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Sep 16, 2007 05:13 PM

Your perfect brunch menu

I'm hosting a 50th birthday brunch on Sunday for a close friend. There will be 8 of us at most - 4 couples (plus umpteen dogs, but they'll be eating separately)s. I'd like to make it really delicious and special. 3 of us can contribute to the cooking, so no one will be doing everything. I want this to be wonderful, a little lavish and fairly seasonal. She eats everything, as far as I know.

My first thought was some kind of crepes. Maybe seafood.

What else? I'm looking for the big picture here.

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  1. Mimosas and Bellinis to welcome everyone.
    Figs, sliced from the top down half way through the middle wrapped with prosciutto, sprinkled with shaved aged Parmagiano, drizzled with balsamic & olive oil, S&P.
    Salmon something or other, Roasted fingerlings with herbs, etc., ( or a savory rice), Haricot verts steamed till al dente then sauteed with diced onions and red pepper (slightly spicy) .
    Mescun salad with gorgonzola, walnuts, quartered pears/ balsamic dressing or your choice. Variety of warm breads with sweet butter.
    Apple strudel or other seasonal dessert. French roast coffee & tea.

    Fire in the fireplace.

    1. Seems like two separate questions. :-)

      For your event, you could do seafood crêpes for sure. Just make the crêpes ahead of time, then fill with your seafood (maybe shrimp in a light béchamel?) and bake till warm throughout right before serving. I'd make a couple salads - one with bitter greens, one with roasted seasonal veg - to go with, plus some poached pears or baked apples for dessert.

      Now, for MY perfect brunch, I'd want a roasted veggie and kale/arugula salad topped with a poached egg, a variety of crusty breads and savoury muffins/scones (all whole-grain, of course), and some roasted or grilled fruit for dessert with Greek yogurt, honey and toasted nuts. To drink, I'd want good coffee or English breakfast tea with lots of milk and some good veggie juice, preferably in a salt-rimmed glass with a slice of lime (I'm not much for fruit juice).

      1. Baked goods! Muffins are not so much lavish but some other baked treat. Maybe a yeasted bread like cinnamon buns? Or a strudel or something could utilize fresh fall apples. Or french toast with a fall fruit compote?

        Quiche or frittata would be something else that could take advantage of fresh veggies.

        1. Agree you could do salmon crepes, but I think a nice salmon quiche would be lovely.

          Given the season, I'd do a light heirloom tomato salad, with mozzarella and basil, drizzled simply with good balsamic and olive oil, and I like a good salt too.

          Perhaps also some roasted cauliflower w/ parmesan and herbs of your liking.

          Stuffed endive

          Cheddar Chive Popovers

          Melon and Prosciutto

          Stewed Rhubarb or Baked Apples

          1. MY perfect brunch:
            Lox and everything bagels with chive schmear
            Jalapeno-cheese corn muffins
            Grilled country bread
            Chili-lime butter, chipotle butter, maple butter
            Arugula salad with bacon, goat cheese, walnuts, tomatoes, avocados, garlic sprouts
            Chorizo and cheddar souffle
            Grilled sausages, cold cheeses
            Seasonal trifle with berry cream