Easy Brunch/Lunch BBQ party?
Hi... we are having a BBQ party for two families in addition to my family of four. It is starting at 10:30 and going until about 1:30. I was originally thinking lunch but maybe since it is starting earlier, I should plan something more brunchy? Looking for some ideas (I'm completely burned out cooking healthy meals for my family, incl my twin toddlers) that are good, somewhat healthy (one of the families is on the healthy side and my family tries to be), and easy to do ahead of time and/or during the party. Although we are open to BBQ/grill suggestions, I don't want my poor husband to spend the whole time at the grill since the party is sort of for him.
Here's something with both worlds: before they arrive, scramble up a big batch of eggs. Maybe saute some onions and chopped peppers ahead of time, maybe chop some ham. Take flour tortillas and place a spoonful of scrambled eggs down the center of the tortilla. Top with shredded cheese, peppers and ham, then roll the tortilla, folding the ends in so that it is basically sealed. A little water on the end will help seal it. Do one or two for each person.
Once everyone arrives, have your husband grill them, a few minutes on each side. This'll cook the tortillas nicely and heat the filling, melting the cheese. Serve with salsa and guac, plus fresh fruit. Mini-muffins may be nice to order, too.
Like taquitos, I think, because you want them to be rolled tightly so you don't lose the filling. Picture a strip of food down the center. First, fold down the edges at either side of the food, to secure the end and keep eggs out of your grill. Then, fold a third side over all the way, and then keep rolling.
Similarly, you could do a breakfast/brunch burrito bar... Scrambled eggs or whites w/ or w/o cheese, fajita veggies, beans, rice, salsa, sour cream... Serve w/ some cinnamon-sugar baked tortillas on the side.
Alternatively, you could do a panini bar, using the grill and a foil wrapped brick as the press instead.
Quiches and/or frittatas are easy prep ahead and bake. Second the idea of a yogurt bar w/ toppings as kids love the idea of "make your own 'sundae.'"
A great menu baked might be:
Rustic Onion Tart: http://www.elise.com/recipes/archives...
Ratatouille and Ricotta Frittata (w/ other veggies if desired
)Salmon, Onion, Tomato, and Caper Frittata
Blueberry or Apple Buckle
Fruit/Yogurt Parfait Bar
(i'd probably use mostly egg whites)
I suggest a a strata as the main and maybe some grilled veggies on the side. The strata is great since it can be made the night before and popped in the oven in the morning. If you're looking for a lighter version check out the Fresh Mozzarella, Sun-Dried Tomato, and Prosciutto Strata on the Cooking Light site.
since it's only 2 families, I would talk to them & either let them know if it's brunch/lunch or ask them- that way they will know to eat breakfast or not. Since they have kids, they might be up early & it will help the planning.
-make a bunch of kabobs- veggie ones, meat ones, & fruit ones
-could also do some sort of oatmeal or yogurt parfait, with a variety of healthy toppings to mix in