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?
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?)
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
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 ;).