My Favorite Brunch Menu
Brunch is a Favorite for Family Gatherings
Breakfast foods have always been a favorite with my family, so it is natural that when we get together a brunch is the ideal meal.
Holidays are always a good time for brunch we have one for Christmas, Easter and Mothers Day. Since several family members live out of town this menu has also been used when family and friends are overnight guests.
Over the years our menus have changed and been refined but we still have some basic favorites that are at every brunch. This lens will share my families favorite recipes and show you some of our menu ideas.
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Family Favorite Brunch Menu
Banana Nut Bread
Hash Brown Cassorole
Bowl of Fresh Fruit
#1 Brunch Menu Item
The top menu item in all of our family brunches is always eggs fantastic. This is a wonderful concoction of eggs, sausage and cheeses that we have been making for over 30 years. I'm not sure where the original recipe came from, but over the years we have refined it to the recipe that is shown below.
There have been times where I have wanted to try something different, but due to popular opinion, I have always come back to this favorite egg casserole recipe.
One of the great things about this recipe is that it can be made up the evening before and then popped in the oven 30 minutes before brunch time.
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Dish for Baking Casserole - perfect for brunch casserole
It is great to have one dish to both cook and serve your breakfast brunch. This dish works perfect to bake your casserole and looks good on the table too!
Ingredients for Eggs Fantastic
3 T Sour Cream
1/2 lb. bulk Sausage
1/4 lb chopped Mushrooms
6 T Chili Sauce
8 oz. Shredded Velveeta Cheese
8 oz. Shredded Cheddar Cheese
8 oz. Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
Directions for Eggs Fantastic
make ahead brunch dish
Preheat oven to 400 F, grease a 9x13 pan
Combine your sausage, mushrooms and onions in a skillet. Saute these items until the sausage is completely cooked. Drain well and set aside.
While the sausage is cooking I combine the eggs and sour cream in a blender for about 1 minute. Pour the egg combo into a greased baking dish and bake until the eggs are soft set. This takes about 5-10 minutes. I keep a close watch on this.
Next you spoon the chili sauce over the eggs, then spoon the sausage mixture over that and finally layer with the combined cheeses.
If you want to serve immediately you can broil until the cheeses are melted.
To serve the next day, cover and refrigerate. The next day you will uncover the casserole and bake it at 325 F until the cheeses are melted.
This cassorole serves 6-8 people.
Winter Holiday Brunch Menu
Hash Brown Casserole
Hot Fruit Casserole
Christmas Cookie Platter
Hot Fruit Casserole - delicious fruit side dish
This dish is a favorite for our winter brunches. The casserole can go in the oven with the same timing as the egg casserole.
1 can pineapple chunks
1 can sliced peaches
1 can apricot halves
1 jar spiced apple rings
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
pinch of salt
1t fruit juice
1 stick butter (room temperature)
1 tube of crackers (crushed into crumbs)
- The first thing you want to do is to drain all of your fruit. The fruit listed above is what I usually use, but you could substitute other canned fruits. Fruit cocktail or mandarin oranges would work well.
- Mix all of the nonfruit ingredients together to make a crumb topping.
- Position your fruit in the bottom of a 9x13 pan sprayed lightly with cooking spray.
- Sprinkle crumb topping over the to of the fruit.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
Winter Platter - a festive way to serve
I love the winterberry design on this platter. I start use this design all through the winter months. It has just a touch of green and holly without giving it too much of a Christmas look.
This platter would be perfect to serve your cookies or breakfast breads.
Favorite Brunch Foods - breakfast foods or more toward lunch items
Somepeople like breakfast foods for brunch and others like some that lean more towards lunch. Vote for your favorite item here!
What is your favorite brunch food?
Brunch Ideas Cookbook
This cookbook has some great ideas for breakfast and brunch dishes. Sometimes I like to look for something new to add to our brunch gatherings. Most of the time I go back to the old favorites, but every once in a while a new recipe will be added to the favorite list.
This book helps to get my creative juices flowing.
Here is a new recipe that I tried for our 2012 Christmas brunch. We decided it was a keeper. When I do it next I am thinking of adding a small jar of chilli sauce to spread over the first layer of potatoes to give it a bit more zip or perhaps some salsa would work too!
This recipe is made the night before and then baked on the morning of the brunch.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 1/2 hours
- 1 lob bacon
- cut into 1 inch pieces
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 1 red pepper chopped
- 1 8 oz pkg of mushrooms sliced
- 2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 3/4 cup milk
- 12 eggs
- 1 package frozen hash browns thawed---about 2 lbs
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 1. In skillet cook bacon until crisp. Remove to small bowl, cover and refregerate. Drain drippings, reserving 1 Tablespoon in pan. add onion, pepper and mushrooms; cook 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in mustard, salt and pepper. In large bowl, beat milk and eggs with a wire wisk.
- 2. Spray 9 x 13 baking dish with cooking spray. Spread half hash browns in baking dish. Spread onion mixture evenly on top. Sprinkle with 1 cup chees. Spread remaining hash browns on top and then pour egg mixture over all. Cover and refregerate 8 hours or overnight.
- 3. Heat oven to 325 degree F. Uncover and bake 50 - 6- minutes. Sprinkle with rest of cheese and the bacon. Bake 3-5 minutes longer until knife inserted in middle comes out clean, top is puffed and cheese is melted. Let stand 5 minutes and serve.