Nothing is better than hosting a delicious brunch for family or friends. A little food, a little relaxation… but, what do you serve? Below I have included three of my favorite brunch recipes — main course, side, and a delicious breakfast cocktail — so that you can add them to your recipe book the next time you want to entertain a few guests.
Great Brunch Begins with a Light and Refreshing Cocktail: The Raspberry Bellini
As a twist on the traditional Peach Bellini, a Raspberry Bellini is quite simple: just drop 3 or 4 fresh raspberries into the bottom of your champagne flute. The peach and raspberry flavors are light and refreshing, and blend nicely together for a sweet and bubbly breakfast drink.
1 bottle of Extra Dry Champagne or sparkling wine, chilled
12 ounces of peach puree, peach nectar, or peach juice (chilled)
1 small container of fresh raspberries (may use frozen)
You may combine all ingredients above into a large pitcher and serve, or you may create individual glasses with 4 ounces of champagne, 2 ounces of peach puree/juice/nectar, and add a few raspberries to the glass. Garnish each glass with a sliced peach or a small cocktail skewer of peaches and raspberries.
Main Course: Baked Green Chile Frittata
Ingredients : *
10 large eggs
1 16oz container of low fat cottage cheese
1 small can diced green chile peppers (7oz)
1 cup chopped yellow onion
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese ( divided into two ½ cup portions)
½ cup shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper, or pepper to taste
1 Tbs butter
*1 cup diced ham or other meat of choice may be added if desired
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and prepare a 9 x 13 inch baking dish by greasing lightly.
2. Sautee onion in butter, then add with the rest of the ingredients to a large bowl. Whisk eggs, cottage cheese, green chiles, onions, salt, pepper, Monterey Jack and ½ cup of the cheddar cheese together, then pour into the baking dish.
3. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes, then lower the temperature to 325 degrees F and continue baking for another 35-40 minutes. Top with remaining cheese during the last 10 minutes of baking. Let it cool slightly, then cut into squares for individual servings.
Tasty Sides: Keep it Fresh and Light with Fruit
The best sides to have on hand for a light brunch are fresh fruits and bite size breads or pastries of some sort. So, why not combine the two and prepare tasty, individual fruit tartes ? This easy, almost-no-bake recipe will allow you to prepare this in advance and put it together in no time.
Graham cracker crust
1 ½ cups fine graham cracker crumbs
1/3 cup granulated sugar
½ tsp vanilla
6 tablespoons melted butter
2/3 cup raspberries
2/3 cup blackberries
2/3 cup sliced strawberries
1 container crème fraîche (7 oz )
1 container refrigerated vanilla pudding (4 oz )
1. To prepare graham cracker crust, combine all ingredients, and place cupcake cups in cupcake pan. Press graham cracker mixture into cupcake cups and press with a spoon to firmly pack against bottom and sides. Bake for 5 minutes at 375 degrees F and let cool.
2. In a medium bowl, combine the vanilla pudding and crème fraîche together and stir. Spread a spoonful of pudding mixture into each individual cup, then top with berries. Refrigerate for at least two hours before being served.