Eggs in a Garden Breakfast Tart
Thanks to ever-handy, store-bought puff pastry, this stunning savory tart is shockingly easy to make. The flakey puff pastry crust cradles 8 over easy eggs, surrounded with vibrant spring vegetables (thus, the recipe’s name). What you have here is an incredibly impressive option for your next brunch gathering. Serve with a side of roasted red potatoes or fresh fruit for a complete meal that’s sure to wow.
Open-Face Matzo Brei Breakfast Sandwiches
Matzo brei, a traditional dish made by folding soaked matzo into scrambled eggs, makes the perfect base for a delicious, protein-packed breakfast stack. Just spread with softened cream cheese, then top with smoked salmon, thinly sliced red onion, capers, and fresh dill... you'll be well on your way to brunch happiness.
Saucy Skillet-Poached Eggs
If you've ever had Italian eggs in purgatory, this recipe makes a similar Israeli breakfast dish called shakshuka. If you need to stretch the meal, simply add another egg to the pan. Top with any herb, such as cilantro, chives, or oregano.
Fluffiest Multigrain Pancakes with Almond Butter Drizzle
Get ready; this will become your new Sunday morning staple. These pancakes are wonderfully hearty, thanks to old-fashioned oats and white whole-wheat flour, yet their texture is still fluffy and light, with a beguiling creaminess in the middle. Instead of dousing this short stack with syrup, we opt instead for a nutty sauce of maple-sweetened almond butter--cutting about 27g added sugars from the typical pancake breakfast. (Feel free to sub any nut butter you have on hand.) Soaking the oats first softens them and helps create that creamy interior texture. As they soak, you can make the almond butter sauce and measure out the other ingredients.
Here's a breakfast muffin you don't have to feel bad about. We opted for canola oil over butter, incorporated 50% white whole-wheat flour, and kept the added sugar low by leaning on the sweetness of ripe summer strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries. Peaches will be a welcome addition later in the season.
Kale and Mushroom Frittata
Half the pleasure of a frittata is just saying it. Go ahead. Free-tah-tah. For molto fun, say it Italian-style: Stress the first syllable and roll the r. Fr-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-ee-tah-tah. Brava, bella. A cast-iron or carbon-steel pan is best here because it goes under the broiler, and high heat could damage nonstick skillets. Handy advice: If you set out to make an omelet but your pan won’t release the eggs and they stick to the bottom, just spread out the fillings, pop it under the broiler, and presto! Frittata. You can easily make this dish for 2 or 4 people using a larger pan and multiplying ingredients accordingly.
Chicken and Waffles with Kicky Syrup
If ever a breakfast meets dinner combo were to go viral, chicken and waffles would be it. The mash-up actually dates back a couple hundred years, and we can guess why—the sweet, crunchy, and salty trio must have been just as crave-worthy then as it is now. We skip the deep fry and intsead bake chicken breast cutlets with a super-crunchy cereal and panko crust. Lean, boneless chicken and multigrain frozen waffles also save time. To top it off, a bit of Sriracha and soy sauce adds spicy, savory depth to a maple syrup drizzle.
Dutch Baby with Strawberries and Pistachios
The key to the dish’s dramatic puff comes from oven spring—the jolt of heat and steam the batter gets when it’s poured into a sizzling hot pan and placed in a cranked-up oven. The butter browns instantly when it’s added to the pan, but pouring in the batter right away keeps it from burning, and the brown butter lends rich nuttiness to the batter. Make the strawberry topping first so the fruit has time to macerate and release some of its juice to form a loose sauce. The finished Dutch baby will deflate a little as it cools, though the texture remains airy and crisp outside, creamy and custardy within.
Zucchini and Spinach Chilaquiles
This verde version of a Mexican brunch classic is the perfect introduction to summer. If you have time, try switching out canned tomatillos for fresh: Remove the papery husks from 8 ounces fresh tomatillos, toss with 1 tablespoon oil on a baking sheet, and broil 6 minutes or until lightly charred. Cool before processing. Queso fresco has the texture of strained ricotta—it won’t quite melt under the broiler, but its mild flavor will be a welcome contrast to the heat in the tomatillo mixture. Add scrambled eggs to each serving for a little extra protein.
Creamy Baked Eggs with Herbs and Bacon
Serve with toasted bread and a leafy green side salad.
Chocolate Buckwheat Waffles with Juicy Berries
I've remade the typical syrup-doused waffle breakfast into a lower-sugar, fruit-forward, gluten-free, whole-grain plate with 273 fewer calories. In place of refined all-purpose flour, I go with gluten-free buckwheat flour, which adds 2.4g filling fiber per serving; strawberries add another 2.4g. Barely sweetened berries and yogurt replace maple syrup, slashing 18g added sugar per serving.
Veggie Eggy Scramble
Katie admits that she and her family "aren't big morning people." They rush through and typically grab what's convenient. We like the idea of getting them to incorporate veggies into the morning meal, and it's not hard or time-consuming to do. Katie can spend a few minutes prepping everything the night before (including beating the egg-cheese mixture) to make the next morning a breeze. When they need this to be grab and go, they can stuff the scramble into a whole-wheat pita.
Golden Potato-and-Smoked Sausage Hash
Make this hash even heartier by adding a fried egg on top.
Crostini with Spinach, Poached Egg, and Creamy Mustard Sauce
Low heat is the key to perfect poaching and silken eggs in this one-dish meal of Crostini with Spinach, Poached Egg, and Creamy Mustard Sauce.
Grilled Asparagus with Fried Eggs and Pancetta
Asparagus and fried eggs are a classic springtime combo for good reason--they're delicious together. Medium-thick asparagus spears will char nicely outside while staying crisp-tender within.
This frittata is chock full of good veggies and flavors that nearly burst out of the pan. Fresh crumbled goat cheese and shredded fontina cheese to bring out the perfect texture.
Carrot Cake Pancakes
These cakey flapjacks feature warm spices and bright carrot flavor. Our lightened version calls for low-fat buttermilk and a small dab of honey butter.
Remove eggs from stovetop while they're still a bit wet; they'll finish cooking in the oven. To make this a day ahead, go through Step 2; cover and chill the casserole. Let stand at room temperature about 20 minutes before baking.
Buttermilk-Glazed Cherry Sheet Cake
If you're ready to step up your brunch game, this beautiful cake will definitely do the trick. Serve with lots (and lots) of coffee.
Mushroom, Bacon, and Swiss Strata
Breakfast casseroles are ideal for overnight guests. Assemble it the night before, and bake in the morning.
Croissant French Toast With Fresh Strawberry Syrup
Bring inspired French flavor to your brunch table this weekend. Stale croissants work best in this recipe, so pick them up mid-week and try to resist the temptation to gobble them up before it's time. Top with fresh strawberry syrup and sweetened whipped cream.
Sparkling Elderflower Lemonade
Elderflower liqueur is sweet, delicate, and floral, like nectar from a spring bouquet.
Bloody Mary Punch
Instead of stirring all the ingredients together, serve optional shots of vodka on the side, and let guests add it or not.
The real kicker on this breakfast classic is the buttery, luscious hollandaise sauce. We lighten it up with a mixture of silken tofu and reduced-fat sour cream. When poaching eggs, choose the freshest possible; the white adheres to the yolk better, making for an easier, cleaner poach.
Thinly sliced carrot makes a wonderful garnish for this festive cocktail.
Hot Chicken-and-Waffle Sandwiches with Chive Cream
We did a taste test and loved the just-fried tenders from the Publix grocery store deli.
Bacon, Egg, and Kale Breakfast Salad
Based loosely on the flavors of a BLT, this salad is hearty and light at the same time. Don't worry if it feels like you don't have a lot of dressing; the luscious golden yolk makes a creamy sauce in the bowl.
Caribbean Crab Cakes Benedict
Stuffed French Toast
Smoky Egg and Cheese Tostada
Your go-to weeknight dinner cheat just arrived. You can make a tostada out of basically any ingredients as long as you start with a crisped tortilla. Start with 6-inch whole-grain corn tortillas instead of flour, and you'll save about 30 calories and 200mg sodium. Then just top with this fun flavor combo, and crunch. They're the perfect build-your-own superfast fare--so healthy and delicious, you'll want two.
Even if you're a baking newbie, you can turn these out with ease, thanks to frozen puff pastry. To keep them from sticking, remove the pastries from the pan right after baking.
Brunch Flatbread with Eggs, Bacon, and Frisée
Notes: The dough for these flatbreads can be made the night before serving; if you're not starting it ahead, just skip the chilling in step 2 and proceed to shape dough as directed in step 4. If you're short on time, you can use a 1-pound loaf of frozen bread dough. Thaw at room temperature, then divide and shape as directed in step 4. Purchased dough browns quickly; reduce baking time in step 6 by 5 minutes.
Spring Gin Punch
A simple formula makes perfect punch every time.
Cheddar Cheese Grits Casserole
This baked cheese grits casserole is perfect for lazy weekend mornings. Just cook the grits in milk and butter, stir in eggs, salt, and pepper, and pop in the oven–it's ready in less than an hour. For other Southern dishes like this one, see our complete collection of Southern recipes.
Blood Orange Mimosas
We love the color blood oranges give this classic brunch cocktail. A dash of bitters adds depth. Look for orange bitters--such as Fee Brothers or Stirrings--at liquor stores or specialty grocers. The sugar cube dissolves as you sip, balancing the bitters and giving off bubbles for a festive touch. Juice the oranges and keep chilled up to a day ahead.
Sweet and Hot Pepper Open-Faced Egg Sandwiches
There's a great interplay of flavors here, with the tingly heat of cherry pepper and the sweetness of bell pepper and onion. For an even spicier dish, substitute 2 tablespoons pickled jalapeño slices for the cherry pepper.
To scoop up every bit of this spicy egg and tomato dish, popular in North Africa and Israel, we brushed slices of pain au levain with oil, then toasted them on a grill pan set on a camp stove. After breakfast, we cleaned the cast-iron skillet by scrubbing it with hot water and a nylon wash pad (no soap). We set it back on the stove to dry and wipe with a thin film of oil. For more: sunset.com/cleancastiron.
Cheesy Bacon-and-Two-Onion Tart
The flaky crust here is a perfect accompaniment to any brunch spread or soup dish.
Crouton and Cheese Omelet
Rye-bread croutons and nutty gruyère work well together for this dinner-worthy omelet, but you can use any combo of bread, cheese, and herbs you like.
Soft-Scrambled Eggs with Asparagus
For perfect soft-scrambled eggs, cook slowly and stir often to form creamy curds. Use the thinnest asparagus you can find so it will become crisp-tender with gentle heat.
Hash Brown Casserole
This simple hash brown casserole features a buttery cornflake crust and is a favorite side for both casual family gatherings and holiday celebrations. The epitome of a comfort food dish, this casserole is fit for any dinner from Easter dinner to Christmas. This dish can be made in a crock pot, cast-iron skillet, or in a regular casserole dish.
Mushroom and Spinach Omelet
A veggie-stuffed omelet makes for one easy, satisfying dinner when paired with a simple side salad. While the cooked spinach mixture sits, it may give off some more liquid; strain this off to keep the omelet from becoming watery.
Sausage, Vegetable and Egg Scramble
This sausage and vegetable scramble is a perfect hearty dish for any brunch spread.
Tropical Fruit Salad
Bananas Foster Upside-down Coffee Cake
This decadent coffee cake recipe is inspired by the classic New Orleans dessert and features sautéed bananas, pecans, and a splash of rum. It also has the added convenience of a baking mix (such as Bisquick) that’s enhanced with cinnamon, sugar, eggs, and sour cream.
Almond paste is coarser in texture and less sweet than marzipan, but either will work for this recipe. Both can be found on the baking aisle of the supermarket. To make mini muffins, spoon 1 heaping teaspoon of batter into each of 48 miniature muffin cups; bake at 375° for 10 to 12 minutes. To get ahead, bake 2 days before the party.
Spring Hash with Eggs Sunny-Side Up
Spring Vegetable Frittata
"A frittata is a great brunch dish for entertaining because it makes for an effortless and beautiful family-style presentation."
Root Vegetable Hash with Fried Eggs
Top a pile of fresh fall vegetables with a fried egg to make this marvelous meatless dish.