Ready, Set… BRUNCH
More formal than breakfast, less formal than lunch – there’s something magical about brunch. By simply serving up a combination of breakfast and lunch foods between 11-3pm, a phenomenon has taken the early afternoons of millennials and socialites by storm. The best part is that an amazing brunch doesn’t have to happen at some exposed-brick, line-out-the-door spot on Main Street when you have a kitchen and table of your own.
Host your own amazing brunch (& save a buck or two) with any of these next-level food ideas.
If it’s good on a bagel, it’s fair game when you build your very own bagel bar. This idea is perfect for brunch because bagels are an excellent vehicle for sweet foods like cream cheese, jams, fruit and yogurt as well as more savory fare like eggs, cheese, bacon, lox & more. Keep it basic with the classics or take things to the next level with exotic hummus’, nut butters, coconut flakes, meats, cheeses & more.
In one of our favorite make-ahead meal choices to-date, mini egg frittatas are a versatile, time efficient and fun option for any brunch gathering. Made in a muffin tin, batches can be prepared ahead of time with a variety of filling combos. One day before you intend to serve, just prep your fillings as you would an omelette, mix with about 8-10 eggs, grease a muffin tin, divvy up the mixture (with some room for eggs to rise) and bake at 350º F for 20-30 minutes. You can get as creative as you want with fillings but some favorites are bacon & cheese, avocado & onion and sun-dried tomato and mozzarella.
With an amazing ability to make anyone who sees them hungry, these croissant breakfast sandwiches would be fantastic for showing brunch who’s boss. Not only are they freezer friendly, they’re easy to make – requiring only 8 mini croissants, eggs and your favorite sandwich toppings. Guests could even make their own sammy’s if you lay out some options!
Brunch is a great combination of foods and flavors as-is, but when they all come baked together in a dippable, biteable and beautiful breakfast braid your brunch just took a turn for the best! While such a visibly gorgeous baked braid might seem tricky, it’s actually quite easy with the directions outlined in this recipe. Made with pizza crust dough, eggs and other stuffings of your choice, there is no wrong-way to fill up an amazing breakfast braid.
In terms of finger food, these french toast bites are an easy way to fancy-up a fan-favorite. The presentation of this classic is brilliant on its own, but the french toast recipe used is something special in itself, calling for a batter of eggs, milk, sugar, bourbon with a touch of salt. This gourmet batter combo is sure to make for some mega-tasty french toast.
Instead of a big, messy plate full of pancakes, these pancake stacks make enjoying the sweet treat a little less intimidating and a whole lot more manageable. Simply max out the size of your pancakes at 2-3 inches and assemble stacks with fruit, syrup drizzle & even a little whipped cream for a fun brunch treat that is as tasty as it is photogenic!
Standing at the stove over french toast for a crowd could take quite some time. Luckily, french toast is amazing in casserole form! Made by assembling 1 inch bread cubes with a french toast batter of eggs, sugar & spices, this casserole can be baked right away or refrigerated overnight to be baked the next day. Either way the result is a soft, flavor-filled french toast casserole just begging for some powdered sugar, fruit & maple syrup!
If your goal is to “wow” upon arrival, these bread bowls will do the trick! Made by tearing out the inside of dinner rolls and baking with ham, egg and other fillings, these delicious bread bowls are well worth the minimal effort required!
Sure, you could lay out some yogurt, fruit and granola and call it a day at your brunch, but that wouldn’t be nearly as rewarding as watching this fruit pizza get devoured! Simply build & bake a crust from oats, oat flour, cinnamon, vanilla and salt, fill with yogurt, top with fruit and serve immediately! Feel free to drizzle your tart with honey, maple syrup, chocolate or even peanut butter for some extra “yum!”
Do you have any cool brunch ideas? Tag us with #BestMarket – we would love to see!
January 8, 2019