Brunch is one of my daughter Ellie’s favorite meals. For her graduation from college, she requested that we have a brunch gathering. We planned the menu and our conversation got very animated when we started talking about what constitutes brunch recipes. I thought brunch was kale salads, quiche, mimosas, and tarts. Ellie thinks the perfect brunch is Bloody Marys, mimosas, donuts, and “breakfast foods.” Is lemon blueberry bread pudding breakfast food? We agreed to disagree. (PS – it is!)
Below, you will find the menus Ellie and I chose. I also put together a collection of all my brunch recipes so you can choose your own favorites. Brunch is the perfect way to celebrate, in my opinion, because it lends itself to such a variety of flavors and dishes. No matter the occasion or time of year, you can find seasonal recipes or reliable favorites for your menu. Of course, what would brunch be without mimosas and bloody Marys? Before you dive into the food, make sure to check out this Michelada recipe (it’s non alcoholic, but feel free to use regular beer!) and my guide to bloody Marys around town!
I love to use both goat cheese and mozzarella in this tomato tart. Goat cheese helps set up as a base and provide a tangy bite and I love the creaminess from the mozzarella. Plus, you can't go wrong with homemade pastry, fresh tomatoes and basil.