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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cheesy Bacon-and-Two-Onion TartThe flaky crust here is a perfect accompaniment to any brunch spread or soup dish.
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.
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.