My husband and I like to entertain, but have found that it can be a bit overwhelming to do dinners. So over the years, we've found that brunch get-togethers are both fun and easy to put together. And the great thing about brunch is that you can make it as casual or as formal as you want - sit down or buffet-style are both acceptable!
Below, you'll find our top 10 favorite brunch recipes. You'll notice that many of them are 'overnight' recipes which means that the hours leading up to the brunch aren't nearly as stressful. We've gotten rave reviews on all of these recipes and we know you will too! Our friends rarely say no to a brunch invitation from us -- they always know the food will be good!
So this year, consider hosting a brunch party. It is a great idea for any Saturday or Sunday, but especially for New Year's Day, Mother's Day and Easter. And give some of these recipes a try... you won't be disappointed!
Easy Overnight Bundt Caramel Rolls
My Mom has made these sweet rolls for years... brings back lots of childhood memories!
- 1 cup crushed walnuts
- 1 package of frozen bread dough balls
- 1 package regular vanilla or butterscotch pudding (not instant!!)
- 1/3 cup butter
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon cream (optional)
Grease a bundt pan well and sprinkle the crushed walnuts in the bottom of the pan. Place the package of FROZEN dough balls on top the nuts - distributing them evenly around the pan. Sprinkle the dry pudding over the top of the dough balls. In a saucepan or in the microwave, melt together the butter, sugar, cinnamon and cream. Let cool slightly and then pour over the dough balls. Leave bundt pan on the kitchen counter to rise overnight (top with wax paper or tinfoil sprayed with pam). When you get up in the morning, heat the over to 350° F. Bake rolls for 25 - 30 minutes and flip them out onto a serving platter while they are still hot. Guests can just pull off as many rolls as they'd like.
Note - You can also make this without nuts if someone has an allergy or doesn't like nuts.
Kathy's Cinnamon Breakfast Cake
For a dessert lover such as myself, what could be better than cake for breakfast? This delectable recipe comes from the cake mix doctor by Anne Byrn.
Photo Credit: Bakenquilt.com
Filling and cake:
- 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
- 1 (18.25-ounce) package plain yellow cake mix
- 1 (3.4-ounce) package vanilla instant pudding mix
- 3/4 cup vegetable oil, such as canola oil
- 4 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Grease and flour a 12 cup bundt pan and preheat the oven to 350° F. Sprinkle the pecans in the bottom of the prepared pan.
Mix the filling in a small bowl by combining the brown sugar and cinnamon stirring until combined. Set aside.
Place cake mix, pudding mix, oil, 3/4 cup water, eggs and vanilla in a large mixing bowl blending with an electric mixer on low speed for 1 minute and then medium speed for 2 additional minutes scraping down the sides as needed. Batter should be smooth and thick.
Pour a third of the batter into the prepared pan on top of the pecans. Evenly sprinkle half the prepared filling over the batter. Add another 1/3 of the batter over the top of the filling. Sprinkle the remaining filling over the batter and then pour the remaining batter on top. Be sure to even out each layer as you add them.
Place the cake on the middle rack in the preheated oven and bake cake 50 to 60 minutes or until it is golden brown and springs back when lightly pressed. Cool on wire rack for 20 minutes in the pan. Then run a knife along the edge and invert the cake onto the cooling rack. Cool entirely (about 30 more minutes).
While the cake is cooling, prepare the glaze. Combine the confectioners' sugar, milk and vanilla in a small bowl and beat either with a mixer or vigorously with a spoon until smooth. Place the cooled cake on a serving platter and spoon glaze over the top so that it drizzles down sides and into center of cake. Slice and serve.
We gave this yummy coffee cake to our neighbors as a housewarming gift and they loved it!
Overnight Coffee Cake
A co-worker of mine used to bring these to work at our old office and I happily took the recipe and have been using it ever since!
Image Credit: ChowTimes.com
- 3/4 cup softened butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 8 oz sour cream
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup pecans
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Combine the butter and sugar creaming until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and sour cream mixing well.
In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, nutmeg, salt and baking soda. Add to the creamed butter mixture and mix well.
Pour batter into a greased and floured 13" x 9" pan.
Combine the brown sugar, pecans and cinnamon mixing well. Sprinkle evenly over the top of the batter.
Cover the pan with saran wrap and place in the refrigerator to chill overnight.
Uncover and bake at 350° F for 30 to 35 minutes. Cool slightly.
- 1 cup sifted confectioners sugar
- 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon of water
- 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
Beat ingredients together with an electric mixture until smooth. Drizzle glaze over warm cake. Cut into pieces and serve.
On a personal note, we often use this particular recipe when we need something for potlucks and we gave it as a sympathy gift when our neighbors were mourning for a loved one. They could just pop it in the oven to serve the morning crowd.
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Overnight Sausage Egg Bake
We picked up this delectable recipe about 15 years ago when we stayed at a fabulous B&B in Hyannisport, Cape Cod, MA.
- 1/2 pound hot sausage, cooked (not links - it should be loose)
- 1/2 loaf of french bread, cubed (the more stale the better)
- In a large mixing bowl, mix together the following dry ingredients:
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1 tablespoon dry mustard
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/16 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon basil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
In another bowl, mix together the wet ingredients:
- 7 slightly beaten eggs
- 2 cups of milk
- 1 cup grated cheddar cheese + some extra to sprinkle on top
Grease a 7" x 11" (best choice) or a 9" x 13" pan. Place the bread evenly in the bottom of the pan and then evenly sprinkle the crumbled sausage over the bread. Evenly sprinkle the bowl of dry ingredients on top of the bread and sausage. Then carefully pour the bowl of wet ingredients over the top of the entire thing. You'll need to press down on any bread that floats to the top to make sure that it is all evenly distributed and coated with wet mixture. Sprinkle a layer of grated cheddar cheese on top. Cover entire pan with aluminum foil and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, bake covered at 350°F for 1 hour or until top is golden. The combination of sausage and cheese make this one of our favorite brunch dishes.
Easy Crab Scramble
A delightful main brunch dish for seafood lovers! We also got this recipe from the Hyannisport B&B.
- 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), melted
- 9 eggs
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 large package of cream cheese, cubed
- 1 can of crab meat
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 tablespoon fresh baby dill, chopped to sprinkle on top
Preheat the oven to 350° F. Pour the melted butter in the bottom of a 7" x 12" pan. In a mixing bowl, mix together all of the other ingredients (except the dill). Pour mixture into the pan with the butter. Sprinkle the dill evenly over the top of the mixture. Bake for 30 minutes or until top is golden brown.
Bacon & Cheese Quiche
- 1 - 9" deep dish pie shell, uncooked and chilled well
- 12 bacon slices, fried and crumbled
- 4 eggs
- 2 cups of heavy cream
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- Pinch of nutmeg and cayenne pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
In a medium saucepan, slightly beat together the eggs, cream and dry ingredients (not the cheese). Warm the mixture until it is just warm (like room temperature - do not bring to a boil) and stir in the cheese. Sprinkle the bacon evenly over the bottom of the pie shell. Pour the saucepan mixture over the top of the bacon. Carefully place in the oven and bake at 425° F for 15 minutes and then at 300°F for an additional 40 minutes or until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean. Slice into pie pieces and serve.
Tip - For the pie crust, we pie those pre-made Pillsbury pie crusts in the refrigerator section. They come two crusts to a package and you simply lay them in your pie plate and press them in. They taste great!
Vegetable & Egg Casserole Brunch Recipe
Overnight Baked Apple French Toast
When I lived in Virginia, I think I found this recipe in Southern Living magazine.
Photo Credit: All Recipes
- 1/2 loaf of French bread
- 5 large eggs
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup brown sugar, packed
- 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
- 3 Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced thin
Cut the bread into about 3/4 inch thick slices and place in a single layer in a lightly greased 9" x 13" baking pan.
In a mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk and vanilla. Pour the mixture over the bread. Cover the pan and place in the refrigerator to chill overnight (8 hours) so that the bread absorbs the egg mixture.
Remove the bread from the baking dish placing it on a clean surface. Wipe the baking dish clean and spray with cooking spray (e.g. Pam).
In a small saucepan, melt the brown sugar, butter and corn syrup together over low heat stirring often until smooth. Pour hot mixture into the bottom of the greased baking dish. Evenly arrange the apples over the brown sugar mixture. Place the slices of bread back in the baking dish in a single layer on top of the apples.
Bake at 350° F for 40 minutes. Loosen with a knife and invert the entire pan onto a platter so that the gourmet caramel apple mixture is then on top. Yields about 8 servings.
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Cheesy Potato Bake
My sister-in-law brings this to family functions so she kindly shared her recipe. I'm not sure where she got it, but it's good!
Photo Credit: Recipe Tips
- 2 pounds Southern-style hash browns, thawed (find in grocer's freezer)
- 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 can cream of chicken soup
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 stick of butter, melted
- 1 1/2 cups cornflakes, crushed
- 4 tablespoons butter, melted
Mix the first 6 ingredients together and pour in a 9" x 13" greased baking dish. In a bowl, mix together the crushed cornflakes and melted butter and sprinkle evenly over the potato mixture. Bake at 350° F for 1 hour or until cornflakes are golden.
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Roasted Brunch Potatoes
We like these so much, we use this recipe for dinner too! Adapted from a Rachel Ray recipe.
Photo Credit: Food Network Rachael Ray
- 2 1/2 pounds of small red-skinned potatoes, coarsely chopped
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 red or yellow bell pepper, chopped (remove the seeds too)
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 tablespoon Lawry's seasoning
- 2 teaspoons sweet paprika
Preheat the oven to 500° F. In a large ziploc bag, toss together all of the ingredients and then pour them on a large non-stick baking sheet for cookies or jelly roll pan. Spread them out so they are in a single layer (not piled on top of each other). Bake 30 minutes or until golden brown turning several times to make sure that they cook evenly.
Ambrosia Fruit Cups
For sit-down brunches, I serve this fruit mixture in individual martini glasses at each place setting. Sometimes I even use colorful sugars to coat the glass rims.
- 1 large can of pineapple chunks in light syrup
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 4 medium oranges
- 1 teaspoon orange zest (from the outside of the oranges)
- 4 medium apples, diced (not peeled)
- 1/4 cup of shredded coconut
Drain the pineapple chunks reserving 1/2 cup of the juice in a small saucepan and placing the pineapple chunks in a large glass bowl. Add the orange zest and brown sugar to the juice and heat in saucepan until mixture is smooth (sugar dissolves). Peel and section the oranges in a same bowl as the pineapple and add the apples. Mix fruit together. Add the pineapple juice mixture stirring gently to coat all the fruit. Cover the fruit bowl and chill in the refrigerator. You can either serve the fruit in a decorative bowl or individual cups. In either case, sprinkle the coconut over the fruit just prior to serving.
NOTE - you can use just about any kind of organic fruit that you want in this recipe. Some of my favorite variations are to add grapes and strawberries!
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A souffle is the true test of any baker. They can be difficult for even the most experienced chef. Souffles are basically a light cake that puff up at the end of the baking process. If you aggravate them too much, they will deflate. A truly perfectly baked souffle will stay risen for about 5 minutes, just long enough to sprinkle it with powdered sugar and serve it.
This article features a chocolate souffle recipe that is flavored with a hint of orange zest. It is a truly delicious and beautiful dessert that, when made correctly, will impress anyone who gets to devour it.
A chocolate souffle is the perfect dessert for a romantic dinner or any special occasion meal. Give it a try if you are feeling adventurous. You may surprise yourself. Good luck and happy souffle-ing!
How To Make A Chocolate Souffle
Chocolate Souffle Recipe
Chocolate Souffle Ingredients
- 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped (about 1 cup)
- 2/3 cup butter
- 4 large eggs, separated
- 2 tablespoons orange liqueur or orange flavored coffee syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
- Powdered sugar, for dusting
- Thin strips of orange zest for garnish
Chocolate Souffle Recipe - How To Bake A Perfect Chocolate Souffle
Generously butter eight 1/3 cup ramekins.
Preheat the oven to 425°.
Sprinkle each with a little cocoa powder and tap out any excess. Place the ramekins on a baking sheet.
Place the chocolate and butter in a double boiler and melt over medium-low heat. Be careful not to cook it too fast or get it too hot.
Whisk in the egg yolks and orange liqueur.
Beat the egg whites in a separate clean, grease-free bowl until frothy.
With the beater running, add the cream of tartar and gradually sprinkle in the sugar.
Continue beating until the whites are glossy and stiff.
Stir spoonfuls of the whites into the gourmet chocolate mixture and fold them together, being careful not to deflate the whites.
Spoon the mixture into the prepared dishes just to the brim; don't overfill or the souffles will fall over the ramekins and burn on the baking sheet. (At this point, the dishes can sit up to 1 hour at room temperature before baking).
Bake for 10-12 minutes or until risen and set, but still slightly soft and jiggly in the center.
Dust with powdered sugar, sprinkle with orange zest, and serve immediately.
Makes 8 chocolate souffles.
Delicious Souffle Recipes - (Not just chocolate souffle recipes)
Here is a list of links that lead to some of the most delicious souffle recipes on the web. From chocolate to cheese to vanilla, any souffle recipe you desire can be found on this list.
- Dark Chocolate Souffle
Step by step recipe instructions for dark chocolate souffle complete with photographs and reader comments and discussion.
- Cheese Souffle Recipe : Alton Brown : Food Network
Food Network invites you to try this Cheese Souffle recipe from Alton Brown.
- Basic Souffle Recipe
This is the most basic (cheese) souffle basis, broken down for two, three or four eggs.
- Spinach Souffle Recipe
This spinach souffle recipe is a wonderful way to use up the fresh summer harvest. It's a lovely, easy preparation that can be served as a ...
- Vanilla Souffle
vanilla souffle ... Cooks.com
- Souffle Recipe
Souffle Recipes with Bacon, Sausage, Ham, Cheese, Seafood Fruit and Vegetables.
- Cafeteria Carrot Souffle Recipe
Now you can make your favorite carrot souffle at home! This recipe combines mashed carrots with butter, sugar, flour, vanilla extract and eggs.
- Zucchini Souffle Recipe
A delicious, simple zucchini souffle recipe for all the zucchini lovers out there.
- Grand Marnier Souffles
Find the recipe for Grand Marnier Souffles with Creme Anglaise and other vanilla recipes at Epicurious.com.
- Mango Souffle Recipe
Mango Souffle Recipe - How To Make Mango Souffle - Mango Souffle Recipe.
- Lemon Souffle Recipe
An easy recipe for quick lemon souffles that never fails. Lemon curd is topped with a lemony souffle and baked into a light dessert.
I'm one to vouch for the benefits of eating healthily. But doing so doesn't mean cutting out everything that's good tasting. There are plenty of ways out there to eat well while still enjoying your meals. So I've done some research and put together a post with lots of options for nice meals that are good for you. Try them out and let me know what you think!
First Things First
Why do you want to change?
Before you make the jump into eating well, you have to understand why you want to do so. What are your motives? Do you want to lose weight, do you want more energy, do you want to better your health - what is your driving factor? Write it down, share it with your family or friends, whatever it takes for you to stick to eating better.
It's good to establish this because if you don't have a goal in mind, then it's easy to slip into your old habits.
Get Motivated - Make The Time
Give the Gift of Wellness
Do you have an event coming up? Likely since the holiday season is quickly coming up! Instead of giving those layer jars of baking ingredients, (brownies in a jar, anyone?) instead give them a fruit basket or something the whole family can enjoy.
They'll thank you later! Especially after everyone else has already given them sweets and fatty foods for holiday gifts.
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Get Good Grub
There are lots of ways to enjoy good foods. Here's one example!
Stay That Way
Once you're started, don't stop!
Once you've found some great options to try for hearty meals, stick to it! You'll probably notice a difference in how your body feels within just 1-2 weeks. Look for organic options, lots of organic fruit and vegetables, and plenty of water. Once you start a better lifestyle and get into new habits, it's fun to see what things spiral from it.
Pretty soon you'll be giving fruit baskets instead of boxes of chocolate, and going for walks instead of hitting the drive-thru!
Why Eat Better? - Stop the Obesity Movement
Here are some ideas to consider
Looking to concoct something delicious tonight for dinner? Don't fret, there are plenty of meal ideas out there that are just waiting to be found. Here are some scrumptious ideas:
- Wrapped Shrimp with Arugula Salad
- Quinoa and Black Bean Salad (Chicken Optional)
- Baked Honey Mustard Chicken
- Pesto Chicken Florentine
- Spinach and Feta Pita Bake
- Turkey Veggie Meatloaf
- Baked Halibut
- Asparagus, Penne and Chicken Pasta
- Grilled Cilantro Salmon
- Mushroom Lentil Barley Soup
- Spicy Tuna Cakes
- Baked Lemon Walleye
- Quinoa Egg Bake
- Chicken Fresh Tomato Parmesan
- Spinach-Stuffed Flounder
- Butternut Squash & Tomato Posole
Eat a Good Breakfast
While you're eating the right dinners, you should definitely make an attempt at eating a balanced breakfast as well! Try oatmeal with fruit for an exceptional start to your day.
Let's Find More
There's Still Plenty Other Recipes
Put these in your cookbook for when you are looking to try something new. I'll just list the name of the dish, you can search around Google to find the recipe that you think would be best accepted by your family.
Some other delicious ideas include:
- Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken
- Eggplant Parmesan
- Creamy Green Chile Chicken Soup
- Braised Cauliflower & Squash Penne Pasta
- Baked Chicken and Spinach Flautas
- Hawaiian Turkey Burgers
- Zucchini Latkes
- Buffalo Chicken Spaghetti Squash
- Chicken and Avocado Baked Burritos
- Stuffed Zucchini Boats
- Creamy Broccoli Soup with Almonds
- Bruschetta Stuffed Chicken