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Spring celebrations: Host a bite-sized brunch

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Posted: Monday, March 12, 2012 11:16 am

(ARA) - Sweep away the gray days of winter and invite sunshine and friends inside. This year, open the door to spring with a bite-sized brunch. Whether entertaining a house full of guests or enjoying a casual meal with friends, put a fun, fresh twist on any celebration with a collection of easy, yet scrumptious, recipes. These recipes feature fresh eggs - a breakfast staple and a sure sign of spring.

Bite-sized foods are on-trend for entertaining menus because they add visual appeal and allow guests to customize their portion sizes. Instead of serving a full meal, feature a more casual buffet table with five or six different dishes. Hosting a bite-sized brunch is as easy as 1-2-3: Choose fresh ingredients, decorate simply and add finishing touches.

Choose fresh ingredients.

Eggs are a symbol of spring and a fresh, wholesome way to start the day. Before firing up the skillet, be sure to choose All-Natural Eggs. Not all eggs are created equal.

The experts at the Land O'Lakes Test Kitchens have developed three recipes for a bite-sized brunch. These flavorful treats will delight guests as the centerpiece for a delicious meal. Mini Mexi Bites get their spicy flavor from hot and creamy pepper jack cheese. Fresh red and green veggies add bright color to each bite. Breakfast Biscuit Bakes are a winning combination of scrambled eggs, cheese, ham and onions. This fun twist on a classic dish is a surefire way to please any breakfast crowd. Finally, Bacon-Topped Deviled Eggs are a tasty version of a traditional favorite. The gentle smokiness of the bacon blends with the classic flavor of an all-natural egg.

Decorate simply.

Create a fresh spring theme that's fitting for a festive brunch. Keep it simple with crisp, white table linens, colorful flowers arranged in a white pitcher and bright accessories. Combine a variety of colored plates and bowls to create an eclectic, yet casual, look. These small details are all that are needed for the table to declare, "Spring is here!" After all, tiny details equal big results.

Add finishing touches.

Fresh fruit salad or colorful cupcakes served in little cups provide the perfect finishing touch. Prepare a chilled beverage the night before, such as iced tea served with frozen mint-infused ice cubes or a large pitcher of lemonade, to serve as an alternative to coffee or tea.

The arrival of spring is a joyous occasion to celebrate with family and friends. With warmer weather and a change of season, guests look forward to socializing again. Take advantage of fresh ingredients and serve small bites of your favorite dishes. For more great brunch ideas and the recipes for Mini Mexi Bites and Bacon-Topped Deviled Eggs, go to www.landolakes.com or "like" Land O'Lakes on Facebook.

Breakfast Biscuit Bakes


4 (3/4 ounce) slices American cheese

1 (10.2 ounces) can (5) refrigerated big flaky biscuits

1 tablespoon butter

1/3 cup finely chopped onion

1/2 cup chopped cooked ham

5 LAND O LAKES(R) All-Natural Eggs, well beaten


Heat oven to 350 F. Stack cheese slices. Cut into thin strips; coarsely chop. Set aside. Separate biscuits; cut each in half. Let stand at room temperature 5 minutes to soften. Press each piece into bottom and up sides of 10 lightly greased muffin pan cups. Set aside. Melt butter in 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; add onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is softened (1 to 2 minutes). Add ham; continue cooking 1 minute. Add eggs; cook, lifting gently and stirring slightly to allow uncooked portions to flow underneath, until set (1 to 2 minutes). Immediately remove from heat; cool slightly. Sprinkle about 1 teaspoon chopped cheese into each biscuit cup. Divide egg mixture among muffin cups. Press down egg mixture slightly; sprinkle each muffin cup equally with remaining cheese. Bake for 14 to 17 minutes or until puffed and biscuits are lightly golden brown on edges. Serve warm.

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