Quick -- run to the store, right now, today, and grab some eggs. You've got plenty of time to plan a great brunch to start the new year, but for that, you really must have eggs. While you're at the market, add some bread, any green vegetable, and a bit of your favorite cheese to your grocery cart. I love to make a fuss over breakfast or brunch, on holidays or on the weekends, yet most of my favorite egg dishes are a snap to make, and not at all fussy. Combine eggs with whatever you find in your pantry, and you can start the year with a brunch to remember. Eggs are key!
Bacon and egg tartines look fancy, but they're really just eggs and bacon on grilled toast. You can make the hard-boiled eggs ahead of time, and the bread-and-bacon base takes just minutes to prepare. (If you received a panini press for the holidays, now's the time to use it.) Top the bacon with something leafy and green, tossed with your favorite salad dressing.
This broccoli, mushroom, egg and cheese breakfast casserole comes together in five minutes, bakes for 35 minutes, and tastes best after it's been able to sit for a few minutes more. In other words, it's so much easier than a souffle in every possible way. Egg casseroles are easy, and they will feed a crowd.
More egg and cheese casserole ideas:
Kale, mushroom and caramelized onion breakfast casserole
Egg casserole with leeks, red bell pepper and goat cheese
Corn, green chile, egg and cheese breakfast casserole
Combine eggs with something like bread, and slather with butter and pure maple syrup, and you're as close to my husband Ted's version of heaven as you're likely to get. This cinnamon and vanilla challah French toast, made with eggy bread soaked in beaten eggs, is irresistible.
Everything looks better in a wrap, and so it is with quiche, a perennial crowd-pleaser you can make ahead and reheat gently in the morning. This kale and feta quiche begins with store-bought crust, and the filling is quick, easy, and chock full of dark leafy greens (for those eat-healthy new year's resolutions). You can substitute spinach for the kale, if that's what you have on hand.
Frittatas are similar to egg casseroles, except the cooking method begins on the stove-top, and finishes under the broiler. For a Mexican-inspired New Year's morning, try this black bean, green chile and tomato frittata -- an Italian dish with Southwest flair. Like all frittatas, it tastes best at room temperature.
If you are superstitious, I do not want you to make this lobster, corn and basil quiche, though it is my absolute favorite party-worthy egg dish. Many believe it's bad luck to serve lobster at the new year, because lobster walks backwards, and "backwards" -- lack of progress? failure? -- is a bad omen. I believe that a year that begins with lobster can only mean more special treats ahead, so I'd take a chance on this indulgent quiche. Substitute shrimp if you're nervous.
Happy, eggy, New Year to all!
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