Thought of as a combination of breakfast and lunch, these brunch menus are a most delicious way to entertain
People go crazy for brunch! It seems that breakfast and brunches are enjoying a resurgence in popularity these days. Brunch foods are a welcome change for the host because they can be light and easy to prepare.
Brunch menus are open to just about any food. Although we always think of brunch as breakfast and lunch, you can also prepare brunch with no or limited breakfast foods.
Let your imagination and taste buds go wild and consider foods you may not ordinarily serve for breakfast such as seafood, steak and pasta. Keep everything fresh, seasonal and not overly filling.
Good brunch menus almost always start with Mimosas and Bloody Mary's
Make sure to include fruit juices, mineral water, milk and tea. Pull out the expresso or cappuccino maker and offer specialty coffees as well.
This is especially important for a brunch party unless you like to rise at the crack of dawn to prepare the meal.
Brunch is traditionally served between 11a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. and is normally presented buffet-style. Avoid too many dense, rich foods. Brunch should start your day--not put you back to sleep.
Fresh and Light Brunch Menu
Serve this simple menu with coffee, tea and sparkling water
Meat and Vegetable Trays with Ranch Dressing Dipping Sauce
Adjust amounts to number of guests
Cinnamon Rolls, Tea Cakes, Cookies as desired
Serve with fruit teas, juices, white wine spritzers and coffee
Fruit Danishes, Corn Muffins or Coffee Cake
Serve with mixed green salad, rolls, crackers
Melon wedges, orange slices, black grapes
Very Veggie Brunch Menu
It is unlikely that all of your guests will be vegetarian so compliment this all veggie brunch with an egg dish and Rum and Pineapple Glazed Ham or Easy Baked Citrus Chicken. Serve with coffee and sparkling cider.
Flatbreads, Pita Chips, Cheese Crackers
Prepared any style served with Salsa
Plentiful Champagne Brunch
This is a big buffet menu, but is light, pleasing and very easy to prepare. Perfect for a bridal shower brunch. Serve champagne before and during the meal.
Fruit Danishes, Muffins or Coffee Cake, Croissants or Biscuits
Sprinkle peeled orange slices with cinnamon and nutmeg
Grillades and Grits
Breakfast Meats of Your Choice
Ripe Tomato Slices with Lemon Juice and Fresh Basil
Vegetable and Cheese Platter with Breadsticks
Sweet and Easy
Also serve mineral water, champagne and coffee. Also consider:
Omelet Bar, Spinach Frittata
Overnight French Toast
Scrambled Eggs with Seared Canadian Bacon
Orange Slices in Brandy and Nutmeg
Luscious Louisiana Brunch
Shrimp and grits may seem like an odd pairing but is marvelous and very Southern. Try this well-seasoned version and I'm sure you will be a convert
Fresh Croissants - Butter - Jams Preserves - Apple Butter
Buttery Creole Shrimp and Cheese Grits
Homemade Breakfast Sausage
All Occasions Brunch
This satisfying menu is good for any occasion. Serve with fruit teas, champagne and white wine or white wine spritzers
Olives and Relishes
Simple Green Salad with Cherry Tomatoes, Lemon and Olive Oil
Chocolate Walnut Biscotti
Brunch Southern Style
An unusual combination of tastes, but the flavors will take you home. Add a pineapple and kiwi fruit salad for added sweetness
Oven Roasted Peanuts in the Shell
Crabmeat Stuffed Mushrooms
Orange Cornbread Muffins
Barbecued Pork Tenderloin
Serve with soft breadsticks or rolls and thin radish and cucumber slices
Lemony Green Bean and Tomato Salad
Purchased Lemon Layer Cake
Also consider: Spinach Frittata; Slow Roasted Lemon Chicken
Yogurt and Fresh Berries
Bacon and Eggs and Whole Wheat Toast and Butter
Flank Steak with Roasted Garlic and Rosemary
Spicy Black Bean, Zucchini and Corn Salad
With or without Shrimp or Chicken
Light and Elegant Brunch
Start with cheese Danish and add a simple green salad. Serve with mineral water, champagne and coffee. Also consider; Southwestern Scrambled Eggs and Orange Grape Salad
Spicy Honey-Orange Glazed Ham Steaks
Hot Biscuits and Butter
Hurry Up Easter Brunch
One year my annual Easter Brunch almost didn't happen because of a rushed scheduled. This is what I pulled out of the hat. I served with Mimosas, iced tea and coffee.
Croissants with Jams and Butter
Cheese and Ham Omelets
Seasonal Fruit salad
Tossed Green Salad
Roast Beef Finger Sandwiches
Chicken Breast with Wine Sauce
I also served:
Pasta with Cheese to Serve with the Chicken
Toss cooked angel hair pasta with olive oil, lots of minced garlic, pinch of hot red pepper flakes, lots of softened butter and shredded Parmesan cheese. Keep in a low oven while other dishes are finishing and cheese is melted. I was amazed that this simple dish was the hit of the brunch!
Yogurt Parfaits with Granola and Fruit
Mix plain yogurt with a dash of vanilla or almond extract. Top with lemon curd, granola, cut fruit (such as any berry or peaches) and toasted almond slices.
Variations: Try flavored yogurt such as lemon, peach, vanilla or strawberry.
crumbled brown sugar, oatmeal or even chocolate chip cookies in place of the
granola. Use a fruit jam or other types of nuts. Fruits are not at
there best by Easter time, so I won't tell anyone if you use canned
fruit. The combinations are deliciously endless and easy!
Happy Easter Brunch Menu
Because of a previous year's near debacle (meaning not up to persnickety standards), I took the time to plan this Easter brunch. It turned out pretty great.
Baked Egg Cups with Cheese, Scrambled Eggs or Made to Order Omelets
Top with a fresh tomato sauce and fresh basil
Salmon Cakes or Grilled Salmon Salad
Olives, Nuts, Pickled Onions, Hummus and Crackers
Cucumber and Parsley Tea Sandwiches
Chicken, Cheese and Grape Skewers
Strawberry and Spinach Salad