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brunch ideas?

I'm co-hosting a baby shower and the other ladies are already making frittata and cupcakes. I'm supposed to bring dishes to complement these, but i'm at a loss for ideas. suggestions!

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  1. I'd do a fruit salad for something fresh and light.

    1. Some kind of meat accompaniment like bacon, sausage, sliced ham, etc.

      Potato hash or other potato dish

      Sweet potato biscuits or other bread item

      A roasted vegetable salad or roasted marinated broccoli salad; grilled asparagus with mustard vinaigrette

      1. If the frittata is the main and cupcakes are the dessert you need something to go with the frittata so I would say two salads. Maybe a potato which everyone usually like and either a grain type or a pasta.

        The roasted veg salad that someone else mentioned would be good and easy too.

        Or if you want you don't mind working with filo people always love spanakopeta. But if the frittata has spinach...might not be good idea.

        1. I would do a lighter salad to go with those. A few of my favorite are this really simple french grated carrot salad (i often serve ontop of a platter of mixed spinach and arugala)

          I loved this mix of avocado and grapefruit, just use what fresh greens you find instead of watercress if that's not around:

          This side dish of leeks is very mild and goes well with eggs:

          1. An arugula/pear salad and herb roasted potatoes.

            1. I have a few old faithfuls for brunches.
              1. Smoked salmon with bagels or a hearty sliced white bread and either cream cheese or butter and a pesto drizzle.
              2. Very fresh croissants, either from a killer bakery or Trader Joe's freezer version. Maybe a mix of plain and chocolate.
              3. A bottle each of Prosecco and Perrier and some peach nectar.

              1. Go for a spinach salad with a vinaigrette dressing. Throw in some sliced strawberries, bleu cheese crumbles, and sliced red onion right before you serve it...and bacon.

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                1. re: jpc8015

                  That will work, but don't let it sit too long!
                  your good buddy, Veggo

                2. When I serve quiche and the like, I generally do a fruit and a greens salad with a vinaigrette.
                  Mini muffins are good too.

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                  1. re: monavano

                    That's what I did at Christmas. But the fruit was on one plate and the green salad in a separate bowl.

                    I made this roasted chickpea and kale salad recently and we liked it a lot.


                  2. Maybe some bruschetta or canapes.. like beet and goat cheese with candied walnuts or a salad bar?

                    Do 3 bases.. one spinach, one arugula, one mixed greens.
                    then have little bowls with toppings, fresh apples, bacon bits, avocado chunks, pine nuts, walnuts, beets. something like that?

                    bacon wrapped dates

                    puff pastry with spinach and cheese

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                    1. re: butterfryme

                      Great idea- I have goat cheese, too.