Mini Foods Shower – Recipes (Mostly Cheats)

I promised recipes for the citrus shower going on this weekend, but the truth is that there aren’t many to report. My co-host is from out of town, and we’ll only have a few hours in the morning to really put everything together. So, rather than stress over cooking, I’m trying to do as much ahead of time, use frozen foods, and set aside tomorrow for only reheats and minor prep. Because a mini-foods theme is so easy (especially if you don’t have a lot of seating around your house!) and don’t require guests to use utensils of any kind, I wanted to share with you how the food is all coming together.

The menu:

  • Mini cheeseburgers
  • Mini BLTs
  • Mac ‘n’ cheese in crispy prosciutto cups
  • Sweet potato fries
  • Mini hot dogs
  • Brownies and milk shots

Mini Cheeseburgers:

Because dinner rolls are a bit big for mini cheeseburgers, I’m using frozen bread dough and forming my own mini-buns.

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After this dough is finished rising, I’ll divide each loaf into 20 pieces, and bake the buns today. You can even sprinkle sesame seeds on top before baking, if you like! I’ll opt for a little brush of butter and no seeds. Tomorrow I’ll fry mini burger patties on a large skillet, and top with cheese, lettuce, and tomato.

Mini BLTs:

Baking the bacon in the oven is the way to go! I followed the instructions on the package and baked a whole package of bacon in less than 20 mins.

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I left the bacon a bit undercooked, cut it into strips (6 per bacon slice; each BLT will get 2 small slices, or 1/3 piece of bacon) and am storing the almost finished bacon in the refrigerator. Tomorrow I’ll just finish the bacon off in a pan before placing them between mayo slathered baguette slices, along with small tomato slices and romaine lettuce. Mmmmmayoooo. (Mayo’s key here to keep your sandwiches from getting soggy from the tomatoes – if you hate mayo consider a light brush of olive oil as your tomato-bread barrier.)

Mac ‘n’ Cheese in Prosciutto Cups:

I’m baking the prosciutto in mini-muffin tins today. To do this, slice prosciutto slices in half, line them in mini-muffin tins, and bake at 375 degrees for about 8 minutes (check them often! As soon as the fat begins to brown, you can take them out).

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Drain upside-down on paper towels, and store them in an airtight container.

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Tomorrow I’ll bake the mac ‘n’ cheese (a cheat: I’m using Stouffer’s) and spoon them into the cups right before serving.

Sweet Potato Fries:

Cheat. Buy pre-made, serve in individual paper cones.

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My setup includes cones standing in dried peas (yellow and green).

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Mini Hot Dogs:

Cheat.

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Brownies and Milk Shots:

Cheat(ish). Bake boxed brownies and cut them out in your desired shape.

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I threw them back in the oven again for 8 minutes after cutting them out, to make sure they retain their shape when served on the milk shots. Then I stored them in a Ziploc, and will serve them atop 1% milk shots for the party tomorrow.

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I’ve done all I can do today, but tomorrow (the morning of the shower) will be filled with mostly baking or skillet frying. I think it should be a pretty painless setup, considering how much I was able to do today. :)

If you’re considering a shower like this, here’s a grocery list. I’ll leave it up to you to determine how much of what you need!

Mini cheeseburgers

  • ground beef
  • cheddar cheese slices
  • frozen bread dough
  • romaine lettuce
  • small tomatoes

Mini BLTs

  • thin baguette
  • mayo
  • bacon
  • romaine lettuce
  • small tomatoes

Mac ‘n’ cheese in crispy prosciutto cups

  • deli prosciutto
  • mini muffin baker
  • macaroni and cheese

Sweet potato fries

  • sweet potatoes, salt, pepper (or, buy pre-made)

Mini hot dogs

  • buy pre-made

Brownies and milk shots

BLOGGER

Mrs. Penguin

Location:
Northern California
Wedding Date:
June 2008

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  1. Member
    Clover 99 posts, Worker bee @ 2:45 pm

    Yum!! Everything looks so delicious and I love the creative ideas regarding serving the food. Have a great time!

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    bruschetta 5565 posts, Bee Keeper @ 2:47 pm

    Oh, why are miniature things always so cute?! :-) I’d love to go to a shower — or any party, really, I’m not picky ;-) — that serves all mini goodies!

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    WDWBride 743 posts, Busy bee @ 2:47 pm

    Yum!!

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    tea 2414 posts, Buzzing bee @ 2:48 pm

    oh yummy! that all sounds so delish pengy!

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    RecessionistaBride 5018 posts, Bee Keeper @ 2:50 pm

    This is going to be the best shower…ever! I cannot wait to see photos of how it all came together. Great job!

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    jhguba 242 posts, Helper bee @ 2:53 pm

    Looks like the most delish shower food ever! I love the idea of serving brownies with milk shots. How cute.

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    Sage 728 posts, Busy bee @ 2:54 pm

    Awesome! Those spicy sweet potato fries look delicious…. and they also look like a recipe I could complete ;) haha!

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    Vic004 804 posts, Busy bee @ 3:02 pm

    Ok this is amazing! I am stealing all your tips!! Especially the mac ad cheese cups!

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    Miss_Carmel 316 posts, Helper bee @ 3:02 pm

    Yummmm….The holidays are coming up and I’m already planning on using a few of these recipes! I’m interested to see how the brownie & milk shots come out!

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    Mrs. Mouse 4921 posts, Honey bee @ 3:04 pm

    Yum! What a cute and delicious-looking spread!

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    phruphru 184 posts, Blushing bee @ 3:08 pm

    Looks fantastic, especially the mac n cheese in prosciutto cups. Do you have any vegetarians attending, though? Maybe you should have a purely veg finger food available, too, besides the sweet potato fries?

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    West Coast Bride 708 posts, Busy bee @ 3:09 pm

    Delish! I wanna come!

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    Rocio, Guest @ 3:09 pm

    What about the game/activities planning? Would you post about it too?

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    Rocio, Guest @ 3:10 pm

    I hope so!!

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    AmyM83 250 posts, Helper bee @ 3:17 pm

    ok, you are making a lot from scratch!!! you are totally not cheating and doing waaayyyyyy more than I would ever do (mostly because I get too stressed when cooking for ppl)!

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    BexSH 81 posts, Worker bee @ 3:19 pm

    whoa – prosciutto and mac & cheese – delish idea

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    msgiraffe 4248 posts, Honey bee @ 3:27 pm

    Yum! You’re making me hungry :)

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    Ghenet 140 posts, Blushing bee @ 3:38 pm

    This all sounds so yummy! I want to be invited to the shower ;-)

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    LovestheBear 1250 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:47 pm

    This food is soo cute, and it looks really good!

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    pvaulter718 2116 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:04 pm

    Have you ever watched Semi-Homemade on the Food Network? She makes me nuts sometimes, but some of her ideas are fantastic! I love that you’re cheating on the sweet potato fries, but are serving them in cute cones that match your theme colors!

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    LB, Guest @ 4:04 pm

    GENIOUS! Thank you for sharing!

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    flipflopbride 1437 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:09 pm

    Wow! What a spread!!! I love it! I can’t wait to use this at a party at my house!

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    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 4:11 pm

    Yum, sounds like a great menu!

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    berry214 21 posts, Newbee @ 4:28 pm

    they are so cute and look delicious!

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    heavnzbrat, Guest @ 4:48 pm

    hey Pengy, another shorcut is to used Hawaiian Bread rolls as the buns for mini burgers. they’re heavenly.

    btw: if I never said this b4: u are freakin awesome sauce. teehee

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    moonbeam 1711 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:18 pm

    Mmm, sounds like a yummy shower.

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    lkristine7 82 posts, Worker bee @ 6:44 pm

    YUMM-O!! I wanna have a party just because of this post!!
    You make it seem so easy Pengy!

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    scissors 7343 posts, Busy Beekeeper @ 7:57 pm

    That all looks SO delicious. Awesome job.

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    LindseyMarie52 119 posts, Blushing bee @ 9:47 pm

    I totally want a reason to throw a party just so I can be just like you!! I’m thinking, what football game is on this weekend??!! hahaha, thanks for the awesome post :)

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    mrspaetz 3812 posts, Honey bee @ 12:04 am

    too awesome. LOVE ‘em!

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    Serendipity 10356 posts, Sugar Beekeeper @ 12:50 am

    Pengy, you could not be any more awesome…your friend is super lucky to have you!

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    Serendipity 10356 posts, Sugar Beekeeper @ 1:33 am

    I know it’s too late for you to wear this for your shower, but maybe you can make this to use for after: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=30796379

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    Serendipity 10356 posts, Sugar Beekeeper @ 1:35 am

    Sorry, or you could make some of these:

    http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=29950879
    http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=29950839
    http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=28604029

    Maybe you could make something for yourself even, and as a memento to your friend maybe make her some of the towels :)

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    frenchbulldog 1088 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:08 pm

    GENIUS! I love all your cute mini foods :) Especially the cones for the sweet potato fries.

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    greentea 765 posts, Busy bee @ 6:03 am

    AWE dammit now i’m craving sweet potato fries SOMEthing fierce!

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    Jenniphyr 3426 posts, Sugar bee @ 2:45 pm

    Yumm…. I really want a brownie shot and a mini-BLT!

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    Jessie516 5480 posts, Bee Keeper @ 9:47 am

    These look delish and adorable!

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    LatteLove 5567 posts, Bee Keeper @ 3:13 pm

    i love mini foods! Dying for a diner party where I can make a table full of them.

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    Ira, Guest @ 1:47 pm

    Also found Mini Popcorn – Mini Pops! minipopsinc.com

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    Jillian@Moringa, Guest @ 2:40 pm

    Thanks for the great ideas! I’m having a party this weekend so it’ll be a lot of fun! Thanks for the awesome tips! :)

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    Citrus Bridal Shower — Celebrations at Home, Guest @ 12:54 am

    [...] hostess served a buffet of “mini food bites” so no utensils were needed. Check here for some recipes and tips, including mini BLT’s, sweet potato fries, mac-n-cheese in prociutto cups, and brownie bites [...]

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