What can I make to serve 20 people for Thanksgiving Brunch?
I'm having 20 people over at 11:30AM on Thursday. I want to serve some light food i.e. a light brunch, buffet, small plates or hors d'oeuvres. While this wont be a food heavy event, it will be elegant and I don't want to just serve cheese and crackers.
Assortment of cheeses and crackers
Julienne vegetables with variety of spreads and/or dips
Dill and sweet pickles
Bruschetta (tomato, olive oil, mozzarella, garlic, etc.)
Some good quality Cabernet Sauvignon, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir, and perhaps Pinot Grigio
bake several roasting pans of quiche, ricotta french toast (prepare night before, refrigerate & bake on thursday), and/or zuchini frittata (ditto) & then cut them into 2" x 2" squares lined up in neat rows on a platter. serve warm or room temperature.
fruit salad with melon and fresh pineapple
pomegranate punch (ginger ale + pomegranate syrup + lemon slices)
pear bellini or mimosa
All great suggestions in the earlier replies. A good dish for a crowd (and easy to prepare ahead) is strata. My favorite recipe is from Cooks Illustrated, especially the rosemary & fontina variation. The recipe is easily doubled. I used to make an Easter brunch for the choir at our church, and everyone always loved this dish.
Baked Egg Cups
Salmon Croquettes with a Creamy Lemon Dill Sauce
Crostini with Chicken Salad (dried cranberries, poppy seeds, honey, celery, almonds or pecans, mayo, etc)
Breakfast Quesadilla wedges - filled with cheese of choice, egg, mushroom, hash browns, meat, etc.
Stuffed Endive leaves - i do mine with goat cheese, cooked diced onion and garlic, almond meal, pumpkin seeds, lemon zest, salt, pepper and a lemon white wine vinaigrette