Brunch menus during summer lighten up. I skip the oven baked recipes and elaborate menus for easy, simple solutions. After an early morning trip to the farmer’s market or lingering on the back deck, I turn to seasonal treats to make the most of summer fun.
Fire Up The Grill
I love grilling so much that I’ll even grill brunch. Burgers can wait for later in the day. But there’s no need to heat up the kitchen just because it’s morning. I’m likely to put a skillet on the gas grill outdoors, and cook pancakes and bacon there. Special equipment isn’t necessary; a cast iron skillet will do indoors or out. While pizza on the grill started trending years ago, breakfast on the grill remains fresh. I prefer to bring out the breakfast cut of pork chops or Canadian bacon. A quick seasoning of salt and pepper, along with the heat of the grill turns an ordinary breakfast into a special summer experience. If you have a gas grill, then it’s no more difficult than using a gas stove indoors.
I can’t tell you what your local market will feature during the summer. But, I always include a fruit medley on my summer brunch table. My favorite flavor combination is peaches and blueberries. Peaches and blackberries comes a close second. Instead of an elaborate fruit salad, I cut up just two fruits for a more sophisticated — and simpler — dish. Each time I serve this, I always remember discovering these flavor combinations in college. I felt like I’d unlocked some amazing secret treasure. In summer, I keep it simple – just fruit, no additions. When the flavors are at their peak, there’s no need for more. Slicing fruit and tossing it with berries doesn’t get much easier and still get to be a recipe.
An egg dish separates this meal from just an early lunch. With the other two menu options so very easy, I have time and energy to make a serious egg dish. But, I usually don’t. Once I’m in that easy, breezy summer brunch mode, I want to keep it going. I’m happy to make an omelet on that skillet on the grill for family members, but I’ll also keep it simple. A soft boiled egg alongside fruit medley and Canadian bacon pleases just as much. If you’re going to cook both outside and in, remember to not leave a flame unattended.
Summer leaves behind the more formal spring brunch menus. While I often say that my favorites are “hardly a recipe,” it’s especially true for my summer meals. I love to cultivate the idea of a summer brunch, not labor under formal expectations.