One of my favorite ways to spend a Saturday morning is meeting friends and family for brunch. I’m lucky to live in Kansas City, a town with many fantastic, locally owned restaurants that cater to what I like to refer to as the “brunch extraordinaires.” Extraordinary, of course, in that we seek out fantastic fare on a limited budget. If you’d like a list, just ask.
An even better budget-friendly brunch, however, is to cook for loved ones at home. It’s much more pleasant when you can stretch your brunch even longer, without having to worry about hogging a cafe table.
Recently I stumbled upon this gem. Pictured at left is the Thyme Pancetta Quiche from one of my favorite bloggers, Bree of BakedBree.com. Her mantra is “Eat well, Laugh often.” How can you not enjoy someone with that outlook on life?
This recipe calls for freshly grated nutmeg, cayenne pepper, thick-cut pancetta, green onions, fresh thyme and chives, aged cheddar and Gruyere cheeses. Hungry yet? I know I am…
The best part of this recipe, however, is that you can make it ahead and reheat when the guests are sitting at the table enjoying their mimosas. Read: You don’t have to get up extra early just because your friends are headed over. Simply throw on some good tunes, mix up some mimosas and pop this dish in the oven to warm.
In addition to her quiche recipe, Bree also recently guest blogged about her Make Ahead Pancakes as well, so whether your guests prefer the sweet or the savory, you’re covered.
This pancake recipe calls for eggs, sugar, buttermilk, whole milk, strawberries and pure maple syrup. Bree walks you through the process from start to finish, and offers suggestions for making the batter thinner or thicker — thinner batter, you can imagine, results in thinner, more delicate pancakes.
The best part about a make ahead brunch menu, is that you won’t feel frazzled as the guests arrive. Get everything prepped and ready to go, including drinks and table settings, and you’re ready to put on the finishing touches shortly before guests arrive. It’s brunch, but better.