So I managed to not get round to mentioning on Sunday that Caroline’s Cooking is a year old! It’s been a busy year but a lot of fun cooking up a whole range of things, and I hope you have enjoyed what I have shared so far. Thank you for reading, commenting on and especially trying some of what I have shared – much as I enjoy it all myself, it makes it all so much better knowing others have enjoyed as well. In part to celebrate, and in part just because of the time of year it is, I have decided to share a couple extra posts that bring together some of my (and your) favorite recipes so far, as well as a few from blogs I have discovered along the way through the Fiesta Friday and Sunday Supper communities I have become a part of. First of all, lets take a look at some holiday brunch ideas!
As Thanksgiving and all the other holidays creep up on us, it is all too easy to focus on the food for the big meal itself and forget about what else you are going to eat that day. It’s understandable enough, it’s the big meal that is the main celebration and when we often gather with family, but since many of us eat at a late lunch time, you’ll probably find yourself wanting a decent breakfast or brunch to last you through. That’s where this selection of some of my favorite brunch ideas comes in. Many of these can be made partly or fully ahead of time, just needing finished off to minimize the effort on what’s already a busy day, but they are comforting and filling enough to sustain you for a good few hours until you can enjoy your feast. So take a look and choose your favorite(s).
This is one of my all-time favorites, and yours, it seems. You can prepare the base sauce for this in advance, and even put it in the freezer, then heat it up on the day you are having it, add your egg and feta and serve. You can skip the beef for a vegetarian version, but either way this is a truly delicious dish to get you going any day.
Spice up your breakfast with these tasty chilaquiles from Spice in the City – you can make the sauce in advance then assemble before baking for a tasty, spicy breakfast, that’s vegetarian too.
Fabulous French toasts:
This dish is prepared the night before so all you need to do in the morning is add the banana, drizzle over the sugar and pecans and put it in the oven. Comfort food on a breakfast plate.
In case you need to snack on breakfast to get everything done, this recipe from Giraffes Can Bake might be the perfect option. Plus they are a great combination of two favorites – peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and French toast, made that bit more grown-up (or just fun) with a balsamic dipping sauce.
More eggs, but special ones, eggs benedict don’t fall into the category of being prepared ahead and do have you doing a few things at once to make them, but they are also some of the best breakfast/brunch dishes around. Take this lobster eggs benedict, for example – delicious, decadent and so worth the effort.
OK, lobster may not be your thing, but you can still have a wonderfully extravagant (I stopped myself saying ‘egg-stravagent’. Just…) eggs benedict with this delicious beef tenderloin benedict from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings.
Eggs Royale is another more classic variation on the Benedict theme, using smoked salmon, and a delicious one it is too.
Need a bit of an extra caffeine hit? Then these coffee pancakes from The Flavor Bender might be just right for you, with a side of delicious peach-raspberry compote.
We love pancakes in our house any time of year but you can still make them special. Chestnut is a great seasonal flavor and these pancakes are so easy to make but taste fantastic with the honey-rose mascapone. As well as being tasty, they are naturally gluten-free as well.
Another pancake with a difference, this savory Dutch baby pancake from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures is full of delicious tomatoey goodness.
If you are looking for a slightly lighter breakfast and don’t feel like cooking at all, or in fact doing anything other than eat, then these tasty overnight oats might be perfect for you. Great seasonal flavors and good for you too.
Another very different overnight oats option is this cinnamon chocolate version from Whole Foods Real Families, but equally delicious (and I’m sure one kids young and old will love!).
A delicious twist on your more common sweet rolls, these chocolate malt sweet rolls from Hostess at Heart are another great baking option that I would happily dig in to, if not for my main breakfast then for a top up while I’m cooking 🙂
I love scones, and you can hardly go wrong with them any time of day. When they have bacon and coffee in them, though, like these from The Flavor Bender, then you have the perfect excuse to enjoy them for breakfast.
Chocolate and orange are such a classic festive combination, and they also work perfectly in baked form, too. These chocolate orange cinnamon rolls are on the healthier side, but as delicious as they look.