Thanksgiving Day is an important holiday for many Americans, and hosts will spend hours preparing menus, recipes, and shopping lists for the big day. Hosts and hostesses can limit their kitchen time and maximize time spent with guests by serving a brunch instead of three separate meals that day. A brunch can be light and served buffet-style to limit preparation time and clean-up.
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
- 1 can pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
- 2 large eggs
- 1/4 cup melted butter (cooled)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Mix dry ingredients well in a large bowl.
- In a small bowl, stir together pumpkin, eggs, and cooled, melted butter.
- Combine wet ingredients and dry ingredients and stir until flour mixture is moistened — do not overmix or bread will be tough!
- Spray a bread pan with Baker’s Joy cooking spray.
- Pour batter into prepared muffin tin and place into oven. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.
- Allow to cool on a rack for 10 minutes before serving.
- Enjoy with butter.
- 1 roll ground pork sausage, browned and scrambled
- 1 can crescent rolls
- 2 cups pizza cheese (blend of mozzarella and cheddar)
- 6 eggs, beaten
- ½ cup milk
- salt and pepper to taste
- 4 strips bacon, fried crispy
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Spray a 9×13″ pan with nonstick cooking spray.
- Lay crescent rolls flat across bottom of pan and press seams to seal.
- Beat eggs and milk, stir in salt, pepper, 1 ½ cups cheese, and cooled sausage.
- Pour egg mixture over crescent rolls.
- Bake for 15 minutes or until eggs are set.
- Remove from oven and sprinkle remaining cheese over the top. Crumble bacon and sprinkle it over the top.
- Return to oven and bake until cheese is melted. Serve hot.
Other ideasAnother great addition for your Thanksgiving brunch meal is this delicious gingerbread pancake recipe from SeasonalRecipes.com. However, instead of the suggested lemon sauce, a light dusting of powdered sugar or some freshly whipped cream can be a delightful alternative topping.
The Thanksgiving table later in the day is likely to be groaning with high-fat, high-calorie treats, so your brunch menu should be crowded with fresh, seasonal fruits, like pears, apples, damsons, grapes, and even raspberries. A veggie platter with broccoli, celery, cucumbers, green onions, and baby carrots served with a hummus or favorite vegetable dip can help your guests take the edge off their hunger without adding hundreds of empty calories.