Host a Stress-Free Brunch this Spring
Brunch and springtime seem to go hand in hand. But if you’re still shaking off the winter doldrums and don’t feel up to elaborate hosting duties, don’t despair. Brunch is a laid-back way to have guests over, especially because so much can be done ahead of time.
Take Advantage of “Night-Before” Dishes
Many classic brunch dishes can be fully or mostly prepared before the event. Here are few showstoppers that will help you avoid hectic griddle time:
Baked French Toast: Not only is this overnight dish a perfect alternative to attention hogs like waffles and pancakes, but it’s delicious in its own right. The dish’s decadent quality stems from the hours during which the bread soaks up its custardy mixture prior to being popped in the oven in the morning. The basic recipe is endlessly customizable, whether you prefer vanilla-cinnamon or a hint of bourbon. Better yet, make “stuffed” French bread by putting a nut or cheese layer between the layers of bread.
Egg-Based Classics: You’ll find countless recipes for breakfast casseroles, quiches and stratas that can be made ahead of time. In fact, many classic quiches are best served at room temperature, without the need for re-heating. Best of all, many of these dishes can either skew toward the decadent (made with gourmet cheeses and veggies) or the downright virtuous (by using part-skim dairy or vegan alternatives, along with healthy herbs and vegetables).
Sweet Sides: Chop up a fruit salad the night before, and drizzle it with a light marinade. And don’t forget how festive a tempting basket of scones and muffins looks on the buffet table. These can even be baked and frozen weeks ahead of time. Better yet, get them from your favoring bakery or caterer.
Create DIY Stations
Nothing encourages guest circulation like a make-it-yourself food station, especially one that’s simple and fun to use. A table set up with the makings for classic brunch cocktails like Bloody Marys or mimosas allow guests to add their own embellishments after they mix their juice with spirits.
If you're whipping up scrambled eggs, consider serving them on a warming tray, surrounded by a variety of cheeses and chopped veggies. Or try a bagel “bar,” with a variety of bagels and spreads, along with luxurious extras such as lox or even caviar.
Go with the Pros
Of course, when it comes to the most effective way to take the labor out of some or all of your brunch, nothing beats catering. Panosh Kosher Catering offers a range of options, from a fully-catered event complete with staff and special touches like a blintz station. Alternatively, we’ll arrange delivery of cold foods, such as quiches, fruit platters, and selections of bagels, breads, rolls and flavored spreads. Contact us today to get your spring fest started!