Throughout December I’m sharing different menus to help you create beautiful feasts for the holidays. You can find helpful hints and a beautiful Mediterranean menu and recipes for a fabulous cocktail party. I’ve put together seven fun plates for a Feast of Seven Fishes Tapas Party. Then again, maybe you’re serving turkey for Christmas? Well, I’ve got a great menu for you. And if you’d rather go with roast beast? I’ve got you covered with a delicious menu for beef or pork tenderloin.
But today … it’s all about Christmas Brunch.
Whether you have a long, lazy morning in bed followed by a leisurely coffee and a few presents or rise before dawn with over-excited little ones … brunch is a great alternative to a big Christmas dinner. Especially, if you cooked up a huge feast on Christmas Eve.
Keep it very casual. Let everyone stay in their pajamas … all day if they like. Serve the food buffet style and relax. There is no need to hurry.
Start with a toast to Santa and your good fortune with a colorful Mango Sparkle. There are two versions, one with and one without alcohol. If you need something cozy, warm up with a mug of Mulled Cider.
Hopefully, you’ve got a good bakery or bagelry nearby, there is nothing better than bagels and lox. (No one said you had to make everything from scratch.) It will only take a few minutes to create a beautiful platter of smoked salmon, capers, red onions and a small bowl of cream cheese. (Don’t forget to soak the onions in cold water for several hours or overnight to take the bite out!)
If you want to get fancy … A beautiful Asparagus & Goat Cheese Tart will make a delicious addition to your party. Unless you’re looking for something a little heartier like Spinach & Ricotta Pie. If you’ve got a small group, Brie & Sundried Tomato Omelets are a great choice. Don’t forget to make up a batch of Baked French Toast. This yummy casserole is perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth.
But if you’ve got a crowd, forget the individual omelets and whip up a big batch of Scrambled Eggs. If you like, dress up the eggs with some grated cheddar or crumbled goat cheese and a few chopped chives. Who doesn’t like cheesy eggs? With a strip or two of crispy bacon and/or a few sausage links, you’ve got everyone’s favorite breakfast feast!
Large or small crowd and especially for a late brunch, I like to add a simple Salad and some fresh fruit to the buffet table.
Complete your feast with a sweet treat. Don’t hesitate to pick up muffins and scones at the bakery. You’ve got a lot going on. However, if you were born to bake, try a batch of my Ginger Scones or an Apple Crumb Cake. For something creamy and sweet, give my Honeyed Apricots with Creamy Yogurt a try.
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What are you cooking for Christmas? I’d love to hear from you! Let’s get a conversation going. To make a comment, just click on Comments below.