12 Easy (but Impressive) Brunch Recipes That'll Make Any Weekend Special

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The word brunch conveys relaxation and leisure. It's a meal that encourages you to slow down and enjoy your food just a bit more, while soaking up the presence of friends or family. Weekend mornings are prime brunch times precisely because everyone in the house can sleep in a bit longer, start slower, and spend a few extra minutes relaxing before the day's events begin. So, when you have that extra span on the clock, make the most of it with a meal that's extra special.

Our best brunch recipes are a collection of easy, delicious, and timeless brunch ideas you can turn to time and time again. Whether you prefer brunch food that is savory or sweet, this list of brunch recipes has a bit of something for everyone.

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Potato Tot Breakfast Casserole

Potato Tot Breakfast Casserole
Greg DuPree

Brunch casseroles are an especially great option because they can be made ahead (the night before) and baked later, or they come together in one big mixing bowl, then dumped into a pan, and baked while you finish the other elements of the meal. This potato tot dish is a fun brunch pick because you replace the standard hash browns or bread cubes with bite-size bits of fried potatoes. Brunch eaters of all ages will be ready to dig in when this hits the table.

Get the Recipe: Potato Tot Breakfast Casserole

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Skillet-Poached Huevos Rancheros

Skillet-Poached Huevos Rancheros
Quentin Bacon

You don't need to make a reservation at your favorite brunch spot for a serving of huevos rancheros. This homemade version is deeply flavorful and ready in just 15 minutes, thanks to convenience foods like jarred salsa and canned black beans. Kick things up with a little hot sauce if you dare.

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Cauliflower and Ham Hash

Cauliflower and Ham Hash
Charles Masters

Hash is one of many easy brunch recipes that are great for using up odds and ends in your crisper drawer. You can combine just about any ingredient—here, cauliflower florets, onion, and chopped ham—into a tender, filling jumble. Spinach or other leafy greens would work here, as could corn or bell pepper pieces. Consider this hash your kitchen sink meal at the end of a long week. Just top it with a crispy fried egg and everything comes together beautifully.

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Hearty Corn Frittata

Hearty Corn Frittata
Grace Elkus

Hashes and frittatas have something in common: they're great recipes for leftovers. You can use just about any ingredient, as long as you know the secret to making a perfect frittata every time. In this brunch recipe, a can of cream corn lends a bit of luscious, custardy texture to the frittata, while smoky bacon and tangy Parmesan cheese add a boost of flavor.

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Apple, Sausage, and Cheddar Monkey Bread

Apple, Sausage, and Cheddar Monkey Bread
Levi Brown

Easy brunch recipes like this one make sleeping in a bit longer easier. With just four ingredients, you can whip up this crowd-pleasing brunch recipe in 15 minutes. Then while it bakes, you can slice up fruit or scramble a few eggs to finish the feast.

Get the Recipe: Apple, Sausage, and Cheddar Monkey Bread

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Dark Chocolate Almond Chia Muffins

Dark Chocolate Almond Chia Muffins
Heather Meldrom

Muffins feel decadent in the morning, but many muffin recipes, including this one, often hide some healthy secrets in the form of good-for-you ingredients like veggies. This one uses chia seeds and chopped almonds, which are rich in healthy fats and protein, for a bit of hardy chew in the otherwise fluffy baked good. Plus, the cocoa powder and dark chocolate used to give the muffins their deep, rich flavor have less sugar than other options.

Get the recipe: Dark Chocolate Almond Chia Muffins

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French Toast

French Toast
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Classic French toast is welcome in any list of brunch food ideas. In fact, it should be mandatory. You can use up the remaining challah or brioche you picked up at last week's farmers' market. The now-dry slices are preferred for French toast because they retain a bit of toothsome chew even after they're soaked in the egg custard. Top with berries, syrup, or a smear of preserves.

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Beet Tahini Muffins

Beet Tahini Muffins
Jennifer Causey

Blueberry muffins might be the most beloved (we adore them, too), but there's always room for new options in the bread basket. Veggies like carrots and zucchini get most of the baked goods love, but the beets in these muffins add a lot of moisture and flavor. Nutty tahini blunts the sweetness of pure maple syrup for an all-around delightful muffin that no one will know is hiding a secret (healthy) ingredient.

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Italian Baked Eggs

Italian Baked Eggs
Jen Causey

Hardy recipes like baked eggs are a creative way to change up the savory portion of your brunch menu. Instead of basic fried or scrambled eggs, offer this tomatoey dish with spicy Italian sausage, gooey mozzarella, and crunchy baguette for dipping. Though it's fast and ready in just 25 minutes, this easy brunch recipe manages to be deeply flavored and supremely satisfying. Serve with a side of fruit to finish off the meal.

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White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Scones

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Scones
Victor Protasio

If you're looking for out-of-the-box brunch ideas, scones are sure to fit the bill. These fluffy baked goods resemble a large biscuit, but they may be sweet or savory and incorporate any number of flavorful ingredients. Here, white chocolate and macadamia nuts combine to make a scone that can be the sweet treat to balance a plate of eggs and sausage. For the best bite, wait to make and spoon the glaze over the scones until right before serving.

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Healthy Banana Bread

Banana Bread on Wooden Cutting Board with One Slice Cut
Grace Elkus

Quick breads are an easy make-ahead brunch recipe. Whip up the banana bread the night before your meal so it can cool completely. Then, slice the bread, and smear butter or cream cheese over each slice. Finish with a drizzle of honey or a dusting of cinnamon. For a full brunch menu, serve with fruit and a slice or two of crispy bacon.

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French Toast Soufflé

French Toast Soufflé
Grace Elkus

You may have few opportunities to experiment and have fun in the kitchen during a typical week, so take the opportunity with your next brunch to try your hand at soufflé. While savory soufflés would be a fine brunch treat, we like this sweet one because it's inspired by one of our all-time favorite brunch foods, French toast.

Get the Recipe: French Toast Soufflé

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