Brunch menu ideas for pescatarian?
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.
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.
bagels lox and cream cheese
omelets with crab, avocado, and havarti cheese
crab cakes benedict
oh great, now I'm hungry. ;)
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?
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.
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...
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.)
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)
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!
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.