Brunch, a brilliant combination of breakfast and lunch, is often the most anticipated meal of the week. This best-of-both-worlds feast is perfect for those lazy weekend days when sleeping in is a must, as well as for socializing with friends or for celebrating a special occasion. Brunch is usually served between 10am and 2pm, and in terms of food, anything goes! Whether you’re celebrating Mother’s Day, Easter, or a birthday, or just celebrating a day off of work, consider enjoying your next brunch at home. With D’Artagnan products, your meal will rival the top brunch hot spots in town.
Brunch often highlights breakfast favorites, as well as dishes that you might have for lunch or even dinner. Because this one meal is replacing two, it is often a large meal with multiple offerings. Here are some D’Artagnan inspired brunch items to kick-off your meal planning.
· If your brunch is honoring a special occasion, craft your meal around an impressive centerpiece like an Applewood Smoked Ham. Since the ham is fully cooked, it can be served cold, at room temperature, or slightly warmed. The ham, with the subtle flavor of maple and brown sugar, doesn’t even need a glaze.
· For a make-ahead side dish, a breakfast strata, which is a cross between an oven frittata and bread pudding, is an excellent choice. Combine chunks of stale bread with cooked and crumbled bacon, sautéed onions, aged cheddar cheese, eggs, and milk. Let sit overnight to allow the bread to soak up the liquid. Bake the next morning at 350 degrees F until the eggs are set and the strata is puffed.
· Deviled quail eggs are a petite twist on a classic. Spruce them up by topping them with chives or shaved truffle.
· Roast some fingerling potatoes and leeks together in the oven. Season with salt and pepper and hit them with a drizzle of black truffle oil before serving.
· For all out elegance and indulgence, make your guests duck eggs benedict. Start with a thick piece of toasted country bread. Top with crisp duck bacon. Place a perfectly poached duck egg in the center of the bacon. Ladle on hollandaise made from duck fat instead of butter.
· Round out the meal with fresh cut fruit, a couple wedges of cheese, and toasted bread with jams and flavored butters. Also consider something sweet to end the meal, such as mini eclairs or two-bite cheesecakes topped with fruit.
To make a celebratory brunch even more special, serve with a cocktail, such as a Bloody Mary, Mimosa, Bellini, or Irish Coffee.
Instead of a dinner party, throw a brunch party. Invite friends over and have them each bring a dish to create an over-the-top buffet.