This has been quite the exciting long weekend in the DC area. Some of us lucky government employees have a 4 day weekend, but the trade off is the extra 2-3 million people in our city. A group of my former co-workers decided a few weeks ago to get together for Sunday brunch without remembering a reservation would not be easy to come by. So, I decided to host the group at my house, which turned out to be a lot of fun! Brunch slowly morphed into “Sunday Funday”, complete with all day mimosa drinking. Since people were in and out of the house all day, I just left the food out and it was almost completely devoured by the end of the day. Success! No bad for me leftovers in the fridge.
The initial brunch run was a bit of a potluck, with bagels, homemade cinnamon rolls and potato casserole provided by others. I personally made 2 fritattas and a citrus salad, along with the makings for mimosas and bloody marys. The fritattas turned out really well, one vegetarian and one more man friendly, with pancetta.
The veggies fritatta included zucchini, red pepper and shitake mushrooms, sauteed with half a white onion, garlic, and olive oil. I cracked 10 eggs with a bit of half and half, salt, pepper, fontina cheese and parsley. The pancetta fritatta was sauteed pancetta with some thinly sliced potatoes, and shredded white cheddar, and the same egg mixture. They both cooked on the stove for about 5 minutes and in the oven for 12. So much easier than scrambled eggs or omelettes for a party!
The citrus salad was easy, just grapefruit and blood orange, with a bit of sugar and mint. I mixed some muddled citrus with champagne…and that made it even better!