Christmas Brunch – An Alternative To A Big Dinner

In: Food and Drink

15 Jun 2011

There are many reasons why a family would plan a Christmas brunch instead of dinner. Perhaps they celebrate with several families at different locations and don’t want to sit down for two big meals. Maybe brunch fits in perfectly with plans for church chairs, or they will be traveling home and need to leave early during the day.

If you are considering your family’s budget, big sit-down dinners tend to be more expensive than even the nicest brunch. The menu for a big dinner will normally include a large meat main course, numerous side dishes, and many fancy desserts and candies. The beverages served during a formal sit-down dinner in the evening will typically include fancy drinks, wine, and after dinner drinks. In other words, a big dinner can add up to a lot of money.

If your family needs to trim the Christmas budget, travel to more than one household for dinner, or leave early in the day for another location, celebrating together with a brunch instead of dinner may help solve your dilemma. Let’s take a look at how we can host a brunch that is not only convenient, but fun, frugal, and delicious.

Brunch Casserole – Probably one of the most familiar and popular dishes for brunch, there are countless recipes from which to choose. Most begin with some sort of potato like hash browns, or bread. To that you add your layers of anything like sausage, ham, green pepper, cheese, and egg. This assemblage is refrigerated overnight, then baked in the morning and served hot. You can make this as simple or as complicated as you choose.

Skillet Dish – With little fussing, you can create a delicious dish right in a skillet on top of your stove. Most people have seen or heard of a Frittata. Well, basically, this is a Frittata made with breakfast foods. You start with any starch like rice or potatoes, add celery, onion, tomato, sausage, or anything you like. Fry that up, and then pour on the eggs. You let it cook like that until the eggs are solid, then top with some shredded cheese if that suits you.

Muffin Tin Meal – Make individual little pot pie style dishes by forming a crust in the muffin tin with some refrigerator biscuits. Mix up some egg, hash browns, cooked sausage or bacon, or any other breakfast foods you like, and fill the cups. Bake them and serve them warm. These are not only cute and delicious, but you can make a variety so everyone can have something a little different.

Omelets – This item on your menu won’t work for you if you don’t want to cook while you have guests in your house. If your kitchen is far removed from the area where your family and friends will be mingling, you probably wouldn’t want to prepare omelets. However, if your house is set up with an open kitchen dining room area where you’ll be gathering right around the cooking area, then you may find this fun. Be sure to get all your prep work done well in advance so that you are ready. Wash and chop all the veggies you are using in the omelets and get the assembly line well organized so you don’t miss a beat.

When you start planning your menu, be sure to include a variety of foods. A brunch usually involves a lot of little nibbling and lots of mingling, so some ‘walking around’ type food is in order. Don’t forget a nice tray of fruit and even some cheese would be nice. Have plenty of coffee and tea ready and waiting. Pitchers of milk, water, and juice should be readily available. Don’t bother with pie or cake, and definitely not fudge or other candy. You may have guests who are headed to “round two” and they don’t want to stuff themselves. But, a plate of pretty Christmas cookies will always be appreciated.

With just a few ideas for a simple brunch menu, you can put together a nice meal for Christmas. It’s all about spending time with the people you love and not spending your hard earned money on a big fancy dinner. Enjoy your brunch!

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