Here is a great way to gather the family together after an exciting and hectic morning of discovering what Santa left under the tree or opening family presents: Plan a delicious brunch with do-aheads and easy recipes that everyone can enjoy.
The word “brunch” is obviously a blending of the words “breakfast” and “lunch.” It’s served around the noon hour and combines the best sweet and savory elements of both of these meals. Brunch can be a large group affair with extended family and friends, or a quiet breakfast for just two.
Traditional brunch fare includes an egg dish or breakfast casserole (with or without meat); sweet breads, pancakes, waffles or French toast and fruit or a salad. Here are some menu ideas, and for a twist, we’ve included some recipes with peanuts and peanut butter.
Eggs Benedict Casserole. For a savory main dish, this casserole is as tasty as Eggs benedict, but without having to put it together at the last minute. Assemble the ingredients ahead of time and bake it in the morning for an elegant brunch treat.
Spinach and Cheese Strata. Perfect for brunches, you can put everything together for this strata the night before and pop it into the oven before serving.
Peanut Butter & Jelly Pancakes. This comfort-food fusion is an effortless way to please everyone. Spread jelly between warm peanut butter-flavored pancakes for a delightfully sweet companion to your savory dishes.
Asian Peanut Pear Salad. The combination of sweet and savory flavors in our salad makes a perfect companion to the entire brunch menu.
Do you have a favorite brunch tradition for Christmas morning or during the holiday season? We’d love to hear from you.