How To Build Your Own Brunch

Bottomless Brunch in the city is great if you’re rich…here’s how to have brunch in your own home!

By Katie Moore-Gillon
Staff Foodie

I’m all for heading into the city for a bottomless brunch, but let’s face it: I’m (aiming to be) on a budget. Hence, an alternative is called for, and it involves some nice looking cutting boards. The trick is to invite a few friends over to your house, clear a table, and have about 30 minutes (of rather cathartic) prep time. This is meant to be a fairly simple brunch that anyone can do, rather than a grandiose meal that can be nerve-wracking to tackle without a day or two to prepare. This is low-stakes and wildly simple to throw together.

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To “Build-A-Brunch,” I think the staples you need are:

  1. A classic salad
  2. Good meats
  3. Good cheeses
  4. Crackers
  5. Butter
  6. Good bread

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For the first board (left), I went to Whole Foods and bought 1/4 a pound of Jambon Royal, which is my favorite type of ham. It’s the perfect texture: nice and dry but a little fatty around the edges, making it incredibly decadent. I had it sliced at the counter, so all I had to do at home was lay it out on the cutting board. I had some salami as well, so I placed that on the board, layering one piece on top of the other. Then, I bought a loaf of sourdough bread (it’s hard to go wrong with sourdough), and cut a few slices. For the circular platter, I cut up some pieces of Asiago cheese (that was all I had, however, I would encourage you to have a couple more, including a soft cheese like brie). I had some really nice sesame crackers that I layered around the side of the plate, and then some ripe tomatoes and fresh mozzarella for a caprese salad (with basil, salt and pepper, and olive oil) to layer around the other side. In the middle, I had a ripe avocado and sliced it up, topping it with smoked salt and balsamic vinaigrette.

For drinks, you can have whatever is around (but if options are futile, you can never go wrong with a big jug of water and some sliced fruit)! Lay the butter out once you’ve set the table, and make sure everyone has plates and cutlery ready to go.

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