Fun Brunch Menu Ideas

Smoked Salmon Tray for Brunch,

If it's true that blondes have more fun, then brunch menu ideas must be blond.

The most laid-back of menus, they run freely through both breakfast and lunch food, with an occasional toe-dabbing in dinner fare, and they don't even have to wait until 5:00 for cocktails!

Though casual, brunch is suitable for a sit-down meal in the dining room as well as a picnic in the back yard, and everything in between.

When putting your own brunch ideas to paper, remember a few simple guidelines:

  • Serve a variety of dishes, some savory, some sweet. Try to include fruit.
  • If appropriate for the group, serve a light alcoholic beverage, like Champagne, Mimosa, or other classic brunch drinks along with juice and coffee or tea selections. Or opt for non-alcoholic Ginger Lemonade. Everyone loves it.
  • Save labor intensive brunch recipes, like individual omelets, for small groups.
  • Limit your brunch menu to items that are easy to eat from a plate on the lap unless you're planning a sit-down meal, where,  for instance, your guests could more easily cut a steak.

Brunch Menu Ideas 
Menus and Recipes

Smoked Salmon Tray, above: Layer thin slices of tomatoes, red or white onions, and folded smoked salmon over a bed of lettuce leaves and top with capers. Serve with 1/2-inch slices of sourdough bread and sour cream or creme fraiche. Let your guests prepare their own open-faced "sandwiches."

This is a great make-ahead meal.

There's a little trick to making Crab Cakes.

Of course real men eat quiche! It's pie, isn't it?

The classy classics.

Equally good for a casual dinner as it is for brunch. 

  1. Salmon Crepes or Scrambled Egg and Salmon Croissants
    Caramelized Onions

    Cinnamon Baked Apples

More Brunch Menu Ideas: 
Brunch Recipes a la Carte

Main Dishes:

  1. Spanish Tortilla (omelette/frittata)
    Breakfast Burritos, Salmon or Egg-Sausage
    Nest Eggs
    Spice Pancakes with Lemon Sauce
    Fluffy Scrambled Eggs or a Scram
    Chocolate French Toast
    Flower Power Fried Eggs
    Oatmeal Pancakes with Apple Compote
    French Toast
    Rice Frittata



  1. Apple Rose Tarts
    Chocolate Nut Croissants
    Amish Cinnamon Bread
    Chocolate Éclairs or Cream Puffs
    Grilled Amaretto Peaches
    Fruit Tarts
    Bourbon Balls

Top of Brunch Menu Ideas

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