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Cheap but impressive

I signed up for a potluck...dont's ask...obligatory.

Turns out there is a guy there I want to seriously impress. I want to make an appetizer (passed or finger food) that is awesome....

However PD is tomorrow and money is seriously tight.. Any suggestions for cheap but amazing little bites?

Room temp or cold only...they have no way to heat things....

by Anonymousreply 3202/28/2013

Chocolate covered strawberries. Everyone loves them.

by Anonymousreply 102/28/2013

Angels on horseback

by Anonymousreply 202/28/2013

Candied Bacon

by Anonymousreply 302/28/2013

Deglet noor dates stuffed with a whole, blanched (white) almond, wrapped with a thin strip of prosciutto. Have a savory dipping sauce on the side.

by Anonymousreply 402/28/2013

A wedge of your favorite cheese(s), with bread or crackers, the best you can afford.

I often bring St. Andre and tear up a loaf of good bread, and put it on a tray. Leave the cheese out for 12-18 hours before serving. You can add a quart of strawberries as well.

Someone always asks, "What was that cheese? It was SO good."

by Anonymousreply 502/28/2013

No one will be impressed with cheese and crackers, R5, no matter how high quality.

by Anonymousreply 602/28/2013

I wouldn't eat chocolate covered strawberries, R1/R5.

by Anonymousreply 702/28/2013

Pimiento Loaf.

by Anonymousreply 802/28/2013

Candied bacon is perfect, thanks.

Strawberries are dear this time of year and would cost a fortune, as would dates but bacon is cheap at Costco.

by Anonymousreply 902/28/2013

See if you can find a recipe for a Carmelised Bacon Twist. You can do it with brown sugar.

by Anonymousreply 1002/28/2013

You could whip up a nice cold pasta salad. Everyone likes that -- if it's made with love. Use small pene pasta or those cute squiggly colored pasta and chop up in small shreds some veggies and use a good Italian oil and vinegar dressing. DON'T ADD CHEESE. IT REACTS WITH THE ACID OF THE VINEGAR AND SOURS.

by Anonymousreply 1102/28/2013

[quote] Strawberries are dear this time of year and would cost a fortune, as would dates but bacon is cheap at Costco.

Where do you live that you can't get strawberries year round, and not at exorbitant prices?

by Anonymousreply 1202/28/2013

R12, the places where it's cold. they are imported from Mexico and are 4 dollars a pint. Strawberries are for May

by Anonymousreply 1302/28/2013

The perfect accompaniment to the mashed potato bar (served in martini glasses, of course):


by Anonymousreply 1402/28/2013

I saw strawberries for $4/qt, $5/organic @ Whole Foods maybe a week ago. They were from Mexico IIRC.

by Anonymousreply 1502/28/2013

If you want to impress him OP, invite him out for a drink or dinner and sneak away from this sad little get together early.

"Try the candied bacon, Joe. I made it!" isn't going to impress him.

by Anonymousreply 1602/28/2013

"cheap but impressive" will be my new Grindr screen name

by Anonymousreply 1702/28/2013

Go to Trader Joes and buy appetizers.

by Anonymousreply 1802/28/2013

Cut peeled English cucumber or zucchini into thick chunks, use a melon baller to make a little indentation. Fill the hole with something delicious, such as a mousse of cream cheese and finely minced shrimp or crab (salt and pepper, some cayenne, some onion powder) and sprinkle with paprika or a tiny sprig of watercress on each bite. It's delicious and looks like a lot of effort but it really isn't.

by Anonymousreply 1902/28/2013

Trader Joe's is the culinary equivalent of a late term abortion.

by Anonymousreply 2002/28/2013

r19, if OP can't afford strawberries, I think English cucumbers, shrimp, crab and watercress are out of his ballpark, too. It sounds like a nice and easy appetizer, though.

by Anonymousreply 2102/28/2013

OP, it doesn't matter what you serve. Just use these special toothpicks and your appetizer will be sure to impress.

by Anonymousreply 2202/28/2013

Here you go, OP.

by Anonymousreply 2302/28/2013

[quote]Trader Joe's is the culinary equivalent of a late term abortion.

True. Expensive for what you get, not available everywhere, but soooo worth it.

by Anonymousreply 2402/28/2013

Trader Joe is not expensive, oh poor people.

by Anonymousreply 2502/28/2013

The bacon is in the oven kids, but thanks for all the other ideas.

by Anonymousreply 2602/28/2013

I had no idea there was such a thing as candied bacon. Must stay away from it.

by Anonymousreply 2702/28/2013

R27 Candied bacon IS THE THICKNESS!!!! Incredibly good, but only to be eaten in small doses.

by Anonymousreply 2802/28/2013

We candy our bacon all the time. Great on ice cream!

by Anonymousreply 2902/28/2013

Make mini cabbage rolls with little sword-shaped toothpicks.

Presto® makes a lovely electric skillet with a lid that you can use to keep them warm.

Now do it!

by Anonymousreply 3002/28/2013


by Anonymousreply 3102/28/2013

A tasteful assortment of crudities would be the purest form of impression, op.

by Anonymousreply 3202/28/2013
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