Could there be happier occasion than a baby shower? Make it even more special with a brunch that will feed everyone. Start with the traditional Sandwich Quarters and add a new Vegetable Antipasto Platter, served plain or add your favorite sauces. For the main dishes, serve a quiche and ham, and side them with potatoes. Satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth with tart cookies and sweet, rich candies.
Eggless Broccoli-Cauliflower Quiche (LV)
Pan fried or baked ham slices (O)
Hash Brown Potatoes (V)
Some things store very well, so make them in advance to take some of the pressure off. Make the Chocolate Peanut Clusters the day before, then put them in Ziploc bags. These take about 15 minutes to do, yet everyone will think you spent hours. And that you own a candy thermometer. When it is time for the shower, all you have to do is put them in cute dishes and set around the room.
The same goes for the Lemon Sugar Cookies. Make them either the day before or the morning of the shower. They also store very well in zipper bags.
The next morning, assemble the Sandwich Quarters. Put them in a plastic container or cover them with plastic wrap and put them in the refrigerator to ensure they stay fresh. Alternately, you can assemble these last, which will ensure the bread is fresh when you serve them.
Assemble the filling for Eggless Broccoli-Cauliflower Quiche, then cover the bowl and put it in the refrigerator.
Preheat your oven about 1-½ hours before the shower, then dump the contents into the pie crust and put this in the oven when you have about an hour to go. This will be perfect timing for it to bake and set a few minutes before serving.
Next cut up the veggies for the Vegetable Antipasto Platter. The veggies and the hash browns will be on the stove at the same time. Get frozen hash browns—they are easy and good. For the ham, go with fairly thin-sliced deli ham. Heat them whichever way is easier for you. If you have more oven room, heat them there. If it is easier for you to manage three pans on the stove, then go for that.
Line everything up buffet-style and let your guests serve themselves. Set up a separate coffee bar, with an assortment of coffee goodies, such as flavored creamers and assorted sweeteners. Surprise everyone with a carousel holding cinnamon, raw sugar cubes and chocolate chips.
Most importantly, have a comfortable chair reserved for the mom-to-be, with someone designated to wait on her hand and foot. She will love you for it!
Until next time,
Lisa (aka Veggie Gal)