My family is excited.
My niece and her husband are expecting their first baby, and my parents will become great-grandparents for the first time.
Babies bring so much joy, and the events leading up to baby’s arrival are sweet and special to the new parents.
My sister-in-law asked me for some recipes for the upcoming baby shower, a brunch event in a casual setting. With a pretty fruit arrangement and gourmet cookies ordered for the food table, the other items will be simple, tasty dishes. These recipes are also perfect for a potluck or any time for that matter.
Savory Bacon Swirls
1 8-ounce can crescent rolls
3 ounces softened cream cheese
5 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled
2 tablespoons onion, finely minced
1 teaspoon milk
Grated Parmesan cheese
Unroll crescent roll dough, and separate into four rectangles; press perforations to seal.
Stir together cream cheese, bacon, onion, and milk until blended. Spread mixture evenly on rectangles.
Roll up, starting at long side, into 4 logs and press edges to seal. Cut each roll into 8 slices. Place on baking sheet (optional, lined with parchment). Sprinkle swirls with Parmesan cheese.
Bake at 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Serve warm.
Pimiento Cheese Quiche
1 refrigerated pie crust
Unroll the room temperature pie crust and place in a 9-inch pie plate. Press crust firmly against sides and bottom.
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Bake for 10 minutes. Cool slightly.
4 large eggs
1 ¼ cups whole milk
½ teaspoon salt
2 cups extra-sharp cheddar cheese
1 4-ounce jar chopped pimientos, drained
2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Whisk together eggs, milk, and salt. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Pour into cooled quiche shell.
Bake at 375 degrees for 35-45 minutes or until center is just set. Cool 15 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Banana Pudding Fluff
1 (5.1 ounces) package vanilla instant pudding mix
1 ½ cups whole milk
4 large bananas
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 16-ounce container Cool Whip, thawed
3 cups miniature marshmallows
I box vanilla wafers
In a large bowl, whisk together the pudding mix and milk until combined. Allow to thicken.
In a bowl, slice the bananas and toss with the lemon juice to prevent browning. Fold the whipped topping into the pudding. Add the bananas and marshmallows. Crush the vanilla wafers a little, into smaller bite-sized pieces. Fold together. Serve immediately or refrigerate for a few hours.