Potluck Ideas for New Year’s Day

Start off the new year with a stylish potluck brunch. These easy potluck ideas are fast and delicious.

Espresso Coffee Cake

Add one to two tablespoons instant espresso powder to your favorite coffee cake recipe or mix for a rich, coffee flavor.

Spinach Tomato Pie

This is a crustless version of a quiche that is similar to a frittata. Whisk together 4 extra-large eggs, 1 15-ounce container of ricotta cheese, 1/4 cup grated Romano cheese, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper. Stir 1 tablespoon cornstarch into 1/4 cup milk until it is smooth, then whisk into the egg mixture. Stir in 1 cup fresh chopped spinach. Pour the mixture into a 10-inch non-stick skillet. Arrange tomato slices on top. Bake in a preheated, 375 degree oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the center is puffed and the edges are set and golden-brown.

Chocolate Banana Pancakes

Warm chocolate syrup and sweet banana slices with pancakes. Simple, delicious and fun.

Maple, Walnut, Brie Pancakes

Griddle up some buttermilk pancakes and top with warm maple syrup, toasted walnut halves and slices of creamy brie cheese.

Breakfast Casserole

This is breakfast in one dish, with potatoes, eggs, cheese and sausage, bacon or ham. Bake 4 cups frozen O’Brien potatoes in a greased, deep baking dish at 350 degrees until browned. Top with shredded cheddar cheese, cooked bacon crumbles, cooked sausage or cubed ham. Add extra flavor with diced onions and green pepper. Beat together seven extra large eggs with 1 cup milk. Pour the mixture over the top of the potatoes and bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

Fruit Parfait

Slightly sweeten Greek yogurt with confectioners sugar or honey. Layer cut fresh fruit and berries with the yogurt in a parfait glass. Top with a sprinkle of granola.

Mimosas

Fill a champagne flute half-full with orange juice, top with sparkling wine or sparkling white grape juice and a splash of grenadine.

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