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Holiday Brunch Recipes

Gingerbread, chocolat chaud, crepes, and more.


If you're not hosting the big family dinner, have a smaller gathering, using these holiday brunch recipes, instead. Celebrate the holidays with this sumptuous midday menu full of seasonal mainstays, like gingerbread and hot chocolate, a few over the top luxuries, and, of course, plenty of French panache. The selection of dishes is varied, and you can mix and match according to your tastes and budget, so there's something here for everyone. Bon appétit!

Watermelon Raspberry Salad Recipe

Lauren Weinhold
When the occasion calls for something refreshing, make this watermelon raspberry salad recipe. It makes a wonderful addition to brunch and picnic menus, and is so very easy to prepare. Feel free to substitute any combination of fresh berries for the raspberries.

Gingerbread Crepes Recipe

Flickr user avlxyz
The aromatic spices of classic gingerbread warm up basic crepes in this gingerbread crepes recipe. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream, drizzle them with lemon sauce, and serve a plateful of the spiced crepes with coffee or tea for a comforting, rustic dessert.

Quiche Lorraine Recipe

Luisa Ghetti
This quiche Lorraine recipe yields a rich egg pie and hails from the mountainous region of Lorraine in northern France. Sufficient for a filling meal in itself, quiche Lorraine has been adapted over the years from a humble custard and bacon pie to the substantial cheese, bacon, and egg creation that it is known for today.

Brouillade de Truffes

Steven Depolo
This eggs with black truffles recipe, or brouillade de truffes, is a special egg dish that is served throughout France during the height of truffle season. It’s at once luxurious and rustic, though I personally lean more toward serving it as a rich, special occasion recipe because of the truffles and butter.

Brie Stuffed Pain Perdu with Holiday Berry Sauce

John Herschell
Classic pain perdu, widely known as French toast, is an easy preparation of thickly sliced bread soaked in a sweetened, vanilla-scented custard mixture and then fried in butter to golden perfection. Many variations of stuffed lost bread, another of its names, abound, but this Brie stuffed pain perdu with cranberry cherry sauce recipe takes the breakfast specialty to a whole new level. Nutty, savory melted Brie both fills and tops the delicately butter-crisped bread, and is dressed up even further with sweet cherry berry sauce. This dish is a must-have for special occasions!

Herb Crusted Rib Roast Recipe

Flickr user Wendy
This herb crusted rib roast recipe is a classic in French kitchens. Dredged in a medley of herbs and a touch of garlic, this roast beef is roasted in high heat and then finished off in a medium-hot oven until it is cooked to tender, flavorful perfection. Layering thin slices of onion over the meat halfway through the cooking process is the secret method that imparts flavor and keeps the beef moist.

Roasted Potato Salad Recipe

Flickr user sporkist
This roasted potato salad recipe is an easy, year-round dish made with readily available, affordable ingredients. Serve the herb roasted potato salad hot and fresh from the oven, or chill it in the refrigerator for a day and serve the salad cold as a healthy side dish.

Croissants Recipe

Flickr user knittinging
Warm and buttery, this croissant recipe is the foundation of numerous pastry creations. Served alone, croissant rolls are the ubiquitous French breakfast food.

Lemon Olive Oil Cake Recipe

Asha Susan
This French olive oil cake recipe makes a tangy, simple cake from ingredients already in most kitchens. A little lemon and a bit of olive oil create a lusciously light texture in this recipe, which is derived from a classic pound cake. Serve it with coffee or tea for a simple sweet, or as part of a breakfast buffet. It's guaranteed to be a hit at the dessert table and it's preparation is amazingly effortless.

Croissants Recipe

Flickr user knittinging
Warm and buttery, this croissant recipe is the foundation of numerous pastry creations. Served alone, croissant rolls are the ubiquitous French breakfast food.

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