Saturday, March 29, 2008

Sunday Brunches

So Sunday's are usually a lazy day for most the day before the long work week and the day a lot of people sleep in and make brunch around 10 or 11 in the morning. Here are a few simple but outstanding recipes I hope you try out and enjoy.

Breakfast Skewers:

Skewers that you need to soak in water for at least 30 minutes.
Sausage (pick your favorite I prefer Italian sweet sausage) cut this about five chunks per link.
Ham or panchetta (cubed)
Red or orange bell pepper cubed
Pineapple cubed.

Now all you need to do is alternate the ingredients on the skewer. Place on a foil lined baking sheet or an oven top grill and cook through.

French Toast:

1 Loaf of French or Italian bread
8 Eggs
1/2 cup half and half
1 tbsp vanilla extract
3 tbsp cinnamon
1 tbsp nutmeg
1 tbsp brown sugar

Start with a loaf of french or Italian bread sliced into one inch pieces. In a medium mixing bowl whisk eggs and the remaining ingredients together. Heat a pan or griddle to medium - medium high heat depending on your stove. Butter the pan or griddle and place your first few slices of bread which you have dipped each side in the egg mixture and cook until golden brown on each side.

Stack on a serving platter and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Use warm maple syrup or your favorite topper to finish these off.

Home Fries:

12 Red potatoes (cut in to eighths)
1 Red bell pepper (diced)
1 Spanish onion (diced)
1 tsp paprika
1 tbsp sea salt
1 tsp coarse ground black pepper

In a large skillet (preferably a cast iron skillet) melt a tbsp of butter and a tsp of olive oil. Add the potatoes, onions and bell pepper saute until they start to soften. At this point add all the seasonings and taste if you need more add at this time stir and cover until the potatoes are cooked through.


6 Lg eggs
1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
1/2 yellow onion finely diced
2 tbsp half and half
1 tsp black pepper
1 tbsp sea salt
1 tsp lemon pepper
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese (grated)

In a medium mixing bowl whisk all ingredients except the parsley together. In an oven safe skillet melt butter on medium heat and add egg mixture for about 3 - 4 minutes until the base of the eggs have set in the pan and the top is starting to set. Sprinkle with parsley place pan into a preheated oven set to broil for an additional 3 - 4 minutes until golden.

Fresh Fruit salad:

1 Mango (cubed)
1 cup of fresh chopped strawberries
2 Kiwis chopped
1 banana sliced
2 oranges cut in to bite size segments
5 sprigs of mint (finely chopped)
3 tbsp honey
1 tbsp grand marnier
1 cup raspberries
3 tbsp orange juice

In a large bowl mix all fruit and mint together. In a small mixing bowl whisk together honey, orange juice and grand marnier together. Dress the fruit and mint mixture with the honey mixture, cover and chill until ready to serve.


Pom and orange Billini:

1 1/2 cup chilled Prosecco
1 1/2 cup chilled orange juice
1 1/2 cup chilled pomegranate juice
4 mint sprigs

In 4 champagne flutes evenly distribute the 3 ingredients above and garnish each with a mint sprig.

Bloody Mary Pitcher:

6 limes, juiced
1 tablespoon celery seeds
3 tbsp grated fresh or prepared horseradish
2 quarts tomato juice, chilled
2 tbsp hot sauce
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper (to flavor)
1 1/2 cups pepper vodka, chilled in the freezer (or regular vodka to substitute)
Celery stalk, for serving
Cucumber spears, for serving
Handful fresh cilantro, for garnish

Combine the lime juice, celery seed, and horseradish in a pitcher. Muddle the mixture with the end of a wooden spoon to blend and break up the celery seeds. Pour in the tomato juice, hot sauce, and Worcestershire sauce; season with salt and pepper. Stir everything together to combine.

Divide the vodka among 6 tall, chilled glasses filled with ice. Fill the glasses with the bloody mary mix, stick in the celery and cucumber and garnish with the cilantro. Give the bloody mary a good stir and serve.

I hope you enjoy all of these recipes and if you want to know how to do something don't hesitate to ask. I will put it in the next post.