How to Host the Most '70s, Brady Bunch-Inspired Brunch

Everything you need to give fondue and canned pineapple the comeback they deserve.

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September 06, 2019

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Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

This weekend, we’re throwing it back to the ‘70s in anticipation of HGTV’s new series, A Very Brady Renovation. Viewers will follow along as the original cast members as well as HGTV hosts and designers restore the Studio City, California house back to its former glory. And, if you can't get enough of the Brady house, be sure to catch a special episode of The Pioneer Woman where Ree Drummond cooks a retro meal for HGTV's Jasmine Roth, who worked on the renovation.

If you can’t wait until Monday’s premier to get your much-needed dose of ‘70s nostalgia, we’ve got the perfect menu to hold you over until then. We’re proposing you whip up some of the best brunch recipes from the ‘70s (yes, fondue and canned pineapple are included) for your very own “Brady Brunch." Sure, some of these recipes are a little obscure (we’re looking at you, salmon mousse), but there is nothing like reminiscing on America’s grooviest decade over a delicious breakfast spread.

Be sure to set a reminder to tune in to A Very Brady Renovation on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 9|8c and The Pioneer Woman A Very Brady Edition on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 10a|9c.

Carrot cake was a favorite back in the ‘70s, but it certainly hasn’t lost any steam in our book. Try this Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting recipe out for something a little more decadent to pair with your morning coffee.

Food Network Kitchen’s Three Cheese Fondue.

Food Network Kitchen’s Three Cheese Fondue.

Personally, we don’t understand how fondue ever went out of style. A whole meal centered around dipping your food into a vat of gooey, melty cheese? We’ll sign up for that any time (or decade!).

Food Network Kitchen’s Everything Bagel Salmon Mousse.

Food Network Kitchen’s Everything Bagel Salmon Mousse.

Photo by: Matt Armendariz

Matt Armendariz

Everything bagels with lox are a brunch staple, no matter what decade you’re living in. So, it actually makes sense that this dish had its moment in the spotlight. While the old-school presentation usually included some type of fish mold, we recommend grabbing a beautiful ramekin or decorative bowl, if that is more appealing to you. Or, serve it up in the shape of a fish, too — no judgement here!

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Photo by: RYAN DAUSCH

RYAN DAUSCH

According to an article from Food Network Canada, quiche most likely gained popularity during this decade due to its inclusion in the 1970s version of The Joy of Cooking. And, thanks to Julia Child, it’s still a relatively popular dish. You just can’t go wrong including this recipe.

Jeff Mauro makes Pineapple Upside-down Pancakes, as seen on Food Network's The Kitchen

Jeff Mauro makes Pineapple Upside-down Pancakes, as seen on Food Network's The Kitchen

For whatever reason, the ‘70s loved canned pineapple — and, really, Hawaiian-inspired food in general. Put those vintage electric can openers to work (or snag a new one below) for this twist on a pineapple upside down cake. Incorporating those iconic pineapple slices, these pancakes are a unique way to walk down memory lane.

Food Network Kitchen’s Crepes Suzette.

Food Network Kitchen’s Crepes Suzette.

For a menu item that adds a bit of drama to your morning, opt for this Crepes Suzette. Once the crepes are assorted on a platter and drenched in your homemade, citrusy sauce, you’ll use a stick lighter to ignite the dish, giving it the beautiful caramelized flavor.

You simply can’t go wrong with a casserole — especially when it includes all your breakfast favorites. It’s the easiest way to feed a crowd, and make sure you still get good use out of that casserole dish you’ve been hanging on to all these years.

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