Fun Brunch Ideas
Before the holidays, I had a brunch & jewelry party for a few of my friends and family. Not wanting to overwhelm people with food, I eventually scaled WAY back from my original menu, just serving some finger foods (chips & salsa, cheese & crackers) for those who get up early and would have already eaten breakfast, plus a mixture of brunch-y favorites for those in the crowd (read: people my age) who showed up HUNGRY. Even though I didn’t get to make everything I wanted to, I still had a couple hits, so I’m sharing them with you!
So what was on the menu?
- Fresh fruit
- Mimosas (both virgin and non)
- Bagels with cream cheese & pumpkin butter
- A vegetable quiche, courtesy of my mother-in-law
- German apple pancake
- Egg McMuffin casserole
What the heck is that last thing, you say? Glad you asked. It’s my new favorite for when you have to make a vegetarian-friendly breakfast dish for a morning potluck, or just want to have a grab-and-go option in your fridge for a busy work week. I won’t keep you in suspense any longer. Here it is:
Egg McMuffin Casserole
adapted from Plain Chicken.
- 1 package of Morningstar Farms Veggie Bacon Strips (or, you know, real Canadian bacon)
- 4-5 English muffins, split (Bays work well but Thomas’s are good too)
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (the sliced kind is great too)
- 1 1/4 cup milk
- salt & pepper
Spray or butter the bottom of a square baking dish.
Cube the English muffins, tearing by hand, and layer half of them in the bottom of the dish.
Layer half the bacon and half the cheese on top of the muffins. Repeat all three layers.
Mix together the eggs, milk, salt & pepper and whisk briefly; pour over the casserole and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate at least one hour or up to one day.
Bake at 325 for 45 to 50 minutes.
We like it topped with maple syrup. And, of course, Mark prefers it with Canadian bacon just like at McDonald’s, but he admits the veggie stuff tastes almost as good!
If you are making this for the week, it will keep in the fridge for about 5 days. Reheat a square for 1 minute in the microwave and take it to go!
If I had a larger crowd than 10, or more time/ambition, here are some fun things I would have liked to serve:
Let me know if you ever get a chance to try these! Happy Brunching.