Holiday Brunch

One of my all time favorite meals is brunch, maybe it is because it involves mimosas, maybe because you can kinda look like you rolled out of bed and it is still okay but I think mostly it is because it usually involves best friends, a lot of laughter about the night before and love. Carly and I are both serious brunch goers, but sometimes hosting brunch is just as good if not better and it couldn't be a better, easier meal for the holidays.

Over the holidays, there is so much cooking and prep time for the BIG meal that sometimes the last thing you want to do is spend more time in the kitchen. This will be my second year hosting brunch for my husband's family on Black Friday. Thankfully it is a total relaxation day, no one really wakes up at the same time, and it is one of those days where everyone can leisurely do their own thing whether watching football, going shopping or curling up and reading a good book. However, I do like to have something ready for whenever everyone starts moving. I like to provide a variety of options, none of which are difficult and honestly all together may only take 30 minutes to prepare...

bacon or sausage - I am personally a bacon girl, but sausage works too
fruit - I usually put out mandarin oranges which take ZERO prep, but are a perfect personal size
cinnamon rolls - so far I have only purchased these, but I may be trying a new recipe this year
mimosas - 2 parts orange juice 1 part prosecco
coffee - which I have on hand, because sadly I don't drink
spinach & Gruyere quiche - which really just seals the deal for the morning. The recipe that I have used on multiple occasions and have tweaked quite a bit is below. It really is quite simple, but so good and filling.

Delicious Spinach & Gruyere Quiche

1 tablespoon butter
1.5 shallots (mix between an onion & garlic)
salt & pepper
3 cups of fresh spinach 
3 ounces of Gruyere cheese (grated)
1 ounce of Jarlsberg Swiss cheese (grated)
1 9" Pillsbury pie dough 
4 large eggs
1.5 cups half-and-half
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large skillet, heat butter adding the shallots. Cook shallots for about 1-2 minutes, once soft add as much spinach as possible, continue wilting spinach until you have enough to fill 9" quiche dish. Pour shallots and spinach into quiche dish adding your 2 cheeses.

In a large bowl, whisk together eggs (I put 3 full eggs in, 1 egg I just put in the yolk no white,) half-and-half, nutmeg, salt & pepper to taste (I don't typically add much salt because there is quite a bit in the cheese). Once whisked, pour mixture over spinach & cheese.

Bake quiche for about 50 to 60 minutes, until middle of quiche sets. Let quiche cool for about 15 minutes before serving!

This recipe is pretty easy and a variety of veggies & meat can be added to your liking. You can also make ahead of time and freeze prior to the day of so that you can enjoy your guests a little bit more. Check out this link for freezing tidbits!

Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday filled with all the best things - family, friends and new and old memories. I am looking forward to taking that extra moment and being thankful for a wonderful year filled with amazing moments big and small that wouldn't have been the same without some pretty amazing family and friends!

Cheers!

-a

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