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When everyone's in town for the holidays, that calls for a special blowout brunch. Since you're probably still recovering from the large feast, forget about standing over the stove, making batch after batch of pancakes and eggs. Instead, select recipes that are a breeze to make and require little prep. And since there are so many mouths to feed, choose dishes that can easily be made in large batches. Here are a few of our suggestions.
Pumpkin Spice LatteNo fancy equipment is required for a homemade pumpkin spice latte. Heat up milk and pumpkin in the microwave, then blend the two to create a frothy top for your coffee. It's a special way to drink coffee during brunch, and the alluring scent from the spices will convince the family that no one will need to venture out to satisfy a Starbucks fix.
Mimosas Three Ways
For the adults of the household, serve bottomless mimosas three ways: with pomegranate seeds and pomegranate juice, lime slices and lime juice, and orange wedges and orange juice.
Blueberry Cornbread MuffinsWhen pancakes and waffles are too much trouble, opt for blueberry cornbread muffins to please the sweet tooths of the family. The cornmeal adds an unexpected texture, and the blueberries pop with every bite to reveal their sweet berry juices. You can always use frozen blueberries or experiment with other fruits like dried cranberries or fresh cranberries, soaked in orange juice overnight.
Winter Fruit Salad
Combine a simple fruit salad made of seasonal Winter fruits like pomegranate, orange, and kiwi.
Baked Eggs in a Ham ShellRather than making run-of-the-mill scrambled eggs, bake your eggs in salty ham shells, using a ramekin to hold their shape. Each person can personalize the shells by adding cheese, aromatic vegetables, and vegetables to his or her liking.
Fingerling PotatoesFingerling potatoes are naturally buttery in flavor and texture, plus their small size makes them easy to cut and faster to cook. If you prefer them crunchy, roast them in a 400ºF oven for 30 to 40 minutes or until they develop brown edges and are tender on the inside.
Vegetarian Baked EggsIf anyone in the household is meat-free, prepare this baked eggs in a cinnamon tomato sauce, topped with long shavings of pecorino romano.
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Life Above the Clouds combines pumpkin and Nutella for a cookie match made in heaven.Wowie kazowie these are delicious! They're little clouds of pumpkin cookies (that are so soft I'll almost call them cake) with Nutella swirled throughout. And let's face it, Nutella makes anything better; but it's not too sweet or overwhelming. Yum yum yum!
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When it comes to Thanksgiving leftovers, the turkey and cranberry sandwich is a classic, but the duo work just as well layered between two tortillas. These cheesy, addictive quesadillas are a delicious snack or light meal. Use my recipe as a guide and adapt the filling to suit your family's liking.
Stir minced jalapeños and chipotles in adobo with leftover sweet potatoes and slather on the tortillas instead of using cranberry sauce. Substitute monterey jack, brie, or parmesan for the white cheddar cheese. Enjoy with sour cream, sliced avocado, salsa, or alone. Get the quick and easy turkey quesadilla recipe.
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After years of taking the reins regarding my family's Thanksgiving meal, I'm playing more of a supporting role this go-around. I'll be spending the holiday with my boyfriend's parents, and while I'll be toting along a festive cranberry-swirled gingerbread cake and a parcel of salty-sweet rosemary sesame pecans, I'm in the dark as far as the rest of our celebratory spread. I have no doubts that it'll be a meal to remember, but naturally as a food-obsessed individual I'm curious as to what it will entail.
While I wait on the big reveal, I'd love to know what you and yours will be tucking into on this day of feasting. Will you be enjoying a turkey and the traditional fixings, or something a bit more exotic?
Adorn your roasted acorn squash like crccooks with ricotta cheese and honey.This roasted acorn squash is dangerous. Although intended to be a perfect side dish, it can very easily steal the entire show at dinner. Turkey, what turkey? It's different and unique yet so superb in its simplicity. It's visually stunning and ridiculously delicious, in every sense of the word. And best of all, it really only takes like an ounce of effort to prepare.
For the whole story (and the recipe), check out her blog, and then be sure to share your food photos through our Savory Sights community group or by starting your own blog. If you're on Instagram, then chime in on the conversation with the hashtag #savorysight.