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 I do make some appetizers for the holidays.I make pepperoni bread, I serve pizza sauce on the side for dipping,deviled eggs, chicken liver pate and veggies and dip.Roasted garlic which is great
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Appetizers for the holidays? Ideas???

posted at 12/8/2012 3:50 AM EST
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 I do make some appetizers for the holidays.I make pepperoni bread, I serve pizza sauce on the side for dipping,deviled eggs, chicken liver pate and veggies and dip.Roasted garlic which is great on crackers.I'm always looking for new things to serve please share any ideas.

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posted at 12/8/2012 6:48 AM EST
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Great idea for a post Gale!  I wish I could contribute a recipe, but all I can do is hope other people will!   I'd love some new ideas and/or recipes.

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posted at 12/8/2012 8:20 AM EST
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Sausage balls!!  I made 50 for our son's sweet little fiancé's microbiology class end of the semester party!  They were easy and a great hit!

Sausage Balls

1/2 lb loose sausage (a mix of hot and mild is nice but not necessary)
1/2 lb sharp Cheddar cheese, grated
1 1/2 cups Bisquick
3-5 Tbsp. water or milk

Cook sausage, crumble into dry mixture of cheese and bisquick.  Add water and combine until well blended.  Form into small balls (about 40, but I get about 48-50 using my TBSP scoop).  Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes.

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posted at 12/8/2012 9:53 AM EST
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I don't do appetizers for christmas we have so much of other thing to eat

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posted at 12/8/2012 10:59 AM EST
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Renee -- how do you serve these.... is a fork needed?   Do you have any sort of dip with them?

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posted at 12/8/2012 11:01 AM EST
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Sausage balls!!  I made 50 for our son's sweet little fiancé's microbiology class end of the semester party!  They were easy and a great hit! Sausage Balls 1/2 lb loose sausage (a mix of hot and mild is nice but not necessary) 1/2 lb sharp Cheddar cheese, grated 1 1/2 cups Bisquick 3-5 Tbsp. water or milk Cook sausage, crumble into dry mixture of cheese and bisquick.  Add water and combine until well blended.  Form into small balls (about 40, but I get about 48-50 using my TBSP scoop).  Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes.
Posted by Renee C


Thanks Renee! I think I'll make these for New Years Eve sticking with our tradition for eating pork.

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posted at 12/8/2012 11:01 AM EST
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Gale, I would not move away from your Chicken Liver....I love that stuff.  So good but so bad for you.  That's life I guess.

I think my favorite appetizer (other than the Chicken liver) is a baked cheese. So easy a small wheel of brie wrapped in a package of crescent rolls.  Last one I made I split it in half and layered a Pineapple Habanero sauce in the center.  Sweet and spicy.

I also like taking the easy way and a platter of vegetables and hummus and I also bring that to the table so it can be eaten with dinner. another easy way to get a vegetable side on the table.

Nuts are always easy. 
I do not like to do a lot of appetizers I spend the time making dinner I don't want or need people filling up on snacks. So one or two things is all I would put out.

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posted at 12/8/2012 11:44 AM EST
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Gale, I would not move away from your Chicken Liver....I love that stuff.  So good but so bad for you.  That's life I guess. I think my favorite appetizer (other than the Chicken liver) is a baked cheese. So easy a small wheel of brie wrapped in a package of crescent rolls.  Last one I made I split it in half and layered a Pineapple Habanero sauce in the center.  Sweet and spicy. I also like taking the easy way and a platter of vegetables and hummus and I also bring that to the table so it can be eaten with dinner. another easy way to get a vegetable side on the table. Nuts are always easy.  I do not like to do a lot of appetizers I spend the time making dinner I don't want or need people filling up on snacks. So one or two things is all I would put out.
Posted by nikki p


I know I love Liver Pate,I only make it for the holidays.We have been doing this for a few years now I just make up a bunch of appetizers for New Years Eve and call that dinner.Here's one that my son's in laws brought for Thanksgiving.These were good at room temperature.


BACON WRAPPED WATER CHESTNUTS

Bake in 350* oven for about 45 mins or until bacon is cooked
1 Cup Ketchup
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1 teaspoon Worchestershire sauce
1 lb.sliced bacon,each piece cut into thirds
2 - 8oz cans of whole Water Chestnuts drained
Wooden toothpicks to fasten bacon to the Water chestnuts
Wrap each Water Chestnut with 1/3 slice of bacon and fasten with toothpick
Place these in a 9x13 baking pan
Heat in a sauce pan,Ketchup,Brown Sugar and Worchestershire sauce until boiling
Pour over the prepared Water Chestnuts and Bake
These can be eaten warm,even good room temperature

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posted at 12/8/2012 12:05 PM EST
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In Response to Re: Appetizers for the holidays? Ideas??? : I know I love Liver Pate,I only make it for the holidays.We have been doing this for a few years now I just make up a bunch of appetizers for New Years Eve and call that dinner.Here's one that my son's in laws brought for Thanksgiving.These were good at room temperature. BACON WRAPPED WATER CHESTNUTS Bake in 350* oven for about 45 mins or until bacon is cooked 1 Cup Ketchup 1 Cup Brown Sugar 1 teaspoon Worchestershire sauce 1 lb.sliced bacon,each piece cut into thirds 2 - 8oz cans of whole Water Chestnuts drained Wooden toothpicks to fasten bacon to the Water chestnuts Wrap each Water Chestnut with 1/3 slice of bacon and fasten with toothpick Place these in a 9x13 baking pan Heat in a sauce pan,Ketchup,Brown Sugar and Worchestershire sauce until boiling Pour over the prepared Water Chestnuts and Bake These can be eaten warm,even good room temperature
Posted by gale g


These are wonderful.  I love bacon and these are so good, I have also had them made with dates. I figure both are "healthy", the water chestnut is a vegetable and the date is a fruit a bit high in sugar but a fruit none the less.  The last time I made these I cooked the bacon a bit first to render out some of the fat.
But anything with bacon is good.

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posted at 12/8/2012 2:26 PM EST
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CRANBERRIES & CREAM CHEESE BLOCK

1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 pkg fresh or frozen cranberries (12 oz)
1/2 cup apricot preserves
1 Tbls lemon juice
1/3 cup slivered almonds
1 8 oz cr cheese block
Assorted Crackers

In a saucepan, over medium heat, bring water and sugar to boil without stirring.  Boil 5 minutes and add cranberries.  Cook until berries pop and sauce is thickened, about 10 mins.  Remove from heat.  Cut any chunks of apricots in the preserves into small pieces.  Add to cranberry mixture.  Stir in lemon juice.  Cool and add almonds.

SHRIMP DIP

1 8 oz cr cheese
1/2 cup chili sauce
1/2 cup light mayonnaise
2 cans already cooked broken shrimp
6-7 Tbs horseradish

Rinse shrimp with lemon juice.  

Beat cr cheese, chili sauce and mayo.  Add horseradish and blend.  Fold in shrimp.  Serve with crackers or fresh veggies.

REUBEN SPREAD

1 jar (16 oz) sauerkraut, rinsed and drained
1 pkg (8oz) cram cheese cubed
2 cups (8oz) shredded Swiss cheese
1 pkg (3 oz) deli corned beef, chopped
3 Tbs prepared Thousand Island salad dressing

Serve with rye bread or crackers.


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posted at 12/8/2012 3:21 PM EST
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Thanks Bakery 1 G al three of these sound good ! looking around for different appetizers and I came across stuffed mushrooms I used to make these all the time.I would get large white mushrooms and clean them and remove the stems.Then I would put the mushrooms in a bowl and add a little olive oil and toss them to coat.I minced up the stems and a few green onions and saute them a few minutes and let cool.I would take about a pound of Italian sausage either hot or mild, bulk if you can get it or links just unstuff them.Mix the sauteed mushroom stems and green onions add a little italian bread crumbs to make it workable and then stuff the sausage mixture into the mushroom caps place in a 9x13 baking dish and bake in a 350* oven for 30-40 mins or until sausage is done.Sprinkle tops of sausage stuffed mushroom with grated mozzarella cheese and continue baking until the cheese is melted and a tiny bit brown.These can be eaten as is or with a little marinara sauce.My mom used to serve these with pasta and sauce instead of meatballs.

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posted at 12/8/2012 4:23 PM EST
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I haven't tried this recipe yet, just cut it out of the paper.  It sound good, and you can make the dough ahead of time and freeze it!!

Fontina and Herb Gougeres ( makes about 4 dozen)

6 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup whole milk
1 cup all-purpose flour
 Kosher salt and ground black pepper, to taste
1 cup grated fontina cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
 5 eggs

Bring the butter, milk and 1/2 cup water to boil in a medium saucepan.  Turn heat down to medium; add the flour and a pinch of salt and pepper all at once.  Stir vigorously to combine and continue to cook about 1 minute more, stirring constantly, until dough has formed a ball and leaves a thin film on the bottom and around the sides of the pot.  Remove from the heat and cool slightly.

Transfer dough to a stand mixer fitted with a pappdle attachment.  Add cheeses and oregano and beat on low speed to combine.  Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition just to incorporate, and scraping down the sides of the bowl, if necessary.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

If you have a pastry bag, transfer the dough to a bag fitted with a large round tip;  pipe the dough in rounds about 1 1/2 inches in diameter onto the baking sheet.  You can pipe them close together.  If you don't have a pastry bag, use an ice cream scoop to creaste the rounds.

If you are baking these right away space them about 2 inches apart.  Use a wet fingertip to push down the peaks and smooth out any peaks on the rounds. 

Place the baking sheet in the freezer for at least 1 hour, until the balls are hard and easy to handle.  Peel the gougeres off the baking sheet and place in a zippered freezer bag to store up to 1 month. 

To bake: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Place the gougeres ( straight from the freezer, if you have frozen them) on a parchment-or silpat-lined baking sheet, spaced about 2 inches apart.  Bake for 5 minutes.

Reduce the oven temperature toe 375 degrees.  Bake another 15-18 minutes until golden turning the tray about half-way through to ensure even cooking.  Remove from oven and serve warm

Note: if baking right after making, be sure gougeres are at least 2 inches apart on the baking sheet, and bake for a slightly shorter time.

These sound like they are like a cream puff dough to me with cheese added.  In any case if the main part can be done ahead and then baked that's a plus in my book!!

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posted at 12/8/2012 5:22 PM EST
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Barbara, thanks for this recipe.  They sound delicious.

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posted at 12/8/2012 5:50 PM EST
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I usually do easy appetizers, like pita bread and hummus, or pita chips and tatziki, along with assorted olives, crackers and cheese, and veggie sticks.

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posted at 12/9/2012 2:22 PM EST
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we always have the   rotel/velveeta cheese dip            
also the cocktail sausages w/ sweet baby ray's bbq sauce  (i used to do them w/ apple jelly and catsup /until my son found out about that)  and my dad's (and all the family) favorite all time cheese ball w/ Sociable's crackers only

 
 
        Beefy Cheese Ball

          2  8 oz. pkgs cream cheese, softened,
 
    Mix in:

          1  T      accent
          2  T      worchestershire sauce
 
     Lightly work in:
 
         1 2.25 oz. jar Armour star sliced dried beef, chopped
          3  T      green onions, chopped

Refrigerate overnight.      when i make this   i line a small bowl with plastic wrap and fill, w/ wrap covering over the top.  When i serve , i simply pull the wrap back and invert  on serving plate and leave the wrap until ready to serve. NO MESSY HANDS!



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we always have the   rotel/velveeta cheese dip             also the cocktail sausages w/ sweet baby ray's bbq sauce  (i used to do them w/ apple jelly and catsup /until my son found out about that)  and my dad's (and all the family) favorite all time cheese ball w/ Sociable's crackers only             Beefy Cheese Ball           2  8 oz. pkgs cream cheese, softened,       Mix in:           1  T      accent           2  T      worchestershire sauce        Lightly work in:            1 2.25 oz. jar Armour star sliced dried beef, chopped           3  T      green onions, chopped Refrigerate overnight.      when i make this   i line a small bowl with plastic wrap and fill, w/ wrap covering over the top.  When i serve , i simply pull the wrap back and invert  on serving plate and leave the wrap until ready to serve. NO MESSY HANDS!
Posted by nellie v


Thanks Nellie this sounds good and thanks for the tip! My aunt used to make a corned beef spread.A can of corn beef mixed in with 2 - 8 oz.cream cheese softened and that's it.it was surprisingly good only having the two ingredients.

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Sausage balls!!  I made 50 for our son's sweet little fiancé's microbiology class end of the semester party!  They were easy and a great hit! Sausage Balls 1/2 lb loose sausage (a mix of hot and mild is nice but not necessary) 1/2 lb sharp Cheddar cheese, grated 1 1/2 cups Bisquick 3-5 Tbsp. water or milk Cook sausage, crumble into dry mixture of cheese and bisquick.  Add water and combine until well blended.  Form into small balls (about 40, but I get about 48-50 using my TBSP scoop).  Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes.
Posted by Renee C


These sounds really good Thanks for the recipe.

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 I do make some appetizers for the holidays.I make pepperoni bread, I serve pizza sauce on the side for dipping,deviled eggs, chicken liver pate and veggies and dip.Roasted garlic which is great on crackers.I'm always looking for new things to serve please share any ideas.
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I make pepperoni bread too and they love it.

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posted at 12/9/2012 4:41 PM EST
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Sausage balls!!  I made 50 for our son's sweet little fiancé's microbiology class end of the semester party!  They were easy and a great hit! Sausage Balls 1/2 lb loose sausage (a mix of hot and mild is nice but not necessary) 1/2 lb sharp Cheddar cheese, grated 1 1/2 cups Bisquick 3-5 Tbsp. water or milk Cook sausage, crumble into dry mixture of cheese and bisquick.  Add water and combine until well blended.  Form into small balls (about 40, but I get about 48-50 using my TBSP scoop).  Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes.
Posted by Renee C

my coworkers love these Sausage balls!!!

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posted at 12/9/2012 10:36 PM EST
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Love to munch on "santa hats" - bugles/almond bark and M/M's - ALL of the above recipes sound great!!
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