Irresistible and bountiful charcuterie boards and crudités fill our social media feeds with colorful platters of fresh and flavorful foods, but what if you’re looking for something a little more interesting? Bring some amusing appetizers to the table with a brunch board guaranteed to lift everyone’s spirits and be the highlight of their day!
Because brunch has the liberty of pulling from food items of both breakfast and lunch, there is a huge variety of protein options to choose from for your brunch board! Of course, there are several classic breakfast proteins to include such as crispy bacon and savory sausage (pork sausage, hot links, turkey sausage, or even vegetarian), but what about the others? Try incorporating some interesting proteins to diversify your brunch board like smoked salmon with capers, salty charcuterie meats like salami, soppressata, or prosciutto, and fried chicken tenders for chicken and waffles!
Having a variety of food to mix and match is part of the magic that makes any board, brunch or not, a great one. Cheese and fruit is a timeless pairing that fits well into the brunch category, making it perfect for your brunch board! A selection of assorted fruits to include in your board could be citrus fruits like lemons, grapefruit, and oranges, fresh berries like blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries, sliced melons like cantaloupe, honeydew, or watermelon, grapes, figs, pomegranates, and so much more!
As far as cheese goes, it’s a good idea to provide variation in not only flavor but in texture as well. Add some soft and hard cheeses to your brunch board for full-bodied flavor and fun! A few cheese pairings for your afternoon meal could be sharp cheddar cubes and creamy baked Brie, or sliced muenster and goat cheese!
Other sides to consider for your brunch board are sweet and savory dips and spread such as hummus, preserves, and even fruit dips to pair with the other elements of your board, as well as mixed nuts, crackers and pretzels, and even parfaits! Set up a parfait bar for guests to customize their yogurt with a selection of toppings or make individual parfaits for guests to enjoy!
Balance out your brunch board with a generous helping of baked goods! You can mix and match however you’d like, but there are a ton of super sweet options to make your brunch board a hit. Add some sliced banana bread or a sweet poppy seed loaf. Maybe a sprinkle in a few freshly baked croissants, muffins, or bagels! A variety of toasts like sourdough, rye, and pumpernickel could be the perfect choice for a brunch board with a number of spreads. Or, you could opt for some tangy orange rolls or cozy cinnamon buns. Small cookies and assorted mini-donuts are a few other treats to reach for, especially for those wishing to avoid baking, since they can easily be picked up from a local store or bakery. Another fun idea is to include a waffle or pancake bar as a way to engage guests with a customizable brunch menu!
Don’t forget to plan for drinks, too! A selection of coffee, tea, and fixings could be an easy way to get guests connecting and chatting, or you can provide some fun and fruity cocktails!
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