Do you prefer to dine in or go out? There are so many great brunch places in NYC, but sometimes, it’s just nice to have a casual affair at home instead.
Recently, I decided to have some friends over for brunch. It was wonderful – no long waits and we could stay and chat as long as we wanted.
I wasn’t sure what to make so I checked out President’s Picks for inspiration. I can be notoriously indecisive so sometimes I just go to President’s Picks and make decisions for what I want to cook based on what’s on sale for the week. That particular week had our Wild Patagonian Red Shrimp on sale. I knew our seafood guys had just come back from checking out these shrimp in Patagonia and had mentioned how wonderfully fresh and rich they were so I had to order them. Plus, it helped me decide on serving shrimp and grits (polenta) for a Southern-style brunch.
Brunch just wouldn’t be brunch without bacon and eggs so those dishes had to be on the menu as well.
Instead of frying bacon in a pan, I baked it in the oven (that’s healthier, right?) and glazed it with some maple syrup. It gives it the perfect sweet salty combo.
I didn’t want the shrimp to get too lonely on top of the polenta so I also poached some eggs to go on top. I love the Pete & Gerry’s Blue-Green Ameraucana Heirloom Eggs. They are such a pretty pale blue color and the so much tastier. The yoke color is brighter so stands out more when you pop the yolk over the grits.
At brunch, I am always torn between wanting sweet or savory, so I solved that problem by adding some fluffy pancakes.
I have since learned that the secret to fluffy pancakes is to whip the egg whites separately and lightly fold them in the batter afterwards. Add some berries and candied walnuts and you have pancakes that beautiful and super tasty.
Last but not least, no brunch would be complete without cocktails! My friend Amy whipped up a batch of her Mango Sangria: white wine, mango slices, peach slices, and raspberries made for a beautiful and tasty drink. It was a wonderful Sunday get-together and I can’t wait to dine in again soon!