Ah, brunch. Truly, nothing brings to mind relaxation on a weekend morning more than the thought of a leisurely brunch with friends. If I’m ever on vacation on a Sunday, one question I always ask is “Where should we head for brunch in this town?” Even at home, and especially at Easter, one of my favorite things to do in the spring and summer is host a brunch.
Today, Courtney Lake is back for his monthly contribution on the topic of how to stage a simple and stylish brunch for your friends and family.
Please welcome Courtney on the subject of How To Brunch in Style!
“Summer is the season of alfresco dining. Simple, easy and care free meals with friends and family at a leisurely pace are one of the season’s little perks. I can’t imagine a meal better suited for this type of entertaining than brunch - that wonderful combination of breakfast and lunch. Brunch is the perfect opportunity to break out of your formal entertaining rut! Here are a few quick and simple steps to creating an effortless brunch for six on a budget.
Look at the people coming to your brunch and ask yourself a few important questions. What time does the brunch start ? The general rule is the later the brunch, the hardier the menu. Do any of your guests have dietary restrictions? Food allergies, low-sodium and gluten-free diets are becoming more prevalent, so think about dishes that can hit multiple categories.
How much food should you prepare? I go by the rule of having two additional servings for each dish. Since the number I typically expect for brunch is six, I plan that the dishes should feed eight. It guarantees that those bigger eaters in the group will have plenty, and also that you will not be stuck with a fridge full of leftovers.
When I serve brunch at my own home, I love using this menu for its ease and ability to please a variety of palates:
1) Baked Eggs with Tomato Compote: So simple and versatile, this dish has earned an honored spot on my brunch menu. It can be morphed into any number of variations but I found this particular version is especially tasty. Add crumbled feta if you like an extra layer of cheese.