New Year's Eve can be a grand time: we remember the past, we look to the future, and we indulge in awesomeness with our friends. Whether you're planning to paint the town the best shade of red or stay home in your jammies with take out and a homemade cocktail, HubBub wishes you a fabulous New Years.
If you ask us, though, the real action happens the next morning: New Year's Day Brunch. This king of all meals is quite necessary for recovery and fueling up for the day ahead. Perhaps, after a luxurious morning sleeping in, you'll drag yourself and a gaggle of pals to one of Philly's fine bars or restaurants (see a nice round up of some great brunch spots over at Eater.com).
Or, if you're out-on-the-town-ed out, why not invite said pals over to cook your hangover blues away? With a spatula in one hand and a giant mug of coffee in the other, you can all swap stories from your late night adventures. Here are some fool-proof recipes from our brunch toolkit that we'd love to share with you:
1. Cinnamon Sugar Breakfast Puffs from Food52: These little dudes are equal parts muffin and donut. In a word: addictive. Even the people who are all "I don't like sweets at brunch" will be obsessing over them.
2. Spinach and Cheese Strata from Smitten Kitchen: A strata is basically like breakfast lasagna, with bread instead of noodles. Cheese, eggs, and veggies mingle in savory harmony in a casserole dish, then bake together into something quite special. Bonus: You can (and should) prep and assemble this ahead of time to allow the bread maximum egg absorption. Double bonus: You don't have to use spinach or Gruyére, necessarily. Feel free to swap in any veggies or melt-y cheese of your choosing.
3. Vegan Pancakes from The Post Punk Kitchen: Is there anything better than a stack of pancakes awaiting the attack of your fork? If you're feeling less than decadent, skip the butter and milk in favor of these fluffy vegan flapjacks. For extra vitamins, throw some frozen blueberries or sliced bananas into the batter!
4. Huevos Rancheros from Jamie Oliver: This is probably the most labor intensive recipe we're sharing, but it's totally worth it. Jamie Oliver AKA The Naked Chef breaks the recipe down into helpful and clear instructions, and there's no fancy stuff, just a decent number of steps. This is also a fun one to share communally because it's messy in the best kind of way.
5. Candied Bacon from Alex Guarnaschelli at the Food Network: This is the recipe people will be asking you for. Everything you already love about bacon, plus sugar. Enough said!
Wherever New Year's Eve and Day take you, we hope it's the best one ever! HubBub has huge things in store for 2015, so please do stay tuned. Happy New Year, everyone!!
New Years Eve photo by Stuart Moreton