Brunch is definitely one of my favorite meals to make, though I don’t feel like we have as many opportunities to host as we do for dinner. That might change as the weather gets colder and we feel less and less like leaving the Taupe Tower. Part of my problem in making brunch for people is that I usually bite off more than I can chew and some brunch items tend to be finicky. (I’m talkin’ to you there, eggs.) I once mistakenly took on making individual omelettes for six guests, which had me in the kitchen the entire time and feeling like I was posted at a catering station. They were delicious, though. The key is lots of butter. =)
Some of the great standbys we’ve come to rely on over the years are Egg Stratas (which can easily be made meatless), Strawberry Panzanella from 101 Cookbooks, Oven-Roasted Potatoes with Rosemary, and my Huevos Rancheros. We’ve also discovered that a whole ham is perfect for brunch, since people can make sandwiches with good store-bought rolls, or have a slice or two alongside their egg dish. You just throw it in the oven when you wake up and it is ready by the time the guests arrive, and everyone is impressed. Well, not the vegetarians, but you’ve made everything else meatless, right?
Though we tend to only make big brunches with guests for special occasions, I don’t see a reason to put the effort in only for company. The key is planning ahead. On your way home from work on Friday, stop at the store and get everything you need to spoil yourself on Saturday morning – eggs, some good bread for toast, a little canadian bacon, a bunch of asparagus and a few lemons. Make sure you have some butter on hand (it’s the first meal of the day, so you’ll burn it off). Oh, and why don’t you grab that cheap bottle of sparkling wine and some OJ? You won’t be sorry. You’ll be making Weekend Eggs:
I won’t say that Hollandaise Sauce is super easy to make, but it isn’t rocket science, either. You’re just making this for yourself, right? So go for it, and if it fails, it fails. Try again. Maybe some day you’ll have the gumption to make this for six other guests. Just have some deep breaths and a lot of coffee on hand.