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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.

Any suggestions?

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  1. 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.


    1. 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. 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?

        1. 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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          1. re: AMFM

            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...

          2. 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. 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!

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

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                1. re: mojoeater

                  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!

                  1. re: marigolds

                    you could add sauteed spinach and make it a florentine too

                2. 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. 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)