If you're planning a special holiday or Sunday brunch, use this brunch menu. It gives you a choice of egg dish, French toast, two kinds of pancakes, two kinds of waffles, hash browns or home fries, blueberry muffins or scones, and of course, perfectly crispy bacon. This listing also includes cocktails, both non-alcoholic and the more "festive" variety!
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Eggs & Omelets
Eggs are the ideal brunch food. Perfect scrambled eggs aren't difficult to make. The key is whisking the eggs thoroughly and vigorously before cooking them. Whisking incorporates air, which produces fluffier scrambled eggs.
And if you can make scrambled eggs, you can make an omelet. A simple folded omelet can be filled with grated cheese, diced ham, onions, herbs, or anything else. A make-ahead egg concoction is a frittata. It's an Italian-style flat omelet that's baked in a skillet. A spinach, bacon & cheddar frittata is perfect for a special brunch.
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The perfect bacon should be cooked slowly over low heat, so that it doesn't burn. The best way of accomplishing that is to cook it in the oven. It's practically foolproof, giving you perfectly crispy bacon every time. It's a breeze to clean up, too.
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Classic pancakes take very little time to prepare. You can mix up the batter in advance and hold it in the refrigerator for several hours. For a really special treat, try delicious buttermilk pancakes. They're a little bit tangier than ordinary pancakes. If it's easier, substitute sour cream for the buttermilk.
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Nothing says "Sunday brunch" like a great waffle. If you want to go a little further, try making fluffy waffles. They are a bit more involved than the basic recipe, but the fluffier result is worth it. The recipe uses melted butter in addition to oil and the waffles are made lighter by incorporating stiffly beaten egg whites into the batter.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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French toast is traditionally made from day-old bread. It's actually better made with stale bread than with fresh. The reason is stale bread will absorb more of the custard mixture than fresh bread will. If all you have is fresh bread, try toasting it very slightly beforehand.
Because thick French toast is made with extra thick bread, it's important to make sure that the custard is fully absorbed into the bread, otherwise, you'll just have dry bread at the center of the slices. Because of the extra thick bread, you finish the cooking in the oven to ensure that the custard is fully cooked.
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When it comes to brunch, you might think of potatoes as a side dish, but the potatoes that really make a great brunch. This home fries recipe features red potatoes, onions, and red and green bell peppers.
Or try a simple hash browns recipe that is made from shredded potatoes cooked in hot butter and oil until crispy. They can be prepared on a griddle or a skillet.
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Weekend Brunch Cocktails
Holidays and special weekends don't come around every day, so you don't want to skimp when it's time to mix up the cocktails. For a really festive brunch, check out these recipes for Mimosas and Bloody Marys. On the non-alcoholic side, try a Virgin Sunrise and a Virgin Mary.