Cheesy Brunch Menu

Brunch is one of those meals that everyone loves, but no one makes time for. It’s impractical during the work week, and weekends become overrun with activities, parties, housework, and family. These recipes are set out to change that. Simple ingredients, delicious flavors, and an easy to make, these cheese-centric dishes are sure to bring together family and friends at your brunch table. Pair with mimosas and Bloody Mary’s, and you’re good to go.



Chocolate Sweet Potato Mousse with Espresso Parmesan Crisps
The first dish of brunch needs to set the stage. It should be simple yet flavorful, savory and sweet, and beautifully presented. Chocolate sweet potato mousse is garnished with a savory espresso parmesan crisp. Impress your guests with this beautiful course!
Cuisine: American
Recipe type: Brunch
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, or 1 cup of roasted mashed sweet potato
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 4 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 6-9 tablespoons milk
  • ½ tsp almond extract
  • 4 oz Espresso Parmesan, shredded
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with PAM.
  2. Peel and chop the sweet potatoes into cubes and roast for 30-40 minutes.
  3. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  4. While the potatoes roast, make the parmesan crisps. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Place a heaping tablespoon of shredded parmesan in a small mound, about 2" in diameter. Repeat with the rest of the cheese, keeping mounds at least 1" apart.
  5. Bake in the same oven for 3-5 minutes or until crisp. Once they've solidified, remove from the baking sheet and let cool.
  6. In a food processor, blend together the roasted sweet potato, cocoa powder, maple syrup, milk and almond extract until smooth.
  7. Taste and add more milk or maple syrup as needed.
  8. Spoon into 8 small dishes, such as wine glasses or small bowls. Refrigerate at least one hour.
  9. Garnish with the parmesan crisps and serve chilled.
Caprese Pinwheels
Smoked mozzarella string cheese brings these caprese pinwheels to a new level. The result is a smoky, complex flavor, balanced by the freshness of the tomato and the homey taste of hand-kneaded biscuit dough, seasoned with Italian spices.
Cuisine: American
Recipe type: Brunch
  • 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
  • 3 pieces smoked mozzarella string cheese, halved lengthwise and sliced thin
  • 1 vine-ripened tomato, seeded, finely chopped and drained
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil, chiffonade
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with PAM.
  2. Lay out the puff pastry sheet on a flat surface. Spread chopped mozzarella and tomatoes on top. Sprinkle over the chiffonade basil.
  3. Tightly roll into a log. Use a sharp knife to cut ½" pieces. Place onto prepared baking sheet.
  4. Bake at 400 for 10-15 minutes, until the crust looks golden brown.
  5. Remove from oven, let cool a few minutes; serve warm.
Mini Cheddar Egg Cups
When cooking for a brunch crowd, eggs are an obvious choice. To add a feeling of delicacy, this egg dish is miniaturized into small muffin-sized cups. The 5-year cheddar is one of my favorite cheeses and is kept as a staple in our fridge. Its richness complements the eggs and basic vegetables to create a tasty part of your next brunch party.
Cuisine: American
Recipe type: Brunch
  • 10 eggs
  • 8 tablespoons milk
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 bell pepper, finely chopped
  • ¼ onion, finely chopped
  • 2 oz 5-year aged cheddar, shredded
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray 2 muffin tins with PAM. Tip: use a silicone muffin mold for easy cleanup.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, milk and spices together until frothy.
  3. Spoon or pour egg mixture in greased muffin tin cups. You should fill 16 cups.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together the pepper and onion. Sprinkle evenly on top of the egg-filled cups.
  5. Now sprinkle the shredded 5-year on top.
  6. Bake at 400 for 30 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven, and from the muffin tins. Serve warm.


Blueberry White Cheddar Turnovers
A complete brunch menu isn't complete without something sweet! These turnovers are simple, sweet, cheesy and downright delicious. They'll ooze blueberries and flavor, sure to please your guests.
Cuisine: American
Recipe type: Brunch
  • 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
  • 3 oz blueberry white cheddar cheese, shaved thin
  • ⅔ cup fresh blueberries, washed and dried
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with PAM.
  2. Roll out the thawed puff pastry sheet onto a floured surface. Cut into 4 triangular pieces.
  3. On one-half of a pastry triangle, layer shavings of the blueberry white cheddar. Place blueberries on top. Repeat for all triangles.
  4. Drizzle with a bit of honey for sweetness.
  5. Fold over the other half of each triangle and press together the seams with your fingers or a fork.
  6. Transfer the turnovers to prepared baking sheet. Brush tops with melted butter.
  7. Bake at 400 for 10-12 minutes, until they turn golden brown.
  8. Remove and slice each turnover into two equal triangles.
  9. Transfer to a serving platter and enjoy warm.



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