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Brunch Recipes

Brunch is a late morning meal between breakfast and lunch, as a replacement for both meals, usually eaten when one rises too late to eat breakfast, or as a specially planned meal. The term is a portmanteau of breakfast and lunch. Brunch can be served after a morning event or prior to an afternoon one, such as a wedding or sporting event. It is usually a more relaxed meal than breakfast or lunch, and considered appropriate for informal celebrations or Group dining affairs.
Some restaurants and hotels serve brunch, especially on weekends and holidays. Such brunches are often serve-yourself buffets, but menu-ordered meals may be available instead of, or with, the buffet. The meal usually involves standard breakfast foods such as eggs, pancakes, sausages, bacon, ham, fruits, pastries, and the like. However, it can include almost any other type of food served throughout the day. Buffets may have large roasts of meat or poultry, cold seafood like shrimp and smoked fish, salads, soups, vegetable dishes, many types of breadstuffs, and desserts of all sorts. Some of the all-time favorite brunch dishes are-:

Eggs Benedict
Eggs Benedict is a dish consisting of slices of toast or halves of English muffins topped with smoked bacon or ham. Eggs Benedict may have inspired McDonalds to create the Egg McMuffin breakfast sandwich, which approximates the dish by substituting a circular, hard-cooked egg for the poached egg, and adding a slice of American cheese. The Egg McMuffin is only lacking the hollandaise sauce of the Eggs Benedict.
There is now an Eggs Benedict XVI, created to honor the German background of the recently elected pope. Sauerbraten or sausage and rye bread are the eggs' accompaniments.

Steak au Poivre
Steak au poivre ("pepper steak") is a French dish that consists of a steak, traditionally a strip steak, coated on one side in loosely cracked peppercorns and then cooked. The peppercorns form a crust on one side of the steak when cooked and provide a pungent but complimentary counterpoint to the rich flavor of the high-quality beef. Common side dishes to steak au poivre are various forms of mashed potatoes and pommes frites (small fried shoestring potatoes). Steak au poivre may be found in traditional French restaurants in most urban areas, and is a favorite with the Sunday brunch crowd.

Dim-sums
The dim sum brunch is a popular meal in Chinese restaurants worldwide. It consists of a wide variety of stuffed bao (buns), dumplings, and other savory or sweet food items that have been steamed, deep-fried, or baked. Customers select what they want from passing carts, as the kitchen continuously produces and sends out more freshly prepared dishes. Over the last decade or so they have gained immense popularity as a ‘Brunch’ food because they are essentially light, healthy and yet filling.


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