Holiday Brunch

Since we moved to NYC 6.5 years ago, we've hosted a Christmas party and we wanted to make sure we kept the tradition going. However, with limited evenings, we decided to host a brunch at our place last Saturday. It was a really snowy day, which made it festive, and I enjoyed the challenge of coming up with a new brunch menu that was easy to assemble but tasted good. Here's what we had:

  • Traditional honey ham
  • Corn, cheddar, and scallion strata
  • Waldorf chicken salad (recipe below)
  • Mini donut hole tree
  • Santa fruit kabobs
  • Oreo bark (my cousins made this and it's amazing! Melt white chocolate and mix in a bag of crushed oreos. Spread the mixture across a pan and place in the fridge and break it up to serve.)
  • Hot chocolate bar (recipe below)
  • Cheese platter
  • Carrots and dip
  • Owen's Paloma and Mimosa bar



 This was my first time making Waldorf salad and I wanted to try and make a healthier version of it without mayo. So, I used greek yogurt instead, which was surprisingly awesome!

Ingredients
  • 3 chicken breasts boiled and pulled apart
  • 1 cup of green grapes slides
  • 1 cup of red grapes sliced
  • 2 apples cut into small pieces
  • 4 celery stalks chopped
  • 3/4 cup of walnuts
  • 1/2 cup of dried cranberries
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 cups greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp honey
Directions
  1. Mix the first seven ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. In a small bowl, squeeze the lemon and mix the lemon juice, yogurt, and honey. Once combined, pour mixture over the other ingredients and stir until everything is coated. You can make this ahead and refrigerate until you need to serve it.



 This hot chocolate was out of this world! I found this recipe and decided to give it a try - it's really not healthy, but it's sooooo good! In the slow cooker, mix 
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 (14oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 6 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups of chocolate chips (milk chocolate OR semi-sweet)

Directions
  1. Mix all ingredients with a whisk in the crock pot until combined. 
  2. Cover the crock pot and cook on low for 2 hours, mixing throughout the duration.
  3. Service with candy canes and marshmallows. We also had Baileys and you could use peppermint schnapps.

 Oreo bark






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