Sunday, December 21, 2008

Cocktail Anyone?

We hosted a cocktail party for all of Bill's Financial Advisors last night.

I was delighted with the task of making appetizers for 15 adults (and my 4 little boys with huge appetites)

I chose 6 appetizers and 3 desserts. Chances are, if someone brings something, its usually dessert. I guessed right and Jackie brought yummy frosted brownies.

All the appetizers (not the desserts) are:

dairy free, yeast free, whole grain, and sugar free

These are delicious "Chicken Lollipops"

They are based on an Indonesian recipe that I found on my Dutch blog friend (

I served them with Peanut satay sauce.

Here's my take on tacos.

They are mini "pop in your mouth size" tacos. I used flat round tortilla chips, yellow and black sesame.

I spread some refried beans on them, layered on sliced grape tomatoes, shredded mexican cheese, homemade salsa and a tiny dollop of sour cream (I piped it out of a sandwich baggie with the tip cut off)

Next up we have Sage Turkey Sausage Bites with Balsamic Apricot Dip. I borrowed this one from Rachel Ray (off the Foodnetwork website).

I changed the recipe to Turkey sausage because it's nearly impossible to find sausage without sugar. I found fresh Turkey sausage at the little market near by house! I also used white Balsamic Vinegar instead of Black, it has a much milder taste.

This appetizer tasted much better than it looked. It's a Curry Chicken Pate that I made up. Basically a curried chicken salad that I pureed.

I had roasted 4 chicken legs seasoned with curry a few days before the party. The chicken was SO tender and fell off the bone. I threw the chicken, organic mayo, curry powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper in the food processor (my new best friend) and pureed it. It was SO delicious, fast and easy!

I served it on whole wheat crackers with a slice of cucumber.

Mini Vegetable Frittatas. These went quick (obviously)

These are simply broccoli, eggs, splash of water, paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Bake them in mini muffin tins. Oh, and pecorino romano, sheep's cheese.

Meringues dusted with cocoa powder.

Chocolate snowman, trees and stars drizzled with white chocolate and sprinkled by my boys.

Oh, and my favorite all time, I should really only make it once a year treat...


It's just a trifle too good.


The Southern Family said...

Looks wonderful!

Tamara Jansen said...

Wow, you did an amazing job. I just LOVE Trifle :)

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