Monday, March 27, 2006

A mildly-desperate plea for help

Dear Internet,

As JokeFest draws nigh I would like to gather ideas from the aggregate of readers hereat on the subject of Bar Nibbles.

This year's theme for JokeFest will be a very cocktail party-ish sort of thing and, as my longsuffering wife kindly pointed out, my tastes in edibles are not exactly ::cough, cough:: universally shared.

So.

Thoughts?

-J.

Posted by Joke at 11:08 AM

16 Comments

  • Blogger julia posted at 12:20 PM, March 27, 2006  
    CheeseWhiz on Ritz crackers. Add a jarred, pimento-stuffed green olive for garnish. :D

    How about tapas? Or is that too pedestrian?
  • Blogger Carolyn posted at 12:36 PM, March 27, 2006  
    Please don't sniff in disdain, but two popular appetizers out here are spinach dip in a bread bowl and seven layer dip with tortilla chips. It's our humble, peaseant fare.
  • Blogger Carolyn posted at 12:37 PM, March 27, 2006  
    Spelled "peasant" wrong. Oh well.

    Word verification is goanex.

    Sounds like maxi pads for goats.
  • Blogger blackbird posted at 1:24 PM, March 27, 2006  
    let's see -
    my friend? the chef who was on Iron Chef last year once served tiny bits of smoked trout on tiny toast, things that looked like tall cylindrical bud vases with soup in them, topped with creme fraiche, and mini (small as the 'o' you make with your fingers) crab cakes...
  • Blogger blackbird posted at 1:26 PM, March 27, 2006  
    oh wait --

    K's mom? minces munster cheese and then mixes it with minced onion and mayo and spreads it on those mini slices of pumpernickle and then puts them under the broiler -
    I don't know what it's called, we just call it cheese muck on toast.
  • Blogger Tremenda Trigueña posted at 1:40 PM, March 27, 2006  
    Baked potato skins with cheddar, bacon, chives, and topped with sour cream. This is a lower middle class delicacy! (First hand expertise over here...grew up with SEVERAL non-functioning cars parked in the driveway and yard. At any given time there were at least 4)
  • Blogger Badger posted at 2:02 PM, March 27, 2006  
    Okay, wait. You are actually inviting people who don't share your taste in cocktail nibbles? What the HELL, man?!

    It's your birthday; make what YOU like, sez I. When it's TFBYMfest, you can bust out the tortilla rollups and sausage balls for HER friends.

    I'm also available for marriage counselling, BTW.
  • Blogger MsCellania posted at 5:28 PM, March 27, 2006  
    When we had a big shindig a while back, I cheated and called caterers to see what they were offering. I ended up serving:
    carpaccio with some bread/onions/capers/different sauces and tiny white bread toasts
    Marinated medium shrimp w/avocado, onions, lime juice, cilantro, olive oil, tomatoes & spices (this went the most quickly)
    Baked brie and baked whole garlic bulbs, served with French bread (I know, these are oldies)
    Hummus with Stacy's baked pita crisps
    3 beers on tap, and nice wines
    Cheeses and fruits
    Chocolates brought out at the end.

    We have alot of vegetarian friends, hence the weird combination.
  • Blogger daysgoby posted at 8:03 PM, March 27, 2006  
    Pick something yummy you love and chop it up into smaller bits.
    Voila!

    It's your party, no?
  • Blogger Margie posted at 11:28 PM, March 28, 2006  
    -delurk-

    I find that the more effort you put into party food the less of it gets eaten. The one thing that I can guarantee will run out at a party is french onion dip made from soup mix and sour cream. I make tzatziki or skordalia from scratch and end up with 90% of it left. Although I know your opinion of that dip so maybe not...
    Maybe you could make some with your recipe listed a little while ago.

    Puff pastry pizza scrolls are nice. Spread pizza sauce and grated cheese on puff pastry, roll it up, slice it into wheels and bake it. These are very nice with anchovies through them as well.

    Oh and honey joys. Everyone loves honey joys. Made with added chopped peanuts.
  • Blogger Joke posted at 12:23 PM, March 29, 2006  
    I'm still listening. Basically I want stuff that people will pick off a tray from a wandering tray-bearer.

    Personally, the thought of having someone in a black tie carrying embossed cocktail napkins and walking around with a tray of supermarket potato chips (crisps, if you must) with a glob of dry-soup mix onion dip, is monumentally hilarious.

    -J.
  • Blogger MsCellania posted at 1:14 PM, March 29, 2006  
    Well, crap; you left off the bit about the black-tie clad hot and cold running help.

    I think tater chips, onion dip and other pedestrian nibbles trotted around on silver serving trays by liveried help would be truly hilarious. I'd do it. But would you eat anything?!

    And the latest grub I ran around a party was preprepared appetizers from Costco. Everyone here buys everything from Costco. I swear because it was recognizable, the guests devoured every last bit down to the finish on the plates.
  • Blogger BabelBabe posted at 6:13 PM, March 29, 2006  
    I have a nice recipe for cheese puffs, but they are NOT make-ahead types of things. Also a killer recipe for rosemary walnuts that go very nicely with cocktails. Let me know if you want me to share.
  • Blogger Joke posted at 7:35 AM, March 30, 2006  
    1- I'm not 100% sure about the hot & cold running help.

    2- BabBab: DUH.

    -J.
  • Blogger daysgoby posted at 11:10 PM, March 30, 2006  
    Just saw a neat one - grate potatoes, tuck some in mini (the really small ones) muffin cups (like a nest) bake until golden and crispy. The recipe I saw had spicy sour cream in the middles - might be neat with smoked salmon if you wanted to dress it up.

    Babel - Can I have a copy of that too?
  • Blogger Joke posted at 8:22 AM, March 31, 2006  
    Good one! Sort of like mini-latkes, only different.

    -J.
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