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    Hello all, I need some help. I'm having an " open studio " party next month and am asking my guests to bring either " the champagne of beers or the beer of champagne". That's kind of a joke my husband and I had while dating....cheap champagne followed by beer. Lol...classy, huh? Anyway, we are celebrating the completion of a large sculpture I'm working on and have invited oodles of friends. 5 could show up, or 105. I'm thinking of cooking up some bread ahead of time and making brochettes ( bread, mozzarella,and basil ) and just having the oven hot enough for reheating. The problem is that we are going to be too busy explaining the art, etc, to be manning the oven. But..I really would like to incorporate it into the evening. After all, as you know, it's really cool to have your own Wfo...! Do y'all have any great party food ideas that I could cook ahead of time and serve warm or cold? The garden's doing well, lots of tomatoes, basil, cucumbers and green beans, so using those ingredients would be fun. What goes well with beer and champagne? Chips, dips, maybe some pre cooked desserts like pizza dough with marscapone and chocolate? Bear in mind that July in Texas could be well into the 100's, even late evening. And if you're in the neighborhood, please join us! ( I may put you in charge of the Wfo!) Please toss ideas this way! Thanks!!

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    Re: Need ideas for party food

    I'm thinking you are going to get a LOT of suggestions on this but here is my take:

    Artichoke dip. Make it in advance and heat it up in the oven.
    Chicken wings. Make then in advance and heat them up - even easier, buy the ones at Costco (they taste pretty good)
    Bacon wrapped asparagus. I've made these in the oven and they are unique. (make them in advance and simply re-heat}

    Finger food is endless. I assume you want something that requires little time during your event. One more suggestion, go to dollar tree and buy the foil trays; use and toss.

    Oh yea, EVERYTHING goes with beer
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    • #3
      Re: Need ideas for party food

      Oh yea, EVERYTHING goes with beer
      Amen!

      Good ideas! Is got to be simple, the wings would work! Thanks. Also really
      LIke the bacon wrapped asparagus. Perfect! Thanks!

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      • #4
        Re: Need ideas for party food

        Les, tell me more about artichoke dip, what do you serve it on? Crackers, chips, bread? And what's in it?

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        • #5
          Re: Need ideas for party food

          Gudday
          Those home tomatoes and basil should be a star! 1/2 tomatoes take out the seeds and chop add chopped basil salt and a drizzle of olive oil. Place on crusty bread simple but the flavours fantastic.
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          • #6
            Re: Need ideas for party food

            Originally posted by Poetryart View Post
            Les, tell me more about artichoke dip, what do you serve it on? Crackers, chips, bread? And what's in it?
            Assorted crackers, chips. This wants to be baked at 350 for around 15 minutes. No reason it couldn't be cooked in advanced and simply warmed up.

            1 (6.5 ounce) jar marinated artichoke hearts, chopped

            1 cup mayonnaise

            1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

            1 clove garlic, chopped
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            • #7
              Re: Need ideas for party food

              Gudday
              Cucumber dip
              2 cups of Greek style yoghurt
              3 med cucumbers
              2 crushed clove garlic
              1/2 teaspoon salt
              1 tablespoon olive oil
              Line a sieve or colander add yoghurt cover and leave in fridge for 4 hours to drain. Cut cucumbers in halfs so you can take the seeds out with a tsp. course grate the cucumbers into a t towel and squeeze to remove excess moisture.
              Mix all ingredients serve with carrot sticks and celery sticks but crackers will do
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              • #8
                Re: Need ideas for party food

                Originally posted by Les View Post
                Assorted crackers, chips. This wants to be baked at 350 for around 15 minutes. No reason it couldn't be cooked in advanced and simply warmed up.

                1 (6.5 ounce) jar marinated artichoke hearts, chopped

                1 cup mayonnaise

                1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

                1 clove garlic, chopped
                Gudday
                That's sound bloody nice Ill pinch that recipe

                Regards dave
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                • #9
                  Re: Need ideas for party food

                  Use with any appropriate dip or salsa
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                  • #10
                    Re: Need ideas for party food

                    I've gotten good reponse to poppers done on the grill. Should work well on WFO. I used smoked salmon but bacon works as well.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Need ideas for party food

                      Baked pita with humus and/or baba ganoush? Chicken satay with peanut sauce?

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                      • #12
                        Re: Need ideas for party food

                        Wow, all those sound excellent! Thanks! What else?

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                        • #13
                          Re: Need ideas for party food

                          Originally posted by Kurtloup View Post
                          Baked pita with humus and/or baba ganoush? Chicken satay with peanut sauce?
                          I have to ask, what in the world is baba ganoush?..?

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                          • #14
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                            Originally posted by Poetryart View Post
                            I have to ask, what in the world is baba ganoush?..?
                            It's a Middle Eastern dish similar to humus made with eggplant instead of chic peas. Lots of recipes on the web. I like to place eggplant on the grill and cook until skin is charred and the eggplant sinks in on itself. We like to serve it with wedges of pita bread that have been baked until crisp.
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                            • #15
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                              We live in the tropics and eggplant grow here as a perennial. I have one plant and it produces all year round bearing more eggplant than we can use. Bugs don't seem to be interested in it and the variety we have is white. This is not a commercial variety because any marks on the skin turn brown making the fruit unsaleable. The big advantage is that the white ones are not bitter. We use it in so many ways, quite nice sliced and dipped in one third egg two thirds olive oil mixture and fried (we often use the sandwich press). I also use it for thickening curries by peeling, dicing and microwaving first then add to the curry where they break down completely. We also often make Babaganoush. I place a couple of them in the WFO once most of the heat has gone out of it. Pierce them ( they have a tendency to explode if the oven is too hot) allow them to cool and you use the mush inside, discard the skin. We also char grill it as well as pickling it. Our current plant is about three years old and has a trunk about 40mm diam. A truly wonderful, versatile plant.
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