BRUNCH MUST HAVES
One of our favorite group gatherings on Jasmine is brunch! Maybe it’s the breakfast food (which is always a favorite no matter what time of day) or maybe it’s the cocktails we love so much (give us champagne any time!) It doesn’t really matter why, it is always a go to when we’re looking to get together and these are our must haves!
A casserole is a classic that will be sure to please even the pickiest of eaters! This savory and filling dish will feed a crowd and can be made ahead of time which is a major bonus when hosting a gathering at your house during the morning hours.
This recipe is from one of our very own Tuesday on Jasmine ladies and it is always a winner!
1 can of biscuits
cooked shredded hash browns
cooked ground sausage, drained
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
salt and pepper to taste
preheat oven to 350
spray a 9x13 pan and spread the uncooked biscuits across the bottom to create a layer
add the cooked sausage on top of the biscuits
layer the cooked shredded hash browns on top of the sausage (precooking these will help give the casserole some crunch).
scramble up 6 eggs and slowly pour them over top of the casserole, trying to evenly cover the entire pan
spread the shredded cheese overtop the casserole, cover with aluminum foil and place in the oven for 35 minutes, take the aluminum foil off and keep in the oven for another 10 minutes or until the cheese is nice and melted.
easy, peasy and delicious!
OVERNIGHT FRENCH TOAST
We always think it’s a good idea to offer both savory and sweet options when hosting a brunch! This overnight French toast from Sally's Baking Addiction is a game changer!And just like the casserole above, you can make it in advance to cut down on the stress of the day plus it’s another option that feeds a crowd, seconds anyone?
**Make sure to follow her tips! We 100% agree with using Challah Bread!**
Mimosas are a must have for our Jasmine brunches; we love a good champagne with a splash of orange juice (yes just a splash for us but you use however much you want! No judgments here!). However, when hosting a get together we love to take it to the next level.
While providing champagne and orange juice for your friends is a no brainer, why not supply a variety of juices for everyone to create their own perfect mimosa?!
Some of our favorites are Mango-orange juice, pineapple-orange juice and apple cider, which can all be found in the refrigerated section of your grocery store next to the regular orange juice.
For more idea’s and recipes, check out our Mimosa Flight post!
Our thoughts on providing both salty and sweet options also hold true for beverage choices! A Bloody Mary is the perfect partner to a mimosa! To take a bloody mary to the next level, provide a variety of toppings to allow your guests to build their own.
Some of our favorites include:
Olives Blue Cheese Stuffed, Feta Stuffed, Garlic Stuffed, the options are endless!
Bacon Either have cooked pieces ready to go or make bacon straws! It’s simple - just wrap pieces of bacon around a paper straw and bake them in the oven (we placed them on a rack over top a pan so they aren’t sitting in grease) take them out before they get too crispy so you can get them off of the paper straw easily and voila!
Lemons and Limes Citrus is always a winner in a bloody mary
Tabasco There are always those that love a kick!
Beef Jerky This is a little unconventional but does the same thing as bacon! Just adds a little extra salt plus it keeps its form which makes it the perfect stirrer!
BREAKFAST SANDWICHES OR WRAPS
These are a favorite on Jasmine and are easy grab and go options for your guests. We love to pull out our flat top grill to cook everything at once. For sandwiches your possibilities are endless!
Two of our main go to's are…
Bacon, egg, and cheese on English muffins (make sure to toast the English muffin!)
Scrambled eggs, spinach, bell peppers (cooked) and cheese in a wrap of choice
BISCUITS AND GRAVY
We can’t say enough good things about homemade biscuits and gravy! It's always the part of brunch everyone gets most excited about! And it will feed an army! Bonus: this is a pretty inexpensive meal to make when you’re feeding a crowd!
We typically use regular sausage but have tried spicy in the past and both are delightful! Just brown your sausage in a LARGE pan then slowly add in flour. We add a little at a time and stir it in, you want to do this until the shine from grease is gone. The trick is to soak up all of the grease, but no more than that or you will start to taste it. Then slowly add in milk, make sure to scrape up all the bits at the bottom during this part (This is where ALL the flavor lives!) You can’t mess up this up, the amount of milk you add depends on how thick or thin you like your gravy!
**Tip: Gravy will thicken as it sits, so we tend to add more milk and make it a little thinner than you would typically eat it, after a few minutes it will be the perfect consistency!
GRAB AND GO SIDES
With all of these amazing and filling meals you might think “why do we need sides? There is plenty of food!” But offering sides is always a must! Here on Jasmine our gatherings are never over when the food is done, we hang out and chat and having sides available makes it easy for people to continue to pick. Plus this is always our kid’s favorite part of brunch.
Our must haves…
Bacon (obviously) We’re not sure it’s actually considered brunch if there isn’t bacon
Tater Tots We would love to say this is mostly for the kids but it always ends up on our plates too!
Fruit Strawberries are always a must and anything else that is in season works!
Croissants with butter Don't forget different jams for some yummy toppings.
Alright, we gave you our favorite foods and cocktails to serve at brunch, but how to do you take it from a normal breakfast at home to a beautiful but easy gathering with friends?
Have coordinating plates and platters, we typically use white. When you use the same color or coordinating colors it will tie the whole table scape together and it will not only look delicious when your guests arrive but beautiful as well!
Set out the different glasses to be used for cocktails. We love champagne glasses for mimosas and stemless wine glasses for Bloody Marys! Putting the glasses out with the cocktail choices creates your very own DIY bar.
Use paper plates for easy clean up, but use the nice thick white ones to coordinate with the look you’re going for.
We always place silverware in some type of container instead of just laying them out on the counter. It just elevates the whole space. We typically use stemless wine glasses or mason jars.
We also have paper straws available (placed in the same type of jar we use for silverware) There are so many fun designs and colors to choose from. The paper straws and napkins are typically where we add a fun punch of color!
We would love to hear your favorite brunch recipes and ideas! Leave them below and we are sure to try them out!