Easy breezy family-style brunch
Monday, Apr. 18, 2022
Lingering over weekend brunch without hours of work is a pleasure we could all get used to. Our best-kept secret is that it’s not hard to get there! Known for its down-home, approachable appeal, brunch should always feature eggs and potatoes; and bacon and sausage are a must for a carnivorous crew. Next, put your own signature on the meal by finding easy ways to make the core dishes feel special. Read on for fresh hacks, serving ideas and key preplanning steps!
Satisfy with a variety of proteins
The thing we love about family-style is that everyone gets to try more foods. But isn’t that extra prep work, you say? Not with our fully cooked proteins, which go from freezer to table in record time via a quick zap in the microwave or a hot oven. Our Omelette Bites come in both a healthy-ish variety, Spinach and Red Pepper Egg White Omelette Bites, and in classic Bacon and Cheddar Omelette Bites. Is adding extra bacon to everything your thing? Fully Cooked Bacon is an express route to crispy heaven. Oktoberfest Sausages are our answer to breakfast sausages and, honestly, perfect paired with an egg sandwich.
Breakfast sandwich lovers, look no further: stuff your fave variety of Omelette Bites between two slices of buttered bread (or an English muffin for the classic ‘wich) – and voila!
Yay for potatoes and bread
Next, you need a few options for the carb loaders at the table. Behold Mini Grilled Potatoes. With their already-cooked magic, they give a whole lot of prep and cook time back to your morning. Gussy up your potato dishes with sprinkles of fresh thyme or rosemary, cracked pepper, or red pepper flakes for some heat. You need a board with sliced bread, of course – we like warmed Petite Baguettes sliced thin.
Brunch expert tip:
To make an easy tater casserole, place half a package of Tater Nuggets in a greased baking dish and top with a big handful each of shredded marble cheese, chopped Fully-Cooked Bacon and sliced green onion, then bake at 350°F for 25 mins or until taters are warm and cheese is bubbling. If the top starts to get dark, cover loosely with foil.
How to set the scene
Now that you have all the mains and sides done so quickly, make a colourful table because, as the adage goes, we eat with our eyes first. But it needn’t be complicated. Serve a combo of sliced tomato, cucumber or avocado topped with crumbled feta or goat cheese, salt and a drizzle of olive oil. Grab a few assorted fruits from your fruit bowl and slice them up into a simple fruit platter or fruit salad (almost any mix of fruit works!). Mince a handful of any fresh herbs you have on hand (think mint, parsley, cilantro or oregano) to sprinkle liberally on platters. Serve a mocktail in your fanciest glasses as a final touch.
BRUNCH-SAVVY TIP: Elevate your fruit and veg platters with dips and dressings. Our hands-down favourite veggie dip is Buttermilk Dill Dipping Sauce – it has just the right balance of creamy and tangy. Make your fruit salad more special by blending the juice of one lime with a few teaspoons of honey in a small bowl, then add a handful of raisins or pomegranate tendrils. Drizzle it over fruit for instant punchy flavour!
Make friends with seasonal icebox sweets
It’s a truth universally acknowledged that every special meal needs a dessert course. Continuing with the “that was easy!” brunch theme, may we suggest one or two seasonally inspired thaw-and-serve desserts? For warmer weather, go with a fresh-tasting, light and fruity choice, like Lemonicious Lemon Squares. For chillier seasons, choose sweets that feel like a warm sweater; kids of any age will love Caramel Sea Salt Cakes, for example.