Figuring out what you’ll be serving at your wedding is a big deal. You want to enjoy all your favorite foods on your big day, but there should also be enough food to please your guests as well.
That means you’ve probably been flipping through menu ideas online and seen all the recipes that get repeated. There’s nothing wrong with the repeating crowd-pleasing recipes, but it’s not as much fun as making your wedding food stand out on its own.
Don’t feel like you have no choice but to stick with what you’ve seen. Check out these fresh takes on traditional recipes for your wedding menu that will please any guest and leave them coming back for more.
1. Yogurt and Toppings Bar
A snack bar is something that’s commonly set up during weddings so guests can nibble on something during cocktail hour or while they’re dancing the night away after dinner. Typically, you might see crackers, nuts or pretzels since they make for easy finger foods.
Instead, you can switch things up with a yogurt and toppings bar. Make sure that the yogurt containers are constantly chilled if you plan to leave the bar open all night long. Add in crunchy toppings like nuts and granola or line the bar with desserts like mini chocolate chips or crumbled cookies. A little bit of everything from healthy toppings to desserts will go a long way in pleasing the majority of your guests.
2. Crispy Potato Patties
Potatoes are a go-to food for large crowds because they can be dressed up in a million different ways. Baking, mashing and scalloping are the most common forms of potato-based meals at weddings, so put a new spin on an old favorite by making them into patties.
Crispy potato patties can be made with limited ingredients, so they’re budget-friendly while also being delicious. They make a great side to a meat or salad and should be adaptable for most caterers.
3. Amish Friendship Bread
There should always be some kind of side food that guests can grab when they get a little hungry before and after dinner. If you’re thinking about setting up fruit and choose boards, skip the traditional crackers and pair them with Amish friendship bread instead for a more homestyle recipe.
Amish friendship bread doesn’t require any kind of previous breadmaking skills, so anyone can make it. It only takes a little over an hour to make one loaf. Make as many loaves as you can fit in your oven at one time to maximize the bread slices your guests can enjoy with your selection of cheeses and fruits.
4. Pies for Guests
It’s customary for weddings to have cake for the guests, but some brides may not be able to afford that much cake if they have an extensive guest list. Instead, you can order a variety of pies to be baked for your guests’ enjoyment while you and your future spouse share a smaller cake just for the two of you.
5. Bite-Sized Mac and Cheese Balls
Mac and cheese is similar to potatoes because it’s a comfort food that most people enjoy. Your guests may expect to see it at your wedding, especially if you’re going to host something that’s more laid back.
Make your mac and cheese a different experience for your guests by catering mac and cheese balls that are bite-sized for easy snacking. Kids and adults will love how tiny and delicious they are, especially since they’ll go well with any main course.
6. Deep-Fried Turkey
Turkey is a popular meat to serve at weddings because most people enjoy it. It’s especially popular with fall and winter brides, but that doesn’t mean you have to avoid it. Instead of serving a baked turkey, make a deep-fried turkey or two to please your guests. It will have a unique brown-sugar brine that no regular turkey meal has, so it’ll be a new taste on an old favorite food.
Go Back to What You Love
If you’re doubting your choices for your wedding menu, go back to what you love. Have fun putting together new recipes that will wow your guests. Stressing less over the food you’ll have at your reception will make wedding planning much more fun and your reception dinner especially delicious.