Make ahead appetizers - suggestions?
DH and I are having our almost-annual Holiday Open House party in a few weeks. We usually have 50-60 people that come for minutes or hours during the afternoon, and I love offering a generous spread of fun and interesting appetizers, mostly finger foods. I have some T&T things I make every time, but want to bring in some new items. I've always done phyllo triangles with roquefort/walnuts and spinach/feta before, but want to try some new things. I am especially looking for things that can be made ahead (as in weeks or at least days) and frozen or otherwise stored, then either just need reheating or baking during the party. I also have 2 additional crockpots that can be used to rewarm/cook/keep warm.
Things already on the menu:
Baked brie in puff pastry with mango chutney
Ham balls (kept in crockpot) with cherry sauce
Hot mulled cider
Proscuitto pinwheels (made with puff pastry)
Crudite with dips
The key is I don't want to be stressed with too many things I need to do the day of the party other than plating/presenting or popping things in and out of the oven.
I'd be especially delighted to get suggestions for recipes of things I can prepare one or more days ahead in these general categories:
- Chicken wings/sate/skewers
- Mini quiches/tarts (especially any I could make soon and freeze)
- Mini sandwiches
- Something with crab (I'm in No. CA, and it's Dungeness crab season)
- Other fabulous finger food that doesn't need a lot of time the day of the party
While I don't need to do this really cheaply, I also can't afford to offer a large platter of shrimp or lobster. :)