Cooking Club: Bridal Shower Taste-Testing

One of my best friends E is throwing an entirely DIY bridal shower for her sister today! Best of luck, E! It’s going to go great.

You know how I know it’ll be great? Because last weekend, E, N, and I gathered in E’s kitchen for taste-testing. See, E is making all of the food for the shower herself, and so she wanted to make sure every dish was perfect, tasted delicious, didn’t need deviation from the recipe, etc. So I happily played kitchen helper/guinea pig 🙂

K and N at work in the kitchen

First up, the cookies. They were going to be the bridal shower favors. They were also supposed to be salted, nutella-filled sugar bundles of deliciousness. The original recipe can be found at Cooking Canuck, but E found them and pinned them. Isn’t Pinterest amazing? OK I’ll stop raving about Pinterest.

Salted Nutella Cookies

That was the result of our baking. First of all, they expanded so much more than a normal cookie! I’m an efficiency-seeker and so when I tried to cram all 16 balls of dough we made (Because we ate half the batter before we could get a chance to form the cookies. Don’t judge.) onto one cookie sheet and E made me take some off and make some room, I’m glad she did.

The cookies were a definite disappointment. Way, way too sweet, the nutella didn’t seem to melt or ooze properly, and the size of the cookies was overwhelming and not at all the cute bite-size cookie favors that E was imagining for the shower. This is why we test!

Our next taste-testing adventure was a recipe for adorable Tuna-Apple Mini Melts from Southern Living. Now, the good folks over at Southern Living didn’t account for the fact that the Safeway in Adams Morgan is not the biggest or most gourmet grocery store around, so did they have frozen mini-phyllo pastry shells? No. Of course not. But, we made do with… ta da! As you can see below, mini crescent rolls!

Mini Tuna MeltsAren’t they adorable? And, because I was the only one of E, N, and E’s roommate who likes tuna salad, I got to eat them all! Muahahaha.

Since we modified the recipe so much (including doubling the apple since I was a huge fan of the fresh crunch it gave the salad), I’m posting our version for the other tuna-melt lovers out there:

K’s Tuna-Apple Mini Melts
3/4 cup light or low-fat mayonnaise (you could sub greek yogurt if mayo grosses you out)
1 cup diced Gala or Pink Lady apple
1/3 cup finely chopped celery
2 tablespoons minced red onion
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked pepper
2 (12-oz.) cans solid white tuna in spring water, drained and flaked
3 cans of Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
12 deli Havarti cheese slices, cut into 4 pieces each

To make:
1. Stir together the first 8 ingredients in a medium bowl. Stir in tuna. Cover and chill 1 hour.
2. Bake the crescent rolls according to package instructions, EXCEPT: Instead of rolling 8 normal-sized crescents, use a butter knife to divide each triangle in half lengthwise, so you end up with 16 very skinny triangles. Roll them and bake as usual.
3. Once mini crescent rolls have cooled, use a knife to gently cut them in half so you can make a little sandwich.
4. Divide tuna mixture evenly among the crescent bottoms, top with cheese pieces, and then top with the crescent tops.
5. Preheat broiler, and broil the mini melts 1-2 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve immediately (though they weren’t half bad the next day straight from the fridge, either).

See my technique, below, for watching the crescents carefully while they broil. Copy that technique and you should have a delicious and adorable little party appetizer for your own bridal showers and spring festivities in no time!

Looking in the oven



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