It's 10:15 and you've woken up to a buzzing cell phone of text messages that all say the same thing: "We're coming over." What's an enterprising home chef to do? Get cooking, that's what. And we've got the menu. With these recipes, you'll be able to lay out an impressive homemade brunch from start to finish, in no time.
We've included a mocktail that can double as a cocktail, a light and fruity app, a sweet and savory dish (that can go vegan!), and a dessert. Whether it's your family, your friends, or both, you'll impress them all. First up, make the coffee!
First things first, after coffee, get them drinking. Though this sounds exotic, it's actually an everything-in-one-pitcher punch made with ingredients you can find at your grocery store: pineapple juice, coconut water, papaya puree. This is a great drink to start with because it satisfies two groups. As is, it's delicious for non-drinkers. Those imbibing can embellish it with their favorite spirit or top off with champagne.
Next, put out something to nosh on. As long as there are snacks and drinks, people are happy. This salsa will satisfy that need for something fresh and fruity in the morning but still has some heat. It's just chopped mandarins tossed with jalapeno, pepper, and tomato. Throw in some salt and lime (cilantro if you got it) and serve with tortilla chips that we're sure one of your thoughtful guests brought.
Now, on to dessert, because brunch always ends with something sweet. And in this case, boozy. Don't be intimidated by last minute baking: you probably have everything in your pantry and you can actually just mix it all in one bowl (don't tell anyone). This is tangy and chocolatey and the booze cooks off in the oven. And the cookies fill your house with a lovely aroma. Don't be shy about enlisting some helpers for the mixing.
On to the mains! This is a savory dish of eggs and chorizo tossed together with green onions (or white onions, if that's what you have), milk or cream, and topped with shredded cheese. Use this as a template, use whatever cheese and herbs you have! Frittatas are great because they're made in one dish, so you're not over the stove flipping individual eggs. Just mix, pop it in the oven with the cookies, and have a drink.
Finally, on to your sweet. This French toast is quick and easy and can be modified for vegans. Just swap out the milk for coconut milk and the cheese for a nut butter. Have a friend brown all the bread first, then layer into a casserole dish, top with cheese or nut butter, jam, and another piece of bread. Done. Bonus if you have fresh fruit laying around.