Help..Baby Shower Menu
i am cooking for a baby shower saturday afternoon and need help balancing menu. meeting with friend in next few hours for her to review.
spinach salad with strawberries and goat cheese (mom to be's request)
THIS IS WHAT I NEED HELP ON: PASTA SIDE-baked ziti or sausage and red pepper pasta but not loving either of these options
roasted pepper, carrots, eggplant, zuchini, aspargus, garlic
everything will be cooked friday and brought over for shower. so items need to be able to make day before or at least quick final assembly saturday morning.
Chicken francese? If so, what about just serving plain noodles and serving the chicken w/ sauce over it? Or, something lighter in taste, eg stuffed shells w/ light tomato sauce (just lightly sauteed tomatoes, garlic, etc.).
My primary concern would be the ease with which your guests can eat this food. I suspect this may not be a seated meal because you're preparing everything before hand. So I think that pasta is not the way to go. Also both of the dishes sound very heavy for a springtime shower.
I would suggest an orzo salad that is good at room temp. There is a popular version with spinach, diced tomatoes, calamata olives, red onion and feta dressed with lemon and olive oil but you've got a lot of those flavors already.
Why not do orzo, poached salmon, lemon zest, scallion, flat leaf parsley, shallot and some finely diced cucumber?
Time for my go-to recipe for orzo salad with pine nuts and feta. It should compliment the tanginess of the chicken and the roasted veggies well. Be sure to use a good, flavorful extra virgin olive oil, and be sure to mix the olive oil + lemon juice into the still-hot orzo, before the other ingredients, so it has time to infuse into the pasta.
From epicurious: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...
For a pasta, Ina Garten has a gret orzo with roasted vegetables and feta recipe- which is great room temp. A meat pasta dish or orchiette with spicy sausage and broccoli rabe is also great room temp I think, so would be easy for an event like this. I would also add a platter with smoked salmon on blini or toasts, easy and spring like. I threw a baby shower in the fall, and one of the biggest hits was one of the cheapest easiest things- mini BLTS. I basically made BLTs and quartered them. With nice bread and an interesting mayo ( I made a basil mayo) it looks nice on a platter and everyone seems to love BLT.