Brunch is a wonderful meal for entertaining. It’s the perfect way to gather your close friends and family for a decadent feast consisting of the best meals of the day – breakfast and lunch! Last year Paula hosted Oprah at her house and served a brunch fit for a queen- and it wasn’t your typical menu of quiches and egg benedicts! This brunch was inspired by some of Paula’s most classic Southern dishes.
The next time you have a very special guest of honor, knock their socks off with this fantastic menu. It’s a lot of food so make sure to use all of the prep tips to help manage your time.
Shrimp and Grits
Creamy and delicious, nothing says Southern cooking like shrimp and grits.
Test Kitchen Tip: Make your grits ahead of time, they can be held in a slow cooker to keep warm or just re-heat them in the pot over low heat and add more butter and cream to loosen them up.
A delicious, flaky filet with a perfectly crisp crust.
Test Kitchen Tip: You can bread the catfish ahead of time and hold it in the refrigerator on a wire rack atop a sheet tray. It will be ready to throw in the hot oil when you are ready to serve.
Fried Green Tomatoes
This was Oprah’s favorite dish of the day so don’t leave it off your menu. She even followed Paula into the kitchen for a private fried green tomato lesson.
Test Kitchen Tip: Slice and salt your tomatoes ahead of time to help them release water. Don’t leave this tip out or your tomatoes will be soggy and the breading won’t stick.
Baked French Toast Casserole
A sweet and delicious twist on everyone’s favorite breakfast item.
Test Kitchen Tip: This casserole can be fully assembled and refrigerated over night, just bake it off before you are ready to serve.
Honey Mustard Glazed Ham
Sweet and salty, making this ham will leave you with plenty of leftovers for the week ahead.
Test Kitchen Tip: The ham can be fully cooked the day before.
Light and flaky with a delicious cheesy flavor, these are the perfect biscuits to serve along side your ham.
Test Kitchen Tip: Biscuits can be made the day before, make sure to store them in an airtight container.
Pineapple Upside Down Cake
A real showstopper! This cake tastes as good as it looks.
Test Kitchen Tip: This dessert can be made the day ahead.
Doughy peachy goodness this dessert is irresistible.
Test Kitchen Tip: Make the cobbler the day before and warm it up in a low heat oven, be sure to serve it with high quality vanilla ice cream and or homemade whip cream.
Mix up a batch of Paula’s Tuner Creek Bloody, brew a fresh batch of coffee and make some tea and your brunch is complete.
No one will go hungry at your star-studded buffet!