Hello to all and Happy Holidays!
Even if most of the holiday season is behind us, you may still have an opportunity for a family or friends brunch celebration before we welcome 2017. Earlier this month I invited some family members over for a pre-Christmas get-together and brunch, and I thought I would share with you some of the Pinterest finds that inspired my menu. This brunch was a little different for me, because I had some dietary restrictions to consider when planning the menu – including gluten free and dairy free diets. I am a huge dairy and gluten fan – but I wanted to make sure nobody was excluded from having a hearty and delicious breakfast because of my normal eating habits. So, if you find yourself facing the same situation when planning your next brunch, or maybe you just want some inspiration to make something new and delicious – keep reading! 🙂
[Note: I fully disclose that the few photos in this post are horrible iPhone pictures, but they were taken on the fly, as I was busy cooking and chatting to my guests. Luckily, Santa brought me a beautiful new camera for Christmas – so I hope to add better photos to future posts!]
Homemade Breakfast Sandwiches – These little guys are too easy, and just as tasty (to me anyway) as breakfast sandwiches from your favourite takeout window. All you need are:
- Eggs (as many as you will be making sandwiches for – we did one per person)
- English Muffins – Toasted and buttered
- Cheese – you can use real sliced cheese, processed cheese slices, shredded cheese, etc.
- Bacon or sausage rounds (we used Pepperidge Farms sausage rounds)
- Ketchup & Sriracha (or mayo, mustard, etc.)
- Salt and Pepper (or other seasoning as you wish)
- A muffin tin
- Cooking Spray
Cook your bacon or sausage on the stovetop or in the oven until fully cooked. Set these aside. Then, set your oven to 350°F. Spray as many muffin tin holes as you need with cooking spray, and then crack an egg in each. You can fill any empty holes with water to keep the eggs moist during baking. Bake these in the oven for 10-15 minutes until they are cooked to your liking. While the eggs are in the oven, toast and butter the english muffins. Once the eggs are done you can assemble the sandwiches, with an egg, meat, cheese, and toppings on each.
As a bonus, the Pepperidge Farms sausage rounds are gluten free, so we were able to cook some extras and include them as a side (along with scrambled eggs) for those not eating the sandwiches.
Chrissy Teigen’s French Toast Casserole with Salted Frosted Flakes –This is a recipe I got out of Chrissy Teigen’s Cravings cookbook which I absolutely love and recommend as a purchase. Since I don’t want Chrissy and John Legend to sue me, I won’t reprint it without permission – but I did find it on Self’s website, along with 2 other brunch-perfect recipes from the cookbook. You can find those over here. This recipe is 1) delicious 2)sweet 3)salty and 4) has spiced rum in it. So, it may not be appropriate for all audiences, but it is awesome as a brunch side and is perfect to make the night before and pop into the oven the day of! [Not Gluten/Dairy Free]
Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Dressing- Fruit salad is super easy, and appeals to most people – which makes it a win for a brunch dish. I used fresh blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, pineapple, mandarin orange sections, kiwi, and pomegranate arils in mine, but you can use any and all ingredients you desire! I also paired it with this awesome dressing that I found on Cooking Classy here. [Gluten/Dairy Free]
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Mini Blender Muffins – I found these little goodies on Averie Cooks when I was searching for Gluten/Dairy free foods to include in my brunch menu. They are super easy, and are very tasty – even though they don’t include many ingredients that are usually in baked goods. The only things in these muffins is: egg, banana, peanut butter, honey, vanilla, baking soda and chocolate chips. They come out plump and very moist and were enjoyed by everyone at the brunch, including those without gluten/dairy free diets. You can check out the whole recipe here. [Gluten/Dairy Free]
Potato Wedges – While I did not put these tasty little wedges together for this meal, I luckily do know how to re-create them at home! All you need is some mini-potatoes -washed and cut into small pieces, olive oil, and seasoning of your choice. I love Montreal Steak Spice on potatoes like this! Toss the potatoes in the oil and seasoning and then put them in an oven pre-heated to 350°F and cook for approximately 30-45 minutes or until tender when pierced with a fork. [Can be Gluten/Dairy Free – Depending on seasonings used]
So, that is it for my brunch menu roundup – hopefully this post gives you some inspiration for your next family gathering. Thank you so much for stopping by, and as always, let me know if you make one of these dishes, or if you have any other fantastic projects for me to check out! Have a wonderful Thursday!