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40 Favorite Breakfast and Brunch Recipes

Warm up your mornings with our easy recipes for egg dishes, pancakes, quick breads, breakfast casseroles 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

Herbed Egg-Potato Bake

You can assemble the cheesy Herbed Egg-Potato Bake up to two days ahead and refrigerate it.

Herbed Egg-Potato Bake

 

Cranberry Streusel Coffee Cake

There's just a hint of cinnamon in the streusel for this moist cake.

Cranberry Streusel Coffee Cake  

Sausage Polenta with Nestled Eggs

Green chiles and shredded cheese lend Southwest flavor to this hearty breakfast casserole that you can prepare the night before and bake in the morning.

Sausage Polenta with Nestled Eggs

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

Ham-and-Cheese Stuffed French Toast

Vanilla extract, cinnamon, maple syrup and almonds give the classic Monte Cristo sandwich a sweet and nutty twist. 

Ham-and-Cheese Stuffed French Toast

Bacon-Cheddar-Chive Scones

Melted cheese oozes out of these tender, flaky scones flecked with chives and bacon bits. Cheryl Christiansen of McPherson won best in quick breads with this scone at the Kansas State Fair.

Bacon-Cheddar-Chive Scones

Potato-Thyme Frittata

This flavorful frittata can be a simple brunch or weeknight supper dish; if you don't have fresh thyme, just substitute dried. The recipe comes from Urban Roots Farm in Springfield, Missouri.

Potato-Thyme Frittata

Rise and Shine Cranberry-Apple Crisp

Spiced coconut streusel adds crunch to healthy apples and berries.

Rise and Shine Cranberry-Apple Crisp

Farmer's Breakfast

This German egg-potato dish, also known as hoppel poppel, traditionally included leftovers from the dinner table. Here's our deluxe version, with a variety of vegetables.

Farmer's Breakfast

Hearty Multigrain Pancakes

We added whole grains to these flapjacks to help ward off the morning munchies. Personalize this breakfast or brunch recipe with chocolate chips, blueberries and other stir-ins.

Hearty Multigrain Pancakes

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

Chicken Divan-Style Omelet

A velvety Hollandaise sauce tops an omelet of chicken, cheese and broccoli or asparagus. The recipe draws diners to Bobby's Barrel Inn in Volo, Illinois (about 40 miles northwest of Chicago).

No time to make a sauce and filling? Click on the link below to our 40-second omelet.

Chicken Divan-Style Omelet

Make a 40-second omelet

Glazed Orange Rolls

These sweet and tender yeast rolls, generously covered in glaze, are a hit at Maxson Riverside Restaurant in Oregon, Illinois. Bake in muffin cups, and serve warm.

Glazed Orange Rolls

Roesti

The New Glarus Hotel in New Glarus, Wisconsin, serves up a taste of Switzerland with this potato cake -- pure comfort food made from just five ingredients.

Roesti

Bread Pudding with Maple Banana Sauce

This rich, make-ahead bread pudding recipe comes from the Eagle Ridge Inn & Resort in Galena, Illinois. The resort offers a Sunday brunch each week, including a lavish dessert table.

Bread Pudding with Maple Banana Sauce

Gingerbread Pancakes

Transform a weekend breakfast into a special occasion with a stack of these cakes featuring ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, molasses and thin-sliced apples.

Gingerbread Pancakes

Maple-Apple-Glazed Breakfast Meatballs

Perfect for holiday brunches, mini pork meatballs are a sweet and salty alternative to sides of bacon or sausage.

Maple-Apple-Glazed Breakfast Meatballs

Smoked Salmon and Roasted Pepper Frittata

Veggies and low-fat cottage cheese stretch the eggs in this frittata, a breakfast main dish that's both healthy and low-cost (about $1.75 a serving!). A little salmon or ham boosts the flavor.

Smoked Salmon and Roasted Pepper Frittata

Chicken Caesar Egg Sandwich

Bacon, grilled chicken, crisp romaine and a fried egg crowd inside a flaky croissant. Our dressing includes anchovy fillets for authentic Caesar flavor; if you'd prefer to leave them out, increase the Worcestershire sauce to 2 teaspoons. (Or you can substitute bottled Caesar dressing for the homemade to make the recipe more streamlined.)

Chicken Caesar Egg Sandwich

Smoked Turkey Quiche

This variation of a classic quiche recipe combines smoked turkey breast with Swiss cheese, eggs and cream. Serve with fresh fruit and homemade sweet rolls for a hearty start to the day. The recipe comes from the Engesser House Bed and Breakfast in St. Peter, Minnesota.

Smoked Turkey Quiche

Breakfast Puffs

These sweet treats can be found in nearly every Amish cookbook. Roll them in melted butter, cinnamon and sugar before serving.

Breakfast Puffs

Caramelized Onion Breakfast Casserole

This easy broccoli-bacon-Swiss cheese strata is called a breakfast casserole, but it would satisfy for any meal of the day.

Caramelized Onion Breakfast Casserole

Cinnamon Surprise Buns

These yeast rolls poof as they bake, hiding the filled center. Guests will love the spiced nut and brown sugar in the middle of these frosted treats.

Cinnamon Surprise Buns

More breakfast breads

Fruit Brunch Medley

A honey-lime dressing sweetens this six-fruit combination. Chill the crunchy mixture up to 2 hours before serving.

Fruit Brunch Medley

Lumberjack Falls Skillet

The irresistible combination of Cajun andouille sausage and bacon bumps up the flavor of this home-style breakfast dish. A cast-iron skillet browns it best.

Lumberjack Falls Skillet

Pork ‘n’ Pippins Quiche

At Round Barn Farm Bed and Breakfast and Bread in Red Wing, Minnesota, Robin and Elaine Kleffman serve this sweet-and-savory quiche with a dollop of sour cream and seasoned, broiled tomato halves on the side.

Pork ‘n’ Pippins Quiche

Goat Cheese, Artichoke and Smoked Ham Strata

This brunch recipe comes from Carol Mortensen of Flossmoor, Illinois. "My husband and I began hosting brunches in 1986. This goat cheese, artichoke and smoked ham strata became our favorite brunch dish," she says. "The best part is preparing it the night before to bake in the morning."

Goat Cheese, Artichoke and Smoked Ham Strata

Breakfast Crepe Cups

Crepes form the shell for this pretty baked egg dish. Spoon bacon, pork sausage or ham into the bottom of the crepe cups, then ladle egg mixture over the meat, and sprinkle with cheddar cheese. The recipe comes from the Jefferson-Day House bed and breakfast in Hudson, Wisconsin.

Breakfast Crepe Cups

Sour Cream Swirl Coffee Cake

A layer of brown sugar, cinnamon and pecans swirls through the center of this sour cream coffee cake from the Lantz House Inn in Centerville, Indiana.

Sour Cream Swirl Coffee Cake

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

 

Morning Pecan Casserole

A crunchy, pralinelike layer tops this easy, make-ahead brunch dish with raisin-bread strata and pieces of sausage patties.

Morning Pecan Casserole

French Toast Sticks with Maple-Apple-Nut Topping

Choose from several varieties of bread, including challah, whole wheat and cinnamon-raisin, for these easy French toast sticks. The Maple-Apple-Nut Topping makes this a standout dish. The recipe was inspired by RAGBRAI vendor Breakfast Delights.

French Toast Sticks with Maple-Apple-Nut Topping

Sausage-Cheese Scones

Cheddar cheese and sausage dot these flavor-packed buttermilk scones from the Washington House Inn in Cedarburg, Wisconsin.

Sausage-Cheese Scones

Ham-and-Egg Cups

If you don't have custard cups, 6-ounce ramekins or jumbo muffin pans work for this simple brunch recipe, too.

Ham-and-Egg Cups

Fruit and Nut Granola

At Abilene's Victorian Inn in Kansas, chef Adrian Potter bakes this granola for guests. Eat it with milk or layered in a parfait with yogurt and fruit. We love how the recipe lets you customize the nuts and fruit to your taste.

Fruit and Nut Granola

Best Brunch Muffins

A brush of melted butter and a sprinkling of sugar cap these tender berry-filled muffins. The muffins were popular for years on the lunch menu at the former Chesaning Heritage House restaurant in Chesaning, Michigan.

Best Brunch Muffins

Winter Breakfast Fruit Crunch

Serve this combination of fresh fruit, low-fat yogurt and low-fat granola for a quick and healthy breakfast. Pair it with an egg dish if you prefer a heartier meal.

Winter Breakfast Fruit Crunch

Mile-High Buttermilk Pancakes

These light-textured, melt-in-your-mouth hotcakes taste heavenly slathered with butter and dripping with syrup. The recipe comes from The Black & White restaurant in Little Falls, Minnesota.

Mile-High Buttermilk Pancakes

Wisconsin Snow Pudding

This fluffy brunch dessert looks like a snow sculpture. Serve with Custard Sauce and fresh raspberries.

Wisconsin Snow Pudding

Cran-Banana Bread

Blend mashed bananas with a box of cranberry quick-bread mix for this easy-to-make, double-fruit treat.

Cran-Banana Bread

Breakfast Burritos

Potatoes, diced chile peppers, cheese, meat and spices create a hearty filling for warm tortillas. Serve with salsa.

Breakfast Burritos

Coffee Cake Ring

Trust us! This cake is utterly addictive.

Coffee Cake Ring

Cream Cheese-Filled Breakfast Pancakes

Topped with fresh fruit and wrapped around a rich cream cheese filling, these crepelike pancakes add color and flavor to any special-occasion breakfast or brunch. The recipe comes from the Artists Colony Inn in Nashville, Indiana.

Cream Cheese-Filled Breakfast Pancakes

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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