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    Plain, and I mean PLAIN, appetizers

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    ms_bold
    Wed Jul 27, 2005 4:59 pm
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    I have been given a special request to make PLAIN food for a friend's party. Her words were something to the effect of "please make things that we know what they are." So, please shoot me your meatballs, cheeseballs, roll-ups, etc.

    The recipes shouldn't be fancy, but I am requiring that they look good. It is my reputation on this buffet table. I can cater to her tastes, but I still want it to look spectacular.

    Thanks.
    NcMysteryShopper
    Wed Jul 27, 2005 5:31 pm
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    How about this....plain....attractive
    Stuffed Small Red Potato Appetizer recipe #127172
    echo echo
    Wed Jul 27, 2005 5:47 pm
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    I'm not sure what is meant by plain (i.e., what would NOT qualify as plain), but here are some of my easier appetizers:

    Pesto Chicken Spirals
    Sour Cream Dip / Dressing for Vegetables
    Avocado Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes
    Merle's Horseradish Salmon Log
    Blue Cheese Mushrooms

    Here are some from other chefs I've tried that were easy and turned out well:

    Garlicky Hummus - Sharon123
    Stuffed Mushrooms - Mae East
    Bell Pepper Rajas - Rita L
    Fried Mushrooms - luvmybge
    Horseradish Beef Roll-ups - Little Bee

    Some from my Fetching Finger Food cookbook that might fit the bill:

    Apricot Orange Balls - Missy Wombat
    Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers - STEPHANIE PHARRIS
    Smoked Salmon Roll Ups - Just Call Me Martha
    Kasbah Bites - Bergy
    Roast Beef Horseradish Spirals - Derf
    Awesome Mini Spinach Quiche Bites -KITTENCAL

    From my Smile and Say CHEESE cookbook:

    Mozzarella Cheese Puffs (Piumini di Mozzarella al Forno) - Dee514
    Olive & Cheddar Canapes - Bergy
    Cheese Ball With Everything - Tweeky
    Onion Brie Appetizer - Keen5
    Italian Rice Balls - Julesong
    Marinated Artichoke Kebabs - Hey Jude
    Chicken Enchilada Dip - Amy V
    Pear and Blue Cheese Puffs - evelyn/athens
    Pam-I-Am
    Wed Jul 27, 2005 6:20 pm
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    LOL Pedro! What did you make last time - squid crustinis?, fried squash blossoms?, lobster sausage? One person's idea of plain may not be anothers......but you have some good suggestions here.

    Seeing your delicous photos tho, I doubt that you will enjoy making something too 'plain'. Let us know what you choose! Pam
    ellie_
    Wed Jul 27, 2005 6:22 pm
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    Spicy Fried Chili Peanuts recipe #106835
    Stuffed Mushrooms recipe #105981
    Cheese Triangles recipe #88594
    ms_bold
    Wed Jul 27, 2005 6:25 pm
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    I should have specified that seafood, mushrooms, horseradish, pesto, artichokes, blue cheese and most veggies are out. icon_rolleyes.gif

    I really don't know what to tell you are OK, but I can recognize the no-nos. icon_lol.gif

    I do make simple things once in awhile, but do not enjoy planning an entire menu around non-adventurous eaters. If the time was not so short, I would tell my friend to find someone else, but oh well. icon_confused.gif
    Pam-I-Am
    Wed Jul 27, 2005 6:26 pm
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    Ok, here's my contribution:

    Ham It up Crescent Rolls recipe #86644


    Italian Chopped Salad in Shells recipe #29329


    Party Ryes recipe #15478


    Fairest Wheels (Chicken Pinwheels) recipe #63787


    Last edited by Pam-I-Am on Wed Jul 27, 2005 7:09 pm, edited 6 times in total
    NcMysteryShopper
    Wed Jul 27, 2005 6:32 pm
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    This is a great site to see..... if you make it use the olive size tomatoes
    Cherry Tomatoes Marinated in Vodka (In Oversized Martini Glass) recipe #130464
    ms_bold
    Wed Jul 27, 2005 6:36 pm
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    ncmysteryshopper wrote:
    This is a great site to see..... if you make it use the olive size tomatoes
    Cherry Tomatoes Marinated in Vodka (In Oversized Martini Glass) recipe #130464
    Sounds yummy to me (and very similar to my own Merry Tomatoes), but I don't know that they would try it. They don't even like Bloody Mary's. This is a sweet drink kinda crowd. icon_lol.gif Makes me crazy for a vodka soda when I leave. icon_wink.gif icon_lol.gif
    NcMysteryShopper
    Wed Jul 27, 2005 6:52 pm
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    Well i don't envy you at ALL! That is one hard crowd... especially since i know how beautiful your appys and finger foods are!!! Maybe you should also post in the Holiday & Entertainment Forum as well ... they recently added "Entertainment" to their title so maybe they have some Plain suggestions as well......

    I am right there with you....Grey Goose and Soda for me too!
    LainieBug
    Wed Jul 27, 2005 6:52 pm
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    This is a tough one! icon_lol.gif icon_lol.gif Here are two that I thought might be "plain" enough:

    Quick & Easy Ham Rollups (unless pickles are a no-no also)

    Chicken Fingers Maybe serve this one with a simple BBQ sauce?

    Do they like fresh fruit? I thought maybe a fresh fruit platter with a fruit dip. Let us know what you wind up making, because this one has me really curiuos.
    Charmie777
    Wed Jul 27, 2005 6:55 pm
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    I make these for my "plain" side of the family (you know the ones who request "SOS" for dinner!! blech!) but it really is good, just suits more ordinary palates icon_confused.gif
    Spinach Dip Pinwheels

    Also, these are very well received!
    Charmie's Won Tons Ole!
    LoriLou
    Wed Jul 27, 2005 7:10 pm
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    Don't know what to suggest, but my best wishes for your success on this one! My family sometimes says please do "plain old food" to me too, but they know me well enough to at least give something new a try. They are often pleasantly surprised.
    Still it sounds like a challenge and hate to say it, but BORING.
    Good luck.
    Let us know how it turns out. icon_lol.gif
    AKillian24
    Wed Jul 27, 2005 9:34 pm
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    Hey - What about some sort of bread bowl? You could have some 'fun' making a delish sourdough - and fill it with an incredible Spinach-Artichoke dip. Familiar, yet fun presentation.

    I mention it because DH is big on plain, and I'm always trying to sneak in creativity. Bread bowls usually fit the bill.

    I used Donna's sourdough: Basic Sourdough Bread
    and the CopyCat Houston's Dip: Houston's Spinach and Artichoke Dip

    In a pinch, I've used a French Bread as well: Failproof French Bread (Bread Machine)
    lortle
    Wed Jul 27, 2005 10:17 pm
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    Try the Cheese Ball by Chrissyo. It is really tasty (make two smaller ones, it is easier that way) - I made it for a 70s party and it got eaten up very quickly.
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