New Year’s Hangover Helpers From Food Network’s Anne Burrell

Celebrity Chef Brunch Tips For 2011

Posted by Sharon on Dec 29

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In a special post on CNN's website earlier this week, celebrity chef Anne Burrell divulged some of her best-loved tips and tricks for New Year's holiday entertaining as well as a menu for New Year's Day brunch -- including a spread of hangover cures for recovering party-goers. The host of Food Network's "Worst Cooks in America" and "Secrets of a Restaurant Chef" encouraged readers to take precautions while celebrating on New Year's Eve, planning ahead for potential hangovers and a lack of energy the following morning. Here's what she had to say:

Prior planning prevents post-party freak outs. "Waking up in a stupor? Can’t recall just how many glasses of champagne you raised to toast the New Year? Thank goodness you prepped your brunch ingredients the day before," she advised. Burrell suggested an easy-to-make breakfast dish with all-inclusive ingredients and minimal prep time in the morning, such as a breakfast casserole or fritatta.

Consistency is key: Champagne at midnight and Mimosas at noon. "Mimosas are a brunch favorite," she added while also recommending a twist on the classic called the "Chef Anne Sparkler:" Aperol and Prosecco over ice with an orange twist.

Don’t forget the bacon. Though it may not be the healthiest, most New Year's Resolution-friendly item on the brunch menu, a surefire way to please party guests is to include bacon strips in the buffet "since most people crave some sort of fried product after a night of celebrating," said Burrell.

Relax with the clean-up. "On January 1, potentially everything can be a struggle. Getting out of your jammies and being forced to serve up plates of food to people seemed like a good idea less than 24 hours ago," Burrell acknowledged. But she recommended New Year's party hosts to just relax and enjoy the day. "Since you already prepped the day before, relax with the knowledge that most of the cleanup is already completed, too. No one says you have to start 2011 with a sink empty of dirty dishes."

Stock up on hangover cures. Burrell listed coconut water, Gatorade, aspirin, and plenty of ice water as trusty hangover remedies to have available to guests at a New Year's Day brunch. She suggested adding them to the buffet beverage spread, or even putting together a party favor "goodie bag" with similar items included. "When you’re ready to take a nap on the couch, nothing works better than a party favor bag to urge guests out the door!"

Want Anne Burrell's super-easy breakfast fritatta recipe? Start by preparing cooked sausage, caramelized onions, and sauteed peppers ahead of time, then store the ingredients in the fridge until ready to cook. "In the morning, the only thing you have to do is beat together the eggs, add in the ingredients you prepped the night before, toss in some delish Parmesan cheese, and shoot the whole thing in the oven," Burrell concluded.

Source:  CNN Eatocracy

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