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Looking for a good "fancy" cold app to bring to Thanksgiving. Any recipes?

I'd like to bring something nice, but nothing too crazy or gourmet (good! more truffles for me!) to Thanksgiving with my boy's family this year. I was thinking something like a crab dip - but that's just so boring!

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Buddhacat
SKK added over 2 years ago

Not sure what you mean when you say 'fancy cold app'. Below are recipes that we love. This is very good http://www.food52.com/recipes... And HardLikeArmours pickled prunes are amazing - have had them several times http://www.food52.com/recipes... Singing-Baker has a bean dip that you could heat up right before serving that always is a favorite when I make it http://www.food52.com/recipes...

Buddhacat
SKK added over 2 years ago

Forgot to add that a fresh antipasta plate is always welcomed. And you can never go wrong with good fresh vegetables and a great dip.

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added over 2 years ago

Here are a couple other ideas (totally simple): http://www.food52.com/recipes... (A bit fancier): http://www.food52.com/recipes...

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Niknud added over 2 years ago

Ooo Ooo - Pate! Aargersi's is pretty kick-ass! http://www.food52.com/recipes...

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EmilyC added over 2 years ago

Having just made the fig and olive tapenade, I highly recommend it. With good crackers and cheese, I think it would fit the bill nicely. Another cold appetizer that I love to make -- one that's unexpected but totally easy to pull together -- is the sardine rillettes from Dorie Greenspan. Elise posted about it on Simply Recipes: http://simplyrecipes.com...

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Summer of Eggplant added over 2 years ago
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Those chevre devils Kristen mentions are completely addictive and very attractive looking. This may not be fancy but you could fancy it up, my family ALWAYS had oysters on the half shell for our Thanksgiving appetizer. We also ALWAYS have shrimp cocktail on Christmas Eve, but when I serve shrimp cocktail I change it up and serve it with chimmichurri sauce. I LOVE the ideas of pate or sardine rillettes for an appetizer.

Lorigoldsby
lorigoldsby added over 2 years ago

SKK 's idea for an antipasti platter is a good one. Here are my caprese bits...serve with some salumi and really good Parmesan ...you want to stay light on the appies! http://www.food52.com/recipes...

amysarah added over 2 years ago

I don't know if this qualifies as fancy - but it's very simple to make and delicious. A seasonal twist on Prosciutto with melon or figs: slice up ripe juicy pears (Bartletts work well) and wrap or drape the slices with Prosciutto di Parma. Done. (You can also add some thinly shaved Parmesan if you like.) I'm putting it out with drinks before the meal - light and unfussy, which I much prefer before a huge meal like Thanksgiving.

Denae_peters
Denae Peters added over 2 years ago

Smoked salmon is always a great choice and can be prepared very simply and still seem "fancy". Whip up some crostini, an herbed cream cheese and some good quality smoked salmon and you are in business!

amysarah added over 2 years ago

I agree - good smoked salmon always feels special.

Along those lines: you could make a classic gravlax with mustard/dill sauce, served on thinly sliced black bread: http://www.cookstr.com... Not hard to make, but sort of festive - thinly sliced and nicely arranged on a platter, it can look pretty 'fancy' too.

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