Weekend Brunch 10.15.2010 October 15, 2010 Entertaining 930 I thought I’d start a new series inspired by weekend brunches I’ve been hosting lately. Every Friday, I’ll post a brunch menu along with ideas for gathering your friends and family and having a good time. This week’s brunch came straight from one of my favorite shows on Food Network- Down Home With The Neelys, and features some great fall foods: apples and sweet potatoes. As usual, I modify recipes quite a bit to make them a bit more healthy. I’ll list the modified ingredients, then link to the recipe so you can follow the original directions. Memphis Morning Brunch Baked Eggs and Tomatoes I doubled this in a large casserole dish, spreading the tomato mixture on the bottom and cracking 8 eggs on top, evenly spaced. I used cooking spray instead of butter to coat my glass dish. 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 shallot, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 5 plum tomatoes, seeded and roughly chopped 1 tablespoon tomato paste Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 tablespoons chiffonade basil leaves, plus more for garnish 4 eggs Sweet Potato Pancakes with Ginger Applesauce 1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled 4 green onions, finely chopped 1/3 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cups egg beaters 1 teaspoon smoked paprika 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1/4 cup peanut oil, for frying Ginger Applesauce 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, cut into 1/2-inch slices 2 Golden Delicious apples, peeled, cored, cut into 1/2-inch slices 1/2 cup apple cider 1 lemon, juiced 1/4 cup light brown sugar 1 cinnamon stick 1 (2-inch) piece ginger, smashed Grilled Melon and Ham 2 limes, juiced 1 tablespoon honey 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1/2 honeydew melon, sliced into 12 pieces 12 (6-inch) wooden bamboo skewers, soaked in water for 20 to 30 minutes 12 slices ham, cut in 1/2 We finished off with Ina Garten’s French Apple Tart, no modifications here! This brunch got rave reviews, so I hope you will try this at home! Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website CAPTCHA Code * Check here to Subscribe to notifications for new posts Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.