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Our Best Brunch Recipes

Celebrate the bright flavors of the season with our brunch recipes—perfect for holidays, graduations, wedding showers and more.

Grammy's Wild Rice Porridge

Wild rice may seem like an unusual breakfast ingredient, but it adds chewiness to this fruit-nut hot cereal. Dried cranberries, blueberries and cherries also cook into the porridge.

Grammy's Wild Rice Porridge

Spinach-Asparagus Quiche

This hearty quiche recipe comes from Fire Lake Camp farm in Paola, Kansas, where a U-pick asparagus patch draws visitors every spring.

Spinach-Asparagus Quiche

Blueberry Streusel Coffee Cake

Plump blueberries create a juicy filling in this old-fashioned sour cream coffee cake from The White Gull Inn in Fish Creek on Wisconsin's Door County Peninsula.

Blueberry Streusel Coffee Cake

Eggs Benedict with Maltaise Sauce

What's Maltaise Sauce, you ask? It's just hollandaise sauce with a bit of orange zest and juice added. But you wouldn't believe how that bit of zing transforms this brunch standard.

Eggs Benedict with Maltaise Sauce

Hint-of-Orange Pancakes with Grapefruit Syrup

This recipe couldn't be simpler! Just simmer grapefruit slices in maple syrup for a delicious, rosy compote to serve over waffles, French toast, crepes—or these subtly orange-flavored pancakes.

Hint-of-Orange Pancakes with Grapefruit Syrup

Stuffed Croissant Breakfast Strata

The combination of croissants, bacon and cheese create an indulgent make-ahead treat for breakfast or brunch. Croissant pieces fit into the baking dish like a puzzle.

Stuffed Croissant Breakfast Strata

Blueberry Surprise French Toast Casserole

The breakfast spread at Turkey Run Inn at Turkey Run State Park in east-central Indiana often includes this warm-from-the-oven casserole. Cream cheese is the secret ingredient in this recipe, which gets a generous topping of blueberry or maple syrup.

Blueberry Surprise French Toast Casserole recipe

Any-Flavor Mini Quiche

Talk about easy! You can prep these delicious little quiches the night before, or make them in the morning while the oven preheats. They're perfect for brunch parties, and you can use whatever meat, cheese and veggies you have on hand.

Any-Flavor Mini Quiche

Asparagus Scramble Biscuits

Asparagus Scramble Biscuits start with square bacon-flecked cornmeal biscuits you can make ahead. The morning of your brunch, scramble the egg-veggie mixture, fill the biscuits and bake to heat and melt the cheese.

Asparagus Scramble Biscuits

A Hole-in-One Breakfast

Our egg cooked in toast is a classic American breakfast recipe that's also been known as egg in a basket and knothole egg.

Hole-in-One Breakfast

Custard Parfaits with Granola

This recipe makes an easy, fun layered breakfast. Use fat-free products for rich taste without extra calories. Layer most ingredients ahead, then add the granola and serve.

Custard Parfaits with Granola

Easy spring brunch

Your turn to host brunch? Go for simple. Shape Make-Ahead Orange-Caramel Rolls the night before to bake alongside Ham-and-Egg Cups the next morning.

Ham-and-Egg Cups

Make-Ahead Orange-Caramel Rolls

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Warm Blueberry Compote

Rise and shine with these special-occasion pancakes from chef Mindy Segal of Mindy’s HotChocolate Restaurant and Dessert Bar in Chicago. Ricotta makes them moist and rich; lemon curd gives sweet-tart punch.

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Warm Blueberry Compote

Eggs Goldenrod

This dish is terrific for brunch or a light supper. Hard-cooked eggs are simmered in a delicate white sauce that's ladled over warm biscuits.

Eggs Goldenrod

Peach Breakfast Parfaits

"This very simple fruit dish goes over big," says Mary Jo Smith, describing this parfait from Hidden Lake Bed and Breakfast in Jonesboro, Illinois. Mary Jo serves it in sundae glasses with a swirl of yogurt on top. For a variation, add raspberries to the peaches.

Peach Breakfast Parfaits

Very Cherry French Toast

Tuck cherry pie filling and cream cheese between cinnamon-flavored bread slices for this breakfast sensation from a Dale, Wisconsin, restaurant.

Very Cherry French Toast

Scrambled Eggs in Potato Nests

Make this appealing egg dish in just 20 minutes. Packaged hash browns form the nest, and the filling is a simple scramble of eggs and chives topped with cheese.

Scrambled Eggs in Potato Nests

Lazy Morning Sausage Pie

Lyndy Ireland cooks up breakfast favorites such as this classic biscuit mix recipe for her guests at Triangle Ranch in western South Dakota. She tops the Sausage Pie with refreshing salsa.

Lazy Morning Sausage Pie

Spinach Quiche a la Goldmoor

An easy-to-use frozen spinach souffle makes this quiche's eggy-sausage filling simple to prepare. The recipe is from the Goldmoor Inn near Galena, Illinois.

Spinach Quiche a la Goldmoor

Breakfast Burritos

Combine hash browns, sausage, bacon, eggs, cheese and chopped veggies for a hearty breakfast tortilla. Top the colorful mixture with cool sour cream and spicy salsa in this recipe inspired by RAGBRAI vendor Farm Boys.

Breakfast Burritos

Champagne and Brandied Fruit

Lace colorful seasonal fruit with a bit of bubbly in wide-mouth champagne glasses for a sparkling brunch dish.

Champagne and Brandied Fruit

Devonshire Splits

Fill these sweet little yeast buns with strawberry preserves and a cream mixture or purchased lemon curd. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Devonshire Splits

Heavenly Hots

This recipe comes from Ina Pinkney, owner of Ina's Kitchen in Chicago. She makes three kinds of pancakes: whole wheat oatmeal, gingerbread with lemon cream and these sour cream cakes. "I believe in pancakes so good, you don't need syrup," she says. Serve them with a warm fruit compote on the side.

Heavenly Hots

Eggs Flo

Eggs Benedict gets a makeover with this turkey-spinach version from Flo restaurant in Chicago. A smooth lemon-basil hollandaise tops the dish.

Eggs Flo

Berries Romanoff

This easy recipe makes a refreshing dessert--perfect for a brunch. Prepare the sour-cream sauce the day before your party, then just layer the sauce and fruit in parfait glasses before serving.

Berries Romanoff

Breakfast Monkey-Bread Rolls

Frozen or refrigerated cinnamon roll dough simplifies our recipe for Breakfast Monkey-Bread Rolls. Baking these rolls in muffin cups cleverly corrals their syrupy topping.

Breakfast Monkey Bread Rolls

More Rise & Shine Breakfast Breads

Favorite Frozen Fruit Cup

Throw together these fruit cups after dinner to enjoy a frosty side the next day.

Favorite Frozen Fruit Cup

Brie and Fresh Mushroom Omelets

The recipe for these lavish, easy-to-make cheese omelets comes from award-winning Cafe Patachou in Indianapolis.

Brie and Fresh Mushroom Omelets

Pasta Frittata

Diners at Ina's Kitchen in Chicago get a giant Parmesan-sprinkled wedge of this baked frittata served with sauteed tomatoes. We like it with a marinara sauce, too.

Pasta Frittata

Easy Banana Nut Bread

Serve this easy quick bread with flavored cream cheeses for a pretty brunch presentation. If you bake an extra loaf, it will keep up to a month in your freezer.

Easy Banana Nut Bread

Lemon-Blueberry Biscuits

Lemon yogurt is the secret ingredient in these pretty biscuits. The recipe comes from Natura Farms in Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota. 

Lemon-Blueberry Biscuits

Asian-Style Chicken Salad

Curly noodles, almonds, sesame seeds and rice vinegar blend in this crunchy, tangy brunch or luncheon salad from a West Des Moines, Iowa, reader.

Asian-Style Chicken Salad

Devilishly Good Deviled Eggs

A hint of curry and some chutney elevate these deviled eggs to spectacular. Spoon the filling into a sandwich-size clear plastic bag and snip a corner for easy piping.

Devilishly Good Deviled Eggs

Very Cherry Hazelnut Coffee Cake

David Dahlman of Chatsworth, California, says this yeasty coffee cake reminds him of the old-fashioned, down-to-earth treats on his grandmother's farm table. It takes time because it's a yeast-leavened dough, but there's no kneading required.

Very Cherry Hazelnut Coffee Cake

One-More-Bite Bread Pudding

This rich dessert from Hubbell House in Mantorville, Minnesota, makes a sweet addition to any brunch. Creamy pudding surrounds a layer of raspberry jam or preserves, all topped with Whiskey River Sauce.

One-More-Bite Bread Pudding

Lemon Thyme Tea Bread

The intense flavor of this tiny-leafed herb teams up with lemon peel for the lemony scent in this sweet quick bread.

Lemon Thyme Tea Bread

Farmhouse Cheese Torte

Although this recipe has a lot of steps, it's worth the effort. Bread a poached egg with a crisp coating, then place it on top of a baked ricotta-Fontina torte and drizzle with a cheesy mushroom sauce.

Farmhouse Cheese Torte

Garden-Special Primavera

Fresh veggies and herbs blend into a light and creamy sauce for a delicate yet substantial main dish.

Garden-Special Primavera

Savory Cheese Scones

Sage, dry mustard and a pinch of red pepper add zip to these scones. Serve warm with butter, if you like.

Savory Cheese Scones

Bacon, Ham and Egg Hash

Family-pleasing favorites—bacon, ham, cheese, potatoes and eggs—combine in this simple, hearty brunch or breakfast dish. Pork producers Monica and Randy Duffe of Wilton, Iowa, contributed the recipe.

Bacon, Ham and Egg Hash

 

Mushroom-and-Egg Casserole

Prosciutto and shiitake mushrooms give this cheesy egg casserole added flavor and texture. Try serving with warm-from-the-oven corn bread and roasted red potatoes.

Mushroom-and-Egg Casserole

Orange Sticky Rolls

These moist, citrus-flavored rolls come from the Deutschheim State Historic Site in Hermann, Missouri. Our make-ahead directions let you prepare and shape the rolls the day before your brunch, then just heat and serve.

Orange Sticky Rolls

Grammy's Wild Rice Porridge

Wild rice may seem like an unusual breakfast ingredient, but it adds chewiness to this fruit-nut hot cereal. Dried cranberries, blueberries and cherries also cook into the porridge.

Grammy's Wild Rice Porridge

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