Brunch is one of my favorite ways to entertain during the holidays. Whether it’s midmorning or closer to noon, I want to create a relaxed, inviting, and festive gathering that creates the memory of fellowship and anticipation of the season.
A holiday brunch is a great idea for a neighborhood gathering, that group of friends that don’t have a free night until February, or a special casual meal with your family. it’s also one of the easiest meals for a potluck – just assign each guest a specific menue item so you don’t end up with 3 baskets of caramel rolls (hmmm, that’s not a bad thing)!
I like to greet my guests with a Kir Royale and the smell of popovers baking in the oven – yum! Take the time to relax and catch up while your main dish is cooking. Choose a dish that you can make the night before or earlier in the morning, like an eggbake or quiche. Ask your guests to bring a salad or dessert, making it easier for you to enjoy your gathering.
Kir Royale recipe:
Place one frozen raspberry in the bottom of a champagne flute
Pour 2 tsp. Chambord or creme de casis into the flute
Fill with Prosecco and serve!
Cinnamon Sugar Popovers: Makes 6
1/2 cups flour
3/4 tsp kosher salt
1 1/2 Tblsp. melted unsalted butter
3 eggs at room temperature
1 1/2 cups milk at room temperature
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Generously grease pop over pan with softened butter. Whisk together the flour, salt, melted butter, eggs and milk until smooth – the batter will be thin.
Place popover pan in the oven for 2 minutes. Remove and fill popover cups half full. Place in oven and bake for exactly 30 minutes – do NOT open your oven while the popovers are cooking! Remove at 30 minutes, brush the tops with melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Serve immediatley.