How to Host a Fantastic Brunch (and Still Sleep In)
Brunch is a great excuse to bring together your favorite foods and favorite people. But if the idea of waking up at 5 a.m. on a Sunday sounds like a drag, fear not. Follow our tips for a stress-free, low-cost brunch.
There’s no rule that says every dish has to be made at the same time. We recommend you divide and conquer. Choose one dish to prepare the morning of (scrambled eggs or hash browns), one that can be easily assembled (fruit salad or sandwiches), and a more time-consuming item to be made the night before (cinnamon rolls or scones).
Stretch the Dollar
There’s a reason why restaurants love serving eggs and hash browns: they’re cheap and can feed a lot of people. Take a leaf out of the restaurant handbook and drum up your own egg and potato dishes. You can mix in veggies and sausage to make it a little heartier.
Make It a Potluck
If you don’t want brunch to rest completely on your shoulders, lighten the load with a potluck style brunch. Coordinate with your guests to make sure there are no duplicate items (although double mimosas are never a bad thing). Remember that hot dishes are best prepared at the host’s house. Potlucks are a great way to get everyone involved and have that wonderful added bonus of saving time and money.
EASY BRUNCH IDEAS
1. Breakfast Casseroles. These are ideal make-ahead recipes because they are easy to assemble the night before and bake the morning of.
2. Frittatas. An ideal savory omelet dish, potluck style.
3. Scones and Muffins. Scones and biscuits are great for flash freezing. Arrange them unbaked on a baking sheet and stick the whole tray in the freezer overnight. Bake them directly from the freezer in the morning.
4. Sticky Buns and Rolls. Make these the night before and allow them to rise slowly in the fridge until it's time to bake. Or you can bake them and reheat before serving!
5. Granola. Change things up a bit with homemade granola and yogurt. Crunch and on the healthy side, your friends will remember your unique contribution.
6. Fruit Salad. In berry season, just grab a mix of your favorite berries the night before and store in the refrigerator. In the winter, choose the freshest winter produce, like pear and kiwi to make a refreshing mixture. A squeeze of lemon will keep things fresh overnight.
7. Quick Sweets. Store-bought muffins and coffee cakes from our bakery section are a great way to round out the meal and satisfy you and your guests' sweet tooths.
8. Drinks. Mocktails or cocktails can be mixed the night before. We also suggest pulp-free OJ for crowds.