I know I post about brunch a lot. I just feel much more passionately about brunch than I do any other meal. Not only does it usually take place on a Sunday… a day for relaxation, comedy series or documentaries, walks through town, hanging out with my favorite person, doing WHATEVER I want… You know, one of the two days where I can sometimes be just Julie and do whatever Julie wants to do…. BUT ALSO there are endless options for a brunch meal (breakfast, lunch, tapas – you can really do anything).
Because I love brunch so much, I have gotten prettttttttty good at it and I’ve gotten used to enjoying brunch almost every Sunday, so I have to get creative to keep things exciting. Today’s brunch consists of green grapes, Spanish olives, a light salad, and Crostini (though I was too lazy to make the pieces small so it looks more like toast).
What you need:
- Grapes (I’m a green grape type of girl, but whatever color makes you happy)
- Olives from Spain that your friend brought you back last time he visited (I get this might not be super realistic to everyone, but try to get a friend who visits Spain often because these olives are delish!)
- Mixed Greens (salad)
- Green Bell Peppers
- Roasted Garlic Infused Olive Oil
- Mango Infused White Balsamic Vinegar
We got the oil and vinegar as a present from my lovely parents who purchased it from Seasons Olive Oil and Vinegar Taproom in Morristown, NJ. You can order from their website though (yay!). They have a ton of innovative flavors to get creative with in your cooking.
- Sourdough Bread (sliced)
- Tofutti Cream cheeese
- Refried beans (add whatever you like to taste, I typically add garlic, cholula hot sauce, garlic powder and onion powder)
- Jalapeno and Cilanto hummus (so we are super freaking lucky because a Wegman’s (click to see awesome pic justifying my excitement) just opened up 10 minutes from our house. If you are unfamiliar with Wegman’s, it’s been a South Jersey thing for a long time and is starting to expand. Basically the best grocery store ever. I’ve never been so excited about a grocery store as I am about Wegman’s. Trust me, it’s really that amazing. Anyways, whole point is that it was a Wegman’s brand hummus. I’m sure there are other amazing choices for hummus to use as well. You can even make your own!)
- Diced Green Bell Peppers
- Diced Red Onion
- Sliced Serranos
And yeah, so the instructions basically consist of spreading each spread on the sourdough bread (cream cheese, beans, hummus), sprinking diced ingredients, and baking at 375 for about 10 minutes. IT’S THAT EASY. And so good. My boyfriend thinks I’m this amazing chef now and it was really so easy. See pic below for further evidence of the awesomeness of this easy, easy, satisfying, impressive brunch.