Whether you’re hosting a formal brunch for a shower, or having a casual brunch with your ladies, anything from this collection of brunch recipes is sure to be a hit!
What is Brunch?!
Breakfast + Lunch = Brunch.
Brunch is generally served at about 10 am and can consist of breakfast foods and/or lunch items! If you would like a wider spread, you could even include both.
Hosting brunch may seem a bit daunting, especially if you’ve opted to make it all yourself as opposed to pot luck style. To help make things run smoothly and to be sure there is something for everyone, I’ve gathered up some of my favorite brunch ideas.
I’ve also included some of my best tips, so take a deep breath and get your host on!
Tips for Hosting Brunch
- Decide if you want to have a more formal sit down brunch or take a family style buffet approach.
- Set up as much as you can the night before. Arrange furniture and serving tables. Set out utensils, trivets, and chafing dishes. Hang up decorations.
- Utilize multi tiered platters. They provide extra serving space and look visually appealing.
- Make and prepare as much food as you can in advance.
- Will there be children attending? Have an activity area for them.
Is there a theme? Sometimes this is easy to determine when you are serving brunch at a bridal or baby shower. Other times you might decide to use a flower or color theme. You can even have food theme:
- Waffle Bar
- Donut Theme
- Pancake Party Theme
- Mini Theme when everything is served in tiny portions
- Omelette Bar
- Breakfast Burrito Bar
Planning the menu
Plan the brunch menu a couple of weeks beforehand. There are several perks to doing so.
- It allows you to watch for sales at the grocery store.
- You have time to try out new recipes to work out any tweaks.
- If you have a guest offering to bring a dish, you’ll know what will go well with the other menu items.
- You have about a week to make any changes.
Here are some things to consider when deciding what to put on the menu:
- If you picked a theme, what correlates?
- What dishes can be made ahead of time?
- What needs to be heated/cooked the morning of and is there enough time and space to do so?
- Not everything needs to be homemade. Are there any items that you can purchase already made from the grocery store?
- Make sure you have a balance of sweet and savory, hot and cold.
- Be considerate of any allergies that you know guests have.
Keeping Food Warm
There are several tricks you can use to keep food warm before and during a party.
- Chafing Dish: If you don’t have one, you can create a similar effect using an electric heating pad. Be sure to pair the heating pad with a tray that is slightly larger. Set the safety temperature of the heating pad and place the dish right on top. Also, be sure that any cords are out of the way so no one trips on them.
- Crock Pots: Crock pots are a favorite appliance in my kitchen. Even if you don’t use the pot to cook the dish you can use it to keep one warm.
- Cookler: Insulated coolers can be used to keep food warm. Be sure that any dishes you place in there will not get squashed when stacked. You can Use hot water bottles or hot bricks wrapped in a towel to help maintain the warm temperature.
- Oven: Set the oven to 200°F and it can be used to keep many different dishes warm.
How much to serve
This is one of the most difficult parts of hosting any party. You don’t want to prepare too much, but you definitely don’t want to run out of food. It can be tricky to determine how much each person will ultimately eat. Use the following information to help you out:
- Quiche – 1 slice per person
- Bakes/Casseroles – 1-2 pieces that are 2 inch squares
- Pancakes – 3 large per person
- Waffles – 2 per person
- French Toast – 2 slices per person
- Bacon or Sausage – 3-4 pieces per person
- Eggs – 2 per person no matter how they are made
- Coffee cake or pastry – 1 ½ slices or pieces per person
Best Brunch Recipes
These are all the food items you hope to see when you attend a brunch—all the classics like pancakes and waffles, along with some other best loved breakfast dishes.
Easy Pancakes – The easiest and yummiest basic pancake recipe. Use this recipe if you’re out of mix for delicious pancakes that everyone will love. Plus, check out all our tips on how to change them up for even more flavor!
Swedish Pancakes – This Homemade Swedish Pancakes Recipe Makes The Softest, Most Delicious Pancakes That The Whole Family Will Love. Fill And Top Them With Cream, Fruit Or Buttermilk Syrup For A Delicious Breakfast!
Chocolate Chip Pancakes – Delicious And Fluffy Chocolate Chip Pancakes Served With A Macadamia Almond Buttermilk Syrup That Is Out Of This World.
Fluffy Pancakes – Waking up to a big stack of fluffy pancakes it THE BEST! This recipe is foolproof for the best pancakes in the world!
Belgian Waffles – Crispy, Fluffy, Belgian Waffles To Start Your Day Off With A Smile. Top Them With All Of Your Favorite Fruits , Spreads And Syrups. Once You Try These Homemade Waffles, You’ll Never Want The Box Mix Again.
Breakfast Sausage – Homemade Breakfast Sausage Is So Easy And Will Taste 100% Better Than Anything You’ll Find At The Grocery Store!
Pound Cake French Toast – Have you tried making French toast out of pound cake? If not, you need to! It’s thick, delicious and an easy breakfast for weekends and holidays!
Homemade Donuts – Not Sure What Is So Addicting About These Donuts (Perhaps The Fact That They’re Fried?!), But I Promise You They Are. Everyone Loves These Homemade Donuts.
Buttermilk Waffles – What’s Better Than A Big, Fluffy Waffle First Thing In The Morning? Almost Nothing! These Buttermilk Waffles Are Your New Favorite Breakfast Recipe—Everyone Will Love Them!
Breakfast Potatoes – Crispy Breakfast Potatoes Are Seasoned To Perfection. Look No Further For A Breakfast Potato Recipe Because This One Has Everything You Need!
Bacon in the Oven – Crispy Bacon In The Oven Is SO Easy, Leaves No Mess, And Is Perfectly Crisp Every Time. Once You Try Oven-Baked You’ll Never Go Back!
Western Omelet – This Western Omelet Is Packed With Cheese, Bell Peppers, And Ham! This Is The Most Delicious And Fluffy Omelet You’ll Ever Make!
Cinnamon Roll Cake – This Cinnamon Roll Cake Takes Your Favorite Breakfast Treat And Puts It In Cake Form. With Buttery Cinnamon Swirls And A Sweet Glaze, This Cake Is Sure To Be A New Favorite!
Orange Rolls – One Of Our Favorite Morning Treats! A Sweet Roll Recipe Made With An Orange Filling And An Irresistible Lemon Glaze. Everyone Loves These Delicious Orange Rolls!
Breakfast Burrito – Delicious Breakfast Burritos Are The Perfect On-The-Go Breakfast! Load Them With All Your Favorite Fixings.
Dutch Baby Pancake – Dutch Baby Pancakes Are A Super Simple, Fun, And Delicious Breakfast That The Whole Family Will Love. Similar To German Pancakes (But Made In A Rounded Skillet), These Dutch Babies Are Simple And Can Be Topped With Powdered Sugar, Maple Syrup, Berries, Jam.
Easy Brunch Recipes
Preparing an entire brunch spread can be daunting and time consuming. That’s why these recipes come in handy! They’re all made in 30 minutes or less, and most require few and simple ingredients.
Cinnamon Roll Bites – Ooey gooey cinnamon roll bites taste just like cinnamon rolls, but are SO much quicker! They are a tasty make ahead breakfast.
One Hour Cinnamon Rolls – Delicious One Hour Cinnamon Rolls With Homemade Cream Cheese Frosting. These Rolls Are Super Soft And Result In A Quick, Mouth-Watering Cinnamon Treat That Is Delicious Any Morning Or Holiday.
Cinnamon Twists – Flaky Cinnamon Twists Are Buttery And Sweet. They Take Only 15 Min. To Make, And Will Disappear In Minutes!!
Avocado Eggs – Avocado Bacon And Eggs Are Simple, Delicious And Hearty! So Many Great Ingredients Are Used And Make For A Great Breakfast Recipe Without Much Work!
Cinnamon Cream Cheese Roll Ups – Delicious Cinnamon Cream Cheese Roll-Ups – A Simple And Yummy Breakfast Treat. White Bread Flattened And Rolled With A Cream Cheese And Powdered Sugar Mixture, Dipped In Butter, Cinnamon, And Sugar!
Sausage Cream Cheese Crescent Rolls – This simple 3-ingredient appetizer is great for parties and get togethers and is so full of flavor! Everyone will love these Sausage Cream Cheese Crescent Rolls.
Brunch Casserole Recipes
Casseroles are the ultimate brunch item for a handful of reasons! They’re usually really easy to prepare, a lot of them are overnight casseroles and only need to be tossed in the oven the morning of, and one dish easily feeds a whole crows! Here are our favorites.
Baked Eggs – Baked Eggs Are Your New Breakfast Best Friend! It Takes Only Minutes To Whip Up, And It Comes Out Perfectly Cheesy And Delicious Every Time.
Cream Cheese French Toast Bake – Cream Cheese French Toast Bake Is Slightly Toasted On Top, Soft In The Middle, And Each Bite Is Bursting With Rich Cream Cheese. Just Add Your Favorite Fruit!
Biscuits and Gravy Casserole – A Casserole Version Of A Classic Breakfast Dish!! This Biscuits And Gravy Casserole Is Simple And Perfect For Weekend Mornings And Holidays – Especially If You’re Feeding A Crowd!
Eggs Benedict Casserole – Eggs Benedict Casserole – The Perfect Breakfast Dish Made With English Muffins, Canadian Bacon, Eggs And More. It’s Perfect For Weekends And Holidays.
Crescent Roll Breakfast Casserole – Crescent Roll Breakfast Casserole Is Savory And Cheesy. It Is Easy To Assemble And Bakes In Under 30 Minutes!
Blueberry French Toast Casserole – Easy And Delicious Blueberry French Toast Casserole Is An Indulgently Sweet Breakfast. It Will Be A Showstopper At Brunch Or Perfect To Serve For Holiday Mornings.
Overnight French Toast – Overnight French Toast Bake Is A Layered Breakfast Recipe Has Layers Of Texas Toast, Cinnamon, Sugar, Brown Sugar And Eggs!
French Toast Bake – This Super Delicious Overnight French Toast Bake Recipe Takes French Toast To A Whole New Level! Pieces Of Sourdough Bread Covered In An Egg Mixture, Topped With Cinnamon Sugar, And Baked To Perfection! This Easy French Toast Casserole Is The Ultimate Holiday Or Weekend Breakfast!!
Sausage Breakfast Casserole – Sausage Breakfast Casserole – Eggs, Sausage, Milk, Cheese, And Seasonings All Layered Upon A Crescent Sheet! The Perfect Way To Start Off Your Morning!!
Cinnamon Roll French Toast Bake – Cinnamon Roll French Toast Bake Has All Of The Ooey Gooey Goodness Of Warm Cinnamon Rolls, With The Ease Of An Overnight Breakfast Casserole.
Breakfast Strata – This Breakfast Strata Is Great For Brunches, Holidays, Or A Yummy Family Breakfast!! With Buttery Layers Of Bread, Ham, Cheese, And Egg, This Strata Recipe Is Guaranteed To Please Any Crowd!
Make Ahead Brunch Recipes
The best brunch recipes to make ahead are pastries and muffins that can sit at room temperature for a longer period of time—Things like donuts, muffins, and scones.
Keep in mind, a lot of the casseroles in the previous category are overnight casseroles and can be made in advance as well!
Cheesy Breakfast Casserole – This easy savory cheesy breakfast casserole is perfect for any morning or special holiday occasion. It is perfect for making ahead!
Mini Applesauce Muffins – These Mini Applesauce Muffins Are The Perfect Snack For The Whole Family! Deliciously Moist Muffins Filled With Applesauce, And Dipped In An Irresistible Cinnamon Sugar Topping.
Mini Donut Muffins – Mini Donut Muffins are coated in cinnamon sugar and topped with a DELICIOUS cream cheese frosting. It’s hard not to eat the whole batch!!
Cherry Danish – This easy Cherry Danish is made from puff pastry dough filled with a sweetened cream cheese mixture and topped with cherry pie filling.
Scones – Bake Up A Few Of These Blueberry Scones For A Delicious Breakfast Or Brunch. They Are Flaky, Buttery, And Easy To Make!
Blueberry Muffins – These Soft, Delicious Blueberry Muffins Are Simple And Perfect For Breakfast, Snack Or After-School Treat. They’re Filled With Blueberries And Topped With Coarse Sugar Making Them Irresistible.
Homemade Granola – Baked homemade granola is naturally sweetened with the perfect amount of crunch. It is completely customizable for a go-to pantry staple.
Old Fashioned Donuts – Old fashioned donuts will melt in your mouth. These glazed buttermilk beauties are so easy to make!
Biscuit Donuts – These Delicious Biscuit Donuts Are Beyond Simple And Made Using Canned Biscuits!! If You’re Looking For The Quickest And Easiest Ways To Make Donuts, This Is It!
Chocolate Overload Muffins – Chocolate Muffins Loaded With Semisweet Chocolate Chips And Dark Chocolate Chunks, Then Topped With More Chocolate Chips And Sprinkles. Every Chocolate Lover Will Appreciate These Rich And Indulgent Muffins!
Healthy Brunch Recipes
While some brunch recipes tend to be heavy on calories, sugars, or cheeses, these ones are filled with fruits, vegetables, and/or protein! Add a few of these to the spread and give your guests healthy options.
Frittata – Fluffy Frittata Stuffed With Asparagus, Ham, And Parmesan Cheese. It’s A Breakfast Dream—So Simple And Delicious!
Broccoli Quiche – Broccoli Quiche Is One Of My Favorite Hot Breakfast Recipes! Healthy, Filling, And Flavorful. It Has Everything You Want And More!
Easy Fruit Salad – A fresh fruit salad that makes the perfect side dish to any meal! Colorful, healthy, delicious, and filled with all your favorite fruits!
Hash Brown Egg Cups – Hash Brown Egg Cups Are A Creative And Yummy Way To Combine Two Tasty Breakfast Foods Into One. These Are Perfect For A Breakfast Gathering With Friends And Family.
Asparagus Quiche – This Simple Asparagus Quiche Is Loaded Up With Eggs, Asparagus, And Cheese. It’s Terrific For A Brunch Spread Or Weeknight Meal.
Yogurt Parfaits – Fresh & Creamy yogurt parfaits are filled with fresh fruit and topped with crunchy granola. They are perfect for breakfast or dessert!
Healthy Egg Muffins – These Healthy Egg Muffins Are Super Simple And Delicious! Add Cheese, Meat And Veggies To Make These Tasty Breakfast Muffins, Or Customize Them With Your Favorite Ingredients. They’re Not Only Great For Breakfast But Also For Snacks And Lunch!
Kale Smoothie – Let’s Lighten Things Up This Month With This Fresh Kale Smoothie! It’s Packed With Delicious Healthy Ingredients That Will Make You Feel Energized All Day Long.
Spinach Quiche – Hot And Cheesy Spinach Quiche With A Buttery Crust Is The Perfect Start To Your Morning. This Is A Wonderful Breakfast Dish For Any Sized Crowd. Everyone Will Love It!
Fruit Smoothie – A fresh and tasty easy Fruit Smoothie that takes minutes to make. It is filled with Kiwi, banana, Blueberries, strawberries and more!!
Healthy Apple Muffins – Delicious And Healthy Apple Muffins Filled With Oats, Bran, And Cinnamon. These Muffins Are Not Only Simple, But Are Great For Breakfast And After-School Snacks.
The Easiest Brunch Recipe
This whole list is full of easy brunch recipes – from donuts to muffins to casseroles and the classics.
We have a few go-to brunch recipes we especially love and one of them is this Easy Brunch Egg Casserole.
It takes minutes to prep – can be be doubled easily and is one that everyone loves. It’s also filled with the favorites – eggs, sausage, hash browns and cheese!
It can also be easily changed up by the time of meat you want to use (sub the sausage for bacon or even chorizo). It’s definitely a keeper brunch idea!
Brunch Egg Casserole
- 8 eggs
- 1/2 cup milk
- 9-10 oz Italian Sausage pre-cooked
- 20 oz hashbrowns cubed and thawed
- salt and pepper to taste
- 7 oz Kraft® Shredded Mild Cheddar Cheese
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Set aside 1 cup of the cheese.
- Add eggs, milk, sausage, hash browns, salt, pepper and remainder of the cheese in a large bowl. Mix until combined.
- Pour into greased 9×13 pan. Bake for 30 – 35 minutes. Take out and add remaining cheese. Place back in oven and cook for an additional 5 – 7 minutes.
THE COMPLETE LIST
Here are the picture cards of ALL the perfect Brunch Recipes listed above.
Whether your do more sweet or savory, there are plenty of both tasty options to choose from for your next brunch spread!! Enjoy, and get your brunch on. 😉
Be sure to check out all of our Breakfast Recipes.