste and gorgonzola, and a sprinkle of fresh chive on them.
Baguette pizza bites - just make one long "pizza" on half a sliced baguette, then cut it into bites.
Hungarian hot peppers stuffed with hot italian sausage mixture (egg, sausage, romano, and seasoned bread crumbs), just top with a can of crushed tomatoes, cover and bake for an hour and a half. You can make sandwiches with these as well, serve with some extra romano to sprinkle on them.
Hungarian hot peppers in oil. These are easy too, just cut the tops off and seed them. Cut them into rings and throw them into a baking dish covered, and bake at 350 for about 45 min to an hour. This will soften them a little. Then just toss them with some fresh garlic, oregano, sea salt, olive oil and a little vinegar. Great on crostini or pita chips.