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All About Brunch

One fun and delicious way to enjoy time with family and friends is to get together for brunch! Start your day with a gastronomic feast including the very best of both breakfast items and lunch dishes, all created with fresh greenhouse grown vegetables! 

Spring is in full swing – the days start to get longer and warmer, flower buds start to pop, and the birds can be heard chirping.  It’s a great time for entertaining, and a fun way to spend time with family and friends is over brunch! Use the recipes below as ideas for the next time you are hosting. Using various Pure Flavor® veggies, these delicious and healthy, recipes, will help make your next brunch special and memorable. With Pure Flavor® greenhouse grown vegetables, you always have fresh at your fingertips which make meal masterpieces come to life.

SAVORY FRENCH TOAST

Pure FlavorSpark the interest of your family and friends with this unique Savory French Toast recipe. Once you introduce this delicious treat, your guests will gain a new perspective on French toast. French Toast is often thought of to be sweet, but you’ll quickly find serving it with Luna® Sweets Cocktail Tomatoes and other veggie ingredients adds a whole new wonderful flavor that you will wished you had discovered sooner. Plus, this recipe is easy and quick to make. Win, win!

To get started, whisk together eggs, tomatoes, onion, green chili, pepper, salt, cilantro, and milk in a large bowl. Prepare a pan on the stove with melted butter. Dip a slice of bread in the egg mixture and gently press down so the bread can absorb the egg mix. Flip the bread over in the mixture and ensure the bread is fully coated. Place the bread in the heated pan and add as many pieces of coated bread as will comfortably fit in your pan. Spoon over some extra egg mixture and cook on medium heat until the bottom side starts to turn golden brown. Turnover and cook the other side the same way. Repeat steps until the French toast are finished. Top with avocado and tomatoes to tie it all in together and serve.

BUMBLES® TOMATO TARTS

Pure FlavorIf you thought tarts were only for dessert, think again because this Bumbles® Tomato Tarts recipe takes a fun, savory approach to pastry. Using phyllo dough as the base with savory topping ingredients makes this tart a perfect addition to the brunch menu.  Top this delightful pastry with Bumbles® Yellow Grape Tomatoes to make the flavor pop with every bite.

To make, preheat your oven to 425° F and unfold the puff pastry flat on a floured surface. Slice the puff pastry into equal rectangular pieces, transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet, and score a 1/4-inch border around the outside. Spoon 2 tsps of goat cheese into the center of each tart and place 4 Bumbles® Tomatoes on top of the cheese. Use a pastry brush to paint the edges of the pastries with a light egg wash and bake at 425° F for 15-18 minutes until pastry is golden brown. After you remove from the oven, sprinkle sea salt and pepper to taste and garnish with thyme and Parmesan. This recipe is sure to be a fan favorite at your next brunch, not to mention how pretty it will look on your table.

CUCUMBER TOMATO SALAD

Pure FlavorFresh, juicy, and delicious! This Cucumber Tomato Salad creation is bright, bursting with flavor and totally fitting for a Spring brunch. Instead of leafy greens as the salad base, this recipe uses spiralized Long English Cucumbers, giving it a unique presentation. The walnuts, combined with the cucumbers and Tomatoes On-The-Vine, gives this salad a pleasant mixture of textures. It may look fancy, but it is very simple and quick to make.  First, slice your tomatoes to desired size and set aside. Then take your spiralizer (which is not hard to find online if you don’t have one) and spiralize 1 cucumber and place spirals into a bowl. Add the tomato slices, red wine vinegar, Italian seasoning, and salt. Toss all ingredients together until everything is well combined. Sprinkle the chopped walnuts over top to your preference and serve.

GARLIC AND SPINACH STUFFED TOMATOES

Pure FlavorAdd some Mediterranean flare to the brunch spread with a flavorful mixture of herbs and sweetness with this lovely Garlic and Spinach Stuffed Tomatoes  recipe presented in Luna® Sweets Cocktail Tomatoes. You may want to make plenty of these as your guests will not stop with eating just one. The rustic Italian flavors working with the sweetness of the tomatoes makes for a well-rounded dish that is sure to be a new favorite.

Start by preheating the oven to 350°F. Cut your tomatoes in half, horizontally, and using a spoon or corer, remove the membrane and seeds. For the stuffing, in a small bowl, combine panko, parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, garlic, butter and salt. Place the tomatoes cut side up into a cast iron skillet or baking dish. Evenly fill each tomato with 1/2 teaspoon of mixture, 1 tablespoon of the spinach dip and 1 tablespoon of the mixture again. Bake 26-28 minutes or until the panko mixture top layer is crispy and browned. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes prior to serving. Garnish with sliced fresh basil and wow your guests.

Hopefully these unique and flavorful recipes inspire you to try something new for the next brunch you host.  They are sure to be loved by everyone around the table and are easy to prepare so that you can still enjoy time with your guests.  No matter the season or the celebration, Pure Flavor® greenhouse grown veggies are available all year round, so you can rely on consistently fresh and flavorful produce to cook with and share with your family. Thank you Pure Flavor®

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