Brunch is quite possibly one of my favorite meals of the weekend. Going out for breakfast is just o-k but if you invite me to brunch, I’m game. I also really enjoy hosting brunch in my home for my friends and family. It’s such a great way to pair favorite breakfast foods with a lunch twist in a comfortable setting.
Here are some of my menu tips if you’re planning to host your own brunch in your home:
- Plan your menu based on a variety of sweet and savory dishes. Combine traditional favorites like coffee cake or banana bread with heartier options like smoked fish or baked strata.
- Consider dishes that can be made ahead of time or the night before your brunch. There are a lot of delicious baked oatmeal and French toast recipes that must be refrigerated overnight before baking.
- Don’t skimp out on the bacon and sausage just because you don’t want to be standing at the stove when your guests arrive. Both of these items can be baked in the oven and then kept in the oven to stay warm until you’re ready to serve.
- Add a salad into the mix! Most brunches consist of a lot of delicious comfort foods and sweets but sometimes it’s nice to balance things out with some lovely greens.
- A brunch isn’t a brunch unless there are cocktails involved. Mimosas are super easy and bloody mary’s can be prepared ahead of time and garnished at the last minute.
One of my favorite things to serve at brunch is a delicious yogurt parfait. I like that they are light but filling and offer a sweet option outside of the traditional coffee cake. I like using Greek yogurt for a heartier parfait, delicious granola and fresh fruit. And my new favorite way to top off a parfait is with OPADIPITY Creamy Cheesecake Greek Yogurt Dip. It adds a touch of sweetness outside of honey and makes a parfait that much more indulgent. Cinnamon Swirl is also delicious.
Seriously though, it’s super easy to plan a brunch menu. Offer your guests options and a wide range of food groups to make sure that everyone is happy.