I have always wanted to be a brunch person.
Here’s my romanticized version of a “brunch day:” Wake up on a sunshiney, springtime Sunday morning (without an alarm clock or children jumping on my stomach), read the weekend newspaper in my crisp white-sheeted bed with no obligations to get ready for, lazily look over at my husband and say, “Let’s go for a drive today,” to which he would say, “Yes, let’s go for a Sunday drive right after we have a nice, relaxing brunch.”
That’s how it goes down in my mind. What really happens is more like this…
Sunday morning 6:45 am I am woken up to “MOMMMMM!!! Can we play Wii?” “MOMMMMM!!! What’s for breakfast?!” “MOMMMMMM!!! Can Joey come over today?”
All of that before 7:00 am. No mention of a Sunday drive, no mention of the weekend newspaper, no mention of brunch. Sigh.
What I have discovered is I can marry the romanticized version with the real-life version. Kinda.
Here’s how: plan a brunch at home.
I can do that! Have it be for just your family, or invite people over to hold yourself accountable. I suggest the inviting of other people, because Sunday mornings can quickly get away from you if you let them.
What I have found is that brunch, while sounding all fancy and glamorous, is totally doable. Easy, actually. All you need to do is plan your meal around a single main course dish. One that can be prepared in advance is not only recommended but encouraged.
Eggs are a favorite ingredient when making food to share for springtime gatherings and celebrations. A favorite go-to brunch meal in our family is a tart or a quiche. They are so adaptable and easy.
Here’s my favorite Sunday brunch meal…it’s fancy enough to serve on special occasions but simple enough to serve to your family on any given weekend.
You will need to place a pie crust in a 10″ tart pan. Bake the crust for 5 minutes and transfer to wire rack.
While the crust is baking, cook the breakfast sausage and mix the egg mixture…
Crack the eggs in a bowl, whisk together and add some milk and seasonings.
When sausage is cooked, spread evenly on top of the partially-cooked crust. Then sprinkle cheese on top and cover with the LAND O LAKES® Eggs mixture.
Finally, slice a medium green apple into thin slices and arrange on top of the tart.
Bake the tart for 40- 45 minutes until center is set. You will have a gorgeous, completely impressive main course for your brunch. What’s lovely about this tart is you can serve it warm, room temperature or even cold.
This easy quiche recipe is perfect for a weekend breakfast or brunch!
- 4 Eggs
- 16 oz breakfast sausage, cooked and drained
- 2/3 cup milk
- 1 (heaping) cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
- 1 tart apple, cut into thin slices
- 1 pie crust (pre-made or homemade)
- salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 350°
- Place the pie crust in a 10″ tart pan. Bake for 5 minutes and transfer to wire rack.
- Cook breakfast sausage in a medium skillet, drain.
- In a medium-sized bowl whisk eggs, then add milk and salt and pepper. Whisk again to combine.
- Spoon sausage into partially baked pie crust, sprinkle cheese on top of sausage and pour egg mixture evenly over sausage and cheese.
- Finally, arrange apple slices on top.
- Bake 40-45 minutes until center is set.
- Serve warm, room temperature, or even cold.
- *Can be made ahead to serve the next day and can also be frozen.
- *Store covered in refrigerator for up to 3 days
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