Plan Your Brunch Menu
When you are designing your brunch party menu, consider the day of preparation. You will want at least some foods that can be prepared the day before the brunch to avoid frantic cooking on the day of the festivities. Otherwise, you have an array of options, from breakfast favorites to lunch classics. Also, if you have a particular theme in mind, the food can often complement that choice.
When you begin sorting through ideas for your perfect menu, Martha Stewart Living suggests “choosing one egg dish and one heartier dish, plus a cocktail or mocktail…” and then finishing it off with fruit salad or pastries. Quiche is always a favorite, and it can be made with delicious options for both vegetarians and meat-eaters. Martha Stewart Living recommends incorporating frittatas but warns that they may be time and ingredient consuming, as opposed to an option like slow scrambled eggs. Eggs and bacon (or veggie) casseroles are also a great addition to any brunch table. Want to include a unique spin on traditional eggs Benedict? Justin Chapple offers up a recipe to Food & Wine for potatoes Benedict with make-ahead poached eggs that will wow your guests. Freshly made muffins, scones and other pastries are always hit, and seasonal fruits can be made into a tempting salad, perfect as an addition to a plate or as an option for those looking for something lighter.
Do you have the space to set up a warming station on or near your buffet table? If so, Martha Stewart Living suggests offering a sweet treat like pancakes, crepes, French toast or waffles.
If you have a small group, and you have the batter ready, you can also set up a station to make waffles or other options on the fly. However, if you are doing the cooking yourself, that may tie you up when you would prefer to socialize with your guests.
For dessert, a yogurt parfait is a delight, as is a traditional key lime pie. If you hit the perfect window, fresh blueberries in a free-form blueberry tart, like the one showcased in Food & Wine, will have your guests talking for days.