Top 5 Classic Brunch Foods

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Brunch is reason enough to get out of bed in the morning.

Venturing out of the house for that midday meal is a gratifying ritual that deserves to be celebrated – preferably over mimosas. It’s the perfect remedy for hangovers and weekday woes, an indulgent wake-up call ready to be devoured.

Here’s a short list of our favourite classic brunches, because who doesn’t crave the simplicity of eggs, bacon or perhaps some pancakes or waffles?  It’s simply inexcusable to mess up.

1. Eggs Benedict


A dish traditionally comprised of English muffins topped with poached eggs, peameal bacon and doused in lusciously buttery hollandaise, eggs benny are hands down a pleasure to dig into and guaranteed to be oozing with golden yolks. Let’s not forget the sides of perfectly seasoned potatoes to complete the dish for an extra satisfying result.

Feeling a tad adventurous? How about adding some lobster or salmon?

2. French Toast


A true staple on brunch menus, French toast appeals to those with a sweet tooth looking to satisfy morning cravings with thick slabs of bread soaked in crème anglaise, browned golden in butter and then dressed in a sweet finish of Canada’s most prized and essential local commodity, maple syrup. Sounds decadent right?

This is a brunch dish so classic, it’s no wonder that kitchens like to get creative with combinations with berry coulis, apple butter and dollops of goodness and…the options are endless.

3. Pancakes


There’s just something so comforting about a big ol’ stack of flapjacks – they’re the perfect weekend pick me up. Slather on a little butter and douse them with good maple syrup and you’re good to go. These fluffy sweet or savoury delights of various thickness, fillings and toppings are as classic as it gets.

After being cooked in a pan they arrive on your plate to fulfill their glorious life purpose as the classic brunch food.

4. Waffles


Waffles are no longer exclusively for those looking to fulfill their sweet indulgence. Sure, you’ll find waffles loaded with maple syrup, powdered sugar, fruits and whipped cream, but welcome to 2015 and you can now order waffles paired with crispy fried chicken, doused in hollandaise sauce, or infused with pumpkin spice – add some syrup and goodness gracious this classic brunch meal is complete.

5. Sunny Side Up


A decision that is unique to every individual and a dream order for any chef. Topped with freshly ground pepper, fresh herbs and a side of hash, the moment the yolk is poked is the defining moment that brunch has officially commenced.

This blog was originally posted on Gusto TV.

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