Brunch, that meal between breakfast and lunch, gives you a wider range of meal options to please a small crowd. A simple meal can be satisfying and elegant without breaking the bank, or taking all your time to prepare.
Put together your menu a few days ahead of the event, shop for everything you’ll need in one supermarket trip then you won’t find yourself running to the store at the last minute. Write down all your brunch ideas so you know what you need, and can create a time line for quickly getting your food from the kitchen to the table.
Eggs are a classic item on brunch menus, but take it beyond a pot of scrambled eggs for a casual way to serve everyone, without having to be stuck at the stove or risk having a bowl of cold eggs sitting on the table. Lightly spray a muffin tin with cooking spray. In a bowl, whisk one or two eggs for each guest. Stir in cheese, diced bell peppers, chopped onions, crumbed bacon or sausage, ham cubes or hot sauce. Mix and match your favorites.
Divide the egg mixture among the muffin slots. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the eggs are set in the middle. Turn them out onto a serving platter with a bowl of salsa on the side. Serve the egg cups with hash browns and a fruit salad.
Waffles are an easy meal for a brunch menu because you can prepare them ahead of time, and simply reheat them when your guests arrive. Whip up a couple of batches of waffles and lay them out alongside a variety of toppings, and let your guests custom make their own plate.
Put out sliced fruit, such as berries, peaches and apples, several flavors of warm syrup, whipping cream, cinnamon and powdered sugar. Peanut butter, applesauce, caramel and chocolate sauce are other yummy waffle toppings that make brunch a gourmet treat.
Sandwiches are one of many easy and quick brunch ideas that your guests can create themselves. Toast some bread and English muffins and top them with bacon, sausage, eggs, cheese and vegetables. Take orders and make the sandwiches while you and your guests talk or set out all the fixings and let your brunch guests throw together their own sandwiches. Add cold cuts, sliced cheeses, mayonnaise, mustard, lettuce and tomato for a less breakfast feeling brunch meal. Serve sandwiches with fruit salad .
Sometimes it’s fun to spread out a variety of appetizers for brunch rather than cooking a full meal. This allows your guests to fill their plate with their favorites and lets you mingle and enjoy your event at the same time. Donut holes, fruit skewers, oat bars, tiny sausages wrapped in mini pancakes and mini breakfast burritos are yummy options if you want a breakfast inspired meal. Tiny sandwiches, fruit and vegetable skewers, potato chips, meatballs on a toothpick, and tiny tacos, are other ideas that are more of a hearty meal.
No brunch is complete without a drink. Bloody Marys and Mimosas are classic brunch beverages , but if you prefer non-alcoholic options, serve iced tea with lemon wedges, fruit juice or raspberry lemonade. Make sure you have plenty of ice to keep your guest’s drinks cold.