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Old 04-04-2009, 05:29 PM   #1
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Suggestions for a holiday appetizer?

Hi everyone! I need to bring appetizers for a family holiday dinner. Must-dos are a cheese/fruit platter, veggies and dip, and I need one more. I was thinking of a hot finger food -- something a little fancier than a nacho or chicken wing dip, but nothing that requires too much work! Any suggestions?
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Old 04-04-2009, 06:59 PM   #2
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Cocktail weiners in a crock pot with barbeque sauce I use the honey bbq flavor.
Allow to slow cook until bubbly and the weiners are thoroughly hot (at least a couple of hours). These can also be done in the oven in a covered casserole dish with a much shorter heating time, but the crockpot is no muss/no fuss.
You can also take reg. hot dogs and cut into thick bite size lengths wrap a strip of bacon around it bake in oven til bacon is sizzling and done, add bbq sauce and cover with foil and bake til bbq sauce is hot.
Both of these are delicious and the first is the easiest all the way around.
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A crockpot full of meatballs or sweet italian sausage bites in marinara. You could bring along some shredded provolone cheese and small dinner rolls to make mini sausage or meatball subs.
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Nancy's (I think) brand mini quiches come in a couple of varieties are fast, easy, and very yummy...
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My favorites are stuffed mushroom caps and scallops broiled with bacon wrapped around them.
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One of my stand-by favs. is sweet and sour crock pot meatballs.
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I usually make Reuben dip in the crock pot and have small rye bread squares.
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I know some people either love or hate Rachel Ray's stuff, but in her last magazine, these two appies caught my eye. Let me know what you think

Pan-Fried Queso Fundido Dumplings recipe - Every Day with Rachael Ray

Salami-Garlic Knots recipe - Every Day witih Rachael Ray

They are both hot finger foods and a little fancier than a "dip" without too many ingredients to buy/use.
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Thanks for the ideas, guys.... some great suggestions!
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For a Christmas party I attended, I made "portable" sausage and peppers: I fried Italian sausage in a little olive oil in a cast iron skillet about 20 minutes, then set the sausage aside. While the sausage was frying, I sliced some frying peppers (the long, skinny, pale green ones) into one inch strips. After the sausage was done, I fried the peppers in the pan drippings until soft. I cut the sausage into one or two inch sections, then wrapped them with a strip of pepper and secured it with a toothpick. Just before serving, I heated them up. They disappeared faster than I could resupply them.
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This may be too much work for what you are looking for but one of my favorite is jalapino stuffed with a little smokie sausage and cream cheese. Take the jalapino and cut it 1/2 and clean out the seeds then cut the sausages in 1/2 and soften the cream cheese. You put the cream cheese in each 1/2 of the jalapino then push a 1/2 sausage into the cream cheese and then put them on a cookie sheet. Bake them at 350 for 5-10 min....til the jalipino is cooked. My family loves them.
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This may be too much work for what you are looking for but one of my favorite is jalapino stuffed with a little smokie sausage and cream cheese. Take the jalapino and cut it 1/2 and clean out the seeds then cut the sausages in 1/2 and soften the cream cheese. You put the cream cheese in each 1/2 of the jalapino then push a 1/2 sausage into the cream cheese and then put them on a cookie sheet. Bake them at 350 for 5-10 min....til the jalipino is cooked. My family loves them.
WoW! Those sound GREAT! I'll have to try them next time. I like the Lil Smokies with bbq sauce and 1/2 cup of grape jelly. They are AWESOME!
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I hope I'm not too late to contribute a reply, my mom always used to bring with little cocktail sized Crescent Dogs (Pigs in a blanket). She would buy a package of the little cocktail franks, a package of crescent roll dough, cut each crescent dough piece into fourths and wrap the little franks and bake them til golden brown for the amount of time and at the temp listed on the package of crescent rolls. She always had to make a few batches and they were always the first to go. Hope this helps you out.
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I hope I'm not too late to contribute a reply, my mom always used to bring with little cocktail sized Crescent Dogs (Pigs in a blanket). She would buy a package of the little cocktail franks, a package of crescent roll dough, cut each crescent dough piece into fourths and wrap the little franks and bake them til golden brown for the amount of time and at the temp listed on the package of crescent rolls. She always had to make a few batches and they were always the first to go. Hope this helps you out.
Oh yes, those are always a staple at our holiday festivities! We love our pigs-in-blankets!!! As an alternate, we sometimes grill or bake a big kosher salami and then cut it into bite-size pieces and serve with mustard. Yummy!!!
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Also if you're a Spinach Dip fan with King's Hawaiian Bread, that's also another great take to a party Appetizer. I think Knorr's and King's Hawaiian also have the recipes.

Aimee, your idea with the Kosher Salami sounds delicious. I used to eat so much hard salami as a kid, I can't eat any more of it sadly
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