People love tradition. When there are special occasions, holidays, or large family gatherings, brunch is a popular event. Developing a menu of party food for your brunch can be a chance to get creative, and appeal to many tastes. The nature of a brunch allows for a wide variety of foods.
Whether you are a fan of standard breakfast food or you truly like to walk that line between breakfast and lunch, consider offering a spread that has as many different choices as possible. Get comfortable with simultaneously existing in that space of French toast, deviled eggs, and bacon with the realm of sandwiches, pastas, and salad.
Easter is just around the corner, so if you are hosting a gathering and plan to provide brunch, here are some ideas and tips that can help you pull together some easy party food.
Food from A to Z:
OK, so we may not have dishes that start with every letter of the alphabet, but you will want to span a wide range of choices. You may have meat-loving, breakfast-eating guests. The guest list might also include vegetarians, or grazers. Don't leave anyone out.
While brunch is typically heavier on the breakfast items, don't shy away from lunch foods. After all, there may be some folks who, anticipating a later meal time, have already nibbled on a bit of breakfast that morning.
What to skip:
People often want to try everything at brunch buffets, so we recommend that you don't bother with something as mundane as a cheese and cracker plate, vegetables and dip, or plain fruit. Don't allow guests to fill up on these things before trying all the dishes that have pizzazz. Think of using these ingredients in dishes that are interesting and special.
The lighter side:
Quiches and egg casseroles are popular fare for brunch. We found a delicious and light dish that is a slight break from the norm.
Healthified Asparagus-Zucchini Egg Bake is from Live Better America. The combination of vegetables, fresh dill, egg whites, and lite cheese is something you can sink your teeth into without any guilt.
Serve a salad of spinach, goat cheese, blueberries, strawberries, walnuts, and champagne dressing to help round out a meal for any vegetarians in the group.
The lunch-y dishes:
Pastas are great for brunch, especially if they include ingredients that are unique.
- Start by creating a roux of ¼ cup olive oil, ¼ cup butter, and 1 ½ Tbs flour.
- Then add 1 can of chicken broth
- Stir until thick and creamy.
- Lower heat and add salt, pepper, and garlic and lemon juice (3tsp).
- Cook 5 minutes
- Add ham chunks, mushrooms, chicken ( or shrimp) small broccoli florets, sun-dried tomatoes, and artichoke hearts and simmer 8 minutes.
- Serve over pasta and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
- The great thing about this recipe is that you can change out the ingredients you add to the sauce.
Go for the gusto:
Want something that is for the bigger eaters of the bunch? Here's something that can be prepared the day before and baked that morning.
Sausage English Muffins
- Brown 1 package of Jimmy Dean Sausage
- Put 2 bottles of Old English Cheese, 1 TBS Worcestershire sauce, 2 TBS butter and a dash of hot sauce in the microwave to melt.
- Mix and add sausage
- Halve English Muffins and place on cookie sheet
- Spread the mixture evenly onto English Muffin halves and place cookie sheet in the freezer.
- After frozen, place the muffins in an airtight container and put back into freezer.
- The next morning, bake frozen muffins at 350 degrees for 20 minutes and serve.
Overwhelmed by all the brunch recipes out there? We like the variety in this list of dishes compiled by FoodNetwork.
Brunch food is fun, so whether you are expecting a small or a large crowd, variety is key. Serve a mix of party food dishes that are hot and cold, light and heavy, vegetables and meats, and don't forget to include some delicious, bite-sized or small desserts.