Planning a Labor Day Brunch?

The holiday is more memorable when you cook up brunch ideas tailored to the season. Just start by taking traditional brunch ideas – such as eggs or pancakes. Then make them seasonally appropriate, with late summer / early fall vegetables.

Also Labor Day symbolically marks the end of summer vacation and return of fall. So the more satiating foods of cooler months – such as cheese – are welcomed back.

Here are some brunch ideas to make your Labor Day more tasty – and memorable.

Eggs

Eggs are always the most popular centerpiece of brunch. A great choice for late summer is bacon and eggs on asparagus, featuring the satisfying flavor of bacon and eggs, over crunchy, summery asparagus. Or how about eggs baked in tomato sauce? Eggs are baked in sauce, then covered with grated Italian cheese. As always, use homegrown tomatoes for maximum flavor, whenever possible.

French Toast

This is another great sweet choice for your brunch menu – and so easy to make. Make it seasonally special with late summer fruits such as cranberries. I enjoy cranberry French toast with mascarpone, a great balance of satisfying cream cheese, and a light, fall-heralding fruit. Or if you’re looking for a leaner version, try making your French toast with low-fat milk and egg whites, serving up half the fat of traditional French toast.

Pancakes

Pancakes are popular year round, so just add in some seasonal flavors to make them a late summer treat.  I recommend Dutch apple pancakes, combining the uniqueness of Dutch pancakes with the crisp sweetness of this fall fruit. Or how about cinnamon oat pancakes? These pack the healthy benefits of oats, along with a sweet hint of fall flavors to come? Or try putting your favorite late season harvest – such as peaches – on your pancakes.

Hash Browns

These crisp, shredded potatoes are always great side dish for brunch. To make them September special, just add in your favorite seasonal veggies. Sautéed vegetables go great with the earthy goodness of potatoes. Why not try hash browns with leeks and bell peppers?

Quiche

This egg-based pie is always a hit. And with so many ways to add in fall vegetables, it’s a great choice.

broccoli-cheddar quiche is always a hit. Or try making crust-less quiche for fewer carbs. Other ways to harvest your summer veggies include golden corn quiche, zucchini quiche, and mushroom asparagus quiche. Secret tip: add bacon to any quiche to make it a hit.

Soufflés

This light, egg-based dish is great for late summer, because it can be simultaneously light and hearty. Give it a timely spin with in-season, late summer vegetables, and light yet zesty cheeses. A couple of my favorites are goat cheese asparagus soufflé, showcasing the crisp vegetable. Also try cheddar grits soufflé, serving up the delicious flavor of everyone’s favorite cheese and filling satisfaction of hominy.

Frittata

This pancake-shaped omelet is another variation to serve your favorite eggs.  I like making a frittata with eggs, potatoes, and goat cheese, accented by broccoli and other vegetables. Or try a ham and leek frittata – similar to eggs with ham and onion, but with more colorful zest.

About the Author

This is a guest post by Mark Lynch. Mark recommends reading more about food ideas at Chefs.edu.

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