Christmas Appetizers

Ok guys, I need some help. My mother has decided to throw a Christmas party, and I need help coming up with things to eat. Just little appetizers and finger foods. She wants to go ahead and get a menu together, so that we can kind of price everything (money is a bit tight this year). I'm drawing a blank as to what kind of goes with the holiday. Especially given the restrictions: No tomatoes, No corn, No shellfish. Some people coming over are extremely allergic to them. I have been asked to make a cheesecake and some bacon wrapped chicken. So that's two things. I need a few more. Any suggestions? Really any food that goes with the holiday, or just social get togethers with be appreciated.

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Goodhart9 years ago
Something my grandma on my Dad's side used to do every Dec holiday was to take these semi-dried dates and stuff peanuts into them (now, hopefully no one is allergic to peanuts too).

This was always my favorite treat she made (she did it until her arthritis would not let her do it anymore :-(
its a lion (author)  Goodhart9 years ago
Nope, nobody is allergic to peanuts. Corn, tomatoes, and shrimp on the other hand will put a couple of the guests into the hospital... Didn't realize I had already said that up there. In all actuallity, I had forgotten I had even posted this thread.
caitlinsdad9 years ago
Don't look at me for finger food. But seriously,

There are plenty of Christmas party menu ideas if you search on the web.
rhetorical questions follow, no need to answer
Is this a formal or nonformal get-together?
Is this a lunch party, afternoon snack, dinner/cocktail hour party?
Is this to impress the boss or just family?
Is this for kids too or adults only?

Plan your drinks and usual snacks - eggnog, puch, festive dips and chips. (guacamole, cheese/bean dip, artichoke, onion, spinach dip in bread bowl - Superbowl party stuff still applies.

Have a cookie/pastry tray

Have a cheese and fruit tray

Have a assorted veggie and dip tray

Get different flavored ravioli or tortellini on a stick.

Fried stuff like eggrolls, wontons, ravioli, mushrooms, okra, chicken nuggets.

And a multitude of stuff to make with premade frozen biscuit/bread dough. Pigs in blanket, cheese sticks, assorted fruit filled thingys.

Skewer meats to grill. Look up beef satay with dipping sauce.

And sliders, mini-burgers.

Browse the aisle of the supermarket to get ideas on what looks good and then recreate that at home.

Good luck.
its a lion (author)  caitlinsdad9 years ago
Mmm wontons. I haven't made those in forever. I'll have to look up the beef satay. Nice list, and yeah, guess you're right the Superbowl stuff does still apply.
And pita pizzas...
or stuff on mini-bagels and crackers.
Sounds tasty CD. Expect to see me knocking on your door at party time
Pate is an acquired taste for many although I like liver and onions, fried or skewered with bacon and broiled. The kitchen is where the cool people hang out.
Joe Martin9 years ago
Homemade sausage rolls packed full of sausage meat sweated onions and mixed herbs in puff pastry, that smells like christmas to me! (ible' coming soon!) Be sure to have the mice pies as well! Making stuff like that will save you loads compared to buying them in a shop
gnomedriver9 years ago
Chicken liver pate 400g chicken livers 1D2 cup brandy 50g butter 1 small onion, peeled and finely chopped 1 clove garlic, part-crushed, peeled and finely chopped 1D2 tsp dried basil 2 tbsp cream salt and pepper two pita bread loaves (or more) 2 tbsp pure olive oil Trim the chicken livers, discarding connective tissues or veins. Chop roughly in half and soak in the alcohol for a least an hour, or overnight. Meanwhile, heat a quarter of the butter in a frying pan and cook the onion over low heat, stirring, until it is soft and translucent. Add the garlic, then the chicken livers (save the liquid) and basil. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about two minutes. The livers should be pale brown, but still a little pink when cut into. Add the marinade liquid and reduce for a further two minutes. Leave in the pan to cool slightly, season to taste then place in a food processor or blender with the remaining butter. Process briefly, add cream, then continue to process to a smooth paste. Tip into in a small bowl, smooth the top and refrigerate for at least two hours, or overnight. Finally, split the pita bread horizontally, cut into triangles, brush lightly with the oil and bake in a 180°C oven until crisp.
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