For us, springing forward an hour always signals one thing when it comes to entertaining: having friends and family over for spring brunch. Here are some delicious recipe ideas to inspire your gatherings.
With spring on its way, we feel a little bit like bears coming out of hibernation. After hiding out much of the winter, all of a sudden we’re in the mood to entertain once again. And one of our favourite get-togethers of the season? Hosting a spring brunch for friends and family. So get set with the bounty of fresh spring produce, throw open those windows to let the fresh air and sunshine in and catch up over a light brunch with loved ones. Here are some recipe ideas to whet your appetite.
Offer one light vegetarian option
With many dishes for brunch being on the heavy side — think bacon and pancakes — vegetarians and any friends who are watching their waistlines (bikini season is on its way, after all) will appreciate having the choice of lighter fare. Whip up this veggie omelette for them, which is not only filled with delicious vegetables, but also made with egg whites, reducing the cholesterol in the dish.
Include breakfast staples
You can never go wrong with breakfast staples — in fact, there will surely be some diehard eggs and bacon fans among your guests who don’t need anything more fancy or more gourmet. For fluffy scrambled eggs, the key is adding a few ingredients (such as milk) to your beaten eggs; and for perfect crisp bacon, don’t rush cooking it. Check this recipe for step-by-step instructions on how to get both right.
Serve tasty brunch beverages
Whip up a fresh fruit smoothie in the blender for your health-conscious guests — serve them in small cups, as they can be rather filling. If your crowd is more interested in cocktails, then you can never go wrong with a classic mimosa at brunch hour. Another popular favourite? Bloody caesars. Prepare an entire pitcher using this bloody caesar recipe so that you don’t have to fuss with bartending when your guests have arrived.
Prepare a buffet of foods you don’t have to cook
So you have time to actually socialize and catch up with your guests rather than being stuck at the stove all day, include an array of foods you simply need to set out: think bagels, cream cheese, smoked salmon and a fruit platter, for example.
Don’t forget baked goods
A sweet baked good is never unwelcome; it can be a nice treat to have with one’s coffee after indulging in the savoury brunch. Bake up some mini versions of these cranberry banana breakfast muffins, for example.