Sure, we need to practice social distancing right now—but that doesn’t mean that we can’t eat brunch! Pull out your laptop and call up your girlfriends so that you can enjoy your favorite meal virtually. Whether you want to stick to the same menu or take an individual approach, here’s a list of recipes to inspire your next virtual brunch.
Read on to discover 10 delicious brunch recipes, and try them out!
There’s no better way to wake up than with a plate of French toast. You’ll use thick slices of challah as the base—a special Jewish bread loaf that’s utterly delicious. Then, feel free to use a variety of add-ons, like berries, chocolate, syrup, and more. You can customize your French toast, so don’t be afraid to think outside of the box! Whether you want to be a little healthy or try full dessert mode, you can’t go wrong.
Who doesn’t love this savory dish? It’s super easy to make, too. Although traditional recipes call for poached eggs and Canadian bacon, you can choose different vegan alternatives instead. In any case, you’ll find that eggs Benedict serves as a light and yummy main course. Plus, everyone loves it, so you won’t meet any opposition when you offer eggs Benedict as a suggestion.
This creative recipe puts a spin on regular mimosas. Instead, it uses rosé champagne and grapefruit juice—and there’s no better combination. If you don’t drink alcohol, you’ll want to try sparkling water. It’ll provide the same amount of bubbles and won’t impact the flavor one bit. Tell your girlfriends to break out their favorite champagne glass so that everyone can feel a little fancy during virtual brunch.
Over the last few years, acai bowls have stormed Instagram pages and trendy cafés alike. Thankfully, you can recreate them right at home. For the base, you’ll use a medley of frozen fruits. If you aren’t a fan of certain berries, you can substitute them for whatever you please. Then, top your bowl with nuts, honey or granola. It’s a tasty way to get your daily dose of vitamins and antioxidants.
If you’re after a straightforward breakfast recipe, look no further. For this recipe, you’ll combine sausage and eggs on top of a layer of cubed bread. After you put it into the oven, you can dig into a hearty meal that works as a main or side. As with most dishes, you can add other ingredients, like peppers and onions. A dash of hot sauce on top makes this bake even more enjoyable.
Every brunch needs a pastry—and these muffins do the trick. You don’t have to head out to the bakery, either. This recipe imitates those versions perfectly. They’re zesty, lemony, and sweet. Plus, you’ll have a ton of leftovers, which makes self-isolation a little more pleasant. These muffins don’t require a ton of work, so even if your friends aren’t bakers, they can whip up this recipe.
If you prefer a denser, nutritious muffin, you could use whole-wheat flour instead of all-purpose.
When you host a virtual brunch, you can’t exactly share. These breakfast burritos are perfect for one or two people. Make sure that you stick to flour tortillas for the base. Other options, like corn, aren’t as sturdy. You’ll use a variety of tasty ingredients, like limes, tomatoes, and jalapeños, to make an avocado salsa. Then, add whatever you want—the recipe calls for sausage and eggs, but you could supplement tofu or potatoes.
What’s brunch without a side of crispy potatoes? This skillet potato recipe will remind you of its diner equivalent: hearty, tender, and oh-so-delicious. Plus, the potatoes take less than 20 minutes to cook. You’ll use spices like garlic and onion powder to create an excellent coat on the outside of the potato. If you don’t want to use a skillet, you could try an air fryer for a similar taste.
In any case, potatoes aren’t as unhealthy as you think, which makes this side even more enjoyable.
If you need a bagel fix, here’s a yummy recipe. Many brunch enthusiasts swear by lox bagels, which feature layers of smoked salmon and soft herbed cream cheese. You can choose any bagel, but everything and sesame work best for this dish. Don’t hesitate to add pickled onions, leafy greens, and any other topping. Classic lox bagels include capers and dill—but you can’t go wrong either way.
10. Churro Waffles
Here’s another terrific pick for sweets lovers. These churro waffles offer a unique spin on the classic version. They’re super simple to make, too. After you whip up a smooth batter and power on your waffle maker, you’ll top this plate with an unbeatable cinnamon-sugar mixture. Then, a caramel sauce drizzle ties it all together. You can eat these with fresh fruit and orange juice.
Try these yummy ideas for your virtual brunch get-together.
You and your girlfriends can enjoy a delicious array of dishes with these suggestions. Try a few at your next virtual brunch!
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