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Recipe Ideas for a Wedding Shower


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Dear Jamie:

I am making a Sunday wedding shower and I wondered if I could have some suggestions for what to serve.

Rayna, Cleveland, OH

Dear Rayna:

At a party like a wedding shower, there is a lot of mingling going on and it’s often hard to find a place to sit down to slice up dinner meats. So the best foods in this case are foods that are easy to eat. I’ll give you some suggestion for some fab finger foods that will really stand out. I also suggest you make the menu dairy: I’m envisioning a Sunday brunch or lunch.

The additional beauty of finger foods is that they are cute, sweet looking, and pleasing to the eye. You and your guests won’t feel like they are eating too much. Bite size always is a winner with a weight-conscious crowd.

Try these interesting and delectable dishes:
Potato and Goat Cheese Triangles
Potato and Goat Cheese Triangles
This is a light, flaky, savory app, and you can vary the fillings if you are feeling adventurous. Think cheese, perhaps?

Tomato Basil Skewers
I love the idea of food on a stick. These are the elegant vegetarian version of a kabob.

Pavlovas with Lemon Curd Whipped Cream
Don’t you just love the name? The meringue part of this yummy dessert can be prepared ahead of time, and filled just before the guests are due to show up. I say, serve sweet foods at a wedding shower to wish the bride sweetness in her marriage. (Of course, I say serve sweet foods for practically every occasion.)
Lemon Cocktail

You can also have a lot of fun creating pretty drinks. My Sparkling Lemon Cocktail is delicious and refreshing — and the bubbles will certainly tickle your taste buds. You could also whip up some Cherry Smash for some contrasting color; or how about some Pomegranate Champagne Punch? It is a celebration, after all!

Some other delicious party/simcha foods:
Smoked Salmon and Goat Cheese Bruschetta
Crispy Artichoke Hearts
Party Pinwheel Finger Sandwiches
Pimiento Cheese
Apricot Canapés
Deviled Eggs
Smoked Salmon Tartare
Fennel and Parmesan

What’s your favorite finger food recipe? Please let us know. Rayna and I would appreciate it.

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About Jamie Geller


Jamie Geller is the only best-selling cookbook author who wants to get you out of the kitchen – not because she doesn’t love food – but because she has tons to do. As “The Bride Who Knew Nothing” Jamie found her niche specializing in fast, fresh, family recipes. Now the "Queen of Kosher" (CBS) and the "Jewish Rachael Ray" (New York Times), she's the creative force behind JoyofKosher.com and "Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller" magazine . Jamie and her hubby live in Israel with their five busy kids who give her plenty of reasons to get out of the kitchen - quickly. Check out her new book, "Joy of Kosher: Fast, Fresh Family Recipes."




4 Responses to Recipe Ideas for a Wedding Shower

  1. Four of my most popular items to serve at a shower or any event where pickup foods make the most sense are: 1. Endive leaves stuffed with Halibut Salad 2. Fried Olives 3. Cheese straws (I use Parmesan cheese but they can also be made with poppy seeds or caraway seeds if dairy doesn’t work)4. Mushrooms Ears

  2. Gloria – all sound delish – but fried olives sound to die for – I love olives, olive oil and I bet I love fried olives too. Can you share your recipe with us?

  3. avatar says: Ada

    Dear Jamie,
    I’m so inspired with your life and happy of your aliyah!!
    You have wonderful big family and I’m so interested in your advice. What type of food you prepare when you travel by car with family? Here, in Russia we can drive all day long and we so need to make smth easy and suitable for kids and adults and kosher. We so need your expert mom advice. Thank you!

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