Throwing a brunch has always seemed like a daunting task to me –pleasing various palates with both breakfast and lunch foods, all while making everything look a little more fancy than usual? Not exactly my idea of fun. But I’ve been thinking about brunch ideas more lately, as this beautiful spring weather beckons me outdoors and encourages casual family events. I can totally pull this off! Even if you don’t have two chef brothers (I know – I’m the luckiest gal in the world!), the good ol’ internet is full of delicious and easy recipes (there’s one below!).
Use these simple brunch ideas, and you too can pull off a great spring event that will leave everyone talking!
Variety – Make sure you have options for everyone.
Breakfast is pretty easy, but make sure you have some good lunch options available, too; a spiral ham on a carving board next to a cheese tray, for example, can be combined with croissants and condiments to make lovely sandwiches. You’ll also want to be aware of any vegetarians/vegans who may be attending. As much as I love bacon, it’s important not to make every dish meat-centric. A pasta salad with fresh veggies will be a crowd pleaser. As far as drinks go, though, you can keep it pretty basic – a full bar is not exactly brunch appropriate. If you do choose to serve alcohol, keep it light – mimosas or a pre made punch. You should definitely have coffee, tea, and water; throw in some lemonade or iced tea to keep things interesting, but anything beyond that is up to your personal taste.
Style – You don’t need fancy china to pull off a gorgeous brunch!
If I had to throw a party with all matching dishes, well… that just wouldn’t happen! You know what’s fun, though? Thrift store finds! Hit up your local thrift stores for an eclectic mix of vintage plates and serving ware – you can stick to a set color scheme or go all out and have a unique plate for every guest. You’ll make everyone feel special without breaking the bank! And if you don’t want to keep them, you can just donate them back (basically just renting dishes!). If you would rather have something more permanent, beautiful wood serving boards never go out of style, and can be used for years to come. Add a few displays of pretty spring flowers and you’ll be all set! Like your drink selection, you can take your decor as far as you’d like – just don’t clutter up your buffet table too much.
Simplicity – Don’t drive yourself crazy – it’s just brunch!
Even if you don’t want to cook, you can still satisfy your guests. A nice layout of pastries from your local bakery (or, you know…Costco), is perfectly acceptable when paired with a variety of fruits, cheeses, deli meats, etc. The point is to spend time with your guests, right? You don’t have to provide show-stopping delicacies to have a good time.
Logistics – Hammer out those details!
Make sure you have plenty of seating for all of your guests, or at least areas where they can set their plates and drinks and eat comfortably. Cafe tables are a great option if seating space is limited. Also, if you can stick with foods that are fine at room temperature, you will save yourself the hassle of hot plates and ice baths. If you are serving something that needs to stay hot or cold, make sure you have the proper equipment – you want this to be memorable, but not because of food poisoning!
Now go forth and brunch!
To get you started, here is a great recipe for a savory taco quiche:
Courtesy of Sandy McGaffic
Yield: 8 Servings
1 (9 inch) deep dish pie shell (frozen ok, just let it thaw for 10 minutes)
1/2 pound ground beef
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 tablespoon hot sauce
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 small can diced green chiles
1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
4 eggs slightly beaten
1 1/4 cup half and half
1/2 teaspoon salt
shredded lettuce, shredded cheese, chopped or sliced tomatoes, sliced avocado or guacamole, black olives.
Preheat oven to 400°.
Prepare crust and put in pan or pie dish; let stand 5 to 10 minutes before baking.
Bake pie shell 7 minutes; DO NOT PRICK PIE SHELL. Remove shell and reduce oven temperature to 375°.
In 2 quart sauce pan combine next 8 ingredients. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until ground beef is browned and onions are tender. Drain mixture. Layer shredded cheese, green chiles and ground beef mixture in pie shell.
In medium bowl combine eggs, half and half, salt and pepper. Beat with a fork or whisk until mixed well but not frothy. Pour egg mixture over ground beef mixture.
Bake 45-50 minutes or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Garnish with remaining ingredients.