I love hosting friends and family in our home, but I also love sitting and eating with my guests, so when planning a menu, I always try to strike a balance of effort and ease. I pick one or two menu items that will require more of my attention and balance those with easier prep items.
In the case of my Jesus Year birthday, I hosted a Biscuit Buffet. I focused my effort on baking plenty of whole grain biscuits, a few staple toppings and invited my friends to bring their favorite toppings, as well as some bubbly. Below, you’ll find my Whole Grain Biscuit Recipe and ideas for creating quite the spread of fixings.
The Biscuit Breakfast Sandwich
There’s a biscuit breakfast sandwich on the menu of The Vandal, a Pittsburgh eatery, and I crave it like clockwork, so a biscuit sandwich option was a must. To make this combo easier for serving a crowd, try making eggs using this sheet pan method and baking your bacon, so you can continue to focus on popping corks and welcoming guests. For an even more iconic looking egg layer, use a biscuit cutter to cut out rounds from the sheet pan eggs.
There’s nothing quite like a warm biscuit and creamy butter, but a spread of infused butters will surely impress your guests. I served a Cardamom Brown Butter and Lavender Infused Butter, but you can also tip toward the savory side with fresh herbs or garlic (recipes here).
Biscuits & _______
You can’t have a biscuit buffet without the number one association. This hearty Mushroom Gravy will win the hearts of any vegetarian guests without upsetting the meat lovers. Garnish with fresh herbs for a pop of color and flavor. (recipe here)
Jellies & Jams
If guests are bringing toppings, you’ll likely receive an assortment of jams. If you’re providing all the toppings yourself, have a few options. Throw in some honey varieties too (honeys harvested from different seasons, different regions or infused honeys), and the brunch can become a taste test as well.
Any proper brunch needs a hefty supply of coffee. For ease without sacrificing quality, I recommend buying an air pot’s worth from your favorite local coffee shop. I served my biscuits with a pot from one of my favorite Pittsburgh coffee shops, Caffè D’amore, so everyone had plenty of quality refills. The best part of hosting a Biscuit Buffet is eating all the leftovers!
How do you like your biscuits?
Whole Grain Buttermilk Biscuits
Recipe adapted from Fine Cooking
Yield: 6 or 7 biscuits
About this Recipe: High quality butter and buttermilk pair with the lightness of whole wheat pastry flour for a wholesome take on the southern breakfast classic.