The holidays are filled with friends and family gathering around the table to celebrate the season. If busy schedules get in the way of arranging a dinner party, host a casual weekend brunch instead. Get started with some of these recipe ideas.
Stuffed French Toast
Treat your guests to classic recipes that are hard to resist like delectable French toast made with Pepperidge Farm® Swirl Breads. Each slice of their Cinnamon Swirl, Raisin Cinnamon Swirl and Brown Sugar Cinnamon Swirl bread supplies at least three grams of protein and is chock full of flavor. Try their Cinnamon Swirl variety in our irresistible Blueberry Stuffed French Toast. pepperidgefarm.com
To plan a balanced brunch menu, include a mix of breakfast and lunch foods. Light, flaky layers of fillo are formed into mini pastry cups, then fully baked and frozen to make Athens® Mini Fillo Shells. For optimal freshness, keep these ready-to-fill shells frozen until prep time. Then, thaw at room temperature for 10 minutes, add the desired sweet or savory fillings and serve. Or place frozen shells on a baking sheet, add filling and bake at 350°F until the filling is warmed, about 10 minutes. Try these delicious combos:
Jazz up plain scrambled eggs by making a veggie-filled baked egg frittata. Start by sautéing veggies in Pompeian® OlivExtra® Oil in an oven-safe skillet until crisp-tender. Then whisk 12 eggs with ¼ cup milk; pour over cooked veggies and cook for two minutes over medium-low heat. Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake at 425°F for 20-30 minutes until the eggs are set in the middle. Pompeian® OlivExtra® Oil is a special all-purpose blend of extra virgin olive oil and canola oil that provides natural antioxidants and vitamin E. The combination of oils is blended to enhance their health benefits while providing an excellent taste to meals. Try the OlivExtra® Plus with Omega-3 and Premium Mediterranean varieties as well. pompeian.com
Spend less time in the kitchen and more time with your guests by creating a build-your-own oatmeal bar. Start by whipping up a batch of overnight oats using a 1:1 ratio of uncooked old-fashioned oats and low-fat milk; combine in a food storage container, cover and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, simply heat and serve with a buffet of toppings such as granola, fresh and dried fruits, chia seeds, cinnamon, honey and nuts. Diamond of California® Shake & Spoon™ Nuts come in a convenient dual flip-top lid made for shaking and spooning onto any dish with ease. Their Finely Diced Walnuts, Chopped Walnuts, Sliced Almonds and Chopped Pecans are the perfect accompaniment to your breakfast buffet. diamondnuts.com
Add a touch of sweetness to brunch staples like pancakes and waffles with All Natural Log Cabin® Syrup. With no high fructose corn syrup, preservatives, artificial colors or flavors, you can feel good about enjoying its naturally great taste. Try it in homemade salad dressings, sauces or glazes for chicken, steak and salmon. logcabinsyrups.com
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