We have all enjoyed at least one complimentary continental breakfast buffet at our favorite hotels and overnight lodges, and a continental breakfast buffet is great at home as well. A continental breakfast buffet is an easy way to serve a hearty breakfast to overnight guests, and it can be served an appealing and impressive way.
If you are having guests for breakfast and would rather not cook, consider the following tips on how to set up an impressive continental breakfast buffet for guests. Put away the sausage and eggs and get out the cereal, fresh fruit, pre-cooked bacon, and real maple syrup for Vermont-style breakfast sandwiches that guests can put together themselves. It will create an impressive buffet that will satisfy and impress overnight guests, even though it is not difficult or time-consuming to prepare.
Begin with Bowls of Fresh Fruit on an Extra-Large Platter
Fresh fruit is a must when serving a continental breakfast and fresh fruits can be served buffet-style, even fruits such as banana and apple slices. Begin by thoroughly washing clusters of green and red grapes, and place them small matching decorative bowls. In addition, prepare banana and apple slices, and dip them in real lemon juice to prevent them from turning brown. Place the sliced apples and bananas in matching bowls around a large center bowl. Blueberries and strawberries are also ideal for a continental breakfast buffet for overnight guests. They will add color and appeal to this simple breakfast buffet.
Fill Platter Bowls with Cereal
If you do not have a large divided bowl, create a divider using a piece of cardboard neatly wrapped in clean waxed paper. Fill the large divided bowl with two types of cereal that go well with fresh fruit. Arrange large shredded wheat biscuits in between the decorative bowls of fresh fruit on the platter. Place small tongs near the bowls of fruit, large serving spoons or handled scoops in the divided bowl, and a pitcher of ice-cold milk nearby. Guests will enjoy this self-serve continental breakfast buffet. It will provide a healthy and filling breakfast with very little preparation.
Tasty Vermont Breakfast Sandwiches
If you have never tried a Vermont sandwich you really should give this local favorite a try. As the name implies, a Vermont sandwich is made using an ingredient from Vermont, and the combination of flavors cannot be beat. Real Vermont maple syrup is what makes these toast and bacon sandwiches taste outstanding, and although a true continental breakfast does not typically include meat, they are ideal for serving in a continental breakfast buffet at home. With pre-cooked ready-to-eat bacon, the possibilites are greater than ever.
Shortly before serving this unconventional continental buffet-style breakfast, spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and top it with slices of bread. Toast the bread beneath an oven broiler and it will become golden brown and far more appetizing in appearance than ordinary toasted bread This is a great way to toast several pieces at once for a continental buffet, and it is the base for tasty Vermont maple syrup and bacon sandwiches. Serve pre-cooked bacon on the side and a container of rich Vermont maple syrup for a unique and tasty continental breakfast treat that is sure to impress overnight guests.