Brunch Season

By Ferreira, Charity; MacNeil-Fife, Karen | Sunset, March 2002 | Go to article overview

Brunch Season


Ferreira, Charity, MacNeil-Fife, Karen, Sunset


A make-ahead menu that's perfect for a leisurely spring morning

* Spring's burgeoning warm weather brings opportunities for entertaining outdoors early in the day: It's the perfect time of year to have friends over for brunch. This menu takes advantage of some of the season's best fresh produce, enlivening it with vibrant flavor-roasted asparagus topped with a caper-studded chopped egg salad, melons marinated with lime juice and mint, strawberries paired wi a seamy yogurt panna cotta. The meal's centerpiece is a cinnamon-- scented chicken and egg filo pie (rendering moot the question of which came first). Most of the dishes can be prepared ahead of time and just assembled or baked in the morning, to keep brunch a relaxed, easy affair.

Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Roll-ups Spiced Chicken Filo Pie

Roasted Asparagus with Chopped Egg Salad

Pistachio Scones

Marinated Melons with Mint and Feta

Yogurt Panna Cotta

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spring brunch menu

Tangerine Sparklers

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Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Roll-ups Radishes and Olives Spiced Chicken Filo Pie Roasted Asparagus with Chopped Egg Salad Pistachio Scones Marinated Melons with Mint and Feta Yogurt Panna Cotta, White or Sparkling Wine (see page 108) Coffee

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The Wine Guide

Is noon too soon?

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Let's cut right to the chase: Many of us-even the most steadfast wine lovers-never drink wine at brunch. Is noon just too soon for

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a grown-up beverage? Well, if so, how do you explain that unofficial queen of brunchtime beverages, the Bloody Mary (which, it should be noted, packs a much bigger wallop than the fruit of the vine)?

No, it's probably not our reluctance to indulge a little. But, unlike a Bloody Mary, wine requires a cerebral moment, a delicious question, some advance (if not advanced) thought: Which wine to serve with foods that we haven't imagined drinking wine with before?

The answer is actually easy. Great brunch wines are like great brunches-light and lighthearted. Anything fussy, complicated, very serious, or really expensive is simply out of place. …

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