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Blue Cheese Onion Dip
Great with Vegetables, Crackers or Chips

Bleu Cheese Salad Dressing Recipe
Very Good and Tasty Blue Cheese Dressing for Chicken Wings

Braunsweiger Dip
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Captain's Chair Cheese Dip Recipe
Made With Cottage Cheese

Cream Cheese Spread Recipe
Great to Take to a Pot Luck Supper

Deviled Eggs Recipe
Two Very good recipes for deviled eggs

Eggplant Dip Recipe
Eggplant Dip Recipe and Casserole with Eggplant Recipe

Marinated Chicken Wings Recipe
Basic and Easy Soy Sauce Marinade

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Wonderful Appetizers to Serve Your Holiday Guests

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Party Meat Balls Recipe
This Recipes uses Cranberry Sauce and Onion Soup Mix

Pickle Roll Ups Recipe
Uses Baby Pickles and Cream Cheese

Shrimp Dip Recipe
Very Simple and Good Recipe made with canned shrimp

Spinach Dip Recipe
The Classic Frozen Spinach and Sour Cream Dip

Stuffed Mushrooms Recipe
Mushrooms stuffed with breadcrumbs

Toasted Mushroom Sandwiches Recipe
Very Old recipe for Mushrooms over toast

Yummy Munchies Recipe
Made with Oyster Crackers

Cheese Plates 101

A good cheese plate is a simple, yet elegant addition to any party. Here are some tips to help you put together a terrific holiday cheese plate.

  • For the best flavor, take cheeses out of the refrigerator 30 to 45 minutes beforehand, leaving them wrapped until you're ready to serve.
  •  Choose an interesting variety of cheeses. Pick 3 to 5 different cheeses with varied styles and different milks. Label each cheese by name, milk variety and country of origin.
  • Fruit helps amplify a cheese's sweetness. Include dried fruits such as cranberries, dates or figs, and fresh fruits like apples, pears, apricots or melon.
  • To pick up on cheese's salty notes, include olives, fruit chutneys, toasted nuts or cured meats such as salami or prosciutto.
  • In choosing breads or crackers to go with your cheese, make sure the flavors won't overpower the flavors of the cheese.

Get Started: Jarlsberg pairs well with fresh fruit, such as grapes, apple and pears, savory jellies, and pumpernickel bread.

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For totally tempting pre-dinner snacks and cocktail party treats, check out these 50 recipes from the folks at Stonewall Kitchen.

Small bites like Asian-Spiced Nuts whet the appetite before dinner, while a variety of more substantial small platessuch as Lamb Chop "Lollipops" with Spice Rubare filling enough to serve as an actual meal.

In addition to these mouthwatering dishes, the authors provide some of their favorite cocktail recipes, ideas for appetizer party menus, tips for how much to serve, and innovative presentation ideas for family dinners and special gatherings.
Stonewall Kitchen: Appetizers: Finger Foods and Small Plates

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Use Fingerling Potatoes

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Going to holiday parties is part of the fun of the season.

Hosting a holiday soiree can be just as fun - if you're prepared with some helpful hints and a buffet of scrumptious small-plate appetizers.

Setting the Scene

Creating seasonal sparkle at the table is easy and it doesn't have to be expensive. Look around at what you already have - a pretty satin sheet can double as a tablecloth or be folded in thirds to become an elegant table runner. Add a few twists of gold or silver ribbon, some table glitter and greenery and you have a beautiful backdrop for your buffet.

Small plates are a chic - and practical - way to serve appetizers. They're easy for guests to carry and hold just the right amount. If you don't have enough, borrow some from friends and create an eclectic collection.

Tea lights, tapers, groups of pillars - candles are a great way to create big ambiance on a small budget. Just be sure to use unscented candles around the table so they don't compete with the aroma of your food.

Choosing the Menu

Plan on a mix of hearty and light appetizers. These recipes take advantage of the versatile taste and texture of Jarlsberg cheese. A mild semi-soft cheese made from cow's milk, Jarlsberg has a buttery, rich texture with a mild, nutty flavor that lends itself to all kinds of flavorful bites.

Add in some spiced nuts, marinated olives, fruit and a decadent cheese plate, and you have a small-plate party with plenty of style.

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Planning Portions


  • Evening party with no dinner: 10 to 15 pieces per person. Make sure your appetizers are on the substantial side, to satisfy guests.
  • Evening party with dinner following: 3 to 5 pieces per person, usually lighter fare such as cheese and vegetables.


  • About 3 beverages per person. Guests drink an average of two drinks during the first hour and one drink each hour after that.
  • A 2-liter bottle of soda fills ten 8-ounce glasses.
  • Count on getting about 5 glasses of wine per standard 750 ml bottle, and 6 glasses of champagne from a standard bottle.