I am planning to have a casual brunch to celebrate my husband's retirement next month. I would appreciate any suggestions or recipes that could be made ahead of time.
Thanks for your help.
Hope these offer you some help:
Prep time: 30 min.
Make-Ahead Tip: Cover with oily waxed paper, then plastic wrap. Refrigerate 2 to 24 hours. Before baking, let the shaped rolls stand, covered, for 20 minutes at room temperature. Remove towel or wrapping. Puncture any surface bubbles with a greased toothpick.
Freezer French Toast
The cornflake crumbs give this wonderful make ahead breakfast recipe a fabulous crunch.
Mix eggs, half and half, sugar and vanilla in a shallow bowl. Dip the french bread in this egg mixture, leaving the bread in the bowl for a few minutes so it absorbs more egg mixture. Dip bread in the cornflake crumbs to coat.
Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Freeze until firm.
When ready to bake, first preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Place frozen french toast pieces on a greased cookie sheet for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown and crunchy. Turn the toast once during baking. Serve with maple syrup, jam, and powdered sugar.
I got a really cool recipe for Ziploc omelets the other day in my email. All you do is crack your eggs and place in a Ziploc freezer bag, then add whatever you might like to your omelet. I tried ham and cheese. Shake it up and then get all the extra air out of the bag. Place in boiling water and cook for 13-15 minutes. Then just pop the omelet out of the bag. Awesome, very light and fluffy and the recipe said you can fix several different kinds beforehand and keep the day before in your refrigerator. Depending on the size of your pan you can boil several at a time. (07/14/2006)
Fruit salad is good for brunch. You can make it ahead using some fresh and some canned fruits.
Try one of those make-ahead breakfast casseroles. They usually use eggs, sausage, or bacon, and cheese. I've seen some that also use hashed brown potatoes. You make them the day ahead and just bake that morning. Viola! (07/14/2006)
By Carol in PA
A lot of recipes, but I hope these help.
Apple Baked French Toast
Spray a 13x9-inch glass pan with margarine or cooking spray. Slice bread into 1-1/2 inch slices. Place bread in the prepared baking dish with sides touching (snug fit).
In a bowl, beat together milk, eggs, 1/2 cup of the sugar, and
vanilla with whisk, for about 30 seconds. Pour one half of egg
mixture over bread.
Peel, core, and slice apples. Place sliced apples on top of bread to
cover. Pour balance of egg mixture evenly over apples.
Mix remaining 1/2 cup sugar with cinnamon and nutmeg and sprinkle
evenly over top of apples. Dot with butter. Cover and refrigerate
Bacon Cheddar Frittata
You Will Need:
What to Do:
In a bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, onion, butter, salt and pepper. Pour into a shallow 3-cup baking dish coated with nonstick cooking spray. Sprinkle with cheese and bacon. Bake, uncovered, at 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until eggs are set.
Baked French Toast
Butter the bottom of a 9x13 pan. Put French Bread slices in pan, covering the bottom. Combine milk, eggs, vanilla, and cinnamon. Beat well. Pour over bread and cover and refrigerate overnight.
In the morning, bring to boil: brown sugar, butter and Karo syrup. Pour over bread. Sprinkle with nuts and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.
It tastes heavenly, like homemade cinnamon rolls.
Layer one package crescent roll dough on bottom of 9x13 pan. Mix sugar, cream cheese, vanilla and egg yolk. Pour into pan. Cover filling with remaining crescent roll dough. Beat the egg white and spread over top. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
I love breakfast casseroles. I fix them often when we have company,
it gives me more time to visit with my friends and family.
Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 8x8 pan with nonstick cooking spray.
Arrange potatoes at the bottom of the dish. Sprinkle with cheese, Canadian
bacon and green onions. In large mixing bowl, combine eggs, milk,
and pepper, pour over potato mixture in dish.
Bake uncovered in a 350 degree oven for 40 minutes or until center
appears set. Let stand 5 minutes before cutting.
Make ahead tip: The night before, prepare casserole. Cover and
Increase baking time to 50 minutes.
Slice onions and potatoes. In a non-stick skillet, melt butter. Place 1/2 of the potatoes, 1/2 of
the onion and 1/2 of the ham in the skillet. Salt and pepper to taste. Repeat layers. Do not stir.
Cover and fry 25 to 30 minutes on med-low heat. In a separate bowl, lightly beat eggs with a fork and pour over top of potatoes and onions. Sprinkle with cheese and let melt. Cook until eggs are done, about 8 minutes. Slide out of skillet and cut like pizza. Serve for breakfast or anytime.
Ham and Cheese Stuffed French Toast
Cut 3-inch slit in side of each slice of bread almost to bottom of slice to form a pocket; place 2 half slices of cheese inside each pocket. Place 1/2 ounce ham between slices of cheese. Combine eggs and milk in medium bowl; beat well. Pour into pie pan. Dip both sides of stuffed bread in egg mixture.
Melt butter in 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat until sizzling;
bread slices in skillet. Cook, turning once, until bread is lightly
(4 to 8 minutes).
Sprinkle toast with powdered sugar. Serve with syrup, if desired.
Hearty Breakfast Bake
All your favorite breakfast foods are combined in one deliciously hearty recipe. This old classic from the Betty Crocker Kitchens Dining Room is sure to become a new classic in your kitchen.
Make Ahead Scrambled Eggs
In the morning or the night before, Scramble eggs (cook), put in
9 x 13 pan, combine milk and soup and pour over eggs. Top with cheese
cubes, mushrooms, onions and green pepper. Refrigerate at this point
to re-heat in the morning. Bake covered at 300 for one hour.
Overnight Breakfast Casserole
Place cubed bread in a greased 9x13 pan. Sprinkle cooked meat on
Wisk together eggs, soup, milk, salt and pepper, pour over bread
and meat. Top with cheese. Cover and set in the fridge over night, or
for 6 hours. Bake covered at 350 for an hour or until eggs are done
in the center.
Peaches and Cream Crepes
Prep time: 18 minutes
Cook time: 17 minutes
Ready in 35 minutes
Quick Crepe Batter
Tips: * Toasting nuts: Place nuts in a dry non-stick skillet and cook over medium heat shaking the pan until the nuts are browned lightly.
Raspberry French Toast
Place half bread cubes into a greased 9x13 pan. Place cream cheese over bread. Top with 1 cup raspberries and remaining bread. In large bowl, combine eggs, milk and syrup. Mix well. Pour over bread mixture, cover and chill "over night". Remove from fridge 30 minutes "before" baking. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake 30 minutes longer, or until golden brown and center is set.
In saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch. Add water, bring to boil over med heat and boil for 3 minutes. Stir constantly. Stir in remaining berries, reduce heat. Stir in butter until melted. Serve over french toast.
**NOTE** when I made this, I thought it was too much cream cheese and will only use 1 pkg from now on. But everyone has different tastes.
Strawberry Filled French Toast
* Exported from MasterCook *
Strawberry Jam Filled French Toast
Recipe By :Pillsbury Fast and Healthy Cooking, p. 57 March/April 1997
Serving Size : 4 Preparation Time :0:00
Categories : Breakfast Goodies
Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
In small bowl, combine 1/4 cup fat-free cream cheese (from 8 oz. tub),
powdered sugar and orange peel. Blend well. Spread 4 slices bread
evenly with cream cheese mixture. Spread 2 teaspoons strawberry jam on
each remaining slice of bread. Top each with 1 slice bread, making 4
sandwiches. In shallow bowl, combine Egg Beaters, milk and vanilla.
Mix well. Lightly spray pan with nonstick spray. Heat over medium heat
until hot or to 375 degrees F. Dip each sandwich into egg mixture,
turning to coat both sides. If desired, sprinkle each sandwich with
additional powdered sugar. Serves 4.
TNT Ham and Cheese Brunch Tarts
* Exported from MasterCook *
Ham and Cheese Brunch Tarts
Recipe By :
Serving Size : 12 Preparation Time :0:00
Categories : Diet
Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Spray 12 muffin cups with nonstick cooking spray.
Cut margarine into baking mix with a fork or pastry cutter. Add
boiling water and stir vigorously until a soft dough forms. Press 1
tablespoonful of dough on bottoms and sides of each muffin cup. Divide
ham evenly among cups. Beat milk and egg and stir in onions. Spoon
about 1 tablespoon of egg batter into each cup; sprinkle cheese over
tops. Bake until eggs are golden brown and centers are set, about 25
Yummy Make Ahead Brunch
You can prepare it in a baking dish the night before and it makes a
great brunch, this recipe is easily increased.
Grease a quart square baking dish. Arrange potatoes evenly in the
bottom of the dish. Sprinkle with cheese, ham and green onion. In a
medium bowl, combine eggs, milk, pepper and salt. Pour egg mixture
over potato mixture in dish. (The dish may be covered and
refrigerated at this point for several hours or overnight.)
Bake uncovered in a 350 degree oven for 40 - 45 min. (or 55 - 60
minutes if made ahead and chilled) or till centers appear set. Let
stand 5 minutes before serving. Serves 6.
Don't expect leftovers on this one, folks. Serve with fresh fruit
and muffins or croissants.
This is a favorite of ours.
Brown and crumble sausage; drain on paper towel. Mix
eggs, milk, mustard, and salt. Stir in bread, sausage, and cheese. Pour mixture into 9 x 13 x2 pan. Refrigerate overnight. Bake uncovered @ 350 deg. for 1 hour. Serves 12
One of the easiest, most decadent and delicious recipes I know of for a desert which can be served at a brunch. You will not believe how simple it is to make and everyone will rave about it. I got this recipe from the chef at a very upscale restaurant and have been making it for years. It never goes out of style.
In a wine glass or champagne tulip glass add fresh fruit (strawberries/raspberries/blueberries) half way up the glass. Fill the rest of the glass with the sour cream topping.
You may also choose to gently mix the fruit and cream and then put it into the glass, but I found it more attractive to do them separately.
Viola! You're done and all you have to do is wait for the compliments. Believe me everyone will love it.
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