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I need suggestions for keeping baked appetizers hot...

Kree8tif | | Feb 19, 2009 04:59 AM

I discovered that the club house that we're renting for our daughters Sweet 16 party doesn't have an oven. There's a little microwave which will be useless to me. She's expecting around 100 people and wanted casual appetizers instead of a sit down dinner. (She's more interested in dancing than having dinner.) Since I'm catering the party myself, I was trying to make my life a bit easier and came up with a couple of items that could be made ahead of time, stored in the freezer, then baked to reheat right before serving. I had planned on making mini pizza bites and mini ham and cheese rolls that all of the kids love.

I know that a cooler lined with foil and layers of newspaper will keep grilled or smoked meats warm for hours, but I'm afraid both items above will become soggy if I bake them at home and try to keep them warm in a cooler. I've never tried keeping baked items hot in a chaffing dish, would they get soggy or stick in one of those? I have access to a very large electric roaster, but I'm not sure if that will work either. I may just have to go to Plan B and come up with other recipes to make instead.

So far these are the items she's requested:

Swedish meatballs
Lil smokies in a sweet/spicy sauce
Asian wings
Sausage Queso dip w/ chips (all of the above will be kept warm in large crock pots)
Veggie tray
Fruit tray
Cheese and cracker tray
Tortilla roll-ups
Ham roll-ups
BLT finger sandwiches
Chicken salad finger sandwiches
Assorted chips and dips
Chocolate fountain w/ assorted items to dip

I welcome suggestions on keeping the baked items hot, or even other suggestions of things to replace the pizza bites and ham and cheese rolls with.