I know it’s only Tuesday and I’m writing about something for the weekend, but I needed to stare at pictures of yummy, fatty, homemade food again.
There really only need to be 4 elements involved in a brunch: coffee, eggs, bacon, and bread. But if you want a fabulous brunch, well then you need to add in copious amounts of butter, mimosas, cheese, fresh picked fruit, sausage, quiche, more bacon, poblano peppers, and of course more cheese and butter. Oh and did I mention having marvelous, witty friends is also part of the equation? This is a must for all things in life so find these people and don’t let them go.
So how do you go about having one of these brunches?
Find a host and a place. Sounds simple but this is usually the hardest part! We all love to eat food, but having something at your house is an ordeal and requires cleaning, prepping, and organizing beforehand. So be kind to your host, tell them thank you a million times over, and help clean up!
Divide and conquer. Assign people stuff to bring (see my some tasty options below) or let them pick their favorite dish. Everyone usually has a specialty dish they love to whip up so let them make their grandma’s 3 cheese omelet from scratch or scour through the Pioneer Woman to find something amazingly addicting (seriously look at her site if you haven’t already, your stomach will thank you later). Have a friend who doesn’t cook? Assign her to bring the fruit and coffee.
Compliment, compliment, compliment! Food is an expression of a person and how we show we care. So telling someone their food is overcooked, dry, or needs more salt is just rude and hurtful. Cooking takes work and money, and sharing it with others always takes an act of bravery in my opinion. Sincere and honest kindness goes a long way. For instance, these little Key Lime pie treats Rachel made were AMAZING! She obviously loves us a lot because she made them from scratch.
Eat! Sounds obvious but some people don’t do this. I’ve been to multiple dinner parties and lunches where people show up saying “I’m just not that hungry” or “Sorry I already ate before.” I understand if you have food allergies and have trouble finding food you can eat, but plan in advance. Bring something you can eat and eat it. Nothing is more guilt inducing then someone sitting next to you going on about their diet while you shove the 8th piece of bacon in your mouth. Brunch is not a daily thing, so celebrate and enjoy the food you’re putting in your mouth instead of yammering on about how many calories are in it.
Don’t plan to do too much after. If you have partaken in a fabulous brunch, you’ll be moving a little bit slower that afternoon. So don’t tell people, “Oh my god I wanted to get all this stuff done and now I’m exhausted! Ugh!” I want to say, “Seriously? My plan was to eat, sit, and enjoy this great company. Strange you thought otherwise.”
Want to impress your friends with a tasty brunch dish? Here are some options:
French Toast Casserole: you can see the recipe and step-by-step photos here on the Pioneer Woman. I just added apples and raisins to the mix. Amazing buttery, cinnamon, apple goodness.
Meixcan Breakfast Casserole (courtesy of Megan) – spicy, cheesy, amazing goodness. Add salsa and sour cream and your done for. See the step-by-step instructions here.
Mediterranean Quiche (courtesy of Victoria) – now this is a meal you won’t feel guilty about and is incredibly easy! Recipe below.
Pie crust (store bought), lightly steamed asparagus (about 2 cups), Sun dried tomatoes (about 3 tablespoons), and sprinkled chevre goat cheese. Fill the pie with these ingredients, then beat 3 eggs, 1 cup of half n half, 1/4 tsp. nutmeg, and salt and pepper to taste. Pour the egg mixture over you ingredients already in the pie. Bake for 35 minutes at 400 degrees and viola!