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Brunch menu ideas for pescatarian?

marigolds Sep 15, 2007 08:53 AM

So, eggs and dairy are OK (thank god!) and so are shellfish and finfish - but NO SAUSAGE OR BACON!! Every shrimp recipe I have calls for bacon.

Any suggestions?

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    pâté chinois RE: marigolds Sep 15, 2007 02:54 PM

    I find that using a bit (really, a bit) of Spanish smoked paprika - mild or hot, as you wish - gives that smokiness without having to add bacon (it also makes dishes much lower in fat - a plus!).

    Also, you can make nice turkey sausage patties (if your guests will eat poultry) - the recipe on the American Heart Association's website is great and has become a staple in our house.

    Another possibility is having smoked salmon or other fish as an accompaniement - works particularly well with egg dishes that also contain apples, or a lemon souflfé.


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      tzurriz RE: marigolds Sep 15, 2007 03:33 PM

      tuna quiche
      bagels lox and cream cheese
      lox omelets
      veggie quiche
      omelets with crab, avocado, and havarti cheese
      eggs oscar
      crab cakes benedict

      oh great, now I'm hungry. ;)

      1. alanbarnes RE: marigolds Sep 15, 2007 03:48 PM

        A pescatarian take on eggs Benedict--an english muffin topped with smoked salmon, a poached egg, and hollandaise sauce. Who needs bacon to be decadent?

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          AMFM RE: marigolds Sep 15, 2007 03:59 PM

          Never made it but had a great dish while in GA on vacation that was essentially an open faced omelet (i bet it would work with a frittata too) of mainly egg white with spinach, tomatoes, and shrimp with boursin cheese on top. it was VERY yummy. served with grits because it was the south. i ordered it like three mornings! with some fresh fruit and scones it would be a killer brunch but not too hard. could add mushrooms or asparagus i bet too. and some fresh chopped herbs (maybe just parsley since the boursin is so intense) either on top or inside if you do a frittata.

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            AMFM RE: AMFM Sep 15, 2007 07:07 PM

            have this in a cookbook and it looks good. while i've never made it - ina is solid. there are suggestions for serving at the bottom but i think it'd be nice with bloody marys, mimosas, bagels with cream cheese choices (veggie, fruit, herb, plain), and fruit...

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            piccola RE: marigolds Sep 15, 2007 06:19 PM

            Try seafood vol-au-vents. You can buy the shells ready-made or make them yourself from storebought puff pastry. If it's a buffet, serve the filling beside the shells so they don't get soggy. (You could also make a purely veg filling with asparagus or mushrooms or whatever else you like.)

            1. Richard 16 RE: marigolds Sep 15, 2007 06:42 PM

              There are, at a conservative estimate, 11,354,000 shrimp recipes without bacon.
              Some good ideas so far. More:

              Scrambled eggs (lots of variety there)
              Hash browns or home fries
              Pizza (check to see if rennetless cheese is required; there are fresh mozzarella cheeses made with lemon juice instead of rennet)
              Bean chilis
              Clam or fish chowder, and no -- not only is salt pork or bacon *not* a requirement, I prefer it made without either, but rather with a clam stock.
              All sorts of Indian foods, and paneer is made with vinegar or lemon juice.

              The list goes on and on and on and on. Good luck!

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                mojoeater RE: marigolds Sep 15, 2007 07:09 PM

                Had a wonderful brunch with smoked salmon atop potato-vegetable cakes. A dollop of sourcream and some chives. Yum.

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                  marigolds RE: mojoeater Sep 15, 2007 08:32 PM

                  You guys, I can't believe I forgot about smoked salmon! That Benedict variation with smoked salmon instead of ham....yum. I think that's the one.

                  Thanks everyone!

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                    pescatarian RE: marigolds Sep 15, 2007 08:34 PM

                    you could add sauteed spinach and make it a florentine too

                2. alex8alot RE: marigolds Sep 15, 2007 08:39 PM

                  I just posted about dorie greenspan's chive cheddar bread, and she suggests that it would be perfect for brunch. I agree wholeheartedly. It literally took 10 minutes to put together, and only 25 mintues in the oven.

                  1. Emme RE: marigolds Sep 15, 2007 09:04 PM

                    Salmon Croquettes!

                    Breakfast Tacos or Burritos w/ Eggs and w/ or w/o Charbroiled Mahi Mahi

                    Shrimp and Southern Grits

                    Stuffed Tomatoes w/ Tarragon Crab Salad http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/rec...

                    Do a strata w/ salmon or shrimp.

                    Popovers w/ chives and cheddar (and crab)

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