Post # 1
90% of our guest list (basically everyone except for immediate family) is from out of town, so we’re planning on having a day-after brunch. We’re not 100% sure if we’ll be preparing the food ourselves and having it at a relative’s house, or if we’ll make everything ourselves and rent out a community hall, or if we’ll spring for an actual restaurant, but I figure there’s no harm in getting some food choices nailed down if we do decide to make everything.
Obviously one of the easiest things would be to prepare crepes ahead of time, and serve them with a variety of toppings (fruit, whipping cream, chocolate/caramel spreads, etc.; maybe some savoury choices similar to sandwiches). Muffins could also be prepped beforehand. Eggs are a no-brainer (I was thinking made-to-order, or would it be better to pre-make a couple omelettes or a quiche and keep them warm in the oven?). Toast, bacon, cereals, etc.
Anything I’m missing? Should I throw in some more “lunch” than “breakfast”? What do you bees like to have for brunch?
Post # 3
Yum! Crepes sound delicious, especially ones that would satisfy a sweet tooth 🙂
Post # 4
I love brunch, but since it’s going to be day after – make it easy on yourself. I suggest quiche, because you can make them ahead of time and they reheat well, a fruit platter, and some muffins/breads. Waffles seem simple – but unless you have five waffle irons going at once, you’re gonna spend the whole morning making waffles, and who wants that?
Post # 5
What about french toast instead of waffles? You could make quite a few servings at one time if you use a griddle. It’s sooo yummy!
Post # 6
You could even make baked french toast, which is amazing and extremely easy for hosting.
Post # 7
@red_pepper_gal: & @piglover: Thanks for the suggestions! I’m not a big breakfast person, so I didn’t even think of fruit, or French toast! I was thinking for the waffles that it would be possible either to make them ahead of time, but I think I’d rather not have TOO many different carb choices, because then I can see us having TONS of leftovers, LOL.
Post # 8
If you make the food yourself, look into some breakfast casseroles. Taste Of Home website has some great recipes. Also, look for muffins at Costco. They are huge, but very good and you could cut them if you wanted.
Post # 9
@35thannidaughter: Mm…Costco muffins. You’re right, they are delicious (especially the double-chocolate ones, YUM!). : D If I decide that I’ve got waaaay too much going on, I’ll definitely look into that.
Post # 10
We did this. Our menu was:
Mini Blueberry Muffins
People loved it.
ETA: Mother-In-Law made everything (except the bagels, cc, and lox) as most can be made ahead of time and the sausages were costco frozen brown and serve. SO good!
Post # 11
I love all of your options, but think about practicality. You really want to be making stuff the day after? We did a Day after brunch and had a fruit spread, various bagels and cream cheeses, lox, cheese and crackers, quiche (because you can make it ahead of time) and mimosas. Nothing was made that morning, it was just set out!
Post # 12
I agree with a PP and breakfast cassaroles! My Mom makes one each year for christmas morning… Mmmm so good! I think she uses day old bread, eggs, sausage, cheese, chives… but you could totally customize it.
Quiches are delicious too!
What about a make your own breakfast taco bar? Although, that could be a regional thing.
Post # 13
@KatNYC2011: OMG Bagels with cream cheese & smoked salmon — I can’t believe I forgot this!
@PitBulLover: I’m hoping do do mostly everything beforehand. I know that I can make crepes, muffins, quiche/omlettes, bacon, and possibly waffles beforehand and just reheat them (or, in the case of crepes & muffins, serve ’em cold). I’m a “make-work” person, so I guess it goes against my nature to make things easy on myself, but I’m probably going to need to!
Post # 14
I’m not a huge fan of breakfast foods. At brunch, I always like bagels and spreads (cream cheeses, tuna or chicken salad, etc), fruit salads, green salads, and I personally love when there’s something like croissants with cold cuts, or little tea sandwiches. I do like hash browns with breakfast meats or eggs benedict if I have to eat a “real” breakfast. But I’d much rather eat a sandwich of some sort than waffles/pancakes and eggs, no matter what time of day it is. I realize I’m probably in the minority there, though…
Post # 15
@seven12: I’m with you. : D I like crepes and muffins (and, of course, BACON! NOM!), but I’m much more of a lunch/dinner person. That’s kind of why I was making this post. ^.^ Good to know that I’m not the only one out there.
Post # 16
You forgot the BEST breakfast meat in the poll! I love sausage.. patties not links. but links are good too. I couldn’t imagine a brunch without sausage.