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need help finishing brunch menu

Since everyone is so busy over the holidays I thought a brunch party would be easy/fun. I dont think I have enough and wanted everyone's opinions. So far I am making

- crossiant bread pudding
- mini BLT frittatas (bacon, arugula, and tomato)
- mimosas and bloody marys

the big questions is make muffins or buy bagels? do I need another option? hash browns? fruit salad? I am also making gingerbread tea cakes but those are for people to bring home with them. The big thing is that I dont want to be in the kitchen cooking so something that can be made ahead and sit out is key (dont mind warming up but dont want to be flipping bacon!). Should be around 20 people hanging out for a couple hours. Thanks and happy holidays to everyone!

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  1. Fruit salad would be great. Also consider maybe yogurt and granola/muslix. Another option to round out your menu would be pre-made potato pancakes ( http://www.mccainusa.com/McCainFoodSe... ) .These hold really well in the oven on low. Bowls of sour cream and applesauce on the side are a nice touch.

    Or, make your own!

    A few more ideas: breakfast sausage pigs in a blanket, crock pot full of oatmeal or cream of wheat with fixings on the side, smoothie bar

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    1. re: ChristinaMason

      Wow, pre-made potato pancakes, so I wouldn't have to make my own! Sounds great; can't wait to try them.

      1. re: pikawicca

        They are surprisingly good. I'm not big on a ton of pre-made things (dumplings being a big exception), but Babycakes...well...no complaints here.

    2. Everything sounds delicious. I would suggest adding a winter greens salad to round out your menu. I just made one with arugula, watercress & frisee served w/ pepitas, shaved manchego and fresh fresh pear (or Fugi apples). The dressing was a sherry vinaigrette. Of course, you could vary any of the components of this salad, switching up the nuts, cheese and/or greens, but I think a salad would round out your menu. I would serve muffins or sliced country bread with butter and jam. Here is a link to the salad I made:

      http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

      Have a great meal!

      1. What about some roast tomatoes, or a variety of roast veggies? A fruit salad would definitely be a good add, maybe citrus, or apples and persimmons.

        The last few brunches I've been to have been total starchy carb overload

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        1. re: yamalam

          ah, you beat me to it! i was going to suggest roasted or broiled tomatoes too!

          agree with the idea of fruit salad, and maybe something else protein focused. i know frittata with bacon is high protein, but i can see the benefit of maybe some sausage (turkey, veggie, whatever you prefer) links, or even some honeyed or cured ham steak. oooh, or now that i think of it, maybe some prosciutto wrapped melon!

        2. Definitely fruit. A light mixed greens salad would also be nice. I agree that most brunches are too carby, starchy, and heavy. Shrimp cocktail is great for brunches, and I've seen a recipe for bloody mary shrimp that I always wanted to make for a brunch party, but haven't tried yet. Here it is:

          http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

          Here's a link to a recipe for a salad with nectarines, strawberries and melon in a spiced-honey syrup:

          http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

          Hope this helps.

          1. Butter lettuce, pears, toasted pecans, and a nice vinagarette with gorgonzola or blue cheese.
            Berries marinated in balsamic vin. a pinch of pepper, over vanilla yogurt.
            I do a salmon salad with greens, grapefuit, and red onions.

            1. I would add a big fruit plate, no dressing at all: pineapple, melon (cantaloupe?), mango or papaya, grapes, maybe some kiwi. (I don't much like kiwi but it looks pretty.) You can cut up the fruit the day before and store separately in bags, arrange on a platter just before your guests arrive. Maybe some sweet bread (like a date-nut bread or panetonne) and butter.

              1. Along the lines of having oatmeal in a crockpot with toppings, you could do granola, yogurt and fruit for people to mix-and-match. Indulge and get cream on top vanilla yogurt :) Maybe a nice loaf of bread (something with fruit/nuts) and butter (or honey butter). Otherwise sounds great.

                1. with 20 ppl, i'd also offer a seafood option, like smoked salmon or shrimp cocktail. yogurt/granola parfaits might be nice too.

                  a fruit platter, or fruit kebabs, would be great. this time of year i do grapes, kiwi and pineapple.

                  1. wow guys - these are awesome. I am loving the pancakes and the idea of a salad, especially the ones with cheese and nuts cause honestly why else have salad! thanks all

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                    1. re: anunez

                      Along the salad idea w/ the cheese and nuts, I've mixed up pears, cheese, nuts (and chicken sometimes) in a viniagrette and spooned onto endive leaves so it's bite sized. You could use any little vegetable.

                      1. re: chowser

                        oh i LOVE that! I wanted salad but that can be hard to eat on paper plates. this is definitely happening - thank you

                    2. Also, no need to slave over the stove with bacon. Cook it in the oven. 400 degree oven. Sheet pan lined with foil. Bacon goes straight on the foil, or on a wire cooling rack set on top of the foil. Easiest way to make bacon ever, minimal mess and no splatter.