My sister and I recently threw a baby shower for our other sister, planned the menu and prepared the food. After a lot of discussion, we decided to make a variety of simple foods that everyone would go for. All in all we found that entertaining for a large amount of people can be managable with some planning. However, that planning should take place over drinks, with food that other people have cooked for you. And also, that “food” should be nachos.
(Above) Mini-strawberry shortcakes, using a shot glass, cut circles out of premade or homemade pound cake. In a bowl, mix fresh, chopped strawberries (I used about 20 large strawberries for 20 shortcakes), juice of one lemon and a tablespoon of sugar. Let it sit in the fridge for a few hours, then place a poundcake circle in cupcake paper, add spoonful of strawberry mix, and some juice, letting the poundcake soak it up, top with whipped cream and mint leaf.
White cake (use any recipe), filling is Nutella mixed with chopped, toasted hazelnuts. Icing is buttercream - 1 stick butter, 2cps. powdered sugar, 2 TB milk. Whip butter and sugar together in mixer, after totally creamed together, add milk. Can also add vanilla or a splash of liquer for extra flavor. *Fresh hazelnuts produce the best flavor, buy them whole, if they still have the husk (not shell) on, boil them in a couple cups of water and 2 tablespoons baking soda. After a few minutes, when you rub them under cold water, the husk will peel right off. Toast in 350’ oven for 10 minutes, then chop fine.
Delicious little sandwich created by sister and her boyfriend - Arugula, farmhouse white cheddar, chipotle aioli, various Italian deli meats - Peppered Salami, Prosciutto, Coppa.
Wraps - Tortilla, cream cheese, alfalfa sprouts, sun-dried tomatoes.
This dip has become my pot-luck contribution standard. It’s simply a 16 oz. container of fat-free cottage cheese, 16 oz. low-fat cream cheese, juice of half lemon, 1 tablespoon garlic powder, fresh pepper and herb of your choice - I like to use fresh oregano or chives. If you have a handblender, use it to mix everything and blend until it’s creamy like goat cheese.
Caprese skewers, the easiest part: Grape tomatoes, fresh basil, small fresh mozzarella (“Ciliegine”), repeat. This never gets old for me - can add different things, olives, prosciutto, I like thin slices of fresh garlic on there too. Drizzle balsamic, olive oil, salt and fresh cracked pepper over top.
This is just a plate of fruit, hey, who doesn’t like fruit?