Baby & Bridal – Showers Require Food
April showers bring May flowers so the saying goes. Spring showers also provoke another set of showers. The celebratory kind –spring is a popular time of year for baby and bridal showers.
When you think of baby and bridal showers, you might think of the traditional foods served such as tiny cucumber sandwiches and devilled eggs. These are popular shower foods because they are finger foods and small-plate friendly. For the host, they are easy to make in large batches.
If you’re hosting a shower of any sort this spring, consider adding some flair to your celebration. I’ve compiled a list of five delicious recipes that allow for small servings and preparation is done ahead of time so you can enjoy entertaining your guests. Recipes work well for pot lucks, retirement parties or picnics this time of year too.
5. Crispy Shrimp Rolls
These crispy, sushi-like rolls are made with zucchini. The recipe makes twelve but they’re so good, you should probably double your batch.
4. Potato Curry Foccacia
Focaccia is a flat oven-baked flat bread that is typically topped with oil, herbs and vegetables. It makes a good alternative to serving pizza, which it is similar to in style and texture. The slight curry taste adds to the richness of the onion and potato flavour. Cut into small squares to serve and watch it disappear.
3. Sundried Tomato Bean Dip
It wouldn’t be a party without some kind of dip. This Sun-dried Tomato Bean Dip lets you spice things up a bit and is best made ahead of time to allow flavours to mix. Keep the recipe on hand because you’re likely to get requests for it. Serve with vegetables or crackers.
2. Turkey Meatballs in Tomato Sauce
These Turkey Meatballs in Tomato Sauce are perfect for single servings, just insert a toothpick in each one and you’re good to go! The recipe is even approved by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba. Order your complimentary copy of the Quick and Healthy recipe book, with even more recipes approved by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba.
1. Lemon Cupcake with Cheesecake Frosting
What kind of shower would it be without sweets? Cupcakes and showers go hand-in-hand. These Lemon Cupcakes with Cheesecake Frosting scream “spring” in your mouth! It is a winning recipe, it came in first place in the Canola Growers Cupcake Contest at the Ontario Home Economists Association Conference. Find the recipe and find out more about the winner here.
Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with traditional shower foods, but I’m all about spicing things up and trying new things. I hope I’ve inspired you to try out something new for your next spring shower, party or potluck.