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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SKK
SKK November 17, 2011

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...

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SKK
SKK November 17, 2011

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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Kristen Miglore
Kristen Miglore November 17, 2011

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
Niknud November 17, 2011

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

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EmilyC
EmilyC November 17, 2011

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
Summer of Eggplant November 17, 2011

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.

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lorigoldsby
lorigoldsby November 17, 2011

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...

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amysarah
amysarah November 17, 2011

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.

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DP
DP November 17, 2011

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!

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amysarah
amysarah November 17, 2011

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/recipes/gravlax 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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