Thursday, August 27, 2009

Lunch for the Bride

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to help provide some food for a wedding going on at church - I was so happy to be able to help and had fun making it special!

The goal was to provide food that would not be messy! So, I went with mini foods that could be popped in your mouth!

Here's what I fixed:
Basil Cheese Triangles (recipe below)
Mini Quiche Lorraine (recipe below)
Mini Cheese Balls and crackers (I used a 1/2 teaspoon to scoop out the cheese and rolled each little bit in chopped nuts)
Veggies and dip
Fruit and dip
Sugared Walnuts
Mini Maple Oat Scones; courtesy of The Farm Chicks
Nanny's Tea Punch (recipe below)

Basil Cheese Triangles (Betty Crocker cookbook)

8 oz. shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 egg, beaten
1/2 Tbsp. dried basil leaves
1/8 tsp. white pepper
1/2 of a 16 oz. package frozen phyllo sheets, thawed
2 Tbsp. margarine or butter, melted

Combine cheese, egg, basil and white pepper. Cut stack of phyllo sheets lengthwise into thirds. Keep covered while assembling.

For each triangle, use two strips of phyllo. Place one heaping teaspoon cheese mixture on one end and fold into a triangle (think of flag folding and you'll have this!). Place on greased cookie sheet.

Brush tops with melted butter. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until puffed and golden. Serve warm. Makes 3 dozen triangles.


Quiche Lorraine (Betty Crocker cookbook)

Note: I made half of this recipe and it made two dozen mini quiche. I purchased mini phyllo crusts already made at Wal-Mart - they came in a box of 15. After that, I just poured the quiche mixture directly into the mini muffin pan and that worked fine too.

8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 c. shredded Swiss cheese (I used Mexican blend cheese)
1/3 c. chopped onion (I used a Tbsp. or so of minced)
4 large eggs
2 c. whipping (heavy) cream (I used mostly cream left from the scones, but filled it the rest of the way with evaporated milk)
salt and pepper to taste

Mix together and pour into crust. Bake at 425 for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 300 and bake an additional 30 minutes or until a knife comes out clean. For the mini quiche, they will not take nearly all of that extra 30 minutes - I think mine were done in 10 or less.


Nanny's Tea Punch (courtesy of my friend, Melissa ~ she remembers her Nanny making this yummy punch every time she came to visit! It is delicious!)

Boil 2 quarts of water. Add 8 regular tea bags (I used three family size since that was what I had) and steep for about ten minutes.

Stir in 2 c. sugar. Add 6 oz. frozen lemonade and 6 oz. frozen orange juice. Add enough water to make one gallon - chill thoroughly!

** I froze some of the punch with a few mint leaves in an ice ring mold and dropped that down in the jar to help keep it cold!



Melissa said...

I'm not even sure what I was aiming at when I went back in to take the pictures - glad they turned out! Thank you for letting me taste test the scones. They were scrumptious!!! Sipping Nanny's Tea Punch always brings back fun memories.

You are a very generous individual! I was so impressed with all the work you put into making this spread so special.

Unknown said...

YUM!!! :-)

Michele said...

I wondered who made such a nice spread. I thought that they used a caterer and was impressed with the presentation. Nice work. Loved the tea punch!

Sheri said...

How lovely Monica and thank you for including the recipes!

Anonymous said...

How special, Monica! Both my sister and my best friend were engaged this past weekend (one on Friday and the other on Sunday, what a blessing!) and so I'm totally in wedding mode now with matron of honor duties for both. Your posts on weddings are so sweet and refreshing as compared to the commercialism and materialism at other websites.

Looking forward to checking in on older wedding posts here (I'll never forget the hyndragea one!).

Happy weekend...almost!

Elise said...

Cute!! Looks like a great luncheon!! Those recipes sound delicious!!

angie said...

I'm intriqued that every serving dish featured in your spread has appeared in previous posts. You used what you had and, once again, it suit the occasion perfectly.
Is the table covering a sheet?

Mom said...

Monica, this looks pretty and delicious -- a very generous and thoughtful gift to the bride and her attendants. (I recognize the three-tier tray!) Love you, Mom

*carrie* said...

Everything looks lovely. I didn't realize you made so many different dishes--wow!