BRIDGEWATER, N.J., Dec. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Brunch. It's lunch. It's breakfast. It's a favorite way to gather during the holidays. And with healthy recipe ideas for combining basic fridge staples, it's delicious and easy.
"Putting together a holiday brunch can seem like a daunting task, but it's one of the easiest ways to feed a large group of people really good food," says Christopher Ely, farmer liaison and co-founder of Applegate. "Combining eggs with high quality meats – like bacon or ham – and vegetables in a frittata, casserole, quiche or omelet is a simple way to please a crowd, with items you already have in your fridge," says Ely, a classically trained chef.
According to Ely, the easiest way to plan a brunch is to think about the two main meal occasions that are being brought together – breakfast and lunch – and choosing two to three dishes in each category, while mixing sweet and savory. For example, pair ham and veggie frittatas and cinnamon rolls with a gourmet antipasto platter and grilled vegetables.
"Prepare and cook just a few things yourself and get bagels or pastries from a great local bakery," suggests Ely. "Pair with coffee, orange juice, or some sparkling wine for mimosas, to create a delicious and festive brunch in no time." Ely offers these tips for putting together a simple yet delicious brunch:
- Get fresh – with your eggs that is. Fresh eggs make a huge difference. Eggs that are farm fresh and come from hens that are free range and not treated with antibiotics have a richer, yellow yolk and have an incomparable taste.
- 'Tis the season – When choosing fruits and vegetables, go for those that are in season, which will save on cost and taste much better.
- Edible centerpiece – Fruits and vegetables aren't just for eating; winter and fall produce create beautiful centerpieces to dress up your brunch buffet. Experiment with pomegranates, clementines and persimmons.
- Ham it up – Liven up brunch favorites like bacon, sausages and ham by choosing organic and natural varieties, many of which use select cuts, like Applegate Uncured Thick Cut Bacon made with heritage Berkshire pork.
Tell Applegate about your best brunch tip on the Applegate Farms Facebook page for your chance to win a year's supply of free bacon – or the brunch meat of your choice. The winner will be announced via the Applegate Farms Facebook page on Dec. 20. For more tips, watch the video "Cooking with Chris" to see how Ely prepares ham and egg baskets on Applegate's YouTube Channel and visit http://www.applegate.com/.
For more than 20 years, Applegate has been producing high-quality natural and organic hot dogs, bacon, sausages, deli meats, cheese and frozen products. Natural can mean many things, but when Applegate says their products are natural, consumers are guaranteed that the meat inside is:
- Raised without antibiotics or hormones
- From animals fed a vegetarian or 100% grass diet and treated with humane animal standards
- Free of added chemical nitrites, nitrates or phosphates
- Free of artificial ingredients or preservatives
For more information about our products, visit http://www.applegate.com.