appetizer help!

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  1. MissJennifer

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    SO....this year, I've been asked to bring an appetizer for Thanksgiving. And just can't get inspired. I thought about possibly making cheese fondue - but not sure if that's really what I want to do. Or maybe that AND something else - because I'm not really contributing anything else, and I love to cook - so I want to! :) So...HELP! What are your favorite appetizers? I don't eat any seafood - so preferrably nothing with seafood so I can eat my own food! :) I want it to be fun and yummy - easy/hard...I'm not picky! :) I'm not afraid of trying something new - just need some inspiration!
     
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    We love the little cheese filled cocktail hot dogs rolled in crescents.

    I was going to tell you my hubby makes a yummy dip but it has sea food.

    Meatballs are another favorite.
     
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    check out online sites too like allrecipes.com where you can see pictures and read reviews! I've used it a few times...
     
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    How about mini cream puffs filled with : whatever you want. I make chicken salad and use that, but since it is Thanksgiving, maybe you could use something more savory.

    I love stuffed mushrooms. Pickled mushroom and green beans.
     
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    My DH hates them, but I love deviled eggs.

    How about some kind of stuffed olives?

    I just saw a food network show where they made stuffed figs - kind of interesting - and really easy.
     
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    hmmm....good ideas so far. i do love meatballs - i also love deviled eggs. now to decide - i've never eaten a fig - so i don't know about that one lol
     
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    I posted a spicy meatball recipe in the other Thanksgiving thread.
     
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    My gram uses the bbq & grape jelly for her meatballs. I like those & hawaiian meatballs.
     
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    I love grandma-recipes. Who would ever think of putting grape jelly and bbq together - and I bet it's delicious.
     
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    I'll have to get it... But they turn out so yummy!!!

    You know I was just thinking what about some like Gardettos party mix. My gram gets that stuff & adds a little extra flavoring...so fun to munch on. Bbq cheese ball & crackers.
     
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    Buy some cream cheese and pepper jelly. Add crackers. Instant yum!

    My grandmother always made a seven layer Mexican dip that was delicious.
     
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    Something really easy that I'm going to do at Christmas (we had Thanksgiving in October!):
    Wrap proscuitto (sp?) around thin Italian breadsticks. Arrange on a platter with quartered, fresh figs. Shave fresh parmesan over all.
     
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    My gram does that as well... She also does it with Bbq sauce.
     
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    Deviled eggs and stuffed mushroom caps are ALWAYS a hit at parties and family get togethers!!!!
     
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    I take a tube of crescent roll dough and roll it out the whole sheet (but I saw pilsbury dough sheets the other day that I'm going to try this time) then spread cream cheese over it and sprinkle with cooked, crumbled bacon. Roll the thing up like a log and stick it in the freezer for a little while to stiffen it up. Cut the log into pinwheels and bake for about 10-15 minutes. YUMMY!
     
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    I love brie - you can wrap a round of brie in a tube of crescent rolls and bake, You can add in some spicy or honey mustard, or some pepper or apricot jelly before you wrap it in the rolls, too. Serve with crackers. SO yummy.
     
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    A recipe that I've used a few times is bacon wraps. You start with softened cream cheese that you season however you want. (I usally put a little fresh garlic and green onion in it.) Then you get country white bread (more dense) and use a roller to completely flatten it. Cover each slice with a thin layer of the cream cheese and cut each slice into 3 or 4 strips, depending on how much it spread. Wrap each sandwich roll in half a piece of bacon and stick a toothpick in to hold it together. Cook at 350 for 20 to 30 minutes (start watching after 20, if they aren't rolled really tightly, they cook quicker). After the first time of making them, I slice the bacon in half, and put it in the oven for 3 or 4 minutes. It doesn't cook, but just starts cooking. It seems to help it get crisp. It's hard to eat just one or two of these!
     
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    Premade meatballs in the crockpot with 1 cup brown sugar and 1 bottle BBQ sauce.
    Use frito lay "scoops" and lay them out on a baking sheet. Fill with taco meat and sprinkle with cheese. Heat for a few minutes.
     
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    I make spinach artichoke dip in puff pastry shells. Simple and everybody always loves it.
     
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    I'd prepare Sun-Dried Tomato and Pesto Torta. This is an absolutely stunning appetizer. It's layered and everyone who tries it begs for the recipe. Cream cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, tomato paste, butter and pesto are the only ingredients. Must be made at least one day in advance and you need to give yourself plenty of time.
     
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    These are excellent and very easy to make.
    French Onion Tartlets

    Recipe Summary

    Difficulty: Easy
    Prep Time: 15 minutes
    Cook Time: 25 minutes

    Olive oil cooking spray
    12 very thin slices white bread, crusts trimmed (recommended: Pepperidge Farm)
    2 tablespoons butter
    1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
    2 large onions, very thinly sliced
    1 bay leaf, fresh or dried
    2 teaspoons ground thyme or poultry seasoning
    Salt and black pepper
    1 pound Swiss cheese, shredded
    Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
    Spray both sides of bread and press bread into small 12 cup muffin tin. If you do not own a muffin tin, disposable tins are available on the baking aisle of market. Place bread in oven and toast until golden, 7 or 8 minutes. Remove and reserve.
    In a skillet, melt butter into oil. Add onions and bay leaf, season with thyme, salt and pepper. Cook onions until caramel colored, 15 to 18 minutes.
    Turn broiler on.
    Place spoonfuls of cooked onions in toasted bread cups. Discard bay leaf. Cover onions with cheese and set tarts under hot broiler to bubble and brown cheese. Serve hot.
     
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    A friend makes a cucumber dip - blend one package of cream cheese and one whole cucumber in the food processor. Delicious - and never any left!

    My fav to make are Southwest Wontons - basically Chili's eggrolls, but wrapped in a wonton wrapper. Yum - but time-consuming to make.
     
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    Our family favorite is sausage pinwheels using crescent dough and sage sausage. Easy and yummy!
     
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    Pinwheels are great. You can put just about anything in them.

    How do you guys make your deviled eggs? My husband never likes the ones I make.
     
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    Love fruit dip with cream cheese & marshmallow cream!!! We have that a lot as well.
     

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