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I need your help and advice re: appetizers

twodales | Oct 7, 200905:36 AM

I am so busy this month that my head is doing the proverbial spin, double-time... so I could use your humble opinions-Please?

Friday I am hostessing a game night for about 16 gals. I am having real trouble narrowing down my appetizer list. It stares at me like that creepy Geico stack-o-cash. Can you help me whittle it down?

Here is what I am serving:

Beaujolais, Sauvignon Blanc & Riesling
Also thinking about having Brandy Manhattans (with dark cherries pre-soaked in brandy) or maybe a warm rum /apple cider drink because it's rainy and cool here. Maybe Cranberry and vodka?

Nuts and M & M's etc at game tables

Blue cheese dip w/ crudites and crispy things (Make ahead)

Lobster/Shrimp spread (Costco)

Pea Pods w/ curry dip dipped in peanuts (Make ahead in 5 minutes)

Mixed Olives (Trader Joes)

Ham & Cheese puffs (TJ's)

Crab Quesadillas (served warm) with mango salsa (Fine Cooking, homemade- more work)

Bacon & Leek tarts (Can make ahead and bake on the day-also Fine cooking)

Chicken satay (Thai restaurant purchased ahead and reheated)

Greek salad skewers (feta, half grape tom, cuke, kalamata olives make shortly ahead)

Cocktail de Camarones (Mexican shrimp cocktail, make ahead & easy)
Shrimp w/ a fresh tasting Thai dipping sauce (Fine cooking, make ahead and easy)

Parmesan-Rosemary Coins - like savory shortbreads (Make ahead)
Cheese straws (make ahead)

Skordalia w sesame crusted bread (From local Greek restaurant, heaven if you like garlic)


Kolaches or lemon curd thumbprint cookies (Make ahead)

Brownies or flourless choc cake (both make ahead) or choc mousse in chocolate cups
(make day of and fill last minute in purchased choc cups)

Apples to dip in caramel (easy)

It would be nice to have a balance of do ahead and also flavors. I realize some of these choices are very different but isn't that is what grazing is all about?
I would appreciate your thoughts and suggestions. I have 3 days to get it done.


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