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Brunch Menu Ideas and Recipes for Christmas, Easter, New Years or Any Special Day!

New Years Parties

These brunch menu ideas are a fun and cost effective way to celebrate a holiday or make any leisurely day special.

After an evening of ringing in the New Year, a late night on the town, or bringing in Christmas Eve, brunch is a welcomed and laid-back event that requires less effort than a dinner party.

Champagne left over from last night's party can be made into mimosas. To keep it simple, serve a fruit platter which can be made the day before and various breads or pastries.

For the main dish, our quiche lorraine recipe makes an easy entre that can serve several people.

A must to work into your New Year's brunch menu ideas: black-eyed peas. They're a symbol of health and wealth for the New Year.

Easy Brunch Menu Ideas

A little forethought should go into preparing brunch, especially if you're planning a celebration the night before.

Set your table the day before. Simple dishes such as a fruit platter or fresh squeezed juice can also be prepared the day before.

New Year's Day brunch can be both decadent and simple to prepare with these fabulous recipes!

Our easy brunch menu ideas include:

  • Potato and bacon frittata
  • French toast
  • Fruit platter served with creme fraiche or plain Greek Yogurt
  • Fresh squeezed orange juice
  • Bloody Marys and mimosas

For cooks looking for more challenging (but uber-delicious) options, visit our Savory French Crepe Recipe page or the Sweet Crepes Recipe page. These crepes work well for desserts or dinner, but they're also a good fit for a fancy brunch menu.

Frittata

Ingredients:

  • 3 small red potatoes, diced
  • 3 tablespoons of diced onions
  • 1 clove of garlic minced
  • 5 Kalamata olives minced (optional)
  • 4-5 slices of bacon
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3 eggs
  • Salt and pepper
Directions: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In an iron skillet, cook bacon until done. Remove bacon and chop, but leave grease in skillet and add potatoes, onion and garlic.

Cook potatoes in grease over medium heat until onions are translucent. Spread potato mixture evenly across the skillet. Add Kalamata olives if desired.

In a medium bowl whisk milk, eggs, and 1/2 of the parmesan cheese together. Add salt and pepper.

Pour over potato mixture and reduce heat to low. Cook for about five minutes until eggs are almost done.

Sprinkle remainder of the cheese over the eggs and finish in the oven for an additional 1-2 minutes under the broiler until cheese and eggs are just browned on top. Watch carefully that the eggs don't burn as the broiler can cook very fast.

French Toast

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons of cooking oil
  • 6 slices of white, wheat, or fruit bread
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 tablespoon of orange juice (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon of real vanilla, or spiced rum (optional)
  • Maple syrup or cinnamon sugar
Directions: Whisk milk, eggs, orange juice, and vanilla in a baking dish. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

Soak bread slices for about a minute and place soaked toast into the skillet. Lift edge of toast with a spatula to check when one side is done and flip to cook other side.

Toast can be kept warm in oven set at 200 degrees while making other slices. Provide butter, maple syrup or cinnamon sugar for a final touch.

Fruit platter with plain yogurt or creme fraiche:

Select several types of fresh fruit and berries that add a variety of color to your platter. Fruits such as strawberries, blackberries, kiwi, and fresh pineapple make a nice display. Offer creme fraiche or unsweetened plain yogurt to balance the sweetness of the fruit.

Drink Selections

  • Coffee
  • Fresh squeezed orange juice
  • Bloody Marys
  • Mimosas
Bloody Mary

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 ounces of vodka
  • 1/2 cup tomato juice
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • Worcestershire sauce to taste
  • Tabasco to taste
  • 1 celery stick for garnish
  • 1 lemon wedge for garnish
Fill a martini shaker with the vodka, tomato juice, Worcestershire, lemon juice, Tabasco, salt and pepper to taste, and 1/2 cup crushed ice. Shake and strain into a tall glass filled with ice cubes. Garnish with a celery stick or a lemon wedge.

Mimosas

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle Champagne and 1 carton of orange juice combined and served in champagne flutes.

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