My favorite meal is brunch. I honestly did not come from a brunch family. My family is more of an eat dinner at 3 kind of crew. It was the most frustrating time to eat dinner, too early to eat and so early that by 8 we were starving. My love of brunch started in college. I don’t know if your college had a hot waffle bar, but mine did on Saturday and Sunday. The waffle bar was the perfect way to start a weekend morning after being out way too late the night before.
The whole experience was amazing. I was always a sucker for fruit and waffles with whipped cream. As you can tell, not much has changed. I love this blueberry syrup on my waffles during brunch. Fruit and freely whipped cream really takes waffles from breakfast to brunch.
In planning a brunch menu, I like to balance the sweet with the savory. My favorite place to go for brunch is Eleven in Pittsburgh. You can check out my visits here and here.Eleven always inspires me in creating a brunch menu perfect for my guests.
While I love a mimosa at brunch, at home I like to focus on Mules. In fact, we just purchased a pair of copper mules mugs. Mules is a light, refreshing drink with a slight effervescent quality. It feels so spring to me.
A second lesson that I learned from my visits to Eleven is to always have some sweet baked goods ready to go for guests. I really love these coconut scones. They pair perfectly with freshly whipped cream and jam.
A second sweet option is these homemade pumpkin cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting. They are a different twist on the traditional cinnamon roll with a hint of warm spices.
My final favorite lunch sweet is this Salted Caramel Monkey Bread. It is easy for guests to grab pieces and still be able to enjoy your other offerings. Plus, it is the perfect sweet ending or beginning to any meal.
While I love some sweets in the beginning of the meal, I like to include a savory bread item. Pan con tomate is toasted bread cut into sticks with fresh tomato puree for dipping.
To add freshness to the meal, I like to create a salad. I love this salad topped with fruit and honey mustard vinaigrette. The fill goat cheese triangles are a fun accompaniment and pair well with the other flavors.
Part of entertaining, for me, is creating a menu with few things to do once guests arrive. I want to share two egg dishes. This first one, the Canadian Bacon Strata is great because it is simple and can be made ahead. Everyone loves a breakfast casserole, so you can’t go wrong. You can get creative with cheeses and meats to fit your personal tastes, we love the Canadian bacon and cheddar combo.
Can I just say that I LOVE huevos rancheros? It is all of my favorite flavors all in one dish. It looks like a really immersive presentation, and is sure to please your guests. It is time consuming to make this, but well worth the effort. It is a crispy tortilla layered with beans, cheese, pico de gallo, tomatillo salsa, egg, and cilantro.
Now I am getting all excited for brunch this weekend. For more great brunch ideas and a complete brunch checklist, check out ProFlowers here.