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Looking for appetizers

I am hosting a Christmas party and need appetizers and bite size desserts.  Does anyone have a great recipe to share?



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Oct. 26th, 2012 09:18 am (UTC)
I did bite-size appetisers, prepared ahead of time, a few years back. The blog post I did then may be of use
Oct. 26th, 2012 09:20 am (UTC)
:D Thank you very much. Soup in shot glasses! What a clever idea! :)

Oct. 26th, 2012 12:47 pm (UTC)
Nanaimo Bars are a Canadian Christmas tradition and are the *BEST* of Christmas sweets! They are also super-pretty. I'm already looking forward to making a batch of these up for our Christmas sweet table!

Mint Nanaimo Bars

1 cup (250 mL) butter, melted
2 tbsp (25 mL) granulated sugar
2 eggs
3 cups (750 mL) chocolate cookie crumbs
1 pkg sweetened desiccated coconut

1/3 cup (75 mL) butter, melted
1/4 cup (50 mL) milk
1 tbsp (15 mL) peppermint extract
4 cups (1 L) icing sugar
1 green food colouring

8 oz (227 gr) semisweet chocolate chips
2 tbsp (25 mL) butter


Base: In large bowl, whisk together butter, sugar and eggs; stir in cookie crumbs and coconut. Press into greased 13- x 9-inch (3.5 L) pan. Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven until firm, about 20 minutes. Let cool completely in pan on rack.

Filling: Meanwhile, in bowl, stir together butter, milk and peppermint extract; beat in sugar until smooth. Beat in food colouring to desired shade. Spread evenly over base. Refrigerate until firm, about 45 minutes.

Topping: In bowl over saucepan of hot (not boiling) water, melt chocolate with butter; spread over filling. Let stand for 5 minutes.

Score top to form 40 bars; refrigerate until set. Cut into bars. (Make-ahead: Store layered between waxed paper in airtight container for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 1 month.)

Edited at 2012-10-26 12:48 pm (UTC)
Oct. 26th, 2012 01:16 pm (UTC)
If I wanted to make regular flavoured, not mint, what would I use in the filling? Vanilla?
Oct. 26th, 2012 01:45 pm (UTC)
Yes, vanilla - usually the filling on the vanilla ones is a light, creamy yellow... I have posted an image and the recipe for the vanilla filling below. Everything else remains the same. :-)

Vanilla Filling for Nanaimo Bars:

1/3 cup butter (room temperature)
3 tablespoon custard powder (or vanilla pudding powder)
1/4 cup milk
3 cups icing sugar (powdered sugar)


1. Cream the butter.
2. Beat in the custard powder and milk.
3. Beat in the sugar slowly.
4. Spread over the the base layer and chill in the fridge until it sets.

Edited at 2012-10-26 01:45 pm (UTC)
Oct. 26th, 2012 03:41 pm (UTC)
I've always wanted to try these (well... ever since I first heard of them a few months ago haha), they look yummy!
Oct. 28th, 2012 07:02 pm (UTC)
Give 'em a go - they are one of my all-time favourite sweets... A really nice combination of flavours and textures!
Oct. 26th, 2012 01:20 pm (UTC)
OOO looks wonderful! Thank you very much.

Oct. 26th, 2012 01:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! :D And yes Sangria can be dessert. :)

Oct. 26th, 2012 01:50 pm (UTC)
I can't find the recipe at the moment, but take blue cheese and mash up with chopped pistachios and a little bit of honey. Spread on dried apricots and serve.

Bacon wrapped dates (stuffed with cream cheese or blue cheese) are always popular.
Oct. 26th, 2012 02:14 pm (UTC)
mmm that sounds really good.
Oct. 27th, 2012 01:22 am (UTC)
Goat cheese, chopped pistachios, and honey also works as a delicious spread.
Oct. 27th, 2012 01:24 am (UTC)
oo that does sound good. Pair that with an artisan loaf of apricot bread and YUMM!!! What proportions should I use?


Edited at 2012-10-27 01:25 am (UTC)
Nov. 8th, 2012 11:03 pm (UTC)
Sorry, I just saw this so suppose it's far too late but I don't really use proportions. Just mix and taste until I get something I like.
Oct. 26th, 2012 01:53 pm (UTC)
I make Oreo truffles every year for my family to snack on while opening presents. They're super easy, quick, and tasty.
Oct. 26th, 2012 02:22 pm (UTC)
oo that is perfect. these should be very popular. Thanks.

Oct. 26th, 2012 02:11 pm (UTC)
My aunt used to make filled pizzelle sandwiches for family get-togethers all the time. Here's the filling part:

½ jar grape jelly
Same amount of chocolate syrup
Graham cracker crumbs

Mix jelly and chocolate syrup, gradually adding crumbs until mixture becomes hard to turn. You can also add crushed walnuts. Spread on cookies (again, pizzelle are best) and watch them disappear.

My aunt used to make these all the time. :) I've never made the pizzelle cookies themselves, but this looks like a good recipe. You'll need a pizzelle iron to make them. (My family cheats and buys them from the store. Again, add filling and they vanish in no time, whether you make them from scratch or not.)
Oct. 26th, 2012 02:23 pm (UTC)
mmm This sounds very versatile. Thanks. :)

Oct. 26th, 2012 02:30 pm (UTC)
mmm thank you for all the recipes. :D

Oct. 26th, 2012 02:31 pm (UTC)
sure! i'll be interested to see what you end up making if you post it :D
Oct. 26th, 2012 02:34 pm (UTC)
I will try and remember to take pics and post it. But the party isn't until the 15th of December.
Oct. 26th, 2012 03:57 pm (UTC)
You can make these a day or two ahead of time then pop them in the oven before serving.

One chub of breakfast sausage, whatever brand is your favorite. Brown until fully cooked, and then drain and cool.

1 block of cream cheese (8 oz?) - at room temp.

-->Mix the two above ingredients until well blended.

Two dozen large or three dozen small jalapeno peppers, stems left on, sliced in half lengthwise and seeds/membrane scooped out with a spoon.

--> Fill the peppers with cream cheese mixture (slightly heaping). Sprinkle with a little bit of curry powder. Place in a 425 degree oven until the peppers are soft but the cheese isn't yet runny, 8-10 minutes. Serve!

Oct. 26th, 2012 04:02 pm (UTC)
My husband will love these. :)

Oct. 26th, 2012 04:04 pm (UTC)

They are SO GOOD.
Oct. 26th, 2012 04:05 pm (UTC)
So many good idea ya'll've given me. :)

Oct. 26th, 2012 09:53 pm (UTC)
butter (room temp)
brie (room temp)
some decent ham slices
ripe tomato

Slice a baguette into 1/4" rounds. Spread each slice with butter and then spread a slice of brie on them. Top with a piece of ham about the size of a credit card folded in half. Cut up the tomato into small wedges and top each slice with one, and then a basil leaf. Sprinkle on some salt and pepper. These are always a hit and the basil sends them over the moon. I have also made with turkey for a non-ham eater and they were good (although I still preferred the ham).
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