Looking for Brunch Inspiration
I'm hosting a book club meeting at my home next weekend and I'm trying to fiture out my menu. I usually make different kinds of frittata but my niece (who hosted the last meeting) made all kinds of strata and muffins and baked oatmeal. I think I'd like to try for some different things.
I'm considering making more of a lunch-type brunch: devilled eggs; tossed salad; goat cheese tart etc. Any thoughts or suggestions? Do you think that's brunch-y enough? Any suggestions? Any ideas for a special but easy dessert?
If it's of any import the book is "Little Children".
I had a caesar salad with a poached egg on top where you break the yolk and it becomes part of the dressing. The egg might make it more brunch-like than tossed salad. And, you could use some thick bacon in it. Slivers of parmesan on top.
truffled egg salad
ham and cheese
turkey, avocado, bacon
salmon mousse or smoked salmon with dark bread
sesame chicken on skewers
asparagus spears wrapped with prosciutto
baked figs, stuffed with gorgonzola
couscous with lots of fresh herbs, almonds or pinenuts, golden raisins and olives
nigella's clementine cake has become a go-to for me
cookies, brownies and cupcakes always go well for buffets too
Since the title's "Little Children" you could do "kid" food. Some ideas:
Macaroni and cheese
Grilled cheese with tomato soup
All of those can easily be dressed up to suit grown-up tastes just by the ingredients you use and presentation. For dessert an easy (and my personal favorite) could be ice cream sundaes. Or you could make an ice cream sundae bar and let people make their own. Another fun dessert is ice cream sandwiches, and you can do that as a bar too, with different cookies laid out and different ice cream flavors.
Stuffed French Toast:
combine cream cheese with a good orange marmalade (or any of your favorite preserves)
spread on bread (good multigrain) make a sandwich
dip in egg mixture
fry cut in half
Serve with warm maple syrup with a little orange zest. Even just a little powdered sugar.
Rich and pretty!
Assuming you're not keeping a kid-centred theme, you could make any of the following:
Sweet or savoury crêpes - Make them ahead of time, then fill and reheat just before serving.
Grilled polenta with poached eggs - All make-ahead.
Vol-au-vents - http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/dat...
Works for vegetarians too. You can buy the shells pre-made if you don't have time to make them.
Fruit couscous - Cook the couscous in apple juice. Stir in dried fruit and toasted nuts. Serve with Greek yogurt and honey.
Pan bagnat - Again, make-ahead. Maybe skip the tuna and anchovies if you have vegetarian guests.
If it's still cold where you are, you could make cheese fondue. Serve salad and fruit with it so your guests aren't too weighed down to talk about the book. :)