Use this menu guide to create a deliciously classic brunch! From an easy signature drink everyone can enjoy, to blackberry biscuits, timeless shrimp and grits, a fluffy quiche to whipped fruit butter, this southern brunch menu walks you through everything you need to know to make and serve the perfect brunch for Easter, Mother’s Day, showers, holidays or any special occasion!
Brunch is a meal that just beckons to be enjoyed. A literal portmanteau of breakfast and lunch, brunch is made up of only the best recipes. It’s all about the special. The extra. And there isn’t another meal that makes friends and family feel more welcome.
What is on a typical southern brunch menu?
So just what should be served at a brunch buffet? Southern brunch menus usually revolve around 6 major foods or menu items.
- special drinks
- breads (banana bread, biscuits, french toast, english muffins, pancakes, waffles, scones, or bagels)
- pastries (croissants, cinnamon rolls, danishes, tarts, beignets, savory pies…)
- eggs & proteins (quiche, frittatas, benedicts, ham or other sliced meats, bacon & sausage)
- potatoes or cheese grits
How do I create a brunch menu?
Your menu choices don’t have to be fussy. But for brunch, they should always be indulgent. Serve both savory and sweet, breakfast casseroles and finger foods. Breads, muffins, eggs, sliced meats, fruits, and even a vegetable or two probably should make an appearance.
Try to pull classic choices from both the lunch and breakfast spectrums. (Breakfast or biscuit sandwiches are perfect for checking both boxes!) Your menu should be made up of a variety of versatile dishes that your guests like best. One of the best things about brunch is that it has a little something for everyone.
What time should a Brunch start?
A well-timed brunch usually begins at 10:00 or 10:30 AM and can last until 2:00 PM, making brunch perfect for weekend get togethers, showers and all sorts of celebrations!