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    Default What to serve at a party?

    I just invited 40 work colleagues and their families over for a Saturday afternoon party in a couple weeks.

    HOLY MOLY, what was I thinking?!

    I said I'd serve hot cider, beer and nibbles and put the football game on.

    What would you serve? Hopefully not everyone will show up, but maybe 30 will?

    I was thinking some sort of gooey hot dip, cookies (pumpkin whoopie pies?), crudites, and chips. Any suggestions?



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    Spinach and artichoke dip is fairly easy to make and pretty much every recipe I've tried has been good. My personal favorite is 7- layer dip or some variation (also easy but not hot).

    ETA:
    For that many people I would do 4-5 different dip/ dipper combos: maybe veggies, tortilla chips, crackers and french bread with salsa, hummus, and a couple of homemade dips. That way you cover most people's diet issues (dairy, gluten etc.) Deviled eggs are also pretty easy and popular.


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    Wahoooo!! I love parties, love throwing them and can never have them because I have no time. I love to cook too

    Love the hot cider and beer idea. Here's some easy to go withs-

    http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes...ato_and_basil/

    I broil them with a little romano sprinkled on top.

    http://allrecipes.com/recipe/hot-bean-dip/

    Don't forget now is a good time of year for big pots of chili or chowder, that feeds many.

    I like to wrap prawns in a little proscuitto and quick broil them (this is time intensive unless you are an ex restaurant nazi like me though).

    Cheese and meat tray, hit up Trader Joes, etc., for a variety, people love it.

    TAPAS!

    And a fun link--

    http://www.foodandwine.com/slideshow...k-appetizers/1
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    People love Buffalo Chicken Dip and you can make/serve it in a crockpot
    http://homecooking.about.com/od/dipa...r/blapp108.htm

    Homemade salsa and good chips and maybe an assortment of hummus with veggies and pita chips?

    I always do a cheese assortment with a theme - Italian with fresh mutz, pecorino, and parm with salamis and marinated mushroms, olives, cherry peppers. Or a Fall-themed one with a good yellow cheddar or two and some nice golden-color cheese plus some onion marmalade and fig jam and crackers. Both with the usual suspect crudites-carrots, grape maters, sugar snap peas, celery.

    People love fondue - I'm going to try an apple cider cheese fondue (haven't decided on reg or hard cider) soon but dont yet know which recipe I'll follow. I'll serve it with slices of smoked kielbasie or those Lil Smokies or even regular mini-dogs, good rye, sourdough and pumpernickel chunks, apple slices, grapes, and grape tomatoes.

    You might be interested in making a dump cake. I made my first one, a Pumpkin Pecan one, a couple weeks ago trying to use up some older cans of pumpkin. It was ridiculously easy and fast and quite honestly delicious. Its easy to cut into squares for a crowd.
    http://www.cooks.com/recipe/cw1am4bi...dump-cake.html

    Sice you're having 40+ (Gaw Bless!), here's a Caramel Apple Dump cake with Spiced Whipped Cream. You could make both and put out a double helping of the spiced whipped cream for people to add to each
    http://www.tablespoon.com/recipes/ca...9-e7bddfe444c5

    ...and its never a party until the good ol' Lipton Onion Dip and Chips appears in my circle


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    Since you are serving dip, I like to make this in the crock pot.
    1 block of velveta cheese cut in cubes
    1 lb of cooked ground sausage
    1 jar of salsa

    Heat until cheese melts then stir in sausage and salsa.

    I serve it with tortilla chips. Yum
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    Second 7 layer dip, everyone loves it. If you want to serve something substantial, a ham, little slider size rolls and a couple of different mustards.
    "We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." ~Immanuel Kant


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    Hahahahhaha, every time someone makes a post here, I change my mind on what to serve!

    Thanks all!


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    Little Smokies, yummy!

    Ingredients
    2 – 13 ounce packages of Beef Smoked Sausage
    2 tablespoons of raw honey
    1/4 cup of grape jelly
    1 cup of barbecue sauce

    Instructions
    1. Cover the bottom of the Crock-Pot with the Lit’l Smokies
    2. Cover sausages with honey, grape jelly and barbecue sauce.
    3. Cook on low for 3 hours, stir every 45 minutes or so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lpcutter View Post
    Since you are serving dip, I like to make this in the crock pot.
    1 block of velveta cheese cut in cubes
    1 lb of cooked ground sausage
    1 jar of salsa

    Heat until cheese melts then stir in sausage and salsa.

    I serve it with tortilla chips. Yum
    Oh yeah this is killer. I even call it The Bowl Of Death



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    I do a velveeta dip with the small brick and a can of chili, no beans. Better if you have homemade chili! Just melt together.

    baked brie is nice this time of year, too



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    Ack! Can't stand Velveeta on a good day.

    Dip ideas are good, chili can leave your house a disaster. How young/old, male/female can change your menu....younger guys, high fat and calorie work...older guests better quality, more flavour, wine vs. beer.

    Have fun, serve things you can enjoy the party too!
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    I agree with buffalo chicken dip. So tasty with chips. I secretly get pretty excited when I go somewhere and I see this as an offering.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiningwizard255 View Post
    I agree with buffalo chicken dip.
    recipe, anyone?



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    I second highflyer.

    I would do a selection of veggies, chips (tortillas, potato) and cheese platter ith a few different dip options. At least one option free of meat or dairy (hummus fills this quite nicely).

    If you want to offer some hot finger foods, my dh's cream cheese stuffed dates wrapped in bacon are always a huge hit. Tiny spanakopitas are another one of our favorites but are more of a pain to make.



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    ...I want to go to Lovey's house.
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    here ya go. Only I schkeeve about canned chicken, so use rotisserie chick or poach a few breasts
    http://homecooking.about.com/od/dipa...r/blapp108.htm



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    I have the fixings for a cheese fondu and have found that the trick is to find the right bread that is crusty enough to stay on a fork that can be pushed along the bottom of the fondu pot to scrape off the cheese that is beginning to burn --- say from one of those specialty, organic, hand made bread stores.
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    Bacon wrapped dates!!! I love those! I served them at a party over the summer and they were a big hit.

    Yeah, I'm debating whether to do the chili/hot dip bit since there may be lots of young children involved. I want to serve something warm though.

    I'll decide once more people RSVP and report back on how it went



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    Quote Originally Posted by lovey1121 View Post
    Oh yeah this is killer. I even call it The Bowl Of Death
    Lol, in Texas, we use Rotel tomatoes instead of salsa. Wonderful stuff!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Foxtrot's View Post
    ...I want to go to Lovey's house.
    Pick me up on your way! I have the midnight munchies


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