Just in time for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle this weekend, here's our early morning menu for your watch party. While for the Brits the ceremony starts at noon, stateside it will require an early wake-up call. Whether you're up with the birds or setting the DVR, this is the ultimate celebratory breakfast to honor the event. We've even included make-ahead components so there's not so much to do in the morning.
Start the morning by toasting Harry and Meghan over a cup of tea or sparkling wine while snacking on a gorgeous smoked salmon platter. Then bring smashed peas and pesto together to make a winning toast topper and serve a bacon-wrapped side dish. For the final send-off, take a cue from the royal couple’s wedding cake and whip up a dessert with the same flavors, lemon and elderflower.
DRINK: HOT TEA
Start the morning with a cup of hot tea. Be sure to serve the tea in traditional British style, with milk and sugar. If you fancy something extra to toast the newlyweds, pour a glass of English or American sparkling wine.
To Start: SMOKED SALMON PLATTER WITH FENNEL SALAD
A royal breakfast requires decadent ingredients. Smoked salmon is a staple in canapés and tea sandwiches at the palace and is essential for this meal. Rather than fuss over individual bites, arrange salmon slices on a platter with a delicate fennel salad and crispy rye toasts, then let guests serve themselves.
MAIN: GREEN PEA AND PESTO TOASTS WITH SOFT COOKED EGGS
For the main, we're taking America’s love for all things green on toast to new levels. No avocado here—our toast topper is classic English peas. Paired with soft-boiled eggs, this is an easy-to-make and totally winning breakfast.
MAKE AHEAD: Cook the eggs and prepare the pea pesto the evening before, leaving toasting bread as the only morning task.
PRO TIP: Simplify the recipe by swapping fresh peas for thawed frozen peas and skip the blanching.
SIDE: DOUBLE PORK SAUSAGE
Today’s celebratory side combines two ingredients essential to both classic British and American breakfasts: bacon and sausage. For an extra special twist, wrap the bacon around the sausage links and bake until golden and crisp, that will leave you just the right amount of time to prepare the rest of the meal.
DESSERT: TRIPLE-CITRUS BUNDT CAKE AND DANISH STRAWBERRIES WITH ELDERFLOWER CREAM
The royal couple and their guests will be treated to a tiered lemon and elderflower cake. So what better way to end your festivities than with the same regal flavor combination? Serve our showstopping citrus Bundt cake with strawberries and elderflower cream. The elderflower liqueur, St-Germain, is the key to the cream’s delicate floral flavor. Whip the cream just before serving.
MAKE AHEAD: The cake can be made and glazed up to one day ahead.
PRO TIP: Make half or one-quarter of the strawberries and elderflower cream recipe, as the original recipe serves a crowd.
Watch how to make a Bundt cake that's just right for a royal event: