Brunch Boards & a Bonus

Charcuterie, meet brunch.

Grown-up Lunchables. Let’s all face it, that’s all a charcuterie board is. That’s all it is and yet, and YET. We adore it. Charcuterie boards get the best of the whole universe because, by definition, they aren’t limited to one flavor palette. They are ideal for anyone who loves the concept of buffets but doesn’t actually love, y’know, buffets.

Now, what happens when the charcuterie board meets brunch? Magic, that’s what happens. Fizz & Fork magic. You read about our morning trip to the farmers’ market, and this gorgeous creation was the result.

The chocolate chips really add the it factor

The Process

You’ll notice in our charcuterie brunch board we have waffles, chocolate chips, syrup, Greek yogurt with honey, bananas, a berry trio, peaches, port and fig jam, brie, fresh-baked rosemary bread, and bacon. This can easily be adjusted based off availability and the flavor profile you are going for. We could even go so far as to envision a “meat-lovers” brunch board featuring every breakfast meat under the sun, if that’s more your speed. For this one, we started, as we recommended in our last post, at the market, looking for those signature flavors we felt would really make the board pop. This, for us, was the port & fig jam. From there, we went to our ever-favorite grocery store, H-E-B, to fill in the gaps. We tried to be intentional about choosing a balance of flavors, but within that constraint we really just went for whatever sounded good at the time. Have fun with it!

You can read more about our experience picking up jams at the farmers market here.

Try mixing up the fruit presentation. Leave some whole, some sliced, some halved, etc.

The Results

The key to any good charcuterie, breakfast-themed or not, is a good mix of textures, flavors, and food groups. While we might have gone a little heavy on the fruit, we otherwise think we achieved that here. The port & fig jam ended up being absolutely delectable when spread, alongside the brie, on top of the rosemary bread. The berries and bananas made for an excellent additional topping to the waffles, and the bacon was the perfect bit of crunch. It may not look like a huge board, but this will fill up way more people than you think it will!

What Should You Know Before You Make a Brunch Board?

  • Visit a farmers’ market for the highlight pieces of your board. They’re delicious, support a small business, and also make great talking points when you serve.
  • Mix up your regular pancake or waffle mix with a mix in, like pecans or blueberries. It will elevate the board without adding much time or difficulty.
  • Try to find some clear or antique serving dishes. They make a rough board elegant and are also so fun to look for at thrift stores!
  • Have leftovers? Consider making a couple prepacked “meal preps” out of the ingredients. Mix it up with different combos!
See how these clear dishes add an elegant touch?

When Should You Make a Brunch Board?

This would be a great meal to make when you want to have friends over for brunch and you want to impress them, but have minimal faith in your cooking skills. Boom, the brunch board is there to help. Pour a drop of orange juice into some bubble and you’re ready to go! This is also a great breakfast option for anyone who wants a hearty breakfast but isn’t a fan of eggs!

The Tunes & a Bonus

Our carefully curated playlist from the farmers market is still live and the perfect complement to a brunch board. We know we’ve been grooving to 75 and Sunny nonstop.

We also wanted to share with you a few “Watermelon Sugar” inspired shots. Like mentioned above, we went a little overboard with the fruit purchasing and wanted an artistic way to put them all to good use. We felt these photos accomplished that goal. Also, we got to go to the beach and it was fun! Have a great rest of your week!


Classic and trendy in one brunch-friendly bundle

As you know from last week’s post, we believe that an absolutely crucial part of any brunch worth going to is the drink you pair it with! So this week, we decided to lean into the “fizz” part of our name with our first cocktail recipe, a trendy twist on the mimosa. 

Mimosas—a combo of orange juice and champagne for those not in the know—are the classic brunch cocktail. MAX’s Wine Dive last week offered options for switching the mimosa up with different juice mixers and flavor profiles, and it turned out to be one of our favorite parts of the visit. We wanted to do the same type of switch up with our recipe this week, to make the mimosa even more fun than it already is! Enter: White Claw Hard Seltzers. White Claws have seemingly taken the world by storm since their release in 2016 and subsequent skyrocket to popularity last summer. You’ve probably heard by now the saying, “ain’t no laws when you’re drinking Claws,” so we figured there was no reason we couldn’t or shouldn’t mix them with juice and serve them with pancakes!

Clawmosa ingredients, all from our local H-E-B

The Process

Step one: pull out your prettiest glasses or champagne flutes. 

Just kidding, although it definitely made us feel like we were doing something right! In reality, all we did was mix our choice of White Claw flavor with the juice we felt would go best with it. Juice has a strong flavor so you won’t lose anything by being a little heavy-handed with the Claw, and doing less juice also means that you’ll still be able to taste the subtler flavors of the White Claw. The ratio we went with and that we recommend is three parts White Claw to one part juice. 

Before we poured, we dipped the rims of our glasses with red cocktail sugar, and while it turned out pretty, we probably wouldn’t do it again or recommend it if you make this recipe on your own. Cocktail sugar isn’t always the tastiest and it can definitely get in the way of the drink.

Here are the juices we used and combinations we tried: orange juice with mango White Claw, cranberry juice with lemon White Claw, peach mango juice with Watermelon White Claw, and organic apple, orange, and carrot juice with tangerine White Claw.

Not only are they delicious, but the juices make for some gorgeous colors!

The Results

All of these were winners in our book, but if it was a competition, the very clear first place prize would go to the cranberry juice and lemon Claw combo. Both of us absolutely loved this one! It was fruity, flavorful, and incredibly refreshing. The twist of lemon brought in the perfect citrus notes. This cocktail would bring the perfect fresh feeling to any summer day, whether it’s at brunch or out on the beach! 

Even though the cranberry juice and lemon was our favorite, there was definitely something for everyone. Mindy also loved the watermelon and peach mango combo, while Catherine really enjoyed the tangerine White Claw combined with the apple, orange, and carrot juice. To be honest, it would be hard to go wrong with any combination you choose!

A fruit garnish adds a perfect pop!

What should you know before you make this cocktail?

  • The White Claw flavors we used (mango, lemon, tangerine, and watermelon) are from the Flavor Collection No. 2 variety pack. The Flavor Collection No. 1 has even more options–natural lime, raspberry, ruby grapefruit, and black cherry. Both variety packs are packs of twelve with three of each flavor, but each flavor is also sold in their own packs if that’s what you prefer.
  • There’s an easy way to make these clawmosas healthier if you’re trying to be more conscious of what you’re putting into your body. White Claw 70’s come in two flavors, clementine and pineapple, and are only 70 calories each, gluten-free, and have zero grams of sugar. You can mix a White Claw 70 with a natural, no sugar added juice or, if you own a juicer, a juice that you make, to create the perfect healthy brunch cocktail.
  • A fruit garnish makes for a perfect extra pop of color. We used strawberries, but lemons would also be perfect!

When should you make clawmosas?

You’ve heard of dinner parties, but why not host a brunch party? Get a few friends together, throw some flapjacks on the griddle, fry up your favorite bacon, mix up a few clawmosas, and enjoy! These cocktails are SO easy, perfect for summer, and will have all your friends convinced you’re secretly a bartender…ahem, I’m sorry, a mixologist.

Did you enjoy this week’s post? Let us know in the comments, and tag us on Instagram @fizz.and.fork if you make your very own clawmosas! Until next Wednesday, xoxo