Sunday, January 30, 2011

Beyond Chips: Entertaining With Flea Market Finds Part One

Tired of preparing the same old chips and dips for your parties? Do you want to wow your guests with unique and creative recipes? Try these delicious snacks that were assembled with ingredients purchased at Wolff's Flea Market.

Food is displayed on a tiled cabinet/bench that was "upcycled" from a maple kitchen cabinet found at Wolff's Indoor Flea Market, Palatine.

What can you do with these thrifty purchases? Incorporating suggestions from our facebook followers, we share with you a menu sure to impress anyone! Read on and scroll down to see the final spread!

ANTI PASTA PLATTER: Roasted red peppers, salami, store-bought herbed cheese.
COMMENTS: Use white serving dishes (which are available at very cheap prices at Wolff's) to bring out the natural colors and textures of the food. Make mini sandwiches by placing roasted red pepper between a slice of salami & cheese.

VEGGIE MEATBALLS: Prepare batter according to directions on box, but form into small balls instead of burger patties. Cook as directed. Dip into Black Bean Salsa.
COMMENTS: Came out a little crumbly, but tasted pretty good. Next time, I will flatten the meatballs into mini burgers to ensure more even browning and top each one with a dollop of salsa.

PASTA SALAD: Cook noodles. Drain and rinse in cold water. Add balsamic dressing, roasted red peppers, and store-bought grated parmesan cheese. Mix and refrigerate. Stir just before serving.
COMMENTS: You can add just about anything to a pasta salad! Cubed meats, black beans, chopped, raw vegetables, tomatoes, hardboiled eggs, etc. Use your imagination!

ARTICHOKE DIP: Combine bottled artichoke dip, chopped mild green chilis, chopped roasted red peppers and store-bought herbed cheese in a sprayed glass dish. Cook at 400 degrees until bubbly and golden brown. Serve with crackers.
COMMENTS: This dip tastes good hot or cold. Prepare ahead of time, refrigerate and heat before serving, or just serve cold. Substitute herbed cheese with feta or parmesan. For easy finger foods, spread dip on quartered slices of bread or toasted rounds before serving or cooking.

TERRI'S POTATO CHIP COOKIES: The official cookie of Wolff's Flea Market. See previous blogpost for this delicious melt-in-your mouth recipe.
COMMENT: Easy preparation. I love no-fail recipes that turn out great the first time!


Hurry to Wolff's Flea Market to buy ingredients for a 
Super-Super Bowl Party!

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