Between New Year's Eve parties and other holiday gatherings both at the office and in private homes the variety and complexity of appetizers seems to grow and grow as people become more sophisticated, have more access to innovative recipes via the Internet, and perhaps more daring. My friends have told me about their new chicken liver pates, artisan dips, tea-smoked quail eggs, etc., that they are making. I admit I can be found gazing raptly at my "Martha Stewart's Hors d'Oeuvres Handbook" and a catering book and seeing all the variety and clever serving ideas for appetizers and trying to find something interesting and new with the "wow" factor to impress my friends.
However, then I think of some of the cheesy old standards that if I see them on the party buffet I'm always drawn to, and always seem to go first. The ones that even if I'm ridiculed by my seriously foodie friends, I'll still drag out for a party. These are the three that I'm still drawn to much to the dismay of my foodie friends: (however they always are snarfed... I have no idea who is eating them :)
1) the frozen meatballs or cocktail weinies in the crockpot with the sweet and sour sauce made with grape jelly and ketchup.
2) Tiny little pigs in blankets, usually with cocktail weinies and Pillsbury crescent roll refrigerated dough.
3) A Velveeta based dip, with with spicy sausage or Rotel (or both).
Do you have a "cheesy" go-to holiday appetizer that you still bring out and set next to your filet mignon bites wrapped in puff pastry and caviar?