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Olympics - appetizers from other countries

Like many other people, I am having an Olympics opening ceremony party. Unfortunately, I have no ideas for food. Instead of going Russian, I'd like things from a variety of countries. I'd like to have heavy appetizers, such that there is no main course but people still feel satisfied. And because I work long hours and it's a Friday, I'd like make-ahead foods so that I can get a lot in the freezer this weekend. I know, a lot of asks. I'd welcome any suggestions. Thanks!

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  1. What a fabulous idea!

    Will give this some thought with a real text editor open and post some ideas.

    1. Sweden - Gravlax with Hovmästarsås (a mustard dill sauce)
      France - Gougeres

      1. taco bar/mini tacos? italian sausages with peppers? mini pizzas? mac-and-cheese muffins? wontons? pot stickers?

        1. I can't imagine you would do all of these, but some ideas. If I had been smart enough to consider this idea, I would probably be serving some soups. My criteria was finger foods, most of which you could make ahead, and stuff into the oven the night of your gathering:

          United States:
          tons of options

          Canada:
          tons of options

          Mexico:
          carnitas
          taco bar

          Peru:
          ceviche

          Brazil:
          chicken livers of some kind

          Argentina:
          beef

          UK:
          hand pies

          France:
          mini quiche

          Spain:
          dried ham with rolls
          gazpacho [though this is a bad time of year for that]

          Portugal:
          kale and sausage sooup

          Norway [will have to represent all those Nordic countries]:
          smoked salmon with a mustard sauce on rye crackers

          Italy:
          arancini rice balls

          Germany:
          sausage over spaetzle
          braised cabbage

          Greece:
          spanikopita
          mini pitas with some hummus and yogurt dressing

          Turkey:
          marinated vegetables
          kisir in lettuce leaves

          India:
          samosas
          samosa

          Poland/Ukraine:
          stuffed cabbage

          the -stans:
          oh dear. They love horse meat. No idea!

          Russia:
          borsch
          or if your budget allows blintzes with caviar

          Slavic/Baltic Countries:
          stuffed vegetables

          China:
          dumplings
          scallion pancakes
          noodle soup

          Korea:

          Japan:
          broiled Shishito & beef skewers

          Thailand:

          Indonesia:
          satay with dipping sauce

          Australia:
          grilled shrimp
          vegemite on toasts [ugh!]

          Morocco:
          Merguez sausage over bulghar

          the rest of Africa [clearly my knowledge is sparse here]:
          I have nothing!

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          1. re: smtucker

            for Korea: dumplings (mandu), bought or homemade frozen & boil or pan fry right before serving.

            Or make jeon (savory pancakes), either individual ones from veggies or meat, or make a larger one and slice into pieces like a pizza for serving. I've made them a day ahead and while not as good as hot off the skillet, it's still quite good warmed & crisped in the oven.

            Ddeok galbi are little Korean meat patties (like meatballs) that can be cooked ahead & frozen. I like this recipe from Aeri's kitchen:
            http://aeriskitchen.com/2010/02/marin...

            For Spain, I've made tortilla a day ahead & reheated in the oven, works quite well.

          2. Love this idea! Might have to borrow it for my hopefully USA hockey party. . .

            Cheeses of the world. The "signature" cheese from each country, so could be English Cheddar, Parm from Italy, Dutch Gouda, Indian Paneer, etc

            Norway, if you are thinking Lefse, just buy it. . .