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    Food ideas for Xmas get-together

    This year, our family has decided to have a get-together on Xmas Eve, 7-9 p.m..... first time for doing it.
    I am hosting this year. Instead of a big meal, I plan to have just hot and cold appetizers and beverages,........ many family members will be attending other functions later in the evening.
    I would appreciate ideas on quick and easy appetizers. I want to have most of the preparations done beforehand so that I can enjoy spending time with family.

    I know some of you are used to doing this but hosting this is a first-time thing for me.
    Looking forward to your suggestions/tips.
    Thank you.

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    Meatballs in the crockpot are always a hit at my house. Pre made frozen meatballs & any number of recipes for sauce like the grape jelly/chili sauce one. Warm spinach dip, cheeseball- I love having things done ahead of time too.

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    Keep It Simple .. so you don't spend the time fussing.
    You'll enjoy it more, as will others.

    How many people you are expecting, will determine how broad and vast a menu you will need.

    For any hots, use your crockpot(s) to keep things warm.

    A cheese tray is always popular ... four cheeses is all you need.
    1. a basic favourite, such as cheddar
    2. something more pungent, such as blue cheese
    3. something creamy and spreadable, such as an herbed cream cheese
    4. something conversational, such as chocolate cheese, or a wine cheese, or maple cheese, etc.
    Put each out in its block form and let them cut their own, small or large, as they choose. In reality, you will discover less will be used. Plus it will not dry out as much, as would with small pieces. Besides, what do you do with a bunch of leftover dried up pieces! Bonus ... less prep work for you!

    Then have 3 or 4 different cracker/bread types.
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    Chicken wings and a hot nacho dip with tortilla chips are always a favorite at my house.
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    Tortilla Roll-Ups.....the ingredient possibilities are endless.....spread flour tortillas with cream cheese, top with green chilies, or green onions, ham, etc. etc. and roll up. Slice for serving. Easy to make ahead too.

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    -Li'l Smokie sausages in barbecue sauce in a crock pot with tooth picks for serving (Super easy)
    -Hot artichoke dip in a bread bowl with break cubes and crackers
    -Pickle tray with all sorts of pickles and olives
    -Asparagus rolled up with ham and a mustard dipping sauce
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    Red Lobster style biscuits

    http://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/recs/330/Red_Lobster_Biscuits14007.shtml


    mini crescent pigs in a blanket

    http://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/min...e-23b677a161ac

    pizza pinwheels with crescents

    http://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/piz...2-85b70215807a

    for some tasty items that work at room temp as well as being warm
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    NEIMAN MARCUS DIP

    Love this!!

    Ingredients
    1/4 cup sliced almonds
    4 slices real bacon, cooked,crumbled and cooled
    1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
    1 green onion, sliced thinly
    1/2 cup mayonnaise ( not Miracle whip...mayo!!)
    salt


    Directions
    Preheat the oven to 350F.
    Spread almonds on a cookie sheet and toast for 10 minutes.
    Let cool.
    Combine all ingredients until well mixed.
    Serve with crackers or apple slices.

    OMG!!!!
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    Fondue is coming back. Use a smaller crockpot with melted chocolate and lots of things to dip. I use strawberries, bananas, cut up angel food cake, simple vanilla cookies, etc.
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    I enjoy doing a Brie cheese appy….Buy the wheel, slice in half cross the wheel, fill with (I use) bing cherry preserves (not quite to the edge of the cheese) wrap in Crescent dinner roll pastry and bake following directions for timing.
    With a bit of the pastry, you can make a design for the top…It is quite festive when sliced into and the preserves show…...

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    I always try to have something sweet, something salty, and something healthy. For sweet, make bar cookies or homemade candy. They can be done in advance. Salty...bread and cheese things, homemade cheese sticks (another make ahead) sausage/cheese/biscuit mix balls. For healthy fruit or cut up vegetables. I serve a punch made with frozen cranberry juice reconstituted with a lemon-lime beverage or champagne ( if you want alcohol). The red is really pretty at Christmas. Have fun with it

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    Ham Rollups-take a slice of prepackaged ham-dry with paper toweling-spread cream cheese to edge-put a dry slice of pickle down the middle-roll up into a tube-refrigerate for 2 hours, then slice into pinwheels and put on plate for serving-you can make some plain and some with pickles-all are pretty as an appetizer

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    I just remembered a cold app. That I used to make that leant some thing not-so-rich to the buffet. Use a round platter and shape a wreath on it out of broccoli florets. Scatter other green veggies on it like pea pods and strips of green pepper. Use a red pepper and cherry tomatoes on the wreath to add some color. You can even fashion a bow out of red pepper pieces to the bottom of the wreath. Place a bowl of dip in the center, any kind. Can be assembled early in the day, covered with Saran and chilled. Very festive, easy and do-ahead! HTH. Enjoy!

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    Don't forget to make some Chex party mix, too! Our family get-togethers just don't seem complete without party mix.

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    Deviled eggs, they can be done ahead, most people love em!
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    I have the most wonderful dip recipe and I will get it off the frige and bring it tomorrow

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    Seven layer dip, Cream cheese block with Raspberry/chipotle sauce over it and topped with fresh raspberries, Orange chicken from Costco's - spear each piece with a pretzel stick, mini quiches from Sam's, are just a few off the top of my head.
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    I used an electric skillet on low and had cheese sticks with marinara sauce, everyone loved them.

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    Don't forget the homemade banana pudding and a miracle whip chocolate cake with your offerings. Always a big hit with my big informal gatherings.
    If people are dropping in during the whole night, I make pretty ICED meat, vegetable and fruit trays. Really great sandwich rolls and cookies and candy dishes filled to the brim! I put out pickle, olive and relish dishes and a couple great potato salad or macaroni salad dishes. Don't forget the decorations like a beautiful fresh bouquet of roses or carnations that smell up the place and fancy paper plates and napkins (if informal) or the good stuff if formal. Put something outside at the front door to welcome everyone like a decorated sled or ski's. People will be impressed before they step into the house. Remember to put the serving tongs, forks and spoons in each dish. Then set up a drinks area with tea, sodas , ice, coffee, creamer, sugar, alcohol, glasses, cups and spoons. Much of this can be set up the day before.

    Make yourself a list of to do things and a list for shopping. Lots of these items can come from the deli or great bakery in your neighborhood. Who will know if you put them out onto your pretty platters? Check it off as you go and remember to slow down during the party and smile. Be dressed at least an hour ahead of the party. Greet each person as they arrive and try to mingle with them all. A good hostess is organized enough to enjoy her own party. Put on some great music soft in the background. It sets the mood. Take pictures so you can sit back and remember your first hostess experience.

    I know you can have a good time and look like a pro. Just get organized and go for it.
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    One of our family's simplest, and favorite, finger foods is Crab Dip. Couldn't be easier.

    8 oz. cream cheese (regular or low-fat/neuftachel type)
    1 bottle shrimp cocktail sauce
    1 can canned crab
    Crackers

    Spread the cream cheese in a thin layer onto a plate (about 10-12 inches or so). Spread with enough cocktail sauce to cover lightly. Open crab, drain any liquid, and sprinkle over the sauce. That's it! Easy peasy. We like it with Ritz or Wheat Thins, but goes great with any crackers.

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    wow, great ideas, thank you for sharing
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    We are trying this at Thanksgiving

    Cream Cheese Sausage Balls with Creamy Mustard Dipping Sauce~~

    "Ingredients:
    1 lb. SAUSAGE, uncooked (you can use regular or hot)
    8 oz. CREAM CHEESE, softened
    1 1/4 cups BISQUICK BAKING MIX( or low carb bake mix)
    4 oz. CHEDDAR CHEESE, SHREDDED

    Directions:

    Preheat oven to 400.

    Mix all ingredients until well combined. Roll into 1 inch balls.

    Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden.

    You can make these ahead and refrigerate until needed. Or also freeze until ready to use, you will need to add a few minutes to the baking time.

    Dipping Sauce:
    1/2 cup MAYO
    1/2 cup SOUR CREAM
    2 Tablespoons DIJON MUSTARD
    1 Tablespoon WHITE WINE VINEGAR
    2-6 drops HOT SAUCE
    1 medium GARLIC CLOVE, crushed

    Combine all ingredients. Chill until serving."

    I found this recipe @ Texas Recipes's photo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adnil458 View Post
    We are trying this at Thanksgiving

    Cream Cheese Sausage Balls with Creamy Mustard Dipping Sauce~~

    "Ingredients:
    1 lb. SAUSAGE, uncooked (you can use regular or hot)
    8 oz. CREAM CHEESE, softened
    1 1/4 cups BISQUICK BAKING MIX( or low carb bake mix)
    4 oz. CHEDDAR CHEESE, SHREDDED

    Directions:

    Preheat oven to 400.

    Mix all ingredients until well combined. Roll into 1 inch balls.

    Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden.

    You can make these ahead and refrigerate until needed. Or also freeze until ready to use, you will need to add a few minutes to the baking time.

    Dipping Sauce:
    1/2 cup MAYO
    1/2 cup SOUR CREAM
    2 Tablespoons DIJON MUSTARD
    1 Tablespoon WHITE WINE VINEGAR
    2-6 drops HOT SAUCE
    1 medium GARLIC CLOVE, crushed

    Combine all ingredients. Chill until serving."

    I found this recipe @ Texas Recipes's photo.
    I've made these and they are wonderful!
    Don't forget the children.
    Make peanut butter sandwiches and cut them up in fours and pig in the blankets. They will love it.
    Sandra
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    A veggie pizza. Take crescent rolls pressed together flat and bake on a cookie sheet. Mix cream cheese with dill and spread on top of the crescent rolls. Chop up your favorite veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, peppers, black olives and spread on top with grated cheese. Cut into slices.
    Sharon

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    Okay,,,,, I'm getting hungry reading all this yummy's !!
    take plenty of pic of family & friends, keep tabs on loved ones but make time for yourself !

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