Good Appetizers for a X-mas Gathering?

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Good Appetizers for a X-mas Gathering?

We are doing things a little different this year. Moving from place to place for our family gathering. We will start at my place for appetizers, moving on to next home for dinner, next home for desert ect... Anyone have some great appetizer recipes for this social event we will call a X-mas dinner? Thanking you for any and all help with this one!
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    RE: Good Appetizers for a X-mas Gathering? 2008/12/02 15:51:19 (permalink)
    How about some shrimp cocktails made with[url='http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=31591']grilled shrimp[/url]? Or scallops wrapped with prosciutto or thin bacon and skewered on rosemary sprigs?

    "Hanky panky" is one of my Christmas favorites. It's a good appetizer, too. A number of [url='http://www.cooks.com/rec/search/0,1-0,hanky_panky,FF.html']recipes[/url] can be found at cooks.com.

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    RE: Good Appetizers for a X-mas Gathering? 2008/12/02 15:59:48 (permalink)
    You can't beat this recipe.

    Bacon Wrapped Garlic Stuffed Jalepenos

    15 fresh Jalepenos, haved and seeded
    8 oz room temperature cream cheese, any non sweet kind
    Half of a head of garlic, crushed. USE FRESH
    1 package of bacon, cut in half

    Combine the FRESH crushed garlic and the softend cream cheese. Spread into each of the 30 jalepeno "boats."

    Wrap each jalepeno with one half slice of bacon, secure with a toothpick. Be careful not to squeeze the cream cheese out.

    Refrigerate for an hour or longer.

    Grill, or bake on a baking sheet with cooling rack, until bacon is cooked.
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    RE: Good Appetizers for a X-mas Gathering? 2008/12/02 16:18:55 (permalink)
    I've always liked a pile of thinly sliced ham, a pile of pickled onions, small rolls, a bowl of mustard. I think smoked ham is so Christmas.
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    RE: Good Appetizers for a X-mas Gathering? 2008/12/02 16:19:58 (permalink)
    Wow! These are some great suggestions, I love the sound of all of them. What a great idea w/ the rosemary sprigs and the jalopena peppers, wonderful! Thank you for the input on this, I need to feed about 50ppl!!!
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    RE: Good Appetizers for a X-mas Gathering? 2008/12/02 16:31:36 (permalink)
    This is surprisingly good for microwave cooking. My advice is make a quarter batch to see if it's worthy of your gathering, then make 3 or 4 full batches for the actual gathering. Serve it with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream on top.

    http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Microwave-Apple-Crisp/Detail.aspx

    I've used whole wheat flour and no one crabbed, but don't use any oatmeal except the quick cooking kind. Instant comes out too crisp, while regular oatmeal comes out mushy. I've also used 1/2 cup peanut butter instead of butter, but not everyone liked it. More than a few did, though.
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    RE: Good Appetizers for a X-mas Gathering? 2008/12/02 17:27:50 (permalink)
    Thanks Big Mitch and Fabulous, again great ideas! Anything that can be done in the micro gets my vote!!! Oh, and Brad I forgot the Hanky Pankies, those are sooo good, (we always called them Polish Surprise)!
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    RE: Good Appetizers for a X-mas Gathering? 2008/12/02 17:48:28 (permalink)
    I did cocktail ground turkey mini meatballs for Turkey Day. Pardon the crockpot shot as it looks like the pot is huge. Unfortunately, it is.


    1 1/2lbs of ground turkey (or Beef and pork mixture if a true carnivore).
    2 eggs
    1/2 ground yellow onion (on a cheese grate to make pureed)
    1/2 tsp basil
    1/8 tsp garlic powder
    1/4 cup bread crumbs
    1/4 cup Parm. cheese.
    Combine and add more dry ingredients if too wet for the meatball mix.

    Form into mini-meatballs and bake at 400 degrees for 20-30 minutes til browned on the bottom.

    In the crockpot put 1 jar Heinz Chili Sauce (12 oz) and 1 jar Smuckers grape jam or Blackberry jam (12 oz).
    Add 2 oz. Jack Daniels (2 shots) and a dash of red chili flakes.

    Get chili sauce, Jack, chili flakes and jam warm and melted and add meatballs. Cook on low for 2 hours.

    I've got to make the damn things again now for XMas. 6 years running.



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    RE: Good Appetizers for a X-mas Gathering? 2008/12/02 17:51:52 (permalink)
    Love it! What a great appetizer, will give it a shot (or two)
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    RE: Good Appetizers for a X-mas Gathering? 2008/12/02 17:53:18 (permalink)
    Here's one I like to make. I usually use the tiny frozen "salad shrimp", defrosted and well-drained.

    PARTY SHRIMP SPREAD

    2 (8 oz.) pkg. softened cream cheese
    1 cup cocktail sauce
    1 1/2 cups cooked baby shrimp
    1/3 cup chopped green onions
    1/3 cup chopped green pepper
    1/3 cup sliced ripe olives
    1/3 cup diced fresh tomatoes, drained
    1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

    On a pizza pan or large, flat round tray, spread the cream cheese evenly. Spread the cocktail sauce on top. Sprinkle the shrimp, green onions, green pepper, olives and tomatoes onto the cocktail sauce. Distribute the Parmesan cheese evenly over all the other ingredients so it looks like a pizza. Cover and chill until serving time. Serve as a spread with crackers.

    These can be made ahead and frozen; then baked later.

    SAVORY SPINACH BALLS

    2 packages frozen chopped spinach, cooked and drained
    1 large onion, chopped fine
    4 eggs, beaten
    3/4 cup melted butter or margarine
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
    1/2 teaspoon thyme
    1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
    2 cups Pepperidge Farm herb seasoned stuffing mix (not the cubes)

    Mix all ingredients in a large bowl; chill 1/2 hour.
    Roll spinach mixture into small balls (rounded teaspoons or tablespoons). At this point, you can freeze the unbaked balls on cookie sheets, then transfer to plastic freezer bags and bake when needed.

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease cookie sheets or line with parchment paper. Bake balls for 15 minutes.

    Note: I like to serve these with a dip of mayonnaise or sour cream mixed with mustard and some dill.
    Makes about 4 dozen


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    RE: Good Appetizers for a X-mas Gathering? 2008/12/02 17:53:37 (permalink)
    These alway go over big at the Holidays...

    JIMMY DEAN SAUSAGE BALLS
    MAKES ABOUT 3 DOZEN

    1 lb. Jimmy Dean Sausage
    1 cup Bisquick
    8 oz. Sharp Cheddar Cheese, grated
    1/4 c. finely chopped onion
    1/4 c.finely chopped celery
    1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
    Black Pepper to taste

    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
    2. Sift the Bisquick into a bowl. Add the remaining ingredients & mix well. Form into 1” balls & place on an ungreased cookie sheet. (The type with lip to catch the run off from the balls as they cook.)
    3. Bake for 15 minutes, until the balls are a golden brown.

    Additional notes:

    If you like a firmer texture, add another cup of Bisquick
    If you line the cookie sheet with aluminum foil for easier clean-up, spray the foil with Pam.

    This recipe can be doubled. The uncooked balls can be frozen.
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    RE: Good Appetizers for a X-mas Gathering? 2008/12/02 18:32:05 (permalink)
    ABT's

    I think I would change the name for your guests.

    ...Russ
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    RE: Good Appetizers for a X-mas Gathering? 2008/12/02 18:37:24 (permalink)
    Can be creative with this one - the recipe originally called for the "rolled" prosciutto and mozz that you can get in the deli case, but this can get expensive, so I've substituted...layer meat and cheese over thawed puff pastry, roll up, and slice in 1/2 rounds, then bake slices. You can use ham, cheese, spinach leaves, or spread with a garlic cheese first, etc. You can also freeze them uncooked then just pop them in the oven.
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    RE: Good Appetizers for a X-mas Gathering? 2008/12/02 21:00:51 (permalink)
    Thanks again for the most recent reccomendatios, all sound terrific. Plan to try them all at some point before the big get together.. Thank you
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    RE: Good Appetizers for a X-mas Gathering? 2008/12/03 06:02:37 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by cavandre

    These alway go over big at the Holidays...

    JIMMY DEAN SAUSAGE BALLS
    MAKES ABOUT 3 DOZEN

    1 lb. Jimmy Dean Sausage
    1 cup Bisquick
    8 oz. Sharp Cheddar Cheese, grated
    1/4 c. finely chopped onion
    1/4 c.finely chopped celery
    1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
    Black Pepper to taste

    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
    2. Sift the Bisquick into a bowl. Add the remaining ingredients & mix well. Form into 1” balls & place on an ungreased cookie sheet. (The type with lip to catch the run off from the balls as they cook.)
    3. Bake for 15 minutes, until the balls are a golden brown.

    Additional notes:

    If you like a firmer texture, add another cup of Bisquick
    If you line the cookie sheet with aluminum foil for easier clean-up, spray the foil with Pam.

    This recipe can be doubled. The uncooked balls can be frozen.



    I second this sausage ball recipe. It always goes over great at Christmas.

    Andrea
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    RE: Good Appetizers for a X-mas Gathering? 2008/12/03 11:58:13 (permalink)
    The other thing you can do with ham--I also think ham is a really great Christmas dish--is little ham biscuits, either by themselves, or with a spread of hot pepper jelly (get a brand like Foster's that you really want to eat) and either cream cheese or mascarpone. If people are watching carbs, little chunks of smoked or country ham spread with the cheese and jelly are just as good, and can be very pretty.

    Also remember things that are just good by themselves, like chunks of fresh pineapple, garlic-stuffed olives or a big olive assortment, some good crudites with a spinach or ranch dip.
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    RE: Good Appetizers for a X-mas Gathering? 2008/12/03 12:10:50 (permalink)
    Then,there's the old stand by appetizer of a block of softened cream cheese with red or green hot pepper jelly spooned over the top . Serve with good crackers .
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    RE: Good Appetizers for a X-mas Gathering? 2008/12/03 12:32:55 (permalink)
    I'm a big fan of using a little piece of smoked salmon on an interesting cracker with a dab of creme fresh and a tiny piece of dill. Tastes great!
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    RE: Good Appetizers for a X-mas Gathering? 2008/12/03 18:28:31 (permalink)
    Miss Susan-my favorite!!!I prefer Wheat thins with this particular fare...
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    RE: Good Appetizers for a X-mas Gathering? 2008/12/03 18:31:13 (permalink)
    Mine too Darling !
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    RE: Good Appetizers for a X-mas Gathering? 2008/12/03 19:01:48 (permalink)
    quote:
    Then,there's the old stand by appetizer of a block of softened cream cheese with red or green hot pepper jelly spooned over the top . Serve with good crackers .
    Now put some crab meat under that and it kicks the recipe up a notch.
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    RE: Good Appetizers for a X-mas Gathering? 2008/12/03 19:03:20 (permalink)
    You're right Doug ... YUM !
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    RE: Good Appetizers for a X-mas Gathering? 2008/12/03 19:12:23 (permalink)
    I think that what you would serve depends on the time between the appetizer and the main course. Too often, there are so many appetizers that the guests fill up on them and do not have the appetite left for the entree.

    Because of that, I would suggest an anipasto platter, a hot appetizer (such as cocktail meatballs or grilled shrimp), and a vegetable platter.
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    RE: Good Appetizers for a X-mas Gathering? 2008/12/04 07:26:44 (permalink)
    Sushi...Russ
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    RE: Good Appetizers for a X-mas Gathering? 2008/12/04 08:24:01 (permalink)
    Brie, topped with either:

    1. Chutney and diced cooked bacon
    2. Brown Sugar and an ounce or so of Kahlua

    Heated in a 300 oven until warm and slightly "gooey" - about 10 minutes.

    Serve with crackers (if it gets too gooey, use a small spoon to serve)
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    RE: Good Appetizers for a X-mas Gathering? 2008/12/04 08:54:28 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by cavandre

    These alway go over big at the Holidays...

    JIMMY DEAN SAUSAGE BALLS



    Funny how recipes come back around, do an off take that I found in Cleveland, Saurkraut Balls,
    Sausage,kraut,cream cheese,dry mustard,breaded and fried.

    Also do savory cheesecakes, smoked fish and cheeses and southwestern
    cheesecakes.
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    RE: Good Appetizers for a X-mas Gathering? 2008/12/04 13:01:57 (permalink)
    I like this variation on pigs in blankets as an appetizer. Get a can (or several) or Pillsbury crescent rolls and some brown-and-serve sausage links, brand of your choice, or get some regular raw sausage links and precook them. Spread each roll with a little good mustard and, if you like, relish. Wrap each roll around a sausage link. Bake per the instructions on the crescent roll can, or until the rolls are nice and golden brown.

    Another easy appetizer is mini-pizzas using Pillsbury canned biscuits, the flaky kind with lots of layers. Separate each biscuit into two or three layers, flatten them slightly, and top with a little pizza sauce and cheese. If you like, add a slice of pepperoni (or other topping of your choice). Bake at 350 degrees until they're nice and hot and the cheese is melted and just barely starting to brown.

    If your local supermarket carries frozen puff pastry or phyllo dough shaped into little cups, get them and some small fresh mushrooms. Slice and saute the mushrooms in butter with some garlic, fresh herbs (I like thyme), and a little salt and pepper. Add a splash of wine if you like -- syrah or shiraz works really well. Spoon some mushrooms into each pastry/phyllo cup and bake according to package directions. Or get sheets of puff pastry, fill with the mushroom mixture, and bake like a strudel.

    Edited to add another one, this time a cold appetizer:

    Get some large flour tortillas, some thinly sliced Genoa salami and prosciutto (or other ham, Virginia ham works well), alfalfa sprouts, and leaf lettuce. Warm each tortilla slightly in the microwave (just a few seconds). Put a thin layer of salami, prosciutto, sprouts, and lettuce (no hard spines) on each tortilla. Wrap each tortilla up really tightly in plastic wrap and let sit in the refrigerator for an hour or more -- this will help them keep their shape. When you're ready to serve them, slice each roll into 1/2-inch to 3/4-inch slices and arrange on a serving plate so they look like little jellyroll slices. These are really nice, and you can make them ahead of time.
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    RE: Good Appetizers for a X-mas Gathering? 2008/12/04 13:43:22 (permalink)
    Wanna laugh? Do my mother's favorite holiday dish: celery stuffed with cream cheese. Actually, with some twists (nuts & raisins? berries? jalapenos? , different spices?) its a nice old school appetizer!
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    RE: Good Appetizers for a X-mas Gathering? 2008/12/04 14:37:27 (permalink)
    You can wrap just about anything with bacon and then broil it.
    Smoked oysters is a favorite of mine but so is chicken livers,scallops,and cocktail weenies. It is all good and simple to prepare.
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    RE: Good Appetizers for a X-mas Gathering? 2008/12/04 15:00:36 (permalink)
    Thanks for all the suggestions, Grillnut great ones there also! Boy am I going to be busy trying all these out! Thanks again to all, your wonderful....
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