(Closed) In laws for Brunch – Menu Ideas?

posted 6 years ago in Cooking
Post # 3
5958 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

Love brunch!


Eggs Benedict

Hash Bowns



Fruit Tarts for dessert.

Post # 4
46416 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Orange juice

fruit salad

Omelette or scrambled egg

For main courses I like to do things that can be baked in the oven, so there is no last minute preparation:

Breakfast strata-there are many different recipes


Oven baked French Toast

 Oven baked bacon and sausage


Post # 5
3175 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I feel like quiche is a must have for brunches…my mom makes something very similar to a quiche, but has shredded potatoes for a crust, and that’s one of my favorite things about brunch. 

Post # 7
1856 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Anything off the breakfast recipe list on Smitten Kitchen! Some things off of this that I’ve made to the delight of brunch guests: shakshuka (it’s eggs in tomato sauce but yummier than that might sound), eggs and gruyere toasts, huevos rancheros… Actually I’ve tried a lot successfully.

You should definitely do something with eggs, some savoury things, and have something sweet (cinnamon buns! Yummy) to either start or finish. Lots of good coffee. If you bake (or you know a good bakery), fresh scones are wonderful, or croissants. Smitthen Kitchen also has a guide to hosting brunch which you might like.


Post # 8
2622 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I would keep it easy, but impressive.

I would do:

mushroom asparagus strata (or if you like sweet a french toast one). these are assembled the day before then baked morning of.  (here is a basic recipe http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Overnight-Egg-Cheese-Strata-395529)

a stuffed crescent roll- something like this http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/cream-cheese-bacon-crescents-89882.aspx

and/or Jacques Pepins famous potatoes  http://robinheather.typepad.com/go/2009/10/jacques-pepins-pommes-de-terre-macaire-aka-golden-potato-cake.html

Fruit salad topped with a dollop of sweetened vanilla marscapone cheese

mimosas served with these (or use stage one baby peaches to make bellinis! its natural and already pureed for you)


Post # 9
3720 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I love brunch casseroles and quiches. They are easy to make ahead and don’t require you to be a slave in the kitchen while you are hosting in the way that pancakes and eggs do. I normally serve them with fruit, juice, and coffee. Here are my 3 favorites:


Take 1 bag of frozen spinach and let it defrost in a strainer lined with a paper towel. I normally leave it in the sink overnight, but in a pinch you could microwave it to defrost and have it sit for 10 minutes. Take the spinach, 6 cloves of minced garlic, 1 package of feta, and 2 beaten eggs and combine. Put in a pie shell (or make your own with bisquick, eggs, and butter) and bake at 375 for 30 minutes.

Apple, Sausage, and Brie

Take pre-cooked apple chicken sausages (5 links) and cut into bite size pieces. Place into the bottom of a pie crust. Cover with 3 beaten eggs. Cover with 1 inch slices of brie cheese (I normally use 4 oz of cheese total, but more or less is fine). Then cover with apple slices (honeycrisp and granny smith work well). Bake at 375 for 30-45 minutes (until the apples are tender).

The works

Place 2 tablespoons of oil on a 9×13 pan. Slice 4 potatoes into thin, chip sized slices and place on the pan. Next take 1/2 a pound of bacon and slice into bite sized chunks, Sprinkle over the potatoes. Cover with 6 beaten eggs. Top with 8 ounces of shredded cheese, Bake at 350 for an hour,


Post # 10
192 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I saw this recipe for a make-ahead breakfast bake. It’s a little different in that you layer the ingredients instead of mixing them all together. It looks fantastic and I can’t wait to try it, I think for Christmas morning if I can wait that long, lol!


Post # 11
13014 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Crepes are really simple, too!  They are delicious, and you could have a bunch of different fillings for people to put in them

Post # 12
14 posts

You can do chicken and waffles! That would be something delicious and fun.

I recently did a birthday brunch for my sister, and I did a french toast casserole, home fries, eggs, sausage, bacon, fried chicken and waffles. 


Post # 13
7173 posts
Busy Beekeeper

I LOVE brunch!

I think it’s important to have:

1) some sort of egg dish (quiche is my favorite because you can make ahead and it’s yummy!) you could also do a egg casserole or something like that.  You could also do a build your own omlet type station but timing would be tricky.

2)  some sort of sweet/bread type dish (cinnamon rolls are my fav – because you can make ahead and they are yummy!)  …are you sensing a theme?   🙂  You could also do waffles or pancakes (I just think they are harder to do since you have to make them in batches).  

3)  some sort of sausage/bacon (or both!)

4)  COFFEE, OJ, sparkling wine (for mimosas)

optional:  some sort of potato dish or roasted potates.  also, a fruit salad would be nice (and easy!).

Post # 14
3625 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I don’t a frittata has been suggested yet. They are SUPER easy and nearly failproof. Roasted potatoes with herbs is another super easy dish that’s still healthy and not fried (like hashbrowns).

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