I am the best version of myself at brunch.
Brunch is not too early in the morning that I’ll be tired and not too late in the day that I’ll be, well, tired. It’s a way to socialize while my energy stores for such an activity are still relatively high (hello, fellow introverts). And THEN. Then there’s the food.
Brunch recipes are all of the good things combined. They’re savory, sweet, and hearty in the very best way.
Hopefully, this guide of brunch recipes will come in handy the next time you’re hosting a brunch of your own. And always keep in mind that if you are hosting a brunch (or any other meal), you can ask others to bring a dish too! I’m all for dividing up tasks and making the hosting process a little easier.
This is, of course, optional, and I’m not even going to call it an appetizer because brunch doesn’t call for an appetizer; brunch calls for a nibble.
Here’s the deal: If the company you keep is known to stagger their arrival times and you want to delay the main dishes because of this, having a little pre-meal nibble to set out while you finish up in the kitchen will never lead you astray. Keep it simple! Think hummus and chopped veggies, cheese and crackers, or a couple of pastries picked up from your local bakery.
To me, the main course generally includes eggs. To you, it might be something entirely different. It may even bend toward the lunch side of brunch, which is a-okay. Whatever it may be, I tend to prefer a one-pan dish that can easily be scooped up (rather than something that needs to be made or tended to individually). Here are a few ideas!
I’ve made this recipe twice and it is so very good. The recipe calls for ham but I’m a vegetarian and swap it out for broccoli and sautéed mushrooms—it’s delicious.
I always like to have a couple of sides available at brunch. This also comes in handy if your guests happen to have dietary restrictions (especially those who may not tell you this ahead of time). If someone can’t eat the main course, they’ll have some sides to enjoy.
When it comes to sides, my personal preference is to choose two types of salads, salads being an incredibly broad term. Below are a few ideas:
I have made this salad for approximately ten brunches now. It is very tasty and always a crowd-pleaser. The recipe was adapted heavily from Real Simple, although that version is no longer available on their site. Why? I do not know. My version goes as follows:
To end your meal (or served alongside everything else!), it’s always a treat to enjoy a little something sweet. Consider making one of these delectable recipes:
BY Jackie Saffert - November 17, 2022
Thank you for being here. For being open to enjoying life’s simple pleasures and looking inward to understand yourself, your neighbors, and your fellow humans! I’m looking forward to chatting with you.