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Oct 12, 2006 06:17 PM

newbie brunch

Entertaining for the first time, basically, with a simple bagel brunch for a small group. Will have my fiance's fab scrambled eggs, bagels, smoked salmon, sliced tomatoes, maple apple butter, cream cheese, fruit, OJ for sure. Having trouble thinking of what items I need to round out the menu and give it a bit of oomph but not give myself much work...very busy until then. Thanks in advance for ideas!

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  1. Don't forget the capers....

    and I would throw something 'green' in the mix... perhaps something with spinach or asparagus

    1. what about your other beverages?
      coffee & teas
      mimosas, bellinis or bloody marys......that's my kind of brunch.

      you might want to offer plain toast as case people don't go for bagels. also make sure to have some jams and maybe peanut butter.

      maybe some potatoes, you could roast some up or make home fries...

      1. Now you are making me hungry!

        You could have some bacon or little sausages to accompany the eggs, but I love the idea of the roasted potatoes. Chop 'em smallish and maybe throw in a pile of herbs or some tiny chopped fennel.

        Yes, at least one greens to go on the yummy bagels.

        I went to a bagelish party once and they offered multiple kinds of cream cheeses.

        Oh, and if you are near a trader joes, or in your grocer freezer section, you can find frozen fruit. For killer bellinis, I bought a trio package of pineapple, mango and papaya then blended it with champagne for a fun drink! My blender was busy that brunch...

        1. i agree some kind of veg will be welcome. praps a greenbean salad? (fresh blanched beans tossed with halved cherry tomatoes, a little red onion, red wine vinegar, o.oil, S&P) easy

          or gazpacho served in glasses or mugs that yr guests can spike with vodka if they want. (i had this at a brunch similar to the one you're giving and it was a hit, plain or spiked). i know we're a little past gazpacho season but you could tweak the recipe to make it more seasonally appropriate.

          1. In addition to the bagels, I would serve "lavash" or the flatbreads that you get with sesame, poppy seed, plain in different flavours - plain, "everything", garlic, vegetable, etc. they look pretty in the bread basket and people usually love them.
            Capers, thinly sliced red onion, sliced cucumber (maybe even a nice cucumber salad) in addition to the tomatoes.
            If you want a simple recipe for cucumber salad let me know.