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Feb 13, 2007 08:03 AM

Baby Shower Food

I'm hosting a baby shower and I want to get away from the typical chicken salad/ceasar salad menu that I always run into. Can you suggest a fun menu for this type of occassion that would appeal to people with "basic" tastes (no super fancy ingredients, etc)?

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  1. buffet or sit-down? how many people?

    mini sandwiches with turkey, swiss and cranberry chutney
    mini quiches
    chicken teriyaki on skewers
    shrimp cocktail
    poached salmon with dill sauce
    potato/cheese croquettes
    vegetable lasagne
    "baby" vegetables with dip
    mini cupcakes

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    1. re: hotoynoodle

      This is a buffet brunch for this Sunday, May 4th. I just found this website or obviously I would have asked much sooner. I am not just planning the shower I already have most of the dishes I am making I am just looking for something else to incorporate into the day. I love some of your ideas. The salmon is perfect as are the mini turkey sandwiches. It sure beats the cold cut platter my mother wants to bring. I however can't think of too many baby vegetables other than the obvious carrots. I've already got the shrimp and quiche covered and the cupcakes. Do you make the potato and cheese croquettes yourself? I've never made those. Or poached my own salmon. Any hints would be greatly appreciated as this is my first granchild and having 43 people coming is a bit nervewracking. Thanks Again! Tammy

      1. re: starkiechick

        Tammy, it is ridiculously simple to poach salmon. The whole fish is fabulously elegant but will require a fish poacher or other long device that will fit over 2 burners. You can also poach individual fillets or steaks. Make a court bouillon with several lbs (2-3) of fish trimmings (heads, bones, skin - your fish monger should be able to give you this, possibly for free!), 2 cups white wine, a handful of fresh dill weed, 2 cups water, s&p, 1 T thyme. Boil for 10 minutes or so to make broth. Lower heat to simmer. Add salmon in 1 layer, liquid should come halfway up sides. Cover and simmer on lower for 10-15 min till fish just barely flakes. Remove from heat and allow to cool at room temp. Remove fish, plate and boil remaining stock for several minutes to concentrate. Strain through several layers of cheesecloth and refrigerate. If you used enough bones, your stock will gel and can be considered aspic. Decorate platter with fish, cucumber slices, olives, pimentoes and chopped aspic.

        Make sauce usuing equal propotions mayo (I like Hellmann's), yogurt or sour cream, thyme and dillweed.

        All of this can be done (and should be) the day before.

    2. This just came to me, but what about miniature foods with a baby theme?

      Tea sandwiches with egg salad, lamb with minted yogurt and cucumbers or veal with mozarella, prosciutto and tomato chutney
      Baby spinach salad with coddled eggs, lardons and poppy seed dressing
      Glazed baby carrots with cinnamon or pan-roasted baby winter vegetables
      Miniature pastry assortment

      1. Is this event happening this season, or will it take place in the spring? And can you give just one example of a food that would be 'too exotic'? That, along with the sit-down versus buffet question, should help people give useful suggestions.

        Also, is this shower for women only or is it co-ed?

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        1. re: Kater

          At that time of year I think everyone enjoys asparagus. If guests will not be carrying their buffet plate to tables, a great way to serve asparagus (technical a finger food whether seated or standing!) is to trim it, blanch it, shock it, wrap with prosciutto and sprinkle with orange zest. You can also do a lot with endive leaves. I usually make a saffron chicken salad in the food processor, so that it has a mousse-like texture (cooked chicken, lemon juice, saffron, mayo, salt, chives) and place a teaspoon on each leaf. This is a very easy lite bite, but when you arrange it in a concentric pattern and sprinkle the whole plate with pommegranate seeds it is very impressive. And it also tastes terrific!

        2. I've hosted several baby showers and though this is still a bit "typical" - it's not chicken salad.

          We have done tortilla wraps - spinach/tomato-basil/wheat (for color), and wrapped up turkey/bacon/havarti with red peppers and mayo; or ham/guyere, granny smith apple slices and cut them up in thirds - we've also done a veggie version. We have added in ganache dipped fruit over fruit pizza or fruit salad- we have done proscuitto wrapped melon, or tea sandwiches like cucumber/cream cheese, savory onion/fontina, salmon/caper, etc.

          Also, here is something we have been doing lately too: Brunch baby showers- where you can do the mimosa, or sparkling wine punch (NA for the mother to be of course); simply but delicious egg bakes or frittatas, with fresh fruit and yogurt parfaits, petit fours, herbed hash browns and mini-muffins, caramel rolls, etc. Most people enjoy breakfast/brunch foods - and we have discovered that this is light enough where people can feel satisfied and it can be made ahead of time, saves time & money and seems to be a hit!

          1. These are fantastic ideas! The shower is going to be in May-it's all girls and it will be buffet style. Everything listed sounds wonderful!!