I am hosting an autumn-themed gender-neutral baby shower for a friend (we're revealing the gender at the party). Can the food52 community help me come up with some great ideas for fun baby shower finger foods?
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HalfPint is a trusted home cook.
Gougeres are pretty good year -round and nice finger food for any party. It lends itself nicely to the autumn-themed shower.
Add bonus: gougeres can be made in advance, frozen, and then reheated in the oven the day of the shower.
The NY Times has a great recipe. I make these and freeze them. They heat up like a charm, and are have great seasonal ingredients: http://cooking.nytimes...
I love all things sweet potatoes, and Smitten Kitchen has me roasting rounds and topping them bruschetta-like. It doesn't take too much effort and the longest part is the roasting. The salad can be made the day before as well.
My sister recently through a shower for my cousin and did a waffle bar. It was a huge success, although that was a bit more labor-intensive. You would have to recruit several waffle irons from family and friends, prepare various toppings (sweet and savory!) as well as the batter (regular, cornbread (YUM), multigrain...) It was a lot of fun, but again, it took time.
Ooh, love the sweet potato idea. I'm going to have to put that on my weekend 'to-cook' list!
A few things that I've done for various showers/open house/etc. that have been well received are...
- Antipasta skewers (which can, incidentally, double as Bloody Mary garnishes)
- Hummus (tossing in some chipotle in adobo sauce will make it a lovely orange hue) and crudites
- Mini quiche (And heck no, I don't make them myself! I do opt for pre-made convenience on these babies.)
- Sweet potato chips (particularly autumnal, don't 'cha think?)
Nancy is a trusted home cook.
RIffing on the waffle bar idea above (FritschKitchen) and your hummus idea: have a hummus bar, with a selection of flatbreads (pita, naan, lavash, whole wheat etc) and toppings, as often served in the Middle East...
whole garbanzos, plain cooked or roasted
zaatar in shakers
some red pepper - sweet paprika, or Aleppo, or cayenne flakes
pignoli, raw or roasted
shaker of cumin or sumac
fresh herbs - mint, dill, parsley
black brined olives.
if you want to make this a main dish for a meat-eating crowd, add strips of roasted chicken or skewers of lamb
for drinks - beer, arak, wine
PieceofLayerCake is a trusted source on baking.
I LOVE HalfPint's idea of gougere! I make them with gorgonzola and sage, gruyere and thyme, white cheddar and dill/chives, pecorino/Parmigiano and cracked pepper, feta and rosemary....so versatile and so comforting. Here's a recipe: http://yummysupper.blogspot.com/2010/08/tartines-gougeres.html. It states 5 eggs, but often (especially if you live in a dry environment) it requires a bit more.
The same cheese/herb concept translates really well into biscuits too...especially for little biscuit sliders! You could bake crackers or a savory shortbread rounds and top them with all sorts of ingredients like roasted mushrooms, tapenade, smoked salmon, caprese, etc. Puff pastry also makes a good medium for finger foods.
I have made these: https://food52.com/recipes...
by IPK. They are a snap to put together, and are very very popular with the crowd. You can make the dough in advance and store as a log, then defrost and slice on party day. Also using puff pastry, these little items are whimsical little things and you can use all sorts of fillings. https://food52.com/recipes...
These are really the best - and maybe you could cut out the dough using a small leaf shape, or acorn shape - I use all sorts of jam flavors with these - yellow, orange and even cherry jams would carry through the theme of fall leaf colors: https://food52.com/recipes...
Thank you to everyone who responded!!! I loved every one of these ideas, and now it's going to be really difficult to narrow it down to one... okay, maybe two... okay, I may have to throw more than one baby shower ;).