It's always fun to look up stuff in books and online for your bridal shower recipes when you are putting together the shower. Who doesn't love a chance to put out those fun, dainty little finger foods? Well, maybe not guys.
Parmesan Cheese Straws: you'll find these are elegant, easy to pick up and quick to make, taking only about half an hour to make. You'll need;
1/2 cup of grated Parmesan
2 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
3 sheets of room temperature phyllo dough
Before you get started preheat the oven to 400 degrees and spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. In a small bowl mix up the Parmesan, chili powder and cumin. Place a sheet of Phyllo dough on a flat work surface. Spray the surface with the cooking spray. Sprinkle with a couple teaspoons of cheese mixture. Then fold the dough in half to cover the cheese. Sprinkle with another two tablespoons of the mixture, then fold again and spray again, then sprinkle with more mixture. Continue this until the phyllo dough sheet is about 6 by 4 inches. Spray it and sprinkle with a little bit of the mixture. Cut the dough rectangle with a knife into thin strips. Repeat the process with the other two sheets of Phyllo dough. Place them on the baking sheet 1/2 inch apart. Bake about 10 minutes or until they are golden and crisp.
Spiced Olives: if you have a taste for sour foods or just want to serve a tasty addition to the pickle platter these olives are great and take almost no time at all. You'll need;
Olives; Kalamata, black, green
Fennel, thinly sliced
Garlic, one clove chopped
Lemon Zest, 1 tablespoon
Rosemary, chopped or crumbled
Thyme, chopped or crumbled
Lemon juice, 1 tablespoon
Olive oil, 1 tablespoon
Mix all of the ingredients together and serve at room temperature. You can provide toothpicks for guests to spear the Olives with.