We are remembering the look and scent of a busy, busy kitchen. The tinkling and jingling of glasses and silver. Anxious voices whispering orders, and guests joining in to prepare the dishes on the Brunch Menu...everything was cooking! All the merriment of friends greeting friends after a long interlude. Glee and excitement when the children arrive...how much they had grown since the last party? Passing out the Champagne and sparkling juice to toast a reunion...the memory is so precious and the blueprint for a festive, easy brunch is right here!
The centerpiece of the Table was the giant Croque Monsieur from a great website called 5 Star Foodie. We did her recipe with a few changes due to what we had on hand. We had left over carne asada so we chopped that and added to the ham. We also used muenster cheese in addition to the gruyere, so as you can see, this recipe can be very flexible. The important thing here is that it feeds a big crowd with ease. We made our Old Masini favorites, the apple pie and flan, in advance. We had a dip of sour cream and brown sugar and a huge platter of giant strawberries so we put that out with a glorious garden salad. We added some favorite biscuits, hash browns and it was a fine party. Sometimes the best times are uncomplicated...easy!
Please find recipes at the links below...
Croque Monsieur Baked with Tomato & mint by 5 Star Foodie
Hash brown potato patties
Biscuits ~ honey butter
Garden salad ~ Strawberries with Brown Sugar dip
Meyer Lemon Apple Pie