Create a crowd-pleasing shower menu with these simple and gourmet recipes
It's wedding season! If you're not attending shower after shower, you're probably the one hosting — and creating the menu takes a lot of work. To give you a head start on planning, we put together a sample menu of some mouthwatering recipes that we love. From easy appetizers and dessert, to a gourmet mushroom lasagna, this is one shower menu that has something for everyone.
If ever there was a party pleaser, it's this totally addictive chicken dip appetizer. My grandmother used to make it and now my mother brings it to almost every event and family party. It's perfect for showers because of it's unique (and delicious!) flavor, and the recipe makes more than enough to go around. Ingredients: 1 c. mayo; 1 c. sour cream, 2 tbsp crystallized ginger, finely chopped; 10-12 oz deli chicken, finely chopped; 1 8oz can water chestnuts, drained and finally chopped; 2 tsp soy sauce; 2 tbsp minced green onions Directions: Mix first 5 ingredients together, then add water chestnuts and chicken, and mix well. Chill for at least an hour or overnight. Serve with crackers.
What would a shower be without a good broccoli salad? This one is simple and fantastic - not to mention a staple crowd favorite. Healthy substitutions like light mayo make this a great choice. And if you're feeling extra creative, add 1/2 c. of chopped walnuts for some texture. Ingredients: 3-4 cups of broccoli flowers; 2/3 c. sliced green onions; 1 1/2 c. of crisp bacon crumbed (can sub for real bacon bits); 1 cup of grated cheddar cheese; 1 c. light mayonnaise; ½ c. sugar or Splenda; 1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar Directions: Combine broccoli, onion, bacon and cheese in a large mixing bowl. Separately mix mayo, sugar and red wine vinegar and pour over the other ingredients. Mix well.
Mushroom Radicchio Lasagna
This main dish is a new twist on an old favorite. Because there are a lot of steps, make sure to give yourself enough time, or make it the day before and bake before the party. Follow each step, starting with preparing the sauce and then move onto the cheese mixture. From there? Layer and bake. The result is a smokey and delicious lasagna that will impress even the toughest critics. Ingredients: 4 tbsp. vegetable oil; 1 ½ lbs radicchio (chopped); 2 ¼ lbs mushrooms, sliced/quartered; salt and pepper; 1 stick unsalted butter; ¼ c. flour; 2 ½ c. milk; 2 garlic cloves (minced—carefully chopped); 1 c. fresh flat leaf parsley; 2 Tbsp. Fresh lemon juice; 2 c. grated smoked mozzarella; 1 cup grated mozzarella; One package oven-ready (no-boil) noodles Directions: To make the sauce, heat 2 tbsp. Oil in 14 inch skillet. Add radicchio and cook until wilted (5 minutes). Finely chop half of the mushrooms and add to mix, seasoning with salt and pepper. Cook for Five more minutes. In a heavy sauce pan melt butter, whisk in flour, and add milk slowly. Season with salt and pepper, and simmer for about 5 minutes. Stir in mushroom mixture. To make the cheese mixture heat 2 tbsp oil, add garlic and cook; then add remaining sliced mushrooms. Stir in parsley, salt and pepper and let cool. Add 1 c. smoked mozzarella and 1 c. regular mozzarella Coat 9x13 baking dish with 1 cup sauce, then layer with lasagna noodles, cheese mixture, and sauce. Continue to layer, top with remaining cup of smoked mozzarella. Bake at 375 for 45 minutes