With all the holiday entertaining going on this month and family coming home from places far away, the Christmas Eve and Christmas meal might not be the only one in your holiday plans.

You may be inspired to host a brunch. Whether it’s only for your family or extended to friends and neighbors, brunch can be tricky.

I recently catered a brunch for a client and  realized that brunch isn’t easy… that’s why we love going out for it.

It isn’t easy because most menu items have to be made-to-order in order to be good. But who wants to stand at the stove making eggs benedict when everyone else is having a good time sipping bloody marys or mimosas?

So I had to get creative. In today’s post I disclose my menu with tips and links to the recipes.


Here’s the line up.

14 - Roll and serve copy


These lovelies can be made a day or two ahead of time and filled the day of…with anything you like.


Mini Frittatas

The batter for these can fill a muffin pan or two and put in the oven just before your guests arrive.


Apple Carrot Muffins

These not-too-sweet muffins can be made the night before and simply warmed the next day.


Blini with Smoked Salmon, Red Onions and Capers

Blini are simply baby crepes (unless you want to make the more traditional kind made with buckwheat flour) so make extra crepe batter and whip these up a day or two ahead of time too. Top them the day of the party.


Sautéed Shrimp Rolls

 The shrimp can be sautéed the night before and then assembled the day of the party.


Creme Puffs with Chocolate Mouse and Berries

For the Shells

The shells can be made days or weeks ahead of time and frozen.

For the Mouse

After comparing many recipes I went for Bobby Flay’s because it seemed the most simple and light. It was!!


Fruit and Cheese Platter

No recipe needed here. Just buy an assortment of cheese and fruit and arrange beautifully.

I also made a pasta salad and a tuna salad…but add any kind of salad to this assortment and your guests will have plenty to choose from.

Now, let me hear from you. Do you like these ideas? Share some of yours in the comments below.

Photo Credit for Table Setting

  1. Nathalie December 12, 2014 at 8:02 am - Reply

    Oh, these recipes look FANTASTIC! I’ll try the muffins first but they are all mouth-watering (everything you do is just amazing!). Thanks so much for not keeping them secret ;-).

    • chefsilvia December 12, 2014 at 7:50 pm - Reply

      My pleasure Nathalie! Thank you so much for your sweet comment!!

  2. Andrew M. Tolentino December 19, 2014 at 3:07 pm - Reply

    Chef: That is a fantastic Holiday Brunch Line-up! I especially like how that crepe looks. Website looks great too. Happy Holidays, Andrew

    • chefsilvia December 19, 2014 at 5:14 pm - Reply

      So glad you think so Andrew. The guests at this brunch enjoyed these treats so much! Happy Holidays to you too!

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