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Parents are meeting today!

Today our parents are coming over to meet for the first time. It's going to be about 2 o'clock so probably won't have a heavy meal but I have no idea what else to make! I feel that maybe finger foods would be easier to talk and mingle over than sitting down to a plated meal...any thoughts or ideas on what I should make? Thanks!

Re: Parents are meeting today!

  • rubyredlucyrubyredlucy member
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    edited October 2010
    Will they be staying for a long time?  If they're there in between meals, then appetizers should be fine. 

    This fruit dip is amazing and so easy to make- http://www.ourbestbites.com/2008/05/caramel-toffee-fruit-dip.html .  Delicious with some apple slices. 

    Good luck!
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  • Cheese and crackers is simple and easy.  Shrimp cocktail can be easy and elegant.


  • Cocktail weiners!! :)

    I love crock pot meals. Chili, french onion soup, whatever. Throw it together, let it cook, then people can pick on it as they want.
  • Something interactive so that people can be distracted or small talk as needed?  Build your own tacos or nachos, chili with a variety of toppings, etc.?
  • Oh if you want something that's no fuss, get one of those big family sized frozen Stouffer's lasagna pans. Just toss it in the oven and go. Mmmmm!
  • I like the finger foods - quick and easy and yummy.  Head over to the frozen foods section and grab 3-4 different things.  Remember to keep it easy for yourself!
  • I think finger foods too.  The freezer section usually has some good choices, but cheese & crackers, fruit/chips with dip, shrimp cocktail, etc. can be really fast and easy, too.  I'd probably get a fruit tray, a veg tray, one or two heat & serve options, and some pre-cubed cheese. 

    If you have more time, something like spinach & artichoke dip, bruschetta, etc. is great too.

    For a quick & yummy (but slightly messy) choice, grab some frozen, raw, shell-on shrimp from the freezer section of the grocery.  Thaw them quickly under running water.  Toss with a little vegetable oil and Old Bay seasoning - about a tablespoon per  pound of shrimp, probably.  (I'd get the 20 - 25s.)  Spread them out into a single layer on a sheet tray and pop them in a 375 oven for about 8 minutes, or JUST until they're pink and opaque.  Don't over cook them.

    Serve with a spicy cocktail sauce.  You can either make your own, or buy a nice one at the grocery - if they don't have a spicy one, add some horseradish to a regular one. 

    If you don't like cocktail sauce, mix together a bit of mayo, a little sour cream, a tablespoon or two of Ranch dressing, and some more of that Old Bay seasoning.   I usually add a spash of lemon juice too, to lighten it a bit, and sometimes even a bit of milk if it's still too thick.  It should be about ketchup consistency.  You want a fair amount of Old Bay in it for flavor, but not so much that it gets gritty.  Sorry, I mix to taste, so I don't have amounts. 
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  • squirrlysquirrly member
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    edited October 2010
    Oh, and I just saw another really yummy looking app:

    Bake mini biscuits.  Separate the tops from the bottoms  (I think she used puff pastry, actually).
    Slice roma tomatoes.  Put the slices on a cooling rack, and the rack on a baking sheet.  Top with salt & pepper & a little dried oregano.  Bake just until they're about 30% dried out.

    On the biscuit bottoms, spoon a tiny bit of jarred spaghetti or pizza sauce.
    Sprinkle on some grated parm cheese.
    Top with a tomato slice.
    Sprinkle on some fresh basil that's been very thinly sliced.
    Top with shredded mozz cheese
    Replace the top of the biscuit.

    Bake about 5 minutes until the cheese melts. 

    Yummy pizza bites.  I need an excuse to make this one.
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  • Alcohol. Lots and lots of alcohol. 

    (Our parents are meeting next weekend, RIGHT before the wedding. Ugh.)
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