I am beyond excited to share with you my first full meal post -- Spring Brunch! All of these recipes are available on the recipes page individually, but here we have a full plan on what to cook and when to cook it. Here we have the first of many answers to the question "What do I even make?" I've balanced a little sweet, a little savory and considered the endless dance of how many items you can fit in the oven at one time.
Brunch for 12 (NOTE: I had to double many recipes. Adjust for your guest count.)
Guests Arriving at 11:00 AM
Started Cooking at 9:30am
Today's Combo - Mushroom, Leek, Herbed Goat cheese, Dill, Arugula
A Frittata is one of my favorite Sunday brunch main dishes. Open up your fridge and pull out any of that week's produce that needs to be used up. Construct a plan for a couple items that go together. I love to freeze leftover deli meat, ham, turkey, steak if there are leftovers that aren't going to be eaten. Even the smallest little packet of leftover meats will work great in a frittata.
On the other hand, if you don't have an assortment of items to choose from -- KEEP IT SIMPLE and just use a couple of ingredients. Have nothing that makes sense in a frittata (First of all, I doubt that. ) Make it plain and top with salsa + sour cream + avocado.
Another staple brunch item for me. What is a Dutch Baby? It is basically a hybrid of a pancake and a popover. It’s all sorts of buttery and cakey in texture, yet light and airy. Magic — and your guests will notice.
Don't Forget the Toppings -- Fruits, Berries, Powdered Sugar, Maple Syrup, Preserves
A friend of mine just found out that she has an egg allergy, so get ready for all the egg-free brunch ideas on here. I am personally accepting her allergy as a challenge after I was planning out this recipe and realized that both main dishes (and most brunch dishes) contain eggs.
This SIMPLE side dish works great as a protein-rich main dish for vegetarians, but everyone will love it. Not to mention this one come together in record time and is one of the easiest brunch add-on dishes I have ever made.
This is the only way I cook hashbrowns anymore. Takes me two minutes to get them set on the sheet pan and then I pop them into the oven and forget about them. Less time, less mess (if you use parchment paper), and less oil. Serve them straight on the sheet pan, because who has time for more dishes?
Oven Baked Bacon
Preheat Oven to 400°F. Best to cook bacon in the lower half of the oven, but I don't always and the bacon tastes just as good in my opinion. Line baking sheets with aluminum foil (if you want to make cleanup easier). Arrange bacon on the baking sheets close together, but in a single layer. You don't want the bacon to overlap or it will stick during cooking.
I went with watermelon sprinkled with chopped mint and a light drizzle of honey.
Berries would also be great here.
Or a good old fruit salad.
What is brunch without the beverages? I can't be the only one here. I have a constant three beverages at brunch minimum. Water, Mimosa, Tea/Coffee, Maybe an additional iced tea. I move them around with me all morning and still manage to get brunch on the table.
- Preheat Oven to 400 degrees.
- Bacon, hashbrowns, and tomatoes are done and into the oven first. Set Timer(s). Remove as done.
- Chop Frittata mix-ins. Heat up the skillet and cook.
- Blend Dutch Baby and let sit for 20 minutes.
- Mix Frittata egg mixture.
- Prep Fruit. Yogurt into the bowl for "Everything" Roasted Tomato Yogurt.
- All previous items should be out of the oven. Warm butter for Dutch baby in the oven. Pour egg mixture into the frittata.
- Dutch baby and Frittata into the oven. Set timer(s).
- Beverages, Toppings, Yogurt, and dishes onto the table. Bacon drained and onto the serving platter.
- Dutch baby and Frittata onto the table. Quick re-warm of hashbrowns and bacon if necessary (turn oven off) and put back in the oven for 3-5 minutes.
- Everything onto the table! Eat.
- Please note that this was a brunch for 12. If I was cooking for less people, let's say 6, I would likely cut out one of the hashbrowns, fruits, or bacon.
- I said it in all the posts and I will say it again. A Cast Iron Skillet is ideal for this meal. I used two and both doubled as the serving dishes.
If you try this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo #theeternalhostess on Instagram. Happy Brunching!