Bridal Shower: An Italian Brunch

My sister-in-law is getting married in Italy in October, so for her bridal shower we decided to host an Italian brunch.  It was so much fun to celebrate her upcoming nuptials with friends and family, yummy food and, of course some Prosecco!

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  • Mini Frittatas – I used Giada’s recipe, but added finely grated zucchini, squeezed dry.

Mini Frittatas via Giada De Laurentiis on Food Network

Pepperoni Bites from Pennies on a Platter

Art of Antipasti via Saveur – Photo by Todd Coleman

  • Fig, Gorgonzola and Prosciutto Flatbread – This is a super simple recipe from the 2009 Christmas with Southern Living Cookbook, that everyone always raves about.  My mom makes this every year as an appetizer for Thanksgiving dinner.  It is similar to this recipe from Southern Living except you use a small jar of fig preserves, crispy prosciutto instead of bacon, and top with fresh rosemary before baking (also omit the pecans and arugula).  I use a Pillsbury thin pizza crust, brushed with olive oil and crushed garlic, then baked (according to package instructions)…it is divine!

Photo Credit: 2009 Christmas with Southern Living (Oxmoor House Publishing) – Fig, Prosciutto, and Blue Cheese Squares

  • Caprese Pasta Salad – Orecchiette pasta tossed with grape tomatoes, mini bocconcini (mozzarella balls), a spoonful of pesto, olive oil, salt, pepper and fresh herbs.

  • Italian Chicken Salad Crostini – My mom makes incredible chicken salad, so I commissioned her to help with this…putting an Italian spin on her traditional recipe with some mediterranean herbs.

  • Fruit Salad with Nutella Dip and Lemon Curd – I love a mixture of pineapple, berries and grapes.  But, be careful not to mix it too early or the pineapple will turn pink from the berries.

  • Prosecco Bar - Everyone could top their Prosecco off with their choice of juice or fruit.

  • Coffee with Italian Sweet Cream and a tray of mini biscotti and Biscoff cookies
  • Raspberry Lemonade and Iced Tea

Thank you to my sister for taking pictures!  Salute!

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