On the menu last Sunday we had Tortellini and Broccoli Salad and Bruschetta - two of my favorite party foods. Pretty simple and pretty delicious.
This recipe is party-sized, so if you're making it for dinner, halve it!
For the Tortellini Broccoli Salad:
- 2 bags frozen tortellini (19 oz. each)
- 4-6 cups broccoli florets (depending on how much you like broccoli)
- 2 cups cherry tomatoes, cut in half
- 2 tsp chopped chives
- 1 pound bacon, cooked and cut into pieces
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- Coleslaw dressing
Tip for preparing ahead of time: Cook and cut up the bacon and the broccoli the night before. Do not cook the tortellini until the day of the party and then combine all ingredients just a few hours (at most) before the party.
Bruschetta is one of my favorite appetizers and it is so easy!
For a small gathering I will do just one baguette and for a party I'll use two. Again, the recipe listed below is party-sized.
For the bruschetta:
- 2 baguettes
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 Tbls lemon juice
- 3 cups diced roma tomatoes
- 1 cup diced red onion
- 2 Tbls basil
- 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- Salt and pepper to taste
As a side note: the other salads featured where a Caesar salad and a pasta salad. I just make up the ingredient amounts as I go, but for the Caesar I use chicken grilled with garlic salt and oil, lettuce, parmesan, croutons and, of course, Caesar dressing. The pasta salad is a recipe from Mallory and just uses the pasta of your choice, tomatoes, red onion, olives, cucumbers, feta cheese, diced salami and Italian dressing in the quantities you desire.
This pretty much ends the food-related birthday posts. And just in case you think I'm a one-woman show, I'd like to take this moment to say a HUGE thank you to Allison, Mallory and my mom for all of their help in the kitchen. And a big thanks to Steve for entertaining babies, too. I love you all!