No one is looking forward to the insane hangover that we will all wake up to on New Year's Day. Normally, on any other morning after, you could have a delicious brunch to look forward to. On New Year's Day, however, most of your favourite brunch spots will be closed, or incredibly busy to the point that it isn't even worth going and aggravating your aching head. All is not lost folks, for MTL Blog has your brunch solution. To get you happy and fix your hunger on New Year's Day, we've compiled some quick, delicious, and fancy brunch dishes you can make for yourself or a crowd. Celebrate the new year with some good food and get rid of that pesky hangover.
Hoppin' Into 2014
Apparently, in the American South, there is the tradition of eating black eyed peas on New Year's Day. No, not Fergie (she looks like she'd taste disgusting) but the actual vegetable. For whatever reason BEP are meant to symbolize humility, thus humbling you when you eat 'em. Not sure what the logic in that is, but they sure are tasty so who cares.
Hoppin' John is a classic black eyed peas dish, and easy to prepare. You pretty much just simmer the BEPs in broth with veggies and bacon (mmmmm bacon) for a while. Couldn't be easier or tastier. Get hoppin' with the full recipe here.
Some Mo' Southern Comfort
Another random Southern tradition is eating cornbread on NYD. The gold colour is meant to represent wealth and prosperity, and eating it on New Years will lead to a profitable 365 days. Here's hoping.
Cornbread is fairly simple to make (like baking a simple cake just with corn meal and less sugar) but why not make things more exciting with the addition of pecans and rosemary? A delicious pairing, you can pretty much just add the herb and nut into any cornbread recipe, or see the original post here.
Get Fancy With A Classic
You can do a lot more with champagne than drinking it at midnight. You can use it to make delicious pancakes! Making pancakes from scratch is super simple (as long as you have the usual baking staples) and these champagne pancakes are no exception. All that's different is the addition of some bubbly to the batter right before cooking up the flapjacks, for some very fluffy results. Check out the full recipe, along with how to make a simple strawberry syrup, here.
The culinary champagne magic doesn't stop there. If you're really up to planning ahead on a NYD brunch, then this recipe for pink champagne jelly will accompany anything else you make. Don't be intimidated by the thought of making jelly, it only takes 10 minutes and 4 ingredients. See how easy it is here, and get people jelly for your jelly.
Set It And Forget It
The lazy bitch in us doesn't really seem to keen on waking up and cooking on NYD, especially with a hangover. With a little prep, though, you can already have an awesome brunch dish ready to go whenever you wake up. An overnight breakfast casserole is easy to prepare and can be done the night before. Just soak bread in a mixture of 6ish eggs (beaten) then add in cheese + ingredients (veggies, meat) and throw it in the fridge to soak overnight, then pop it in the oven the following morning. Tons of variations can be done to fit your taste buds, even a smoked salmon-cream cheese version. Take a look at a bacon and sausage recipe, along with helpful hints to switch it up, right here.
To Wash It Down
What's the best way to nurse hangover, aside from greasy food? More alcohol, of course. The motto of "the hair of the dog that bit you" does help, as any form of drank will numb the pain of a hangover. You're not gonna wanna be taking shots, so why not up the class with some great brunch drinks? Caesars are the Canadian classic, but bellinis are the deliciously fancy way to go. A bellini is pretty much just any juice (usually orange) you like plus prosecco or another type of bubbly. For a sexy twist on the bellini with an added vodka kick, try out these pomegranate kiwi bellinis.
Moving On To The Sweet Stuff
We've been in savory town too long. Let's venture out to sweets-ville and get the sugar rush started with a make ahead gingerbread french toast breakfast bake. Keep the flavours of Xmas alive with this dish, prepared the night before. Much like its savory counterpart, this dish involves soaking bread in a mix of eggs, sugar, and spices all night long, with delicious results. Feel free to add ingredients (nuts, smooth cheeses) or omit stuff you don't like.
If you happen to be Italian, or just know a few, then you probably got waaaaayyy to many panetonne during the holidays. Panetonne is the quintessential Italian Xmas cake, huge, fluffy, and usually filled with dried fruits. Get creative with your leftover panetonne and use the dessert to make French toast, substituting regular toast for the sweet bread. Get epic and smear some chocolate and mascarpone cheese in between to make chocolate-stuffed panettone French toast with orange syrup. It's a lot easier than it sounds, see for yourself here.
Oh, The Sweetest Thing
Sure, you can have some slightly sugary typical brunch items, or get next level with the fusion of two magical desserts: a giant chocolate chip cookie-blondie. Blondies are brownies without the cocoa, often with white chocolate added, and y'all best already know what a triple-C is. To make this decadent fusion, prepare the two batters seperatly, then, when the blondies are about 1/3 baked, drop some CCC dough on top and finish the baking process. Kick off 2014 with the most intense of sugar rushes. See the full recipe here.
Will you be making any of these brunch bad boys on New Year's Day? Did we leave out a classic brunch dish you'll be eating? Tell us about it in the comments below.