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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Christmas Brunch: Food Chatter

I was recently asked by a follower for some ideas on what to make for a holiday brunch. After thinking about it for a few days, I realize that the answer brings infinite possibilities - it all depends on what you like! I've hosted brunch on New Year's Day for the past few years and the menu remains relatively static - I rotate a few items here and there but it's great to stick with what you know and like.  Here are some thoughts on a brunch I've done before - New Year's Day Brunch I and New Year's Day Brunch II

The question I received was specific to Christmas Eve brunch and since the evening usually comes full of fish ideas followed by a Christmas Day filled with oodles of food, I would offer some of the following ideas:

* Brunch for a bunch is best served buffet style - let people take what they like
* Little bites are easy to manage with a plate and few seats
* Brunch is always a festive time so add fun drinks to the mix - like Prosecco with Cassis and single raspberry or champagne (or Prosecco) and orange juice
* Try to add items to the table that require little time day-of to prepare

to start with...
Zucchini Fritters
Goat Cheese and Olive Tapenade
Figs and Melon Wrapped Prosciutto

the main event...
Baked Stuffed Shrimp
Quiche with Pancetta, Arugula and Two Cheeses
Spinach Lasagna Roll-up
Roast Beef in Red Wine
Bibb Lettuce, Craisins, Walnuts and Apples
Honey Ginger Carrots
Orzo with Chive Butter

the end result...
Melon and Blueberry Crumble
Devil's Food Cake
Chocolate Covered Strawberries

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

all such delicious ideas...thanks so much Meredith!!!