Back in the days when we happily filled plates at buffet spreads or shared small plates at our favorite tapas restaurants, charcuterie boards were a hot trend. The large boards laden with meats, cheeses, olives, spreads and breads were embellished with creative displays of nuts, dried fruits and whatever else looked pretty and tasted delicious. The good news? These boards don’t just have to be reserved for restaurants. Next time you’re looking for a fun way to enjoy weekend brunch at home, try one our brunch board ideas. Your family is sure to ask for seconds!
Charcuterie Pinterest boards are a jumping off point for holiday dessert boards, hot chocolate boards, and now, even breakfast boards. Brunch or breakfast boards do not have to be for large gatherings. Scale yours to a realistic number of foods and prepare a special meal for your family or roommates. Because brunch boards almost always have a few hot items on them, it will take a little more planning to display these foods compared to a charcuterie or dessert board.
Below you’ll find three brunch ideas that are beautiful, fun, and most important, easy to make. Plus, tips for keeping food warm while you prep and arrange. As a bonus, we end this post with an inspirational board that we all look forward to making when we can host large gatherings again.
1. Pancake board
Who doesn’t love pancakes? Instead of adding mix ins to the pancake batter, spread them out on a large tray or board. Include all your favorites as toppings – strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, bananas, apples, raisins, nuts, chocolate chips and colorful sprinkles for the kids. Arrange them in piles or in small bowls. Leave room for a stack of pancakes or wind them through the arrangement. Keep pancakes warm on your griddle and replenish hot pancakes as you need them. Add a pitcher of syrup and a bowl of whipped cream and it is ready!
2. Waffle board
Waffles like pancakes are a brunch favorite. All they need is butter, syrup and some fresh fruit. If you want to add on to this board, you could make the waffles sweet or savory and provide toppings for both. If you are really ambitious, you could make it a chicken and waffles board (go ahead, add some of your favorite take-out fried chicken!)
3. Egg bites board
These personal egg bites boards are just right for a family breakfast. Egg bites are packed with protein and can be customized to suit all tastes whether it’s bacon and cheese, sausage or ham, or egg white veggie bites. Round out the breakfast by adding toast and jam to your display. Egg bites can actually be made ahead and refrigerated, then reheated in a toaster oven so the whole family can eat at once.
4. The inspirational board
Everything you can imagine for a bountiful brunch board is included here. Choose a few ideas that are doable for you and bring out your trusted appliances to pull it off. Make the muffins ahead in your toaster oven. Prepare pancakes on the griddle, waffles in the waffle maker, egg bites in the egg bite maker, bacon and sausage can be cooked in the air fryer and then keep all things warm in your toaster oven until you’re ready to display and serve.
Tips for Successful Boards:
✓ Make them for any occasion – desserts, appetizers, breakfast, lunch, dinner or even personal size snackplates.
✓ Use a large cutting board, serving tray, platter or a variety of small dishes and bowls.
✓ Experiment with different types of surfaces such as wood, marble, ceramic, even a cookie sheet will work.
✓ Add fillers of things already done in the refrigerator or pantry such as jams, dried fruits, chutney or honey.
✓ Use a variety of colors, shapes, textures and different heights throughout.
✓ Bunches of herbs provide greenery and can be beds for other ingredients.
✓ Don’t forget knives for spreads and spoons for jams or sauces.
✓ Be creative and have fun!!
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