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Complete my Brunch?

Having some friends over for New Year's brunch (to be eaten at noon) and tentatively making a baked French toast dish, sausage patties and fancified fruit salad. I'd like to add something else, but what? Everything I can think of involves adding more eggs to an already eggy meal (fritatta?), or else going off into another direction (bagels and smoked fish, crabmeat salad), which seems to clash with the French toast. Hash browns always sound good to me, but are kinda heavy in light of the rest. Aargh. I'm so used to doing the appetizers, then three or four courses plus dessert thing for dinner--this seems skimpy for guests, and I'm stymied.

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  1. How about some type of muffin or coffee cake?

    1. I'd recommend something green, perhaps very simple roasted asparagus with balsalmic or a salad of mixed greens. I think hash browns or another bread product in addition to the french toast would be too heavy.

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      1. re: charmedgirl

        Seconded!

        In fact asparagus immediately came to mind. Whether you roast it or blanch and marinate, you really need something green and light on this menu!

        Also it sounded as if you had an interest in incorporating some seafood. I make a marinated salad with blanched green beans and shrimp that is delicious and you could easily add in crabmeat if you like!

        1. re: Kater

          For a simple and elegant asparagus idea...lightly cook/steam it and roll the bottoms with slices of proscuitto that's been spread with dijon mustard, or a creamy horseradish sauce.

          1. re: Meg

            steamed asparagus is also good with a light drizzling of hollandaise sauce. maybe a mix of green and white asparagus? I had it as a side dish at a carb/egg-heavy brunch, and it was light without being bland or clashing with the rest of the menu.

      2. how about some kind of refreshing cold mixed fruit drink.

        1. I think your menu sounds great, not skimpy at all, though I know that feeling. Maybe put out some almonds or other nuts for nibblies to add another texture? Are you serving Bloody Marys or something?