11 Taco Sauce Ideas

Tacos are favorite family dinner that can be paired with creamy, savory, or sweet sauces depending on the taco meat or vegetables you choose.

You can make avocado crema, cilantro lime sauce, chipotle crema, sriracha cream sauce, pineapple salsa for your next taco dinner!

Avocado Cream Sauce for Tacos

Avocado cream sauce is a sauce made out of avocados that is blended with yogurt and herbs to make a tangy, citrusy sauce for tacos.

Avocado cream sauce is made with thick plain yogurt which gives the crema a thick base.

The yogurt mixed with avocado makes the sauce creamy and full bodied. It has a strong lime flavor to the avocado crema that finishes the sauce off well.

Avocado cream sauce is made by combining plain yogurt, avocado, cilantro leaves, minced garlic, fresh lime juice, olive oil, and a little salt in a food processor. To keep the sauce full and thick, the mixture is only “pulsed” in the food processor until it combines.

You can use avocado cream sauce and spoon it onto the tacos, or you can use it to coat a mixture of coleslaw, and place that inside your taco.

Avocado cream sauce goes well over shrimp tacos.

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Chipotle Lime Crema

Chipotle lime crema is a spicy, creamy sauce for tacos.

Chipotle lime cream is made by combining sour cream, chipotles in adobo sauce, fresh lime juice, lime zest, honey and salt and blending them together. You can thin out the sauce with a bit of water if desired.

Chipotle lime crema goes well with fish tacos, cauliflower tacos, or chicken tacos.

spicy Taco Sauce ideas

Cilantro Lime Sauce

Cilantro lime sauce is a yogurt based sauce with a refreshing citrus taste.

Yogurt, fresh lime juice, lime zest, cilantro leaves, olive oil, salt and pepper is placed in a food processor and blended until smooth.

Cilantro lime sauce goes well with chicken tacos, or cauliflower tacos.

Taco Sauce ideas

Jalapeno Sauce

Jalapeno sauce is a spicy sauce for tacos.

Jalapeno sauce is made by adding mayo, sour cream, diced jalapenos, cilantro leaves, tomatillo salsa, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper to a blender, and blending until smooth.

Jalapeno sauce works well for pork tacos or steak tacos.

taco sauce ideas for steak tacos

Fish Taco Sauce

Fish taco sauce is a spiced mayo and sour cream based sauce.

Sour cream, mayo, and lime juice are mixed together to make the sauce a medium thickness.

Cumin, coriander, dill, oregano, chipotle chili powder, capers, diced jalapeno, and cilantro leaves are added to the base of the sauce and mixed together.

Fish taco sauce has a creamy tangy flavor, with a hint of spicy chipotle.

taco sauce ideas for fish tacos

Sriracha Cream Sauce

Sriracha cream sauce is a spicy and sweet taco sauce.

Sriracha and honey is added to a sour cream or Greek yogurt base.

Sriracha cream sauce is best used for shrimp tacos.

spicy Taco Sauce ideas

Cilantro Lime Ranch

Cilantro lime ranch is a creamy sauce with a hint of garlic.

Cilantro lime ranch can be made using a sour cream base or a plain yogurt base.

Garlic powder and onion powder are added to the base of the sauce to create the tangy ranch flavoring.

Fresh lime juice, cilantro leaves, diced pickled jalapenos and brine, and salt are added the base of the sauce and mixed together until smooth.

Cilantro lime ranch goes well with chipotle chicken tacos.

Salsa Verde

Salsa verde is a spicy green salsa for tacos.

Salsa verde is made with roasted tomatillos. Tomatillos are green tomatoes that come in a paper husk which needs to be removed prior to roasting them.

Roasting tomatillos neutralizes the acidity of the tomatoes, making it a savory base as a salsa.

After the tomatillos are cooked, they are placed in a food processor with finely chopped onions, serrano pepper, fresh lime juice, cilantro and cumin.

Once the salsa has been “pulsed” until the tomatoes are broken up, it’s ready to serve.

Salsa verge is a tangy, spicy salsa for tacos.

Tomato Salsa

Tomato salsa is a juicy, chunky salsa that has a little bite to it.

Salsa adds a ton of flavor and compliments tacos well as a topping.

Salsa can be paired with guacamole well for serving on top of steak tacos.

Tomato salsa is made by adding whole canned tomatoes, and a can of diced tomatoes with green chilies (Rotel tomatoes work well) as the base of the salsa.

Finely chopped jalapeno with the seeds removed are added to the salsa, as well as some diced onions.

A few herbs like garlic and cumin are added, and then the salsa can be “pulsed” only in a food processor. Don’t overmix the salsa until it becomes a mush.

Pulse the salsa 7-10 times to get it just perfectly chunky.

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Guacamole

Guacamole is a chunky sauce made with mashed avocados.

Guacamole is made by adding diced tomatoes, tomatoes, chopped cilantro, and a pinch of garlic salt to mashed avocado.

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Pineapple Watermelon Mango Salsa

Pineapple watermelon mango salsa is a refreshing fruit based salsa.

Watermelon mango salsa is made by hand, by chopping up watermelon, mango, and pineapple into small cubed pieces.

Finely chopped jalapeno gives this salsa a hint of spice. Red pepper and red onion finish off this acidic, mild salsa.

Pineapple watermelon mango salsa goes well with pork tacos or steak tacos.

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10 Dipping Sauce Ideas for Salmon

Salmon has a delicate texture and buttery flavor as a main course dinner.

Dipping sauces for salmon can use yogurt, aioli, or a butter based sauce as an accompaniment for salmon.

You can make a creamy dill sauce, lemon butter sauce, avocado lime sauce, Dijon tarragon sauce, or Tzatziki sauce for a dipping sauce for salmon.

Dipping Sauce Ideas for Salmon

Lemon and Garlic Butter Sauce

Lemon and garlic butter sauce is a warm white wine sauce.

Olive oil is heated in a saucepan with finely chopped shallots and minced garlic for a couple of minutes to let the aromas come out of the shallots and garlic.

White wine is added to the sauce and cooked until it reduced about 1/3 in volume.

Butter and heavy cream are added to the sauce to make it rich and creamy.

Once the sauce has thickened, it’s removed from the heat.

Fresh lemon juice and dill are added to the sauce for a citrusy herb flavor for the salmon dipping sauce.

Creamy Dill Sauce

Creamy dill sauce has a mayo and sour cream base for the dipping sauce.

Freshly squeezed lemon juice, dill weed, salt, and pepper are added to the base of the sauce and mixed together.

Creamy dill sauce is a citrusy and dill flavored sauce for salmon.

dill Dipping Sauce Ideas for Salmon

Tzatziki Sauce

Tzatziki sauce is a thick, tangy sauce with a hint of dill and cucumber.

Tzatziki sauce has a base using Greek yogurt.

Greek yogurt is strained through a cheesecloth for about 2 hours to remove the liquid from the yogurt, leaving a thick base for the Salmon dipping sauce.

Olive oil, dill, grated cucumber, vinegar, salt, and minced garlic is added to the yogurt to create a creamy, dill and cucumber flavored dipping sauce.

yogurt Dipping Sauce Ideas for Salmon

Avocado Basil Sauce

Avocado basil sauce is a spicy, creamy avocado sauce.

Avocado, fresh basil leaves, diced jalapenos, and lime juice are blended together in a food processor to make this hot, earthy dipping sauce.

Herb Yogurt Sauce

Herb yogurt sauce is a creamy, peppery dipping sauce.

Watercress, mint, and cilantro leaves are blended together in a food processor with scallions.

Yogurt and fresh lime juice are added and blended together with the herbs for the tangy yogurt sauce.

Lemon Butter Sauce

Lemon butter sauce is a simple sauce for dipping salmon.

Butter is warmed in a saucepan, along with fresh lemon juice and garlic powder.

Lemon butter sauce only take a couple of minutes to come together, and has a refreshing lemon flavor with a hint of savory garlic for dipping salmon in.

Dijon Tarragon Sauce

Dijon tarragon sauce is a tart, sharp flavor to it.

Mayo is flavored with Dijon mustard, chopped tarragon, freshly squeezed lemon juice and a little sugar to sweeten the sauce.

Sugar helps to balance out mustard and tarragon in the dipping sauce.

Dipping Sauce recipes for Salmon

Avocado Lime Sauce

Avocado lime sauce is a refreshing lime flavored creamy sauce for salmon.

Avocado, fresh lime juice, cilantro leaves, Greek yogurt, minced garlic are added to a food processor and blended until smooth.

If you want a little bit of a bite to the sauce, you can add diced jalapeno into the sauce as well.

avocado Dipping Sauce Ideas for Salmon

Whisky Dipping Sauce

Whisky dipping sauce is a whisky infused aioli sauce.

Mayo is mixed together with Worcestershire sauce, ketchup sauce, fresh lemon juice, chopped parsley and a splash of whisky.

Whisky adds a caramel, bourbon flavor to the aioli.

Orange Butter Sauce

Orange butter sauce is a beurre blanc sauce with a orange flavoring.

Freshly squeezed orange juice, orange zest, white wine, and shallots are heated in a saucepan over medium heat until it turns into a syrup consistency.

Cold butter is added to the sauce and whisked into it to emulsify the sauce. It’s added only 1 tbsp at a time, and whisked constantly, preventing the sauce from coming to a boil.

Add salt and pepper at the end of the cooking the citrusy beurre blanc salmon dipping sauce.

10 Celery Dipping Sauce Ideas

Celery is a crunchy, textured vegetable you can dip in a lot of foods than just ranch!

You can use celery for dipping into baked brie, hummus, cheese balls, almond butter, blue cheese dip, and lime yogurt sauce.

Celery Dipping Sauce ideas

Roasted Garlic Hummus

Roasted garlic hummus is a homemade chickpea appetizer with hints of garlic, and spicy flavors.

Roasted garlic hummus is made by roasting garlic in the oven.

You can make the roasted garlic by cutting off the top part of garlic to expose the cloves, and then drizzle olive oil on the cloves. Cover the garlic with tin foil, and place in a heat proof dish. This way, the oil drippings will end up in the dish, instead of in your oven.

When the roasted garlic is finished cooking, and has cooled down, squish out the roasted garlic cloves.

To make the roasted garlic hummus, chickpeas, tahini, roasted garlic cloves, lemon juice, olive oil and water are added to a food processor. The mixture is blended until smooth, and then places on a serving dish.

Celery Dipping Sauce ideas

Jalapeno Corn Dip

Jalapeno corn dip is made by combining cream cheese, sour cream, finely chopped jalapeno, jack cheese, and corn in the slow cooker and cooking on low for 2 hours.

Jalapeno corn dip is a cream cheese based dip that’s cooked in the slow cooker, and served with tortilla chips or corn chips for dipping.

Remove from the slow cooker and mixed with bacon bits. Top the corn appetizer with more bacon bits, fresh cilantro leaves, queso fresco, and a squeeze of fresh lime juice.

Dipping Sauce ideas for celery

Cheese Ball

Cheese ball with cream cheese for a delicious savory appetizer you can serve with celery sticks.

The cheese ball is made by simply using a hand mixer to whip the cream cheese until light and fluffy.

Add a couple of herbs, spices and cheddar cheese to create the base of the cheese ball.

The next part is very messy!!

Shape the cream cheese into a ball shape, and roll into a plate of chopped up walnuts.

Chill for half an hour to make it firm up again.

Serve your cheese ball by slicing off a bit of it, and spooning it onto a piece of celery.

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Roasted Cauliflower and Feta Dip

Roasted cauliflower and feta dip is a dip you can serve warm, or chilled.

Cauliflower florets are roasted in the oven with onion powder, garlic powder and olive oil until they are fork tender.

The cauliflower should be cooled for a bit, then you can puree it in a food processor.

Add crumbled feta, Greek yogurt, minced garlic, olive oil, and lemon juice to the food processor and blend together to create a smooth dip.

Top the dip with a drizzle of olive oil, chopped up chives, and a few chili pepper flakes.

Bruschetta Baked Brie

Bruschetta baked brie is made by first creating a tomato bruschetta.

Tomato bruschetta is made by combining diced tomatoes, freshly chopped basil leaves, olive oil, minced garlic, and a bit of balsamic vinegar.

Bake your brie until it’s creamy and soft, then top your baked brie with your freshly made bruschetta.

Serve your bruschetta baked brie by dipping celery sticks into the baked brie.

Almond Butter

Celery can be dipped into almond butter for a crunchy textured snack.

Celery has a circular center, which will hold almond butter nicely in the center of it.

You can also add raisins or chocolate chips to it for even more flavor.

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Cucumber and Dill Dip

Cucumber and dill dip is a refreshing creamy dipping sauce for celery.

Mayo and sour cream are mixed together to create the base of the dipping sauce.

Dried dill, seasoning salt, dried minced onion, pepper, and dried parsley is mixed in for the savory herbed flavor of the dip.

Place it in the fridge overnight, and serve the next day with celery sticks.

Garlic Blue Cheese Dip

Garlic blue cheese dip is made by adding crumbled blue cheese to a mayonnaise and sour cream base. 

Fresh chives, parsley, and minced garlic are added to create the earthy garlic tones to the dip. 

Garlic blue cheese dip is thinned out with a bit of milk, until it’s creamy and smooth. 

Garlic blue cheese dip has a sharp cheese flavor for dipping celery sticks.

Lime Dipping Sauce

Lime dipping sauce has a refreshing citrus, yogurt flavor to it.

Lime dipping sauce is made by adding fresh lime juice to Greek yogurt and mayonnaise.

Ranch Sauce

Ranch dipping sauce is one of the most popular celery stick dipping sauces.

Mayo and sour cream are mixed together to create the base of the sauce.

Chives, parsley, dill, garlic powder, onion powder, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper are added to the dipping sauce and mixed together.

Ranch sauce needs to be refrigerated for at least 30 minutes prior to serving to let the herbs infuse into the dip.

Serve with celery sticks.

Celery Dipping Sauce recipe ideas

9 Celery Appetizer Ideas

Celery sticks are more than just for dipping! You can make celery “boats” stuffed with bacon and cheddar, buffalo chicken, avocado, and egg salad with Greek yogurt.

Not only that, you can make your own celery “fries” dipped in your favorite dipping sauce.

Celery Appetizers

Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Celery Sticks

Buffalo chicken stuffed celery sticks are a creamy, spicy celery appetizer you can make ahead of time, and place it in the fridge until you’re ready to serve it.

Cooked shredded chicken is mixed with softened cream cheese, buffalo sauce, ranch dressing, diced onion, and garlic powder.

Each of the celery sticks is cut into 2-3 pieces for an appetizer serving size.

Spoon the buffalo cream cheese mixture into each of the celery sticks.

You can serve them right away, or cover and place it in the fridge and serve when you’re ready.

Celery Fries

Oven roasted celery fries are oily and savory vegetable fries.

Celery is cut into 2-3 pieces, depending on how big you want your “fries” to be.

Avocado oil, oregano, thyme, sea salt, and pepper is mixed in a bowl. Celery stocks are added to the bowl to fully coat the “fries” in oil and herbs.

Arrange the celery on a baking sheet lined with a silicone baking mat.

Bake the celery for 40 minutes until they are tender.

You can dip your celery fries in different types of aioli flavors for a savory dipping sauce.

Bacon and Cheddar Stuffed Celery

Bacon cheddar celery is a creamy, spicy stuffed celery appetizer.

To make the filling, softened cream cheese is whipped with a hand mixer.

Crispy bacon bits, shredded cheddar cheese, chives, hot sauce, parsley, salt, and pepper are added to the cream cheese, and whipped together with the hand mixer.

Celery sticks are cut into 2-3 pieces for an appetizer serving size.

To assemble the appetizer, spoon the filling into the celery sticks.

Garnish with a few chives, and bacon bits on top.

Everything Bagel Stuffed Celery

Everything bagel celery sticks are stuffed with cream cheese infused with everything bagel spices.

To make the filling, softened cream cheese is whipped with a hand mixer.

Poppy seeds, white and black sesame seeds, dried minced garlic, dried minced onion, and sea salt are added to the cream cheese and mixed with the hand mixer.

Cut the celery into 2-3 pieces for an appetizer serving size.

Spoon the cream cheese filling into the celery sticks, and serve.

Tuna Salad Celery Sticks

Tuna salad celery sticks are quite a filling appetizer.

Tuna is mixed together with mayo, sweet relish, chopped cilantro leaves, salt and pepper.

Celery sticks are cut into 2-3 pieces for an appetizer serving size.

Tuna salad is spooned into the celery sticks, and can be served immediately.

Avocado Stuffed Celery

Avocado stuffed celery sticks are made by mashing avocados to create the base of the filling.

Fresh lemon juice, chopped cilantro leaves, sour cream, olive oil, minced garlic, hot sauce, salt, and pepper are added and mixed into the avocados.

Celery sticks are cut into 2-3 pieces for an appetizer serving size.

Avocado mixture is spooned into the celery sticks, and served immediately.

You’ll want to serve these right away, because if you leave them the avocado can begin to oxidize and turn a brownish color.

Egg Salad Stuffed Celery

Egg salad stuffed celery sticks are made by hard boiling eggs, and cutting them up into small pieces.

Greek yogurt is mixed together with diced red and orange peppers, chopped fresh basil leaves and chives.

Eggs are folded into the yogurt mixture, and then gently spooned into the wells of celery sticks.

Garnish the celery appetizer with a few diced peppers for a pop of color.

Olive Stuffed Celery

Olive stuffed celery sticks is creamy, and has a hint of dill flavoring.

To make the filling, softened cream cheese is whipped with a hand mixer, along with miracle whip (or mayo) and a little bit of salt.

Dill pickle juice, sweet pickle juice, pitted ripe olive juice, and pimiento stuffed olive juice is added to the cream cheese mixture and whipped together.

Add in diced dill pickles, sweet pickles, pitted ripe olives, pimiento stuffed olives, and chopped pecans.

Mix together to cream the filling for the celery sticks. You can pipe the filling into celery sticks, or spoon it into the wells of the celery sticks.

Appetizers with celery ideas

Celery Sticks and Dipping Sauce

You can cut celery into appetizer pieces, and serve them with a variety of dipping sauces, including:

Celery Appetizers ideas
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Savory Croissant Filling Ideas

Savory croissants are buttery, flakey croissants, filled with meats, cheeses, and vegetables to create meals for lunch or breakfast.

You can make croissants filled with pesto, bacon and eggs, ham and cheese, prosciutto and strawberries, for a specialty croissant sandwich.

Savory Croissant Filling recipe ideas

Ham and Cheese

Ham and cheese croissants are baked in the oven, allowing the cheese to ooze from the savory croissant.

Slices of ham are warmed in the microwave, and then placed in the center of the sandwich.

You can use slices of cheddar, Havarti, or Swiss cheese and add them to the sandwich for a delicious ham and cheese croissant sandwich.

Ham and cheese sandwiches are baked in the oven, letting the cheese melt down the sides of the croissants.

Savory Croissant Filling Ideas

Strawberry, Basil, and Prosciutto

Prosciutto croissants are warm croissants that are baked in the oven.

Croissants are cut in half, and slices of brie are placed on the bottom halves of the croissants.

The bottom half croissants with cheese are baked in the oven, along with strips of prosciutto laying on the baking sheet to crisp them up.

Eggs are poached or fried in a frying pan to cook them for the sandwich.

Once the bottom half croissants have come out of the oven, top them with 1 egg on each sandwich.

Add slices of strawberries, avocado, crispy prosciutto, fresh basil leaves and arugula to the savory croissant sandwich.

Drizzle honey, and a little salt and pepper to taste.

Add the top part of the croissant on your layered sandwich and enjoy!

Pesto and Chicken

Pesto chicken croissants are made by combining and mixing together shredded cooked chicken, pesto sauce, and Greek yogurt in a bowl.

Slice the croissants in half lengthwise, and evenly distribute the pesto chicken onto the bottom half of the croissants.

Top with slices of tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and argula.

Place the top half of the croissants on the sandwich and enjoy!

Turkey, Bacon, and Avocado

Turkey, bacon and avocado croissants are similar to a club sandwich, except on a buttery, flakey croissant!

Croissants are sliced in half lengthwise, and Dijon mustard is spread over the bottom half of the croissants.

Each croissant sandwich is layered with crispy bacon and slices of turkey breast.

You can get sundried tomato, or peppered turkey breast for your sandwich for a little more flavor if desired.

Top the sandwich with lettuce, slices of avocado, diced red onion, and cucumber slices.

Place the top half of the croissant on the sandwich and enjoy.

Bacon, Egg, and Cheese

Bacon, egg and cheese croissants are breakfast sandwiches you can have in the morning.

Eggs are cooked with a bit of butter, chives, and cheddar cheese in a frying pan. You can either scramble the eggs or make them into an omelette, adding a little salt and pepper to them to taste.

Assemble the breakfast croissant sandwich by slicing the croissants in half lengthwise.

Add crispy pieces of bacon, and the eggs and cheese on top.

Place the top half of the croissant on top to make a sandwich.

You can also bake the sandwiches in the oven for a couple of minutes to warm the croissants.

Mushroom and Brie

Mushroom brie croissants ooze with melted brie and tart cranberry sauce.

Sliced mushrooms are cooked in a frying pan with olive oil, butter, thyme, minced garlic, sea salt, and freshly ground cracked pepper.

To assemble the croissants, they are cut in half lengthwise, and then slices of brie are placed on the bottom half of the croissants.

Cranberry sauce is spooned on top of the brie cheese for the sauce of the sandwich.

Mushrooms are heaped onto the sandwich, and the top half of the croissant is placed on top to make this savory lunch croissant.

The croissants are baked in the oven for about 10 minutes to melt the brie cheese, and served warm, right out of the oven.

Sweet Croissant Filling Ideas

Sweet croissant fillings have almond, chocolate, and vanilla custard flavors infused into them, and then baked in the oven.

Sweet croissants have buttery and flakey pastry that will melt in your mouth as you eat them.

You can also fill croissants with rose lychee, hazelnut or carrot cake flavors.

Try making one of these sweet croissant flavors for your next Sunday brunch!

Sweet Croissant Filling recipe ideas

Vanilla Bean Custard

Vanilla bean custard stuffed croissants are filled with a sweet, creamy vanilla bean custard.

Vanilla beans are cut in half, and vanilla beans are scraped from the pod into milk to let them infuse their flavor.

The pod itself is placed in with the milk over the stovetop to immerse the vanilla flavoring into the custard.

Once the milk has almost started the boil, the milk is removed from the heat source, and then the vanilla notes are let to steep for 15 minutes.

Vanilla custard is made by tempering eggs with the hot cream.

Vanilla custard needs time to cool and chill for a couple of hours prior to using it.

You can fill your croissants by fitting a piping bag with a 1/2″ tip, and then pressing the tip far into the croissant.

You’ll see the custard fill the croissant and expand. Repeat on the other side, and it’s ready to be served!

Sweet Croissant Filling Ideas

Hazelnut

Hazelnut croissants are made by adding a spoonful of hazelnut spread to the end of the croissant dough, and then rolling it up so it’s right in the center of the croissant.

Add a couple of mini chocolate chips to the tops of the croissant and they’ll melt right onto the croissant as it bakes.

Sweet Croissant Fillings

Carrot Cake

Carrot cake croissants are filled with a carrot flavored filling, and cream cheese frosting on the top.

Croissants are cut in half, and then dipped in simple syrup.

Carrot cake croissants are filled with carrot cake frangipane, and then the top of the croissant is replaced on top of the filling.

Carrot cake filling is spread on top of the croissants, and then a couple of chopped pecans are sprinkled on top. Carrot cake croissants are baked in the oven until they turn golden.

After they cool for a little bit, cream cheese frosting is piped on the tops of the croissants, and a couple more pecans are added as a garnish. Serve warm.

Almond

Almond croissants are made by creating a syrup, and an almond filling.

The syrup is made by simmering water and sugar together. Syrup is used to stick the croissants together with the filling.

Almond filling is made with butter, almond flour, vanilla extract, sugar, salt, and eggs.

To assemble the croissants, cut them in half horizontally first. Dip each side of the croissant into the syrup. The syrup will help the filling adhere to it.

Spread a layer of almond filling on the bottom half of the croissant, and put the top half on top to create a sandwich.

Spread another layer on the top of the croissants. Sprinkle with toasted sliced almonds.

Bake in the oven until they are golden brown.

Sweet Croissant Filling recipes

Raspberry Rose Lychee

Raspberry rose lychee croissants are filled with a burst of fruit flavored.

The croissants are cut in half horizontally, and then spread with a thick layer of raspberry compote.

The croissant is sandwiched together, then a thin layer of lychee syrup is lathered on the top of the croissant.

To finish it off, the croissants are garnished with a few pieces of dried rose petals and freeze dried raspberries that will stick to the lychee syrup.

Raspberry rose lychee croissants have a beautiful pink coloring to them.

Chocolate

Chocolate croissants are made by placing sticks of chocolate on the edge of croissant dough that is cut into a rectangular shape.

The chocolate is rolled into the center of the croissant, and then pressed with the seam side down to close the croissant.

After the chocolate croissant is finished baking, add a bit of powdered sugar by dusting it on with a sifter.

Sweet chocolate Croissant Filling

Make Ahead Baby Shower Food Ideas

Baby showers are an exciting time for families and friends to come together to celebrate the birth of a new baby.

Baby showers can be stressful and chaotic to plan and prepare. You can make these foods ahead of time prior to the baby shower.

You can make the food the day before and place it in the fridge.

When you’re ready to plate them, you can put the finishing touches on them in a couple of minutes right before your guests arrive.

Cantaloupe and Prosciutto Wraps

Cantaloupe and prosciutto wraps are a filling, and satisfying appetizer you can serve in the summertime.

Slice the cantaloupe into thin pieces, and then wrap a piece of prosciutto around the cantaloupe.

Place them in the fridge until you’re ready to plate them.

Drizzle with balsamic vinegar right before you put them out for your guests.

Make Ahead Baby Shower appetizer ideas

Watermelon Cups

Watermelon cups are circular appetizers filled with cucumbers and feta.

The cup portion of the watermelon is made by using a circular cookie cutter (I used a scone cutter since it has a handle on top – made it much easier!).

Cut the watermelon with the circular cookie cutter until you’ve made enough for your appetizer.

Next up, a melon baller is used to scoop the inside of the circle. A melon baller makes the inside a perfect circle, but if you don’t have one you can always use a spoon!

The watermelon cut from the center is diced into small pieces and placed in a bowl.

Cucumber cut into a similar sizing as the watermelon pieces and added to the bowl with the watermelon. Feta cheese is crumbed into the bowl to make the base of the filling.

A little red wine vinegar, olive oil, and salt and pepper seasons the cucumber and watermelon. Mix them together and then spoon the filling back into the watermelon cups.

Top with a little more crumbled feta and it’s all finished.

Make Ahead Baby Shower Food ideas

Corn Deviled Eggs

Corn deviled eggs are a vibrantly colored corn appetizer that can be prepared ahead of time.

Corn deviled eggs are made by making boiled eggs, cutting them in half, and removing the cooked egg yolks into the small bowl.

The eggs yolks are mashed and combined with mayonnaise, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and feta cheese.

The egg mixture is piped back into the halved white of the egg.

Garnish with chopped up red onions, corn, chili powder, and fresh cilantro leaves.

Watermelon Skewers

Watermelon skewers are simple to make, but have a ton of flavor!

The mint and watermelon mixed together with the tart feta cheese makes these watermelon skewers irresistible!

To make this simple watermelon appetizer, cut watermelon and feta into similar sized cubes or rectangles.

Stack them on top of one another, and then add a large mint leaf on top.

Place a toothpick through the stack, and garnish with a bit of pepper. Place them in the fridge until you’re ready to serve them.

You can drizzle balsamic vinegar on top right before you’re ready to serve them.

Make Ahead Baby Shower appetizer food

Pistachio Grape Cheese Appetizer

Pistachio grape cheese appetizer is served with a toothpick piercing the grapes and cheese. It makes for easy serving and eating with minimal mess.

Each of the grapes are covered in a savory cream cheese (Boursin) layer until they are fully encased.. You could make your own herbed cream cheese if you like. 

The cream cheese grape is pierced with a toothpick, and then rolled in chopped pistachios.

You can make the grape appetizer ahead of time, and place it in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.

Strawberry Caprese with Lemon and Basil

Strawberry caprese with lemon and basil is a cheesy and fruity toothpick appetizer.

Cubed mozzarella is marinated with lemon juice, lemon zest, thin strips of fresh basil leaves, olive oil and salt.

Strawberry caprese is made by cutting strawberries in half.

To assemble the appetizer, place a strawberry, a slice of mozzarella cheese, and then repeat again together in a stack.

A toothpick is placed through the stack to create the strawberry caprese appetizer.

Fresh ground pepper is sprinkled on top of the appetizer to finish it off. Place them in the fridge until you’re ready to serve them.

Make Ahead Baby Shower appetizers

Cantaloupe Caprese

Cantaloupe caprese is an easy appetizer that packs a ton of flavor!!

Cut cantaloupe into cubes or rounds, and stack a similar piece of mozzarella cheese on top.

Sprinkle with a few cut up strips of fresh basil leaves, and place them in the fridge until you’re ready to put them out for your guests.

Right before serving them, garnish them with a drizzle balsamic reduction.

Make Ahead Baby Shower cold appetizer food ideas

Pineapple and Watermelon Salsa

Pineapple and Watermelon salsa is a refreshing salsa you can serve with tortilla chips on a hot summer day for a delicious pineapple appetizer.

Pineapple salsa is filled with pieces of mango, red onions, and cilantro which makes it have a ton of vibrant colors.

You can make it the day before and place it in the fridge until you’re ready to serve it alongside some tortilla chips.

Make Ahead Baby Shower Foods

Pesto Bread Appetizer

Pesto bread appetizer is a cheese bread that you can pull apart, or cut and serve in sections.

Pesto bread appetizer is a twisted bread in the shape of a circle. It’s an appetizer that catches your eye because it looks quite unique, yet it’s easy to make.

Pesto bread made by creating a dough, and then filling it with fresh pesto and parmesan cheese.

After it’s done baking and cooling, place it in an airtight container, and you can serve it the next day.

Place your pesto bread appetizer with a serrated knife beside so it can be cut and served as needed.

Make Ahead Baby Shower food appetizers

Roasted Garlic Hummus

Roasted garlic hummus is a homemade chickpea appetizer with hints of garlic, and spicy flavors.

Roasted garlic hummus is made by roasting garlic in the oven.

You can make the roasted garlic by cutting off the top part of garlic to expose the cloves, and then drizzle olive oil on the cloves. Cover the garlic with tin foil, and place in a heat proof dish. This way, the oil drippings will end up in the dish, instead of in your oven.

When the roasted garlic is finished cooking, and has cooled down, squish out the roasted garlic cloves.

To make the roasted garlic hummus, chickpeas, tahini, roasted garlic cloves, lemon juice, olive oil and water are added to a food processor. The mixture is blended until smooth, and then places on a serving dish.

You can garnish the hummus with parsley leaves, olive oil, and chili powder. Serve roasted garlic hummus with pita chips, pita bread, celery sticks, or carrot sticks.

Make Ahead cold Baby Shower Food

2 pm Bridal Shower Food Ideas

Bridal showers are a time to come together with friends and family to celebrate the bride.

2 pm bridal showers are in the middle of the day, so you’ll want to stick with smaller portions like appetizers or a high tea theme.

For the dessert portion of the bridal shower you can serve dessert charcuterie, or have a chocolate fountain.

Croissants

Croissants by themselves are flakey and buttery pastry, making them a enticing bridal shower menu idea.

You can stuff croissants to make them into a ton of different croissant flavors.

You can fill croissants with your favorite filling including vanilla custard, matcha, chocolate, almond cream, pistachio cream, and raspberry compote.

High Tea

High tea is served with small sandwiches and sweets on a 3 tier platter.

Tea sandwiches are cut into rectangles or circles to give them a unique shape. You can serve them on croissants, buns, or slices of baguette.

You can make different types of sandwiches for a winter bridal shower such as:

  • ham and cheese
  • cucumber and cream cheese
  • egg salad
  • chicken salad
  • tuna salad
  • strawberry, basil and cream cheese
  • horseradish and roast beef

Sweets for high tea:

  • scones with clotted cream and jam
  • sugar cookies
  • chocolate dipped shortbread
  • orange slice tea cookies
  • macarons
  • raspberry almond thumbprint cookies
  • lemon curd tarts
2pm Bridal Shower Food recipe Ideas

Baked Brie

Baked brie is made by baking a wheel of brie in the oven with a variety of toppings.

You can add the toppings prior to baking, or after, depending on the flavoring you’re wanting for your appetizer. Baked brie is served with sliced baguette pieces for dipping, crackers, or celery and carrot sticks.

2pm Bridal Shower appetizer recipes

Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs look eye catching and are quite filling as an appetizer.

They are made by cooking eggs, and the cutting them in half.

The center portion of the egg is mixed with mayo, diced dill pickles, mustard, pepper and paprika.

The filling is piped back into the white portion of the egg, and garnished with a bit more paprika.

Cheese Ball

Make your own easy cheese ball with cream cheese for a delicious savory appetizer.

The cheese ball is made by simply using a hand mixer to whip the cream cheese until light and fluffy.

Add a couple of herbs, spices and cheddar cheese to create the base of the cheese ball.

The next part is very messy!!

Shape the cream cheese into a ball shape, and roll into a plate of chopped up walnuts.

Chill for half an hour to make it firm up again.

Serve your cheese ball by slicing off a bit of it and put it onto a cracker to enjoy!

2pm Bridal Shower appetizers

Focaccia Bread with Oil and Balsamic

Drizzle extra virgin olive oil on a plate. It should be a decent size, depending on how many people you’ll be serving for.

Pour balsamic reduction over the olive oil in a zig zag design.

Focaccia bread can be cut into strips, and then in half for a decent serving size.

Dip the bread in the mixture of olive oil and balsamic for a savory bread appetizer.

2pm Bridal Shower appetizer Ideas

Dessert Charcuterie Board

Dessert charcuterie boards are a little different than your average charcuterie board. They’re filled with only dessert foods!!

You can make your own dessert charcuterie board by making 3-4 desserts and perhaps a dipping sauce to go along with it.

  • Chocolate kiss cookies
  • Biscotti
  • Chocolate covered almonds
  • Truffles
  • Chocolate covered pretzels
  • Rice Krispy squares
  • Melted chocolate for dipping
  • Apple slices
  • Strawberries
  • Chocolate covered strawberries
  • Lemon loaf
  • Banana bread
  • Caramel sauce
2pm Bridal Shower dessert Ideas

Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Spinach and artichoke dip is a creamy, hot dip you can serve with baguette slices, or crackers.

Garlic is cooked in olive oil in a frying pan until it releases its aromas.

Spinach is added to the pan and wilts as it cooks. Once it’s done cooking, remove it from it from the heat source.

Cream cheese is mixed together with sour cream, mayo, freshly grated Parmesan cheese, and a little hot sauce.

Cooked spinach is added to the cream cheese mixture along with chopped up artichoke hearts.

Spinach and artichoke dip is placed in a baking dish and baked in the oven for about 20 minutes.

The dip is finished baking when the cheese begins to brown and bubble.

2pm Bridal Shower dip Ideas

Cookies

You can decorate sugar cookies or macarons with names (Mr/Mrs Last Name), words (Mrs, Mr, Love, Wife, Wifey, Husband, Hubby) and designs (ring, hearts, infinity symbol) to make them have a bridal shower theme.

To decorate sugar cookies, you’ll want to use royal icing. It will harden up so the cookies can be stacked and stored with ease until the bridal shower.

To decorate macarons, you can use an edible marker, or “paint” macarons using food coloring. Also, you can dip macarons in melted chocolate, and add a couple of sprinkles to them.

Chocolate Fountain

Chocolate fountains are exciting center piece to have at a bridal shower. It will mesmerize your guests and have them coming back for more!

You can create your own array of foods to dip in your chocolate fountain.

  • rice crispy squares
  • brownies
  • strawberries
  • watermelon
  • grapes
  • marshmallows
  • angel food cake
  • bananas
  • waffles
  • pretzels
2pm Bridal Shower Food Ideas

Winter Bridal Shower Food Ideas

Bridal showers are a time to come together with friends and family to celebrate the bride.

Winter bridal showers are typically indoors, and you can serve a variety of hot and cold foods to keep your guests satisfied!

Winter bridal shower ideas include high tea, dessert charcuterie, baked brie, themed cookies, spinach dip and more!

Winter Bridal Shower Food Ideas

High Tea

High tea is served with small sandwiches and sweets on a 3 tier platter.

Tea sandwiches are cut into rectangles or circles to give them a unique shape. You can serve them on croissants, buns, or slices of baguette.

You can make different types of sandwiches for a winter bridal shower such as:

  • ham and cheese
  • cucumber and cream cheese
  • egg salad
  • chicken salad
  • tuna salad
  • strawberry, basil and cream cheese
  • horseradish and roast beef

Sweets for high tea:

  • scones with clotted cream and jam
  • sugar cookies
  • chocolate dipped shortbread
  • orange slice tea cookies
  • macarons
  • raspberry almond thumbprint cookies
  • lemon curd tarts
Winter Bridal Shower high tea Food Ideas

Dessert Charcuterie Board

Dessert charcuterie boards are a little different than your average charcuterie board. They’re filled with only dessert foods!!

You can make your own dessert charcuterie board by making 3-4 desserts and perhaps a dipping sauce to go along with it.

  • Chocolate kiss cookies
  • Biscotti
  • Chocolate covered almonds
  • Truffles
  • Chocolate covered pretzels
  • Rice Krispy squares
  • Melted chocolate for dipping
  • Apple slices
  • Strawberries
  • Chocolate covered strawberries
  • Lemon loaf
  • Banana bread
  • Caramel sauce
Winter Bridal Shower Food Ideas

Baked Brie

Baked brie is made by baking a wheel of brie in the oven with a variety of toppings.

You can add the toppings prior to baking, or after, depending on the flavoring you’re wanting for your appetizer. Baked brie is served with sliced baguette pieces for dipping, crackers, or celery and carrot sticks.

Winter Bridal Shower Food dip Ideas

Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs look eye catching and are quite filling as an appetizer.

They are made by cooking eggs, and the cutting them in half.

The center portion of the egg is mixed with mayo, diced dill pickles, mustard, pepper and paprika.

The filling is piped back into the white portion of the egg, and garnished with a bit more paprika.

Focaccia Bread with Oil and Balsamic

Drizzle extra virgin olive oil on a plate. It should be a decent size, depending on how many people you’ll be serving for.

Pour balsamic reduction over the olive oil in a zig zag design.

Focaccia bread can be cut into strips, and then in half for a decent serving size.

Dip the bread in the mixture of olive oil and balsamic for a savory bread appetizer.

Winter Bridal Shower Food bread Ideas

Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Spinach and artichoke dip is a creamy, hot dip you can serve with baguette slices, or crackers.

Garlic is cooked in olive oil in a frying pan until it releases its aromas.

Spinach is added to the pan and wilts as it cooks. Once it’s done cooking, remove it from it from the heat source.

Cream cheese is mixed together with sour cream, mayo, freshly grated Parmesan cheese, and a little hot sauce.

Cooked spinach is added to the cream cheese mixture along with chopped up artichoke hearts.

Spinach and artichoke dip is placed in a baking dish and baked in the oven for about 20 minutes.

The dip is finished baking when the cheese begins to brown and bubble.

Winter Bridal Shower Food dip Ideas

Prosciutto and Brie on Artisan Crackers

Prosciutto and brie on artisan crackers is a crispy appetizer with a sweetened finish to it.

Artisan crackers are arranged on a plate, and topped with a slice of brie cheese on each of them.

Basil leaves are placed on top of the brie, along with strips of prosciutto that are placed in a folded shape.

A couple sprigs of arugula are placed on top of the prosciutto to complete the base of the appetizer.

Drizzle a bit of honey and balsamic reduction all over the artisan crackers and enjoy!

Winter Bridal Shower cracker Ideas

Meat Balls

Meat balls are a bite sized appetizer that are packed full of savory flavor and sweet sauce.

Sweet and Tangy Asian meat balls are covered in teriyaki sauce for a sweet and savory flavor.

Garnish the meat balls with fresh parsley and sesame seeds.

You can place a toothpick into each meat ball so it isn’t sticky on your fingers.

Pinwheels

Pinwheels are made by using a tortilla, and spreading the filling over the tortilla in a thin layer.

The pinwheel is made by rolling up the tortilla, and then slicing it into 1/2-3/4″ rounds.

Cheese Ball

Make your own easy cheese ball with cream cheese for a delicious savory appetizer.

The cheese ball is made by simply using a hand mixer to whip the cream cheese until light and fluffy.

Add a couple of herbs, spices and cheddar cheese to create the base of the cheese ball.

The next part is very messy!!

Shape the cream cheese into a ball shape, and roll into a plate of chopped up walnuts.

Chill for half an hour to make it firm up again.

Serve your cheese ball by slicing off a bit of it and put it onto a cracker to enjoy!

Winter Bridal Shower cold Food Ideas

Cantaloupe and Prosciutto Wraps

Cantaloupe and prosciutto wraps are juicy and savory.

Slice cantaloupe into thin pieces, and then wrap a piece of prosciutto around the cantaloupe.

Drizzle balsamic reduction over the cantaloupe and prosciutto wraps to garnish.

Winter Bridal Shower cold food Ideas

Cookies

You can decorate sugar cookies or macarons with names (Mr/Mrs Last Name), words (Mrs, Mr, Love, Wife, Wifey, Husband, Hubby) and designs (ring, hearts, infinity symbol) to make them have a bridal shower theme.

To decorate sugar cookies, you’ll want to use royal icing. It will harden up so the cookies can be stacked and stored with ease until the bridal shower.

To decorate macarons, you can use an edible marker, or “paint” macarons using food coloring. Also, you can dip macarons in melted chocolate, and add a couple of sprinkles to them.

winter bridal shower macaron cookie ideas

Chocolate Hazelnut Caramel Tart

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Chocolate hazelnut caramel tart is a rich, creamy, chocolate tart with a hint of caramel sauce.

The tart is vanilla flavored and has a couple layers to it.

The first is a feuilletine chocolate crunch layer.

The second is a thick layer of rich chocolate cremeux.

The top layer is a mix of white and milk chocolate ganache.

For the decoration on top, we use dusted hazelnuts, and salted caramel sauce.

Chocolate Hazelnut Caramel Tart
Chocolate Hazelnut Caramel Tart recipe

Chocolate Hazelnut Caramel Tart

How to make a chocolate hazelnut tart with salted caramel sauce.
Prep Time3 hrs
Active Time20 mins
Fridge/Freezer5 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 20 mins
Course: Dessert
Keyword: tart
Yield: 1 9″ tart

Materials

Tart Crust

  • 235 g all purpose flour
  • 30 g almond powder
  • 90 g icing sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 120 g butter cold, cubed
  • 56 g egg (1 large egg)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Feuilletine Crunch Layer

  • 30 g feuilletine
  • 60 g hazelnut crumbs
  • 80 g hazelnut butter
  • 25 g milk chocolate
  • 15 g dark chocolate

Hazelnut Crumbs

  • 30 g hazelnuts skins removed
  • 15 g sugar granulated
  • 15 g flour
  • 15 g butter
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Chocolate Cremeux

  • 100 g dark chocolate
  • 135 g milk chocolate
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/8 cup sugar granulated
  • 1 1/8 cup heavy cream

Ganache

  • 100 g milk chocolate
  • 60 g white chocolate
  • 100 g heavy cream

Decoration

  • 15 g hazelnuts
  • 2 tbsp salted caramel sauce

Instructions

Tart Crust

  • In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add 235 g flour, 30 g almond powder, 90 g icing sugar, 1/2 tsp salt, and 120 g cubed, cold butter. Mix on low until a powder begins to form in the mixing bowl.
  • Add 56 g of egg and 1 tsp of vanilla extract. Mix on low until the dough starts to begin to form.
  • Remove the dough and separate it into 2. We'll only need 1 of the 2 tart doughs for this recipe. Place the dough on a floured counter. Form the dough into a ball, and then place it between 2 large pieces of parchment paper.
  • Roll the dough out to 3 mm.
  • Place the dough on a tray, and put it in the fridge for an hour.
  • Remove the dough from the fridge and place it in the tart ring. Press the dough into the corners and the edges of the ring. Remove any excess dough by cutting the top of the dough with a knife. Place the dough in the freezer for half an hour
  • Bake the tart for 18-20 minutes at 340 degrees F. Remove from the oven and let it cool to room temperature.

Hazelnut Crumbs

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a food processor, combine 30 g hazelnuts (skins removed), 15 g butter, 15 g sugar, 15 g flour, 1/4 tsp salt and pulse until the mixture becomes crumbs. They should be coarse, but still quite small in size.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Add the hazelnut crumbs on top of the parchment paper and spread out the pieces so it's one layer without any clumps.
  • Bake the hazelnut crumbs for 9-10 minutes at 350 degrees F.
  • Let the crumbs cool and set aside.

Feuilletine Crunch Layer

  • Melt 25 g milk and 15 g dark chocolate together in the microwave. You can microwave it in 30 second intervals, and then mix together with a spoon to make sure the chocolate has fully melted together.
  • Add 60 g hazelnut crumbs, 80 g hazelnut butter, and 30 g feuilletine pieces to the chocolate and mix together until it's fully combined.
  • Pour feuilletine crunch layer into the bottom of the tart. Use a spatula to smooth it out into the corners, and place it into the fridge for an hour or so until it sets.
    Feuilletine Crunch Layer Recipe

Chocolate Cremeux

  • Place 100 g dark chocolate and 135 g milk chocolate in a heat proof bowl. The chocolate should be broken into small pieces. Place a sieve on top of the bowl.
  • In another heat proof bowl, mix together 4 egg yolks and 1/8 cup granulated sugar with a whisk.
  • Place 1 1/8 cup of heavy cream in a medium saucepan on low-medium heat. Just before in comes to a simmer, remove it from the heat and add a little to the eggs. Whisk vigorously to temper the eggs. Continue slowly adding the hot heavy cream to the eggs until it's completely mixed in. Place the cream egg mixture back into the saucepan and heat on low-medium constantly whisking it. The mixture will begin to thicken. Remove it from the heat source when it reaches 175-185 degrees F.
  • Pour the hot cream mixture through the sieve onto the chocolate. Let it melt for a couple of minutes and then whisk the chocolate cremeux together. Let it cool for about 20 minutes, then pour it on top of the feuilletine crunch layer. Place it in the freezer for a couple of hours to let it set.

Ganache

  • Place 100 g milk chocolate, and 60 g white chocolate in small pieces in a heat proof bowl.
  • Heat 100 g of heavy cream in a small saucepan over low-medium heat. Heat the cream until just before it comes to a simmer.
  • Pour hot heavy cream over chocolate pieces and use a whisk to mix it until the chocolate has completely melted. Set aside

Decoration

  • Place hazelnuts in a food processor and grind until they are a powder.
  • Remove tart from the freezer and pour ganache over the tart. You'll only need about half of the ganache, so you can save the rest for another recipe. Using a spatula, spread the ganache right to the edges of the tart.
  • Sprinkle powdered hazelnuts around the edges of the tart.
  • Drizzle salted caramel sauce over the tart in a zig zag design.
  • Enjoy!!
    Chocolate Hazelnut Caramel Tart recipe
Chocolate Hazelnut Caramel Tart