I always link brunches with spring and its warmer mornings, longer and more leisurely days, and friends with whom you need to catch up after a long winter of occasional hibernation. If you'd like to host more brunches this spring but are nervous about the time or work required, I have a tried-and-true way you can be assured to do it: just plan your brunch around simple, albeit delicious low-key food!
I think the key to a good brunch spread is variety: it's nice to have a few items that are clearly more morning-focused like muffins or cinnamon rolls, but it's also a good idea to offer savory items that help carry it into midday. For brunch, I always love laying out different more substantial salads like an interesting chicken or egg salad along with a colorful grain or pasta salad (the quinoa recipe below is stellar).
What makes each of these dishes low-key? While many of them have manageable ingredient lists and very familiar methods (simple salads, throw-together muffins), the real answer is that you can do so many of them ahead of time. All of these salads can be done the day before, so they're not on your mind the morning before guests arrive. You can easily mix up the muffin and waffle batters the night before, and bake and refrigerate the quiche and frittata ahead of time. I would leave the sliders to take care of the day of the party as they'll really taste best this way.
What are your favorite low-key brunch dishes to prepare at home?