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Jun 4, 2014 03:51 AM

Help with appetizers for dinner party

We have been invited to dinner Friday night. The menu is heavy, guy-food: fish and chips and macaroni and cheese (don't ask). I have been tasked with bringing appetizers. I want to bring something light enough to be a counterpoint to the carbs and cheese and fried stuff, and I'm completely drawing a blank. Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance.

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    1. re: coll

      Yes, shrimp cocktail. I took this to a party of 16 this week. I served it chilled in a large pottery bowl with very small Dixie cups and plastic forks alongside. It was very well received and simple to do.

      1. re: Gail

        I never have any complaints when I bring a platter along, even if it's a surprise ;-)

    2. Go to BJ's and buy a tray of cut up, bite size vegetables with ranch dip. Pick up some humus, Pineapple salsa with some cut up apples and pears.

      1. I love anything in an endive spear.
        I have put roasted sweet potato, bacon and creme fraiche
        Beet hummus and feta and nut
        Blue cheese pear apple
        Caesar salad
        Smoked salmon and dill sauce

        Eggplant caviar with pita chips
        Tuna tartare on cucumber rounds

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        1. re: DowntownJosie

          i was thinking fruit kebabs. or maybe cheese and fruit and crackers. my nephew is smoking some salmon this weekend so salmon pate.

        2. Are you trying to find things that the same people who like the "guy stuff" would like, or things for people who want an alternative to the "guy stuff"?

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          1. re: DGresh

            It's a tough call - these guys are really good cooks, so I'm a bit baffled at the "winter-ness" of the menu for a June dinner. My guess is I could go for the alternative - something creative and light and tasty.

          2. A very light appetizer that is surprisingly good is cubes of seedless watermelon with a slice off ricotta salata on top, held together with a toothpick. A grind of black pepper over all adds some bite.

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            1. re: Fiona

              I bet some salt would be nice too!

                1. re: Fiona

                  That sounds good; another idea is something using nectarines or peaches; this crostini comes to mind:

                  1. re: Fiona

                    ...and a sprinkled of chopped fresh mint.

                    1. re: Fiona

                      I was thinking of my version of this. Watermelon cube, but of goat cheese, but if olive tapenade. Very light and interesting and easy to do.

                      1. re: thimes

                        haha - just re-read my post - a few autocorrect issues from my phone - bit of goat cheese and bit of . . . .but I figure you got it.

                      2. re: Fiona

                        Or you could do watermelon, cube of feta cheese, with olive oil, sea salt and mint. So good and summery!