Savor the Weekend with These Great Brunch Ideas

 

If only we could enjoy the slow, relaxing pace of the weekend every day! But you can savor the weekend a little bit longer with a delicious brunch.

As we have shared before, breakfast quiches are always a savory option that can be created with leftover slices of gourmet cheese, eggs, spinach, and your favorite gourmet sausage.

Ham & Cheese Quiche

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Breakfast casseroles are also a favorite choice of many brunch hosts and hostesses because you can prepare all of the ingredients the night before and then pop it in the oven first thing the next morning! Try our Ham, Egg and Cheese Strata recipe filled with HoneyGold® Ham and Our Smoked Cheddar Blend and Jalapeno & Cheddar Blend Cheese. It makes an excellent main dish for a brunch.

Hickory Farms Ham, Egg and Cheese Strata

Fruit salads are a wonderful side for adding refreshing flavors and textures into your brunch menu. This Maple Citrus Coconut Salad sounds divine!

Maple Citrus Coconut Salad

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toast and jam

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Toast and assorted jams, jellies, and preserves are a perfect addition to any brunch menu. Hickory Farms’ Orchard Preserves Sampler offers six deliciously sweet flavors that are sure to satisfy.

Hickory Farms Orchard Preserves Sampler

biscuits

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Lightly buttered biscuits are also perfect with jams, jellies, and preserves, but ham is another delicious option. Leftover HoneyGold® Ham and biscuits make for a hearty brunch sandwich.

Hickory Farms HoneyGold Ham

Who says dessert can only be served after dinner? Our Crown Comice® Pear Bread Pudding recipe is the perfect sweet treat to complete your brunch. Juicy seasonal pears are cooked to perfection and topped with remaining pear slices, sprinkled with a cinnamon mix and topped off with caramel sauce. Yum!

Hickory Farms Crown Comice Pear Bread Pudding

Don’t forget your breakfast beverages! Rather than stopping at coffee and juice, consider making your brunch even more special with breakfast cocktails like mimosas and sangrias garnished with fruit.

brunch cocktails

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What are your favorite savory brunch recipes? Share them with us in the comments below.

 

Ham, Egg & Cheese Strata Recipe:

-          6 cups French bread (1” cubes)

-          3 cups Hickory Farms Smoked Cheddar Blend-shredded

-          2 cups Hickory Farms Jalapeno & Cheddar Blend-shredded

-          2 cups Hickory Farms HoneyGold® Spiral Sliced Ham (1/2 lb.), large diced

-          ½ cup leeks, chopped

-          8 large eggs

-          2-1/2 cups milk

-          1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

-          1 tsp. seasoning salt

Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Evenly layer bread in a lightly greased 9” x 13” baking dish. Sprinkle Smoked Cheddar Blend, 1 cup Jalapeno & Cheddar Blend, ham, and leeks evenly over bread. In a separate bowl combine eggs, milk, Worcestershire sauce and seasoning salt. Whisk to blend. Pour egg mixture over casserole. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with remaining 1 cup of Jalapeno & Cheddar Blend Cheese. Return to oven and bake until cheese is melted. Serve immediately.  Serves 6-8 people.

Crown Comice® Pear Bread Pudding Recipe:

-          3 cups milk

-          3 cups day old bread – cut into 1″ cubes

-          1/2 cup sugar, plus 1 tbsp. sugar

-          1/4 cup butter – melted

-          3 eggs – slightly beaten

-          1/4 – 1/2 tsp. almond extract

-          1/4 tsp. salt

-          2 Hickory Farms Crown Comice® Pears (or other favorite), pared, cored and sliced

-          1 tsp. cinnamon

-          1/4 tsp. nutmeg

Instructions: Preheat oven to 325°F. In a small saucepan, heat milk until bubbles form around the edge of pan. Remove from heat and cool until lukewarm. In a large bowl, combine bread cubes, 1/2 cup sugar, butter, eggs, almond extract and salt; mix well. Butter a 9″ x 13″ baking dish. Layer with half of the pear slices; pour bread mixture over pears. Top with remaining pear slices. Combine cinnamon, nutmeg and 1 tablespoon sugar; sprinkle on top of pears.  Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until knife inserted near center comes out clean.  Serves 8 to 10 people.

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