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Wild Mushroom Toasts
For his wild mushroom toasts, chef Michael Reed starts with griddled sourdough bread, slathers it with homemade hollandaise sauce, tops it with sautéed mushrooms and spinach, and then crowns it with a mound of rich scrambled eggs. The end result is an impressive dish perfect for brunch. Reed uses a mix of mushrooms such as enoki, morel, and maitake, but you can use a mix of any fresh mushrooms available at the market.
Buttermilk Biscuits and Sausage Gravy
To create biscuits with incredibly-distinctive flaky layers, chef Michael Reed adds very cold, thinly-sliced butter to the dry ingredients and folds the dough over several times. The accompanying gravy is packed with sausage and makes for a truly satisfying breakfast. The recipe calls for pork sausage, but you can use chicken or turkey sausage instead. You can also cut the recipe in half for a smaller group. If you'd like, top the biscuits and gravy with fried eggs.
Keralan Egg Curry
Coconut milk, tomatoes, and onions add vegetal sweetness that rounds out the fruity piquancy of Kashmiri chile powder and Thai chiles in this warmly-spiced egg curry. It's South Indian dish that chef Margaret Pak of Thattu in Chicago, a 2020 Food & Wine Best New Restaurant first learned to make from her husband, who is originally from Kerala. "The first time I had egg curry, my boyfriend (now husband) made it for me. I was mesmerized that a simple egg dish could be so comforting and delicious," she says. For the brightest flavor, toast and grind whole spices in small batches just before adding to this curry or any dish. Curry sprigs are tender and will continue to add flavor after cooking; feel free to leave them in for serving.
Sweet Potato Sticky Buns with Toasted Marshmallow
F&W Best New Chef Thessa Diadem's show-stopping sticky buns from L.A.'s All Day Baby are filled with ginger-studded sweet potato and spiced with cardamom and vanilla. Rolled into a buttery dough that bakes up light and pillowy, like giant cinnamon rolls, there is a little bit of sweet potato filling in every bite. Glazed with butterscotch and crowned with toasted marshmallow, these buns make a show-stopping addition to any brunch. Serve freshly baked and topped for best results.
Salmon and Arugula Frittata with Pesto
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Chef Eric Adjepong uses salmon two ways in his pesto-infused frittata, topping the eggs with cooked fresh salmon before baking it, then garnishing the frittata with thinly-smoked salmon just before serving. Adjepong likes to serve the frittata with crisp greens drizzled with fresh lemon juice.
Tofu Bhurji
Medium-firm tofu has just enough moisture to crumble into a scrambled egg–like texture in this breakfast dish inspired by Indian anda bhurji. Slightly pink in color, the kala namak (black salt) adds eggy, sulfurous flavors to this dish.
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Ros Omelet (Omelet with Tomato Gravy)
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Upon disembarking from the train and entering the Vasco da Gama train station, the ros omelets prepared near the station entrance are too enticing to pass up. The aroma of the omelet begins to waft through the air from vendor stalls throughout Goa when the sun begins to set and doesn’t stop until well after midnight, after tourists and locals alike have satisfied their cravings. Ros means “gravy” in Hindi and it’s this spicy element that makes this a unique specialty of the region. The coconut gives the gravy a tropical vibe and the tomatoes and chiles add depth and heat. Goa is like the Ibiza of India, and this omelet, with its rich, comforting, fiery gravy, is enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Of course, you could also whip it up deep into the night, the time when most Goan partygoers looking for something to fuel their endless dancing sessions seek it out on the lively Goan streets.

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