What Do I Serve for Thanksgiving Weekend Brunch?

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Dear Jamie,

I have a number of guests coming from far away for Thanksgiving – and they’re staying through the weekend! What can I serve them for Sunday brunch?

- Chaya, Miami Beach

Good question, Chaya. I’ve been wondering the same thing. I mean, really, after you’ve just cooked up a storm for turkey day and Shabbos, coming up with a special brunch is a bit over the top. But listen, you don’t have to make yourself crazy. Since hachnasas orchim – taking care of your houseguests -- is a huge mitzvah, we need to figure out how to do this without needing to recuperate for a week.

Hmm, you’ll want to offer something easy and also filling, for your guests who will spend most of the day traveling. And wouldn’t it be great if you could use up some of your weekend leftovers?

Got it! Try my Apple Crunch Bread Pudding. In this recipe, I use leftover raisin challah from Shabbos, but you can use whatever you have on hand. It’s a great recipe because it looks fancy, but it’s a cinch.

This breakfast style bread pudding is a sweet treat and can be assembled easily the night before. Put it together after all your guests have turned in, let it soak overnight, and then all you have to do is bake it in the morning. Alternatively, if you’ll have time in the morning, assemble the pudding, let it soak for 30 minutes and then bake it. The aroma will greet everyone as they wake up. Terrific!

Serve it with my Orange Sunrise Sparkler. They should put everyone in a happy mood.

I don’t think your guests will go home hungry. Don’t be surprised if they leave vowing, “We’ll be back next year!”

For other great, easy to prepare brunch recipes, try: Overnight Oatmeal; Cranberry, Cherry, Walnut Marmalade; Cheddar Cornmeal Biscuits with Chives; Blueberry Maple Muffins; Savory Carrot & Tarragon Tart; Golden Polenta Egg with Mustard Sauce; Cranberry and Ruby Grapefruit Compote; Cranberry Almond Granola; Cranberry Pancakes; Red Pepper and Goat Cheese Frittata; Egg and Salmon Sandwich; Maple Nut and Pear Scones; Banana Pecan Bread and Muffins.