March 8, 2011

Brunch Basics

If a dinner party seems overwhelming you may want to consider hosting a brunch! Brunch is more low-key and relaxed than dinner and people seem comfortable cooking breakfast foods. My boyfriend hosted a brunch a couple weekends ago and it was really fun.

The formula is pretty basic:
Something sweet + an egg dish + fruit + a morning cocktail = success!

We made chocolate chip pecan pancakes, fruit salad, bacon, mimosas and mini-frittatas. The mini-frittatas were so easy and since they bake, the stovetop was free for pancakes/bacon. Next time you make brunch even if it's just a small get together I strongly suggest making these. Feel free to sub out veggies & cheeses. If you want more tips for hosting brunch check out this post from Big Girls Small Kitchen.
Muffin Frittatas
Forgot to take a photo! This one's from Flikr
Mini Frittatas
Adapted from this recipe
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup chopped zucchini
  • 1/4 cup chopped bell pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped red onion

To make:
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees and grease 12 muffin cups. Beat eggs, milk, salt and pepper in medium bowl until blended. Add cheese and veggies; mix well. Spoon evenly into greased muffin cups, about 1/4 cup each.
  2. Bake at 350 degrees until just set, 20 to 22 minutes. Cool on rack 5 minutes. Remove from cups & serve warm.

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