Brunch is a lovely way to share a meal with loved ones in a relaxed atmosphere. Perfect for Mother’s or Father’s Day or just to celebrate the end of another hectic week, hosting a brunch can be relatively simple to prepare. You don’t need to be Martha Stewart and fold your napkins into swans. You just need some good food and enjoyable company.
Menu. Start with some delicious bagels and muffins. You don’t need to bake these yourself, just warm them in the toaster oven for a few minutes before serving. Offer an array of spreads like butter, cream cheese and lox. Flavored butters are delicious and add a bit of zip. Try flavoring yours with garlic or chives to taste. Keep your guests’ preferences in mind, but variety is key for the most attractive table presentation. Large baskets filled with chocolate chip, blueberry, and wheat bagels and muffins will whet your company’s appetites.
Strata is an excellent main course for brunch. The convenient aspect of strata is that it needs to be prepared the night before and left in the refrigerator overnight. No scrambling right before your guests arrive.
To make breakfast strata, you will need:
Sixteen slices of small white bread ~Arnold White Bread is perfect for this recipe.
Sixteen slices of swiss cheese
Sixteen slices of ham
Two eight ounce bags of grated cheddar
Six medium size eggs
Three cups of milk
One package of leek soup mix
Butter the bottom and sides of your 8×11 baking dish. Cut the crusts off the bread slices and layer down eight slices on the bottom of the pan. Add the ham and cheeses. Repeat the layer.
Beat eggs, milk and soup in a large bowl. Pour on top of the mixture. Cover with aluminum foil and place in refrigerator overnight.
The strata needs to be baked uncovered in the oven for forty to forty five minutes before serving at your brunch.
Mimosas are a delicious accompaniment for the over twenty one crowd. Pour pleasantly chilled champagne to taste into orange juice and serve in champagne flutes. Pitchers of plain orange and grapefruit juice for the children and teetotalers covers all the bases. Brewing a pot of plain or flavored coffee completes the drinks menu.
Dessert can be as simple as a lovely fruit salad. Strawberries, blueberries, and chunks of watermelon are light and refreshing after the main meal. A dollop of whipped cream on each serving will please the little ones or any of your guests with a sweet tooth.
Set your table with a bright, pretty tablecloth. Put out some fresh flowers in a vase for the middle of the table. You can also float some tea light candles in pretty dish for a lovely and simple centerpiece.
Follow these menu and table presentation suggestions for an enjoyable brunch with friends and family. I’ll leave the guest list up to you!