“One of my favorite things to do is get together with friends for a cozy Sunday brunch,” says mother, actress and chef Haylie Duff. “It's the best way to spend some quality time together before jumping into the busy week ahead. Plus, kicking off the morning with a nutritious meal is an added bonus!”
Duff has a few expert tips and tricks to make your brunch even better:
Bring on the sparkle. From table settings to sparkling wine, water or cider, let your feast bring joy to everyone invited. Keep the decor simple – like filling a couple of empty wine bottles with decorative bottle lights. Our family loves to play board games and card games, which add so much extra fun.
Make keepsake place cards. Use small brightly colored envelopes as place cards. Write guests' names using gold or silver markers on the envelopes and put on each plate. You can also write a personal note to each guest inside, sharing a special memory or telling them how much they mean to you.
Serve a hearty meal. Quiche is a classic choice – it's easy to make ahead, which is essential for me, being a mother of two. Great quiche recipes use fresh, nutritious ingredients that pack in the flavor.
Hash Brown & Chive Goat Cheese Quiche
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 50 minutes
1 16-ounce package shredded hash browns (squeeze moisture out with cheesecloth or paper towels)
4 tablespoons softened butter
12 large eggs
2 teaspoons coarse Himalayan sea salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon Spanish Smoked Paprika
4 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
11/2 cups whole milk Greek yogurt
1 4 to 5 ounce package room temperature goat cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Using 10-inch springform pan, butter bottom and sides. Line only sides with parchment paper, then butter the paper.
In bowl, mix dry hash browns, butter, an egg, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, paprika and 3 tablespoons chives.
Pat into bottom and sides of springform, making sure bottom crust is not too thick.
Place on rimmed baking sheet and bake 20 minutes or until crispy and browned.
In large bowl, beat softened goat cheese, yogurt, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Slowly beat in all 11 eggs until mixed.
When crust comes out of oven, pour egg mixture into crust and bake approximately 45 to 50 minutes. Sides will be firm and center almost firm.
Take springform side off, peel off parchment paper and serve.
– Source: Eggland's Best
Brighten up your sides. Boost the freshness of your meal with a colorful veggie or fruit salad – or both. The kids love fresh seasonal fruit and veggies, and sometimes we serve them with some fresh whipping cream or flavored yogurt.