Who doesn’t love weekend brunch? It’s the perfect time to get together with friends and family to catch up, slow down and eat and drink delicious food. If you live in a city or a place where brunch is quite the popular weekend activity [read: hard to get a table], why not try hosting a brunch at home instead? Enjoy the coziness of your own home and show off your kitchen skills.
Veggie and Ham Hash with Eggs and Breakfast Croutons
Heat oven to 400 degrees. Cut or pull apart a crusty loaf of bread into one-inch pieces. Drizzle olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper over the bread. Bake in oven for about 10 minutes until bread cubes are brown and crisp.
Chop one yellow onion, two red bell peppers, one seeded jalapeno and one garlic clove (minced). Sautee all together in a large pan with a couple tablespoons of olive oil and ½ pound of chopped, cooked ham. Once veggies are softened, remove from heat and add to a buttered baking dish (8×8 will work). Add breakfast croutons. Make 6-8 “wells” and crack fresh eggs into each. Bake casserole at 375 until eggs whites are cooked through. Top with cheese, if desired.
Mixed Greens Salad with Orange Segments
Buy your favorite pre-mixed greens and toss into a large bowl or platter. Top with toasted almond slivers and any of your favorite roasted veggies, if desired. Roasted beets or butternut squash would complement this salad well. Segment two oranges over top by cutting carefully along the membrane of the orange. Squeeze leftover juice into a small bowl. Add a tablespoon of dijon mustard and ⅓ cup of olive oil. Whisk together with a pinch of salt and pepper. Dress the salad right before serving.
Blood Orange Beers & Mimosas
Squeeze fresh blood orange juice into a small pitcher. Arrange wheat beers and champagne or prosecco in an iced party bowl. Have guests mix their own cocktail; one beer or flute of bubbles with a heavy splash of blood orange juice. You can definitely stick with just a delicious juice if you don’t want to include alcohol.
Ask other guests to bring fresh fruit salad or mini muffins to round out the brunch. You’ll love your weekends at home when you start with this easy brunch!
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