Hosting brunch for a group is no easy task, particularly due to the labor-intensive nature of breakfast food. With bacon, eggs, and pancakes typically made on a griddle or stove top, going in prepared is essential! Make time to actually enjoy your brunch with the help of these foods, tips and recipes.
There are just as many casseroles as there are ingredients to fill them with. They can be egg-based, cheesy, meaty, veggie-filled, layered, sweet, savory, spicy, you name it. A casserole is the perfect brunch main because it can be made the day before and heated up before guests arrive. You can pick a simple combination of eggs and veggies, or load it up with hash browns, sausage, bacon, cheese, bread and anything else that will fit. Keep in mind before embarking on your casserole adventure that meats should be cooked before being added to casserole and that they take a long time in the oven – anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour to bake. But with combos like cheesy tater tot, ham and cheese, and everything bagel, they are worth the wait.
Our Top Brunch Casserole Pick:
Mexican Breakfast Casserole
Puff Pastry Magic
Everything’s better when it’s baked inside pastry dough. From sweet to savory, the possibilities are endless to what you can stuff inside. Favorites like scrambled egg and bacon, ham and cheese, apple and cheddar, prosciutto mozzarella asparagus, spinach artichoke, peaches and cream, nutella, peanut butter and jelly and maple praline are all excellent for brunch. We love that they are utensil-free and you can serve them with a selection of dipping sauces. However you wrap it, it’s also an added bonus that Pillsbury Crescents makes it easy-peasy. Since these are best straight out of the oven, simply wrap your goodies ahead of time and pop in the oven for 15 minutes before you plan to dig in.
Our Top Brunch Puff Pastry Pick:
Everything Bagel Turkey Cheddar Crescent Rolls
Hash browns, tater tots, home fries, regular fries, potato skins and more, people just love potatoes. Unfortunately for crispy potatoes at your brunch, make-ahead options are hit-or-miss due to the reheating process. Luckily, most potato recipes – aside from stove top hash browns & home fries – are quite low maintenance since they only need time in the oven to crisp up.
Our Top Brunch Potato Pick:
Twice-Baked Breakfast Potatoes
Pizzas & Flatbreads
Breakfast pizzas are on the rise, and we’re not surprised one bit. Who doesn’t like piling their favorite ingredients on a delicious dough and going in pizzeria-style? The best part about this brunch option is you aren’t locked into using pizza dough – you can use naan, bagels or rolls, low-carb Caulipower, or any thin crust ready-to-rock flatbread. The sky is the limit when it comes to toppings – you can serve up the classic bacon, egg and cheese or get more adventurous with a caprese combo, goat cheese-blackberry-arugula or apple-cheddar-honey.
Our Top Brunch Flatbread Pick:
Sriracha Maple Breakfast Flatbread
Not only are parfaits a cup full of pure “YUM”, they also look as good as they taste. You can keep your parfaits on the healthy side with some Greek yogurt, berries and a little granola or go all-out with chocolate, cereals, coconut flakes, marshmallows, cookie bits, nut butters, chocolate or maple syrup and more. Show off your trendy-ness with a chia seed pudding or overnight oats in place of yogurt. To make these ahead, assemble the basics of yogurt and berries in as many glasses as you have guests and leave a selection of toppings on the side for guests to assemble to their preferences.
Our Top Brunch Parfait Pick:
Blueberry Banana Cinnamon Parfait
From muffins to doughnuts, there are lots to choose from when deciding on what pastry is best for your brunch. When it comes to making ahead, muffins and cinnamon buns are best for a crowd because they can be made in batches of 12 with a cupcake tin, while scones and danishes require more love. Hand-pies are always an option, as are turnovers and croissants. You can definitely have more fun with sweeter pastries, as seen in these raspberry white chocolate, blueberry lemon and maple pecan scones. At the end of the day, whether you go sweet or savory, there really is no wrong answer. Most pastries can be made ahead of time and enjoyed warm, room temperature or chilled.
Our Top Brunch Pastry Pick:
Bacon Pepper Jack Jalapeño Scones
“Build Your Own” Brunch Bar
Pancakes, waffles, bagels, toast, tacos, you name it – any and all guests will have a great time when there is a toppings bar. You can go easy with the basic butter, cream cheese, fruit, granola, scrambled egg, bacon, cheese, or you can go really wild ice cream-parlor style. It is up to you whether you curb your bar to be more savory/lunchy, or filled with sweet indulgences. The best part about this is you just lay out the ingredients and let your guests make their dream brunch, so everyone is happy!
Our Favorite Breakfast Bar Example:
Build Your Own Waffle Bar
Brunch Hosting Hacks:
- Make eggs in bulk with a sheet pan. Preheat to 425º F, grease a sheet pan and crack eggs into sheet pan. Season with salt and pepper, cook 5-6 minutes, slice up and enjoy.
- Make bacon in the oven. Preheat to 400º F, line a baking sheet with foil, lay out on on a metal rack or straight in the pan and bake 15 minutes. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate and serve.
- Set out some snackies. A little cheese and crackers is welcome wherever, whenever.
- Set the table the night before.
- Make it a potluck. Have everyone bring one brunch goodie for the gang. Just confirm with folks ahead of time to avoid doubles.
December 3, 2019