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Going to a friend’s house on Saturday with about 8 ladies. We’re all going to bring a snack to share.  I’m bored with my go-to of chips and homemade salsa, but have no clever ideas.

What are your cheap, easy to make, yummy snack ideas to share with 8?  Sweet or savory.  

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Hummus and fresh veggies/pita bread to dip in it?

I do almost always bring savory snacks, because it seems like the go-to snack is still sweet, and I just can't handle too much of that.

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I almost always bring a veggie tray with hummus because no one ever does and it gets devoured.

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Hummus sounds good. Maybe deviled eggs? I haven’t made those in centuries.

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Mexican Roll up - mix about half cream-cheese/sour cream. Add some salsa, Add some shredded Mexican cheese (or whatever you like). You can add (or not) sliced olives, green onions, chicken, etc. Spread a layer of the mixture on a flour tortilla. Roll it up, wrap in saran wrap. Wait till you are ready to leave, unwrap, slice in about 1" lengths, put on plate, enjoy. 

Like this recipe, but I mix the salsa in with the cream cheese/sour cream. It saves having to take the salsa separately. I often make a bunch of these and freeze them. They thaw and you slice and presto you are ready again! 


Edited to include link - https://www.tastesoflizzyt.com/mexican-tortilla-rollups/

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Deviled eggs are yummy!

Pigs/Cows in a blanket:  Lil' Smokies pork or beef mini-sausages and crescent roll dough.  Store brand works on the dough.  Cut it in stips with a pizza cutter, roll dough around each little sausage and follow the baking directions on the crescent roll package.

Little sandwiches?  Pimento cheese/chicken salad/deli meat and cheese sandwiches cut into super-fancy-and-impressive triangles (remove the crusts if you are feeling ambitious).

In one of the Mitford books, Father Tim made a tray of peanut butter and jelly fancy sandwiches (cut in triangles and without crusts) in honor of a favorite elderly parishioner and everyone devoured them.  I think that's actually an original idea.

What about pumpkin-something (muffins with chocolate chips, etc.)?  Or some spicy tomato soup to serve in little cups and top with croutons?

Party food is so fun!

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SO easy and everyone always enjoys it--a mix of small pretzels, nuts, and candy. I like Snaps pretzels + peanuts + M&M's. I've also done pretzels + peanuts + candy corn. 

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1 hour ago, Garga said:

Hummus sounds good. Maybe deviled eggs? I haven’t made those in centuries.

Deviled eggs are one of my favorite things in the world to eat, but I never make them!

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a dip of Cream cheese mixed with marshmellow fluff

then apple wedges or orange slices for dipping

 

sounds weird but is yummy

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Potato salad balls are fun. Mash 3 large potatoes (a little lumpy is ok), add 1/3 c. Mayo, 1 T lemon juice, 1/4 t. sugar, then gold in 1/2 c. cooked frozen vegetables. Firm into 1" balls and chill in the refrigerator. 

Obviously the recipe is very flexible! This is just to give you the idea.

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These all sound wonderful! I think I’ll send this thread to the other ladies coming on Saturday and ask them to each pick one and we’ll eat them all.  😄

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I live deviled eggs, but trying to get them peeled without shredding the egg makes me crazy.

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Just now, SusanC said:

I live deviled eggs, but trying to get them peeled without shredding the egg makes me crazy.

I did it once using some sort of hack, but I can’t remember which hack I used!!!  I think it involved adding vinegar to the water.  Whatever I did, the eggs peeled beautifully.  

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1 hour ago, SusanC said:

I live deviled eggs, but trying to get them peeled without shredding the egg makes me crazy.

I had the same problem for years, once I started cooking them in my instant pot, I never had a problem again.  No idea why doing them in the pressure cooker verses on the stove makes a difference but it really does.

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I always love a little charcuterie board...my faves are pepperoni, cheddar, crackers, green olives, and grapes. 

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Tamari almonds.  toss whole raw almonds in tamari, then toast in the oven until dry and toasty.

Apple chips: sliced apples in my food dehydrator.  It will work in the oven too, set very low, but needs more tending.

Fruit leather:  Fruit puree in dehydrator or oven on very low.

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3 hours ago, Myra said:

a dip of Cream cheese mixed with marshmellow fluff

then apple wedges or orange slices for dipping

 

sounds weird but is yummy

I do this but add a spoonful or 2 of jelly or jam and then thin it with orange juice. And I serve with strawberries.

For apples, I use cream cheese, fluff, Brown sugar and thin with milk. Sprinkle chopped heath bar or heath bits in top.

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4 hours ago, MercyA said:

SO easy and everyone always enjoys it--a mix of small pretzels, nuts, and candy. I like Snaps pretzels + peanuts + M&M's. I've also done pretzels + peanuts + candy corn. 

Yummy...I use pretzels, potato chips, m&m's and raisins.

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5 hours ago, Bambam said:

Mexican Roll up - mix about half cream-cheese/sour cream. Add some salsa, Add some shredded Mexican cheese (or whatever you like). You can add (or not) sliced olives, green onions, chicken, etc. Spread a layer of the mixture on a flour tortilla. Roll it up, wrap in saran wrap. Wait till you are ready to leave, unwrap, slice in about 1" lengths, put on plate, enjoy. 

Like this recipe, but I mix the salsa in with the cream cheese/sour cream. It saves having to take the salsa separately. I often make a bunch of these and freeze them. They thaw and you slice and presto you are ready again! 

So good...

If you do these, Garga, give them a few hours in frig to firm up to make slicing easier. Or pop them in the freezer for a while. 

And when you are slicing them...save the ends of each roll (the first and last slices, IOW, the ones that aren't pinwheels) for yourself for a snack the next day. 🙂

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A friend came over for dinner and brought these. YUM! This looks like the recipe. Not easy in my opinion.

https://www.dinneratthezoo.com/bacon-wrapped-jalapeno-poppers/

Sam's has Angie's Boom Chicka Pop Sweet and Salty Popcorn in a big bag. Another customer recommended it to me. Oh man that stuff is addictive. Super cheap and easy. 

https://www.samsclub.com/p/bcp-sweet-salty-23-oz/prod21060218

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People gobble this dip up whenever it's made. 

1 block cream cheese

1 jar of newmans mango or pineapple salsa

shredded cheddar or pepperjack cheese (depending on spice preferences)

Spread cream cheese on oven safe dish. Top w/ salsa and shredded cheese. Bake at 350 until cheese is melting and happy. Serve w/ multigrain tostitos. 

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1 hour ago, unsinkable said:

Yummy...I use pretzels, potato chips, m&m's and raisins.

I have a similar mix to you and @MercyA  mine is pretzels, salted/roasted almonds, m&ms, and teddy grahams. 

Eta: that dip thread has so many yummy recipes on it!

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6 hours ago, Garga said:

Hummus sounds good. Maybe deviled eggs? I haven’t made those in centuries.


I definitely vote for deviled eggs!  
 

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I tend to do deviled eggs.  Boil, simmer 15 minutes, immediately put in ice water for easy peeling.

I usually transport empty whites with the filling in a ziplock, cut a hole, and fill on-site.  Otherwise I make a mess.

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1 hour ago, AmandaVT said:

People gobble this dip up whenever it's made. 

1 block cream cheese

1 jar of newmans mango or pineapple salsa

shredded cheddar or pepperjack cheese (depending on spice preferences)

Spread cream cheese on oven safe dish. Top w/ salsa and shredded cheese. Bake at 350 until cheese is melting and happy. Serve w/ multigrain tostitos. 

I’m sure this is a dumb question...but what kind/size of dish do you put this on? I think I’m going to make this over the weekend. Might as well get started on the holiday dip-fest!😁

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10 hours ago, SusanC said:

Potato salad balls are fun. Mash 3 large potatoes (a little lumpy is ok), add 1/3 c. Mayo, 1 T lemon juice, 1/4 t. sugar, then gold in 1/2 c. cooked frozen vegetables. Firm into 1" balls and chill in the refrigerator. 

Obviously the recipe is very flexible! This is just to give you the idea.

These sound absolutely fascinating to me.  I'll have to give them a try!

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I take deviled eggs to gatherings and people scarf them down because nobody wants to make them.  🙂  Recently I took veggie pinwheels and they were quick and popular.  I used flavored garden vegetable cream cheese, spread some on tortillas, topped with shredded carrots (bought already shredded), chopped celery, and cucumber (cut out the seed part, cut up the hard part, and then drain/squeeze with a paper towel or it makes a watery mess).  Roll up, chill, and slice.  

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Speaking as the weird one with food restrictions (both ethical and health related), I can say that I would greatly appreciate the hummus and veggies option. Of the things suggested, that and the Boom Chicka Pop stuff would be the only items I could actually eat.

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On 11/6/2019 at 6:25 PM, mmasc said:

I’m sure this is a dumb question...but what kind/size of dish do you put this on? I think I’m going to make this over the weekend. Might as well get started on the holiday dip-fest!😁

 

Not dumb at all - anything it fits in really. It's a super flexible dip. I think the platter I usually use is a bit bigger than a piece of paper with edges that go up a bit (I'm terrible with descriptions). Something like this, apologizes if the picture is huge!

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On 11/6/2019 at 7:09 PM, Garga said:

I did it once using some sort of hack, but I can’t remember which hack I used!!!  I think it involved adding vinegar to the water.  Whatever I did, the eggs peeled beautifully.  

My no-fail method:  let eggs sit out overnight, and then STEAM them.  

I put my old collapsible metal steamer in a pot, add water just til below the level of the steamer (so about an 1+ inch), add room-temp eggs, cover, turn on heat (med-high), cook 17 minutes (for large eggs), and run under cold water when done. 

If I'm cooking only one or two eggs, I cook a minute less, if piled in there, a minute or two more....  

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On 11/6/2019 at 2:35 PM, mmasc said:

I always love a little charcuterie board...my faves are pepperoni, cheddar, crackers, green olives, and grapes. 

You don't like prosciutto? That's what I thought a charcuterie was... prosciutto plus some fillers. 😉

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10 minutes ago, wintermom said:

You don't like prosciutto? That's what I thought a charcuterie was... prosciutto plus some fillers. 😉

Yes! If I can find any that’s good! (Which isn’t usually the case in my current living location)

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1 hour ago, mmasc said:

Yes! If I can find any that’s good! (Which isn’t usually the case in my current living location)

That is sad. I'll bet it can be shipped to you. 😉

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Assorted cut fruit or assorted raw veggies - these are things almost everyone can eat and are sugar free. 

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