Everybody loves brunch, so welcome spring by creating a menu with these stylish offerings such as French toast, crab cakes, stratas, muffins, and coffee cake.
Veggie-and-Herb FrittataThis frittata is chock full of good veggies and flavors that nearly burst out of the pan. Fresh crumbled goat cheese and shredded fontina cheese to bring out the perfect texture.
Mushroom, Bacon, and Swiss StrataA hearty, rustic bread is the key to a great strata. Here, a ciabatta loaf is cubed, toasted and combined with a sautéed onion-mushroom mixture, then topped with Swiss cheese and bacon. This make-ahead dish is not only great for brunch–it's also ideal for a savory supper.
Croissant French Toast With Fresh Strawberry SyrupIf you've ever surprised mom with breakfast on her special day, you know how much she enjoys being pampered. Let her sleep in while you prepare this elegant take on classic French toast.
Sparkling Elderflower LemonadeServe this sparkling lemonade as the perfect, thirst-quenching cocktail for your spring brunch. Elderflower liqueur is sweet, delicate, and floral, like nectar from a spring bouquet.
Bloody Mary PunchNo brunch is complete without a pitcher of hot and spicy Bloody Marys. This classic tomato juice cocktail never goes out of style.
Peter RabbitThinly sliced carrot makes a wonderful garnish for this festive cocktail.
Caribbean Crab Cakes BenedictInstead of placing the poached egg on top of a slice of ham and an English muffin for a traditional Eggs Benedict, make crab cakes the base. Top with an island-inspired hollandaise sauce spiked with lime juice, ginger and red pepper.
Stuffed French ToastStart the day with a satisfyingly sweet main dish. This make-ahead version of French toast earns its high rating from the layers of cinnamon-raisin bread with a sweet cream cheese filling.
Smoky Egg and Cheese TostadaThis egg and cheese breakfast tostada cuts back on calories and sodium by using whole-grain corn tortillas instead of flour. Just top with this fun flavor combo and crunch. So healthy and delicious, you'll want two.
Boysenberry DanishesEven if you're a baking newbie, you can turn these out with ease, thanks to frozen puff pastry. To keep them from sticking, remove the pastries from the pan right after baking.
Brunch Flatbread with Eggs, Bacon, and FriséeThink of these flatbreads as individual breakfast pizzas, each topped with a baked egg, bacon, and fresh greens. This is definitely a dish that's out-of-the ordinary, yet features familiar breakfast ingredients.
Spring Gin Punch
A simple formula makes perfect punch every time.
Cheddar Cheese Grits CasseroleIn the South, cheese grits are so popular that it might be considered bad manners not to serve them at brunch. This is the perfect side dish for any brunch entrée.
Blood Orange Mimosas
We love the color blood oranges give this classic brunch cocktail. A dash of bitters adds depth. Look for orange bitters--such as Fee Brothers or Stirrings--at liquor stores or specialty grocers. The sugar cube dissolves as you sip, balancing the bitters and giving off bubbles for a festive touch. Juice the oranges and keep chilled up to a day ahead.
Sweet and Hot Pepper Open-Faced Egg SandwichesThere's a great interplay of flavors here, with the tingly heat of cherry pepper and the sweetness of bell pepper and onion. For an even spicier dish, substitute 2 tablespoons pickled jalapeño slices for the cherry pepper.
To scoop up every bit of this spicy egg and tomato dish, popular in North Africa and Israel, we brushed slices of pain au levain with oil, then toasted them on a grill pan set on a camp stove. After breakfast, we cleaned the cast-iron skillet by scrubbing it with hot water and a nylon wash pad (no soap). We set it back on the stove to dry and wipe with a thin film of oil. For more: sunset.com/cleancastiron.
Cheesy Bacon-and-Two-Onion TartThe flaky crust here is a perfect accompaniment to any brunch spread or soup dish.
Crouton and Cheese Omelet
Rye-bread croutons and nutty gruyère work well together for this dinner-worthy omelet, but you can use any combo of bread, cheese, and herbs you like.
Soft-Scrambled Eggs with Asparagus
For perfect soft-scrambled eggs, cook slowly and stir often to form creamy curds. Use the thinnest asparagus you can find so it will become crisp-tender with gentle heat.
Hash Brown CasseroleHearty side dishes don't get much better than one starring hash brown potatoes, sour cream, and cheese. The buttery topping of cornflakes cereal guarantees its place at the breakfast table, but this is a casserole that can be served at any meal.
Mushroom and Spinach OmeletA veggie-stuffed omelet makes for one easy, satisfying dinner when paired with a simple side salad. While the cooked spinach mixture sits, it may give off some more liquid; strain this off to keep the omelet from becoming watery.
Sausage, Vegetable and Egg ScrambleThis sausage and vegetable scramble is a perfect hearty dish for any brunch spread.
Tropical Fruit SaladBalance your brunch menu with a refreshing and colorful fruit salad of papaya, pineapple, oranges, and kiwifruit. This one is sweetened with honey and topped with coconut, so it's practically dessert.
Bananas Foster Upside-down Coffee CakeBananas Foster–a classic New Orleans brunch dish of rum-sautéed bananas–is turned into a decadently sweet coffee cake that is definitely in a class by itself. There won't be a morsel left when your brunch guests are gone.
Raspberry-Almond MuffinsRound out your brunch menu with a plateful of fruited mini muffins. The secret ingredient in these sweet treats is almond paste, which is similar to marzipan, but slightly coarser and less sweet.