This past weekend I was asked to help prepare the food for an engagement party. I love doing events like this. This was a group of young men and women, in their late 20's & early 30's. Seems that they had all known each other their entire lives or at least since High School. They know how to have a good time, that is for sure. The couple for whom the party was held have known each other since elementary school. Boy did they have funny stories to tell. There were pictures of each of them as kids in soccer uniforms, proms, and graduation parties. Very fun. They both have some Italian ancestors so the hosts selected an Italian theme.
I was so busy that I didn't have time to photograph all the food. Darn it! Now I wish I had done so.
Everything was very well received and there wasn't many left overs. A good sign in my book!
Fabulous foccacia was baked at their house just before the guests arrived. There is nothing more inviting than the smell of fresh baked bread with garlic and rosemary. (Fabulous Foccacia
Fried Zucchini is always a hit. Slices of zucchini are dipped in flour then into a pancake batter and finally into crunched up seasoned cornflakes. Quickly fried and then reheated in the oven just prior to serving. The dip is made from Sour Cream, Mayonnaise, Parmesan cheese, garlic powder and lemon juice.
Double Tomato Brushetta is easy to prepare ahead of time and really delicious. I served this with bagels crisps. ( Double - Tomatoe Bruschetta
The little Cream Cheese Penguins were the talk of the evening. They were so perfect! Thanks to the tips from Cooks4Forty they were pretty easy to do. I added garlic powder and some green onion powder to the cream cheese and beat that together with the Kitchen Aid. I cut a U in the jumbo olives and just used a small knife to fill them. The beaks were inserted into the little x at the end of the small olives. Very fun to make and a real hit. (Cream Cheese Penguins
We also served Parmesan Mini Meatballs, Soft Garlic Knots and a beautiful fresh fruit arrangement.
Soft Garlic Knots is a newer recipe of mine and they were really good. I hope you get a chance to try them.
For dessert I made individual trifle like, layered dessert with Balsamic Strawberries.
) I didn't get a chance to get photographs of these gems. Darn, I guess I will have to make them again.