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Explore new flavors with our low-key Korean brunch menu ideas. Featuring convenient products from Bibigo and a delicious orange and berry sangria spiked with sake!
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School being back in session is definitely a buzz-kill when it comes to evening entertaining. Bygone are the days of impromptu evening dinners with friends. The kids gotta get up in the morning, but even more to the point… the adults have to get the kids to the bus in the morning!
To ensure everyone gets their beauty rest, we’ve been doing some entertaining on the weekends – brunch style. Not only does hosting a brunch with friends ensure you don’t encroach on nap times (I’m talking mine, not the kids 🙂 ), but brunch is so much more relaxed than dinner.
Nowadays, brunch doesn’t mean dainty foods and champagne. In fact, it’s the perfect time to explore new flavors and recipes with friends. Which is exactly the point of this fun brunch menu highlighting Korean flavors and an updated sangria recipe!
My goal whenever I’m entertaining with friends and family is to ensure that the bulk of the work can be done in advance, or quickly once my guests arrive. Who wants to be laboring in the kitchen, when you can be catching up and enjoying a cocktail with your pals? Fortunately, Bibigo’s frozen dumplings are super easy to make, and I haven’t met anyone who doesn’t love them.
I like to make a big batch of dumplings and mini wontons to set out on the table when guests arrive. About 10 minutes before brunch, I pan-fry both on my stovetop and set them out on platters with a variety of Bibigo’s Go-Chu-Jang sauces. With flavors in Hot & Spicy, Mayo & BBQ, it makes for fun pairing opportunities. If you want to go super-low key, you can just serve these with my sake sangria for a tapas-style meal.
OR – you can make these Beef & Mushroom Korean Grain Bowls for the main dish and keep the Korean vibe throughout the meal. These grain bowls are easy to make as well. When serving them for guests, I prepare everything for the bowls in advance, then just top them with an egg when I’m ready to serve.
What about that cocktail? Your brunch isn’t complete without this Orange and Berry Sake Sangria. Be sure to print off the recipe to whip up the next time you want a unique cocktail to entertain with!
- 4 cups sake (or Soju, which is more commonly found in Korea)
- 1/2 cup Triple Sec
- 1 cup orange juice
- 2 - 3 tablespoons honey
- 2 cups chopped fresh strawberries and oranges
- chilled orange seltzer
In a bowl, combine the sake, orange juice, triple sec, and sugar and stir until sugar is totally dissolved. Pour the mixture into a large pitcher, add the fruit chunks, cover, refrigerate, and allow to macerate for 4 to 6 hours.To serve, fill large glasses with ice, add enough of the mixture to fill about 3/4 full, splash with seltzer and serve with additional fruit.
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