Brunch is the perfect in-between meal with the best foods—you can have pancakes, eggs, toast, a sandwich, wrap, or, more importantly, a mimosa. It’s also the perfect time to spend with friends. It’s early enough in the day to not intrude on things you might need to get done and late enough to not make you rush out of the house. But if you’re hosting, you might feel like you need to get up early and prepare a giant cuisine like you would normally if you had guests for dinner. You might want to prepare fancy recipes or get top-shelf champagne for the mimosas, but it doesn’t have to be that way. We’ll show you how to make brunch easy and keep everyone happy without breaking the bank.
Quiche is a really simple food to make with cheap ingredients—even better if you have some veggies leftover from the week that need to be used. It’s basically a combo of eggs and cheese in a pie crust, but you can dress it up with any vegetable or meat (like ham or sausage) or a high-quality cheese.
Bonus Tip: Jarlsberg® is fantastic in a quiche. The nutty flavor pairs exceptionally well with eggs and veggies.
Pancakes are incredibly easy to make with super cheap ingredients, most of which you might already have on hand. We prefer these to waffles when hosting guests because you can cook multiple pancakes at once instead of one at a time with a waffle iron.
Leave the creativity to the guests: make plain pancakes and put toppings on the table, letting everyone dress theirs however they want. Everyone ends up happy.
Bonus Tip: If you make too many, throw them in the freezer and toast them for breakfast the next morning.
As they say, time is money, so when you’re juggling the bacon sizzling on the griddle, flipping pancakes like a champ, and pouring endless mimosas, you’ll be thankful you made some muffins the night before. Like pancakes, there are so many recipes to choose from, so find your favorite, and prepare it the night before.
If you still want to have a muffin fresh out of the oven, you can make the batter the night before and pop them in the oven the next morning. All you’ll have to do is wait for a timer.
Bonus Tip: If you want a warm muffin but don’t want to wait for the oven, make the muffins the night before and pass them through the toaster oven to heat them up. Or, if you don’t have a toaster oven, cut them in half and lay them on top of the toaster.
It may be tempting to get the top-shelf Champagne and leave the bottle on the table to show your friends you really care. But you’re actually wasting an expensive bottle when it’s going to mix with orange juice. You should go for the mid-level champagne (or Prosecco or Cava) that costs around $15. Avoid the super cheap stuff, so you don’t give your guests headaches.
Bonus Tip: Don’t forget about those who don’t drink—pick up a sparkling grape juice, so they have some bubbly to cheers and sip, too.
There is no shame in making a brunch get together a BYOB, especially if you’re cooking and providing the food. Heck, even making it a potluck is not shameful. The point of brunch is not to spend a ton of money or display your culinary and table-setting skills, it’s time to spend with friends and laugh over mimosas and coffee.
Bonus Tip: Instead of a BYOB or potluck, build a menu with friends, so it’s a joint effort instead of hoping everyone brings something different.
Alright, readers. Get out there, make some food, drink some mimosas, and brunch like you’ve never brunched before.