Hello everyone! How was your weekend? I spent Saturday resting and rejuvenating then spent most of Sunday cleaning. It’s like once I started I could not stop. I had such a hard time even just sitting down to rest. What did you do? Did you spend your time resting and with family, or did you spend it running around accomplishing things on your to-do list? Earlier today I had so many food thoughts running through my head I decided to pick one out of the mess. As I continue to hold on to the hope that we will soon be safe to gather together, I began thinking about what I would serve if I had a girl’s breakfast or brunch with friends. I decided to share three dishes I would serve for a breakfast with friends.
Years ago I made a pancake casserole for my husband and I. It was so easy and turned out really well. Thinking on it now, I’m not sure why I haven’t made it again. Hmm. My point is, if you’re wanting something easy to make and big enough to serve a group, a breakfast casserole may be the way to go.
There are many types of breakfast casseroles, too. A quick browse of Pinterest will give you everything from a Sausage and Gravy Casserole to healthier or diet friendly casseroles. There’s even the option of making and Overnight Breakfast Casserole for those who want a make-ahead option. You can either make them regular casserole style, in a large baking dish, or you can use a muffin pan for individual sized casseroles.
A few years ago, a friend and I would go to a local café for lunch. It was there that I tried a quiche for the first time. Unfortunately, that café ended up closing and I have mourned the loss of their quiche ever since. I’ll admit that I have never actually made a quiche before, especially with Ade having an egg intolerance (which he is thankfully growing out of), but there are recipes out there that look simple enough.
Quiches are more versatile than pizza. While the basics are the same, you can customize the extras pretty much any way you want. From Omelet style to Broccoli and Cheddar, the customizations seem endless. If you’re having more of a brunch style gathering, quiches are an excellent option and the sizing is as versatile as the quiche itself. If you’re having a gathering with multiple preferences, individual or small pie sized quiches might work best. If not, then you can make a larger pie-sized quiche for everyone. With a quiche, there’s easily something for everyone.
I get it, when you think of breakfast with friends, your first thought probably isn’t parfait. You might even be thinking I’ve lost my mind in even putting it in this list. Bear with me for a moment. I promise I have actual reasons for including it.
The thing about parfait is that it’s filling and pretty customizable. It is also an excellent lighter side addition to some of the heavier options. I’m not going to say it’s healthy, because not all parfaits are healthy, but it has the option of being healthy. It can be used as a dessert, an appetizer, a side, or a main dish.
Okay, this isn’t a dish, but it is a solution when you can’t decide between a pancake or french toast; a muffin or a waffle; orange juice or coffee. Maybe your group isn’t good on picking a single dish or there’s multiple preferences. Having a buffet style breakfast is an easy solution. It’s also a great idea for a larger gathering and the preparation could be too much for one or two people. Divvy up the dishes so everyone brings something and have fun!
What is a dish you would serve for a gathering with friends? Did you have a meal regularly with friends before the pandemic? What are you looking forward to doing with your friends once it’s safe?