Summer weekends are a perfect time to host a brunch for a group. Instead of spending hours slaving away in a hot kitchen, today I have five fabulous brunch recipes that are easy to prepare and make multiples of for a crowd. Check it out!
First up in this roundup of brunch recipes is a cranberry and pecan granola. A crunchy mix of toasted pecans, cranberries, pumpkin seeds, shredded coconut, honey and oats, and bakes in your oven to make a heavenly that pairs wonderfully with creamy Greek yogurt. Best of all, it can be made ahead, so you can prep it the night before and set it out in the morning with an assortment of berries and yogurt.
Ina Garten’s recipe for brioche French toast is a winner in our house. Thick slices of pillowy brioche gets folded into a custard made of heavy cream, eggs, vanilla and orange zest. To make this French toast extra special, I make a sauce out of fresh strawberries and balsamic vinegar for a sticky, sweet topping with just a bit of tang.
Looking for one of the easiest brunch recipes ever? Look no further than these caramelized figs topped with crunchy bacon bits and served with creamy dollops of yogurt. Just cook a little bacon, then halve the figs and simmer them in a hot pan with butter and maple syrup. The result is a satisfying combination of salty and sweet, and it’s special enough that your brunch guests will think you’ve been in the kitchen all morning. Your secret’s safe with me, though.
If you’re looking for a savory dish that will satisfy a crowd, this Spanish tortilla with spinach is another fabulous brunch recipe. Slice up a bunch of potatoes, cook them in a heavy-bottomed skillet, and then add beaten eggs and spinach for a one-dish brunch meal that will leave your guests ooh-ing and ahh-ing over your fancy-pants cooking skills. We eat thick wedges of this tortilla with a little green salad on the side, leaving our tummies full and ready to take on the rest of our weekend.
Sausage rolls are the British answer to our American pigs in a blanket (also known as kolaches). Made from frozen puff pastry, these sausage rolls are flaky, juicy and totally addictive. This version is made with toasted fennel seeds for extra oomph. The best part is that you can make a ton in a short amount of time and serve them at room temperature, leaving you and your guests time to get down to more serious business, like mimosas and bloody marys.
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