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Taco dip is top dog in the world of appetizers.

Popular appetizers: 1960-present


This month has been a blur of holiday parties and gatherings, and during this festive timeframe, I make more appetizers in a few weeks than I usually do the rest of the year.

Because I'm in snack-making mode, I thought a lot about hors d'oeuvres lately, and for an unknown reason, challenged myself to find the top appetizer for each of the last four decades. How did I do?

1960s -- Cocktail franks floating in a sweet / spicy sauce and served in a chafing dish.
'70s -- Ham roll-ups made with ham, cream cheese and pickles.
'80s -- A bread bowl filled with spinach dip.
'90s -- Hummus with pita triangles or chips and salsa.
2000+ -- Sushi or in-season fruits /veggies.

Top timeless appetizer: Taco dip, sometimes referred to as "trailer trash taco dip," is loved by even the foodiest of foodies.

Other popular apps: Bacon-wrapped water chesnuts (aka rumaki), "pigs in a blanket" (mini hot dogs wrapped in a biscuit / crescent roll), fondue and hot wings with blue cheese dressing.

Talkbacks

LoisDemille | Jan. 5, 2009 at 10:39 a.m. (report)

Molly, thanks for taking us back to when our parents had the chafing dishes. I made "pigs in a blanket" using lil smokies and cut the crescent rolls in smaller sections. My fiends loved them! Such great memories, thanks!

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kellyann7750 | Jan. 3, 2009 at 5:27 p.m. (report)

"Trailer trash taco dip"? Boy, who do you hang around with?

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Kenny | Jan. 1, 2009 at 11:13 a.m. (report)

Bread bowl filled with spinach dip -- that sure brings back memories. And cocktail franks -- yipes! Makes me wonder where Ritz Crackers with Easy Cheese fit in?

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