Holiday Party Appetizer

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    Holiday Party Appetizer

    Hi.  I started a thread a while ago in here and got some great recipes for a wine tasting party.  This weekend I'll be going to a holiday cocktail party and need to bring an appetizer.  I was looking for something fairly easy but festive....does anyone have any suggestions?
     
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    2 lbs Kielbasa cut into half inch rounds
    1 Box Light or Dark Brown Sugar

    Throw all into a Crock Pot the night before on LOW

    Result "Candied Kielbasa"....
     
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    Nice.  I like the easy ones:)
     
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    If you have a food processor, cheese balls, quick, easy, and well-received.

    Here are some, Food Network Cheese Ball Recipes (not all are party size, but check out the pine cone - pretty!  I think I'd halve the almonds, though.  Same look, better texture.)
     
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    I love the look of the pine cone!  Thanks!
     
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    I usually don't make anything from FN that gets less than 5 stars, but that one's so awesome looking I'd read all the reviews and then alter it accordingly to make it a 5 star version.  It's just too darned cute!

    ETA:  I've been thinking - you could shape any cheese ball recipe into the pine cone.   I think there are better recipes out there for the actual cheese blend.
     
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    I've made the kielbasa for years, and put it in the crockpot (same amounts) on Hi, 3-4 hours before serving/taking.  Stays soft and juicy.  I'm told it also can be done in the oven, but I never tried that.  Whatever way you decide to cook it, it will be a hit, everyone looks for it at our gatherings.  Used to serve with toothpicks, but now everyone just scoops spoonfuls!
     
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    Yes, if you don't have a crock pot, you can do the same thing in a dutch oven at 200 degrees in the conventional oven.  If you use cast iron, it will stay warm a long time without the benefit of electricity.
     
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    Prosciutto wrapped asparagus Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spread prosciutto slices with cream cheese, be generous. Wrap 2 slices around 2 or 3 asparagus spears. Arrange wrapped spears in a single layer on a medium baking sheet that has been sprayed with olive oil spray. Bake 15 minutes in the preheated oven, until asparagus is tender.
     
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    I hate the same old, same old.....I love something different for an appetizer

    Mexican Multi Layer Dip

    On a 12" to 16" round platter................

    1st Layer - 1 can refried beans mixed with 1 can Frito Bean Dip
    2nd Layer - Sour Cream mixed with Taco Seasoning Mix
    3rd Layer - Guacamole*
    4th - 1 cup Shredded Mexican/Taco Cheese
    5th - 1 small can Sliced Black Olive
    6th - chopped Scallion
    7th - diced tomato (meat only - no seeds)

    * if making Guacamole with fresh avacado's - save the "pit" and put it in the middle of the Guacomole when the layer has been added - it slows the browning process...
     
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    There are lots of recipes you could use, but another idea is to make spiced, sweet-spicey or sweet pecans or almonds.   A bit unique unless you have promised to bring something more substantial.   These also make a decent hostess / house gift.  Note: Prefer to make two batches, rather than doubling the recipe.   

    Sweet-spicy Pecans
    (makes 2 cups)

    2 cups pecan halves
    2 TBS light br. sugar
    1/2 tsp chipotle powder (or more to taste)
    1/2 tsp sweet paprika
    1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
    1 TBS canola or vegetable oil
    Salt (optional)

    Set oven at 350 degrees.
    Spread pecans on a rimmed baking sheet
    Bake for 8-10 minutes or until lightly toasted and aromatic

    In a bowl, combine the sugar, chipotle powder, paprika, cinnamon and oil.
    Add the warm pecans and toss well.
    Taste for seasoning and add salt or more chipotle powder as preferred.
    Serve at room temperature.

    Spiced Almonds
    (makes 2 cups)

    2 C. whole raw almonds
    2 tsp light brown sugar
    1 tsp dried thyme
    1 tsp dried oregano
    1 tsp salt
    1/4 tsp cayenne pepper or more (to taste)
    1 TBS olive oil

    Set oven at 350 degrees
    Spread almonds on a rimmed baking sheet.
    Bake for 10 minutes or until lightly toasted and aromatic.

    In a bowl combine the sugar, thyme, oregano, salt, cayenne, and oil.   Add the warm almonds and toss well.   
    Serve at room temperature.  
     
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    Spiced Pecans  (slightly different than above recipe, with egg white)

    1 egg white
    1 tsp cold water
    1 lb. large pecan halves
    1/2 C. sugar
    1/4 tsp salt
    1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

    Set oven to 225 degrees.  Butter a rimmed baking sheet.
    In a bowl large enough to hold all the pecans, whisk the egg white and water until frothy.  Stir in the pecans; mix until they are well coated.  

    In another bowl, mix the sugar, salt, and cinnamon; pour the sugar mixture over the nuts and toss well.   Spread the nuts on the baking sheet.  

    Bake for one hour, stirring every 15 minutes, or until very crisp.  Leave to cool completely.  

    Can be stored in air tight container for up to one week.   

    These are so good, no one will believe you made them, even though they are so easy to make.  :)
     
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    Lots of good ideas!  Thanks.


     
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    That prosciutto-wrapped asparagus recipe is a bit like something I make using pillsbury premade pie dough:

    Preheat oven to 450
    Unroll one piecrust
    Layer on very thinly sliced ham (or prosciutto) and
                 shredded (or thinly sliced) swiss cheese
    On top put a few fresh asparagus spears (ends trimmed)
    Starting at one end, roll up the pastry, tuck in the ends and press in the seam
    Place on a cookie sheet with the tucked ends and seam on the bottom
    Cook for 12-17 minutes or until golden brown
    Slice crosswise into one inch pinwheel slices


    You can brush the top before cooking with olive oil or egg white to make the outside more brown and shiny.  Also, you can put this together the day before and refrigerate the uncooked roll.

     
     
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    PS: 

    I also do a version of this roll up with mushrooms, spinach, spices, and fontina cheese.  (I saute the mushrooms in olive oil & spices, toss in the spinach just to wilt it, and then spread this mixture over the piecrust.  Sprinkle on shredded fontina cheese and roll and bake as above.)

    You can pretty much use any combination that you like -- I should know, because the original recipe had parmesan, cheddar cheese, ham and pepperoni, and I've never tried that.  (Poor recipes -- I seem to have such disrespect for them!  ;)

     
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    Stuffed Mushroom Caps with Hummus

    - Spoon out ribs & stem of mushrooms
    - Spoon in hummus

    Put under the broiler for several minutes

    I do this with portobello mushroom cap's in the summer as a side dish....
     
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    In Response to Re: Holiday Party Appetizer:
    2 lbs Kielbasa cut into half inch rounds 1 Box Light or Dark Brown Sugar Throw all into a Crock Pot the night before on LOW Result "Candied Kielbasa"....
    Posted by RogerTaylor


    They sound good but are the easy to eat at a cocktail party?
    Will they drip?
     
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    In Response to Re: Holiday Party Appetizer : They sound good but are the easy to eat at a cocktail party? Will they drip?
    Posted by Tony7586

    The ones I make in the crockpot do not drip.  I spoon them out with a slotted spoon onto a dish or tray and have a cup of toothpicks nearby.  Not drippy at all.  As I say, most people now take a spoonful of them

     
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    Re: Holiday Party Appetizer

    http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/food/specials/holidayguide/
     
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    In Response to Re: Holiday Party Appetizer : They sound good but are the easy to eat at a cocktail party? Will they drip?
    Posted by Tony7586


    Yes, I wear a bib so the "dripping" doesn't stain my outfit! ...just kidding Laughing

    No, I use a slotted spoon and leave the sauce behind...should be served on a plate,cup or bowl......not a napkin - they will stick to it!

    ENJOY!  Wink
     
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