Holiday Entertaining

  • Latenight30

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    Oct 25, 2011 6:41 PM GMT
    Hey guys,
    As we get into the holidays I know that I got some entertaining to do including our 3rd annual cookie exchange party. You bring 2 packages of 1 dozen cookies and get to trade for other cookies, but that isn't the point of this.
    I'm looking to do a different round of appetizers. Any suggestions?
    This is a cocktail style party with close to 40 people.
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    Oct 25, 2011 8:12 PM GMT
    How about bite size pizzas?

    Also not sure what this is called but you put a square piece of water melon, cheese and a grape in a toothpick. You can play with fruits that taste well with cheese and each other. Quick to make and goes well with alcohol.
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    Oct 25, 2011 8:21 PM GMT
    Check bhg.com for appetitzers. Lots of great ideas....
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    Oct 25, 2011 8:39 PM GMT
    When doing a group that large, its nice to have a couple good size cheese platers done ahead of time. I do mine on remnant pieces of granite slab (you can get them from contractors that install counters). I generally do an odd number of cheeses. Some crowd pleasers include Monchego, Borsin, Jarlsburg, Rembrant age Gouda, and of course something out of the brie family. I try to leave a big piece of each cheese and then some cut up pieces. In and around the cheese I arrange very thinly sliced pieces of salomi, candied walnuts or pecons, and dried cherries. I also garnish with a cluster or two of grapes. On the 2nd slab I will do some hardier cheeses. You can do 3 blues from 3 countries Stilton, Agur, Valdeon (English, French, Spanish). Or hit the different families of blue vein cheeses- Roquefort, Gorganzola, Blue. With these stronger cheeses, you want to include some fig jam, and a small bowl with honey and pieces of honey comb. Have a couple baskets of assorted crackers. Along side the first platter I'll have bowls of mixed olives, tapanad, sliced roasted pepers in balsamic and olive oil, and Cuban avacado salid. You can also do bread sticks upright in a nice glass.

    Along with looking incredible, it lets folks mix and match things as they like, and it frees you to work on some passed appetizers. If you are inclined, you can throw in a platter of mixes charcuterie...have fun icon_smile.gif
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    Oct 25, 2011 8:50 PM GMT
    Wow - TriAthCA must throw quieter some parties. Just reading his post makes me hungry...
  • Latenight30

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    Oct 25, 2011 8:50 PM GMT
    I like the stone idea. That is one thing I lack is serving ideas.
    Can't wait to see what others say.