Serious Entertaining: Brunch Party Menu

Serious Entertaining

Seasonal menu planning for the perfect dinner party.


[Photographs: Syd Oland, unless otherwise noted]

Some friends are coming over for brunch. Oh, and they invited a few more friends. How to feed a biggish crowd for brunch? Here are some recipes that are delicious, filling, and require very little attention once they're popped into the oven.

Empty the Fridge Strata


Strata is a great vehicle for turning leftover bits and bobs into a filling brunch centerpiece for a crowd. The only real essentials are bread, milk, and eggs. The rest is up to you, and your fridge, really. Got some leftover broccoli? Throw it in. Pepper jack cheese and salsa? Sure, why not. It's also a nice way to use up any fresh herbs.

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Feta and Scallion Tart


Feta and scallions are great pals in this tart. And the secret ingredient? Vodka.

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Arugula Salad

Arugula, Fennel and Orange Salad

[Photograph: Jennifer Segal]

I love a good arugula salad at brunchtime as an antidote to all the starchy, butter-laden, cheese-topped action on the table. Spicy arugula in this salad is dressed in a Dijon vinaigrette that gets a touch of sweetness from the honey. If you don't have fennel or it's out of season, other veggies can be substituted in.

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Coffee Cake Muffins


It's coffee's a's a COFFEE CAKE MUFFIN. 'Nuff said.

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Bloody Mary


[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]

The queen of the brunch cocktails. While tomato juice is savory on its own, if you really want to turn this into a cocktail that drinks like a meal, add some Worcestershire or soy sauce.

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