One of the best things about fall is that it’s a time when memories and traditions are made and each year we get to cherish those memories while making new ones. One of our favorite traditions for fall is having breakfast for dinner, which has come to be known as “brinner.” During the fall, we usually seek out comfort, especially as the weather gets colder and colder. Nothing is more comforting than enjoying a dinner of waffles, bacon and fried chicken.
To start, we made sure that the entire meal isn’t fully comprised of sweets. After all, brinner is a combination of breakfast and dinner. Keeping with seasonal food trends, we made a fig and goat cheese salad. Figs are a great fall fruit that is mild and pairs well with any soft cheese and balsamic vinegar. The medium bistro bowl works perfectly for salad, not too big and not too small to enjoy a good-sized salad.
The next course of chicken and waffles with maple infused bacon was a delicious combination of sweet and savory, making it a great comfort food combination. Fall is all about comfort and this dish really brings that to the table. We made the waffles with a mix and added sea salt and rosemary to make them a savory addition to our menu. Then we poured them into a waffle maker.
To make brinner even easier, we picked up some fried chicken from our local grocer. The only added touch that we did was infusing the bacon with an espresso and maple syrup glaze, which was a fun indulgence to give that tasty sweet and savory flavor. Our maple espresso bacon was based off our friend Sweet Paul’s recipe, Espresso Maple Lacquered Bacon. So delectable. Once the bacon was complete, we were ready to eat!
One of the best things about fall this year is the opportunity to incorporate one of the new colors — Sage — into our fall entertaining collection. Once we paired it with some Ivory and Paprika pieces, we weren’t sure how we lived without this color before. It’s a perfect addition for fall entertaining.
We couldn’t leave out a tasty beverage; after all, the world LOVES pumpkin spice, so we thought we’d do a decaf pumpkin spice latte for dinner. This has a dual purpose; it’s both a beverage and dessert! For little kiddos you could do chocolate milk with whipped cream on top, or even hot cocoa with pumpkin spice creamer. The new tapered mug is a perfect match for drinks that call for whipped cream thanks to the larger, tapered rim.
What are other fall food traditions that you make for your family and friends? Share them with us in the comments below.
- 8-10 pieces of uncured, nitrate free Bacon (about 2 pieces per person), Maple syrup of choice, 3 shots of decaf espresso.
- Pre-Heat oven to 350 degrees, warm 1/2 cup of maple syrup in sauce pan, pour warmed maple and espresso syrup into two separate ramekins and stir together, baste uncooked bacon with warm espresso maple syrup, bake bacon for 15-20 min, remove from oven and baste with the second ramekin of warm espresso maple syrup, let cool and enjoy!