Do you have a graduation or post-wedding brunch coming up this weekend? This week I am sharing some amazing hors d’oeuvres and a sweet bite that are sure to punch up your brunch menu! At a casual home brunch I like to offer a buffet with dishes I can assemble the day or night before and chill and pop into the oven in the morning, such as French Toast Bread Pudding, Quiche and Southwest Breakfast Casserole. Then I choose a few bites that require a little more piece work and should be composed just before serving. Getting most of your prep done prior to your party and leaving just a few steps for the morning of your event is important- you want to enjoy your guests!
Bagels and Lox are a brunch classic, right? I’m sharing two really fun ways to present smoked salmon: as a Smoked Salmon Lollipop with Bagel Dust, and as a crepe purse filled with a light and flavorful Smoked Salmon Salad with Scallion Caper Mousse. Choose one or do them both, if you have the time!
Shrimp is always welcome at any party and any brunch should include Bloody Marys! Your guests are going to love these Bloody Mary-Poached Shrimp with Tomato and Onion Panna Cotta and Chili Balsamic Reduction.
And for a sweet finish to accompany your celebration cake and fresh fruit, my Coffee Mousse with Banana Paper and Coffee Crumb. Banana Paper! With a silicone mat you can transform a banana and create a completely different texture, concentrated with banana flavor. This dessert is creamy, crunchy, bittersweet and boozy all in one dish! Enjoy and Fire It Up!