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Jan 4, 2013 03:08 PM

Homemade Brunch - no egg no meat no gluten?!?

I am making brunch for some friends tomorrow. One does not eat meat (fish is ok), one is allergic to eggs, and one is allergic to gluten. Oy.

I was thinking Israeli or Turkish style brunch with cheeses, cucumber tomatoe salad, yogurt, honey etc. but it doesn't feel like enough.

Any other ideas? TY!

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  1. Something with potatoes maybe, like a hash of some kind?

      1. re: Terrie H.

        Myself + 3 adults and a toddler who luckily eats everything :)

        1. re: tharned

          One of my most memorable breakfasts was years ago at an inexpensive bed and breakfast run by a Turkish man and his extended family (in Delaware!), which included a breakfast buffet. They had the steam pans of scrambled eggs, bacon, sausages, potatoes, etc., plus boxes of cereal and a basket of fruit, but they also had a place at the end of the line which, I’m sure, was meant mostly for the family. Great yogurt, cheeses (one like feta and one more like provolone - I wish I had asked), sliced tomatoes and cucumbers, black olives (the first olive-cured ones I’d ever had), etc. I was the only guest to eat from that end of the table, and the very gruff landlord instantly adored me.

          I would personally love your idea, and might try and find a gluten-free falafel recipe to pan fry as a stand-in for the usual bacon-sausage-hash brown crispy element. Fruit salad would round out your menu.

          1. re: Terrie H.

            I ended up doing a version of the Turkish breakfast with some more variety.

            I put together a bread basket - croissants, baguette slices, bialys, gluten free bread, and vegan muffins. Offered butter, honey, jams, and cream cheese.

            I sliced up some cucumber, avocado, tomato, and red onion on a platter. Put some oil cured olives in a bowl and some capers in a smaller one. I also put out ricotta salata, cremont cheese, and smoked salmon. Made some bacon for the meat eaters.

            I wanted to also make some eggs but hubby ate them all without me realizing and thus I didn't have any.

            All in all everyone found something to eat and it went well!

            1. re: tharned

              I would have been a very happy guest!

      2. The hash idea is great. Other suggestions: GF granola with fruit and yogurt, tofu scramble, or even something like this eggless/GF swiss chard frittata:

          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

            +1 for the tofu scramble suggestion! There are a zillion online recipes but my favorite involves adding brewer's yeast for a unique, appealing flavor and nutritional boost. I've converted many tofu-phobic people to the wonders of tofu via a simple scramble - cheap, easy, and nutritious!

          2. Oatmeal with salmon hash and finished off with a yogurt, granola and fresh fruit parfait.