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Nov 22, 2011 03:48 PM

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.

Thank you!!

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  1. shrimp salad on endive spears

    baked brown sugar bacon

    platter of sliced fresh fruit w/yogurt dip

    muffin and bread basket w/butter and jams

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    1. re: laliz

      Your menu plus Emme's stuffed endive sounds ideal. I totally want to eat this!

    2. Marinated artichokes
      Assortment of cheeses and crackers
      Julienne vegetables with variety of spreads and/or dips
      Smoked Oysters
      Fruit slices
      Dill and sweet pickles
      Bruschetta (tomato, olive oil, mozzarella, garlic, etc.)
      Some good quality Cabernet Sauvignon, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir, and perhaps Pinot Grigio

      1. 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

        1. 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.

          1. Baked Egg Cups
            Salmon Croquettes with a Creamy Lemon Dill Sauce
            Baked Apples
            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