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Hostesses With The Mostest => Entertaining and Hospitality => Topic started by: Shakira on December 27, 2012, 11:45:06 AM

Title: Fun appetizer ideas
Post by: Shakira on December 27, 2012, 11:45:06 AM
Well it's that time of year again...Christmas is over, so that means I start planning my yearly wine & cheese party. This will be the fourth time DH and I have thrown this and we really enjoy it. We always serve four different wines, two whites and two reds, with cheese to match. I need other appetizer ideas please!

I try to stay away from cheesy apps since we're already having cheese with the wine. This is what I've planned so far:
Shrimp cocktail
Deviled eggs
Bruschetta
Veggies & hummus
Chocolate covered marshmallows (I made these last year and they were a huge hit)

So what are your fun appetizers that you usually serve? I don't want anything very strongly-flavored so that everyone can taste the wines properly.
Title: Re: Fun appetizer ideas
Post by: ladyknight1 on December 27, 2012, 11:56:35 AM
Chocolate covered pretzels (salty and sweet)
Pinwheel sandwiches (various cold cuts/vegetables with a sauce rolled up in a tortilla and sliced thinly)
Cantaloupe wrapped in prosciutto
Mixed Nuts
Apples and grapes to go with the cheese
Title: Re: Fun appetizer ideas
Post by: kckgirl on December 27, 2012, 12:01:42 PM
Bruschetta? Yum!!!!
Title: Re: Fun appetizer ideas
Post by: QueenofAllThings on December 27, 2012, 12:41:24 PM
Charcuterie platter.
Crostini with rosemary-scented white beans.
Mixed pitted olives.
Title: Re: Fun appetizer ideas
Post by: RebeccainGA on December 27, 2012, 12:50:07 PM
I love doing pigs in blankets, with croissant or puff pastry dough. They're easy, tasty, filling (soak up the alcohol in case someone indulges a little too much) and with a few little dips can add flavor to anything - or can be served plain and won't interfere with the taste of the wine.

They also are good hot, warm or room temperature, which is always nice for parties - no fretting about them being at the right temperature.
Title: Re: Fun appetizer ideas
Post by: blarg314 on December 27, 2012, 08:33:37 PM

One I really like is a baking a square of puff pasty (I tuck them into muffin tins to get a good shape), then adding either a bit of cream cheese and a slice of roasted red pepper, or cream cheese and olive tapenade.

Grilled chicken or beef skewers could work well - tasty, can be prepped in advance, and help soak up the alcohol.

Title: Re: Fun appetizer ideas
Post by: wx4caster on December 28, 2012, 03:10:52 PM
Dates (fresh) stuffed with goat cheese or/and baked brie.
Title: Re: Fun appetizer ideas
Post by: ladyknight1 on December 28, 2012, 03:33:07 PM
Miniature crab cakes are good.
Shrimp cocktail.
Title: Re: Fun appetizer ideas
Post by: hobish on December 28, 2012, 03:40:16 PM

Our yearly wine and cheese party always includes little smokies in apricot sauce, and lately bacon and chocolate chip cookies. They also include upwards of 20 bottles of wine and some homemade beer and 'shine so that might be a little more downhome "fun" than what you are looking for  ;)
Title: Re: Fun appetizer ideas
Post by: violinp on December 28, 2012, 04:31:42 PM
Cashews or other kinds of nuts
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Post by: WillyNilly on December 29, 2012, 12:00:48 PM
Marinate skinless boneless chicken in Italian dressing for a few hours. Cook on a compression grill (like a Foreman). Cut into easy to nibble size strips. Serve on a platter with pita triangles and hummus. Its so simple but really tasty, really easy and a nice low fat option for after the sweets of the holidays and the (delicious) fattiness of cheese.
Title: Re: Fun appetizer ideas
Post by: siamesecat2965 on December 31, 2012, 12:47:21 PM
This one is easy; get the small mozzarella balls, and grape tomatoes. Put one of each on a toothpick, arrange, and voila, instant appetizer. You can also drizzle them with a little olive oil, and sprinkle with some fresh basil
Title: Re: Fun appetizer ideas
Post by: ladyknight1 on December 31, 2012, 03:32:57 PM
Buy a thin baguette and have it sliced into rounds. Toast them on a baking sheet and brush with seasoned olive oil. Serve with pesto or bruschetta toppings, or with a warm cheese dip.
Title: Re: Fun appetizer ideas
Post by: doodlemor on December 31, 2012, 06:41:22 PM
I haven't tried any of these, but they look scrumptious.

http://www.sargento.com/search/recipe/?search-type-select=recipes&q=appetizers&all=True
Title: Re: Fun appetizer ideas
Post by: mbbored on December 31, 2012, 07:51:55 PM
I haven't tried any of these, but they look scrumptious.

http://www.sargento.com/search/recipe/?search-type-select=recipes&q=appetizers&all=True

Ooh, I just bookmarked that site. Thanks!
Title: Re: Fun appetizer ideas
Post by: kckgirl on January 05, 2013, 09:37:41 AM
I haven't tried any of these, but they look scrumptious.

http://www.sargento.com/search/recipe/?search-type-select=recipes&q=appetizers&all=True

Yum! One of my favorite appetizers was copied from our favorite steak place: Cut a russet potato into six wedges, wrap a slice of bacon around each wedge, season with our homemade Paula Deen house seasoning, and bake. I could make a whole meal just out of appetizers (quesadillas, mozzarella sticks, etc.).
Title: Re: Fun appetizer ideas
Post by: MizA on January 05, 2013, 04:33:29 PM
My go-to site for recipes-

http://www.seriouseats.com/2011/12/60-easy-appetizers-in-20-minutes-or-less-holiday-entertaining-dips-snacks-recipes-hors-doeuvres.html?ref=search