I've made Martha Stewart's grapes rolled in roquefort or goat cheese and minced nuts. For the teen crowd, I'd do the goat cheese. Mix 8 oz cream cheese with 3 or 4 oz goat, thin with a few TBSP cream so it is pliable. Drop in 40 red or green grapes and mix up gently. Fish out one by one and roll into a round between your palms with a thin coat of cheese over all (very pita but you can do it.) Roll in chopped nuts, anything your like, from mild macademias' to pecans. You might like to roll some in chopped dried cranberries. Chill well (4 hrs to overnight) and these can be set out for quite a few hours at room temp. The is also a similar recipe on this site if you search, but she makes them more rustic. I make perfect rounds and put a sprig of grapes in the corner to hint at what it is.
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Mini-sausage mozzarella "kebabs":
You will need:
precooked chicken or pork sausage (like Italian), cut to ~1" pieces.
bocconcini mozzarella, or any fresh mozzarella cut to about the same size as the sausage
thin pretzel sticks
basil leaves (optional)
Take preztel and spear a piece of sausage, basil (if using) and a piece of mozz. Alternatively, a piece of cheese, basil, and a tomato.
These are hands-down my favorite appetizers- prosciutto wrapped, goat-cheese stuffed dates. http://food52.com/recipes...">
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For a similar event, I made cheese straws from thawed out puff pastry (found in the freezer section of your grocery store). Roll each piece of puff pastry out a little bit to about 1/4 inch thick. Cut into 3x1/2 inch rectangles with a pizza cutter or sharp large knife.Transfer the pieces to a parchment lined cookie sheet. They can be close together because they will rise but not spread very much. Sprinkle with lots of freshly grated Parmesan or Romano cheese, and a little paprika or garlic salt if you like. Bake at the temp recommended on the package. Easy, peasy! There are never any left overs.
I make these fabulous glazed red pepper fennel almonds that I serve with raw milk manchego cheese & prosciutto wrapped bread sticks. It makes for a beautiful platter and is the perfect combo of sweet, salty & spicy!http://www.epicurious.com...
scoop the seeds out of cherry tomatoes with a small mellon baller or other spoon, and fill each one with freshly made olive tapenade. top with chopped chives or a crumble of feta. yum!
I love how easy it can be to put together a great cheese platter with some crackers, dried fruits and nuts, and a chutney or preserve.
You can make a nut mix. These are amazing: http://www.food52.com/recipes...
These also look great: http://www.foodnetwork...
How about gravlax? You can cure it days in advance and then slice over small slice of brown bread and serve with a mustard vinaigrette
How about tea sandwiches?
I would avoid anything red that could stain....just picturing the high drama and tears of a girl dropping red pepper sauce all over her white prom dress. Be prepared with some stain remover pens... One bite dishes with minimum mess are the best. Gougeres....these fig and blue cheese savories are great: http://www.food52.com/recipes...
maybe veggies with aoli dipping sauce http://www.food52.com/blog...
party mix for grown-ups http://www.food52.com/blog...
Little turnovers. I love using a nice, flaky cream cheese pie dough for mini turnovers. You roll out the dough, cut it into small circles, and fill it with whatever you like (pesto, sun dried tomatoes, and walnuts; goat cheese and caramelized onions; sautéed greens and mushrooms...). Brush with egg wash and bake.
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