With Easter and Mother's Day just around the corner, you know nothing says "Happy Easter" or "Thank you for taking care of me, Mom" quite like a happy brunch between family and friends. It's no wonder that New York City is known as the "Brunch Capital of the U.S" since almost every New Yorker can be found munching on some form of French Toast or Eggs and sipping on Mimosas at any given morning on any given weekend. I'm excited for this year's Easter Brunch in Harlem since aside from our regular Gospel Brunch at Red Rooster, we'll also be serving a special brunch in our newly opened Ginny's Supper Club.
While dining out for special brunch celebrations is a must, especially if you live in NYC, what makes brunch even more special is when it's made at home and shared among your loved ones. It's also one of the easiest meals to prepare since the options are limitless!
For me, brunch is such a versatile meal since you can play on both the sweet and savory in your dishes. It also allows you to be playful and experiment with new spices and flavors to your favorite brunch dishes, like Corned Beef Hash or Eggs Benedict. Spice up your brunch classics with bold new twists or try some international staples as a new addition to your repertoire.
Don't forget to add a great cocktail to your menu- it's the perfect touch to the perfect meal.
With the help of Food Republic, we've put together 8 recipes of great global brunch dishes that can help you perfect your brunch skills and impress even the savviest brunch eaters from New York.
However, we can't be to blame if your guests show up uninvited every weekend for your same great tasty dishes... That's just a risk you'll have to take.
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Here the great Alain Ducasse shares with us his recipe for Basque-style eggs. Serve these with nice fresh slices of whole-wheat or multigrain bread. If you don’t have a flameproof serving dish, use a skillet fit for serving at the table. If you cannot get Spanish Serrano ham, use an Italian cured ham, and trim the fat before cutting it. Recipe: Basque-Style Baked Eggs
Believe it or not, brunch is a longstanding tradition in Mexico. NYC’s Roberto Santibañez from Fonda shared with us his Migas recipe, which consists of eggs and tortillas. He notes that Americans are just starting to realize how great Mexican breakfast really is, and we’re glad he’s helping us see just that! Recipe: Roberto Santibañez’s Migas
For those who opt for a lighter brunch option, may we suggest Steel-Cut Oats? Only the name of this healthy dish makes it sound tough. Slow-cooked and stirred frequently, the oats soften up like polenta, but with a toothsome and very satisfying bite. Trust us, properly garnished this hearty cereal will not disappoint. Recipe: Steel-Cut Oats
No brunch would be complete without some form of the perfectly poached egg. But if you want a break from the regular Eggs Benedict, try this Poached Egg Salad on for size. It’s like the perfect bacon and eggs breakfast, but on a salad. Recipe: Easy Poached Egg Salad
Too many people don't know about scotch eggs. They're a genius combination of two major players in the brunch game — sausage and eggs — into one baseball-sized package. The concept of this beloved English pub snack is simple: hard-boil an egg for slightly less time than you normally would, cool, peel and sculpt a layer of ground pork sausage around it. Roll the sausaged egg in egg, bread it and fry until golden. Recipe: Scotch Egg
Beer and cheese for brunch? Don’t mind if we do! This tasty soup is a great start to a Sunday brunch. It’s one of the most popular soups at Brauhaus Schmitz in Philadelphia, and when they make it they can barely keep up with the demand. Recipe: Beer and Cheese Soup
Akoori scrambled eggs are an Indian staple. The spice from the chilies, herbal essence from the cilantro and earthiness from the cumin, make it a perfect twist to your regular scrambled eggs. Why not give your eggs an Indian touch next time around? Recipe: Akoori Indian Scrambled Eggs
A pasta frittata is the perfect quick dish for brunch, especially since you can use your leftover pasta from a previous dinner. Just add some butter, eggs, and cheese the next day and you have a fool-proof brunch dish that satisfies! Recipe: Pasta Frittata
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