One Dozen Grade-A Brunch Ideas for People Who Hate Eggs
Brunch isn't for everybody, but it's a special kind of hell for those of us who hate eggs. For us, a restaurant's brunch menu is a minefield of poached or scrambled pitfalls, with the only sanctuary located at the bottom of a bloody mary or peach mimosa.
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When cooking our own brunches, on the other hand, it's much easier to avoid using unfertilized chicken ova (and their gelatinous innards) in our dishes. There's actually several crowd-pleasing mid-morning meals that don't put eggs at the center of the plate, making it possible for us to enjoy our food without dry-heaving at the breakfast table.
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Looking for an excellent egg-free recipe to enjoy alongside several of the aforementioned bloody marys and mimosas? Look no further than the following 12 dishes:
(From left: Kitchen Belleicious, Baker By Nature, Oh She Glows, Tim Vidra Eats)
Loaded Everything Bagel & Lox Pizza
Most bagel shops offer lox and cream cheese in addition to their eggy breakfast sandwiches, but nobody offers anything like this bagel and lox pizza from Ashley at Baker by Nature. The next time you have guests for brunch, wow them with this satisfying recipe.
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(Baker By Nature)
Baked Apples Stuffed with Cinnamon Oatmeal
Sure, you could whip up a boring ol' bowl of oatmeal for yourself, that's not very special. Take a tip from Jessica at Kitchen Belleicious and stuff your morning oats into an apple, bake it up, and top it with yogurt and honey. Learn how Jessica does it here.
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Sausage Hash Grilled Breakfast Sandwich
Let's say you're in the mood for a breakfast sandwich, but your only option at the local deli is an egg and cheese (minus the egg). Instead, try making this sandwich recipe from Karly at Buns In My Oven, featuring toasty sourdough bread and hearty sausage hash.
RECIPE: Trisha Yearwood's Sausage Balls
(Buns In My Oven)
Chicken and Biscuit Waffles
Julie of The Little Kitchen nabbed this awesome sandwich idea — a play on chicken and waffles — from her friends' cookbook "Breakfast for Dinner." (Don't worry; you can eat it as brunch during brunch, too.) Click here to check out the recipe.
(The Little Kitchen)
Char Siu Bao
If you can't make it out to dim sum on a Sunday morning, you can whip up one of its many classic Cantonese dishes at home. Jennifer at Use Real Butter combined her favorite filling and bun recipes to bring us these delectable char siu bao, stuffed with tender saucy pork.
(Use Real Butter)
Cream Biscuits and Sausage Gravy
"It’s hard to beat a biscuit that’s been smothered in smooth, peppery sausage gravy," writes Courtney from Cook Like a Champion. The best part? Her gravy recipe calls for only three main ingredients and comes together in a flash.
(Cook Like a Champion)
Parmesan Polenta Cakes With Mushroom and Sausage Hash
This polenta and hash recipe from Lauren at Lauren's Latest is as tasty as any dish you'll find at a fancy brunch spot. It's actually better, because it hasn't been marred with the addition of a runny fried
RECIPE: Veggie Hash
A croque monsieur is pretty great on its own, but this variation from Rosa at SaVUry and Sweet swaps the bread for a croissant and the bechamel sauce for a cheesier Mornay sauce. The result is a rich brunch sandwich that begs to be eaten with a fork and knife.
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(SaVUry and Sweet)
New Orleans Grillades and Grits
Grillades (medallions or meat slowly simmered with stock and vegetables) are often paired with grits on brunch menus throughout New Orleans. See what all the fuss is about and try this savory recipe for grillades and grits from Kimberly at The Daring Gourmet.
(The Daring Gourmet)
Tim Vidra of E.A.T. shares this hearty recipe for his sweet brunch bruschetta. This crowd-pleasing dish features fresh strawberries, two kinds of cheese, balsamic vinegar, and nary an egg in sight.
RECIPE: LAVO's Breakfast Pizza With Goat Cheese and Smoked Salmon
Smoked Salmon, Goat Cheese and Spinach Empanadas
Who doesn't love an empanada? And who doesn't love puff pastry? And who wouldn't be excited to find a dish of these puff-pastry empanadas waiting for them at the brunch table? No one, that's who. Especially not Melissa Camero, who posted this terrific recipe on her blog, Bitchin Camero.
Sun Dried Tomato, Mushroom and Spinach Tofu Quiche
If you avoid eggy dishes because of their texture, a tofu-based quiche might not be an ideal substitution. But if you don't eat eggs for dietary reasons, this hearty recipe from Angela at Oh She Glows is a godsend. It reheats nicely, too.
RECIPE: Allison Fishman's Spinach and Mushroom Lasagna
(Oh She Glows)