Decorate your food table with pumpkins and gourds and serve your Thanksgiving Day brunch buffet style. Be festive and decorate in gold, red, green and ivory colors, including plates, tablecloths and other dishes. Serve your guests simple food items, such as pumpkin bread, brunch casserole and other muffins and finger foods. Check out two simple recipes that have always been a hit at my family brunch gatherings.
3 cups canned pumpkin puree
1 ½ cups oil (preferably vegetable or olive)
4 cups sugar
4-¾ cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ tsp of Baking Power, Baking Soda, Salt, Ground Cinnamon, Ground Nutmeg and Ground Cloves
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease bread loaf pan. Mix pumpkin puree, oil, sugar and eggs. In separate bowl combine all other ingredients. Mix both mixtures together until smooth and well blended. Divide mixture into three batches and back for approximately 45 minutes, or until a knife can be inserted and cleanly removed.
3 cups diced turkey ham
3 cups bread cubes
1 16-ounce bag of shredded cheddar
1 tsp mustard
3 tbs flour
3 cups milk
3 cups crumbled cooked bacon
1 chicken bullion cube
¾ cups hot water
1 can cream of chicken soup
Combine turkey ham, bread cubes, cheese, mustard and flour and spread in lasagna dish. Wisk milk and eggs together, the pour over mixture in dish. Dissolve bullion cube with water and add cream of chicken soup until well blended. Pour evenly over mixture in the pan.
To bake cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for one hour, then remove foil and top casserole with bacon and bake for an additional 20 minutes.Please note: It is best to prepare the ingredients the night before and place in refrigerator until ready to cook the next morning.