Love ’em or hate ’em, they’re inescapable this time of year. No, I’m not talking about shopping-mall Santas. I mean holiday guests. Extra bedrooms are quickly filling up with parents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends gathering for celebrations large and small. Personally, I love a full house—though with my husband, kids and new baby, mine’s feeling pretty full all the time these days! With these large gatherings come large meals, and it turns out people need to eat more than just the one big holiday meal. Last year, we learned the hard way that a few boxes of cold cereal only go so far.
This year I’m taking on big-group brunch. Why not enjoy another amazing meal while we’re all together with nowhere to go, no pressing responsibilities hanging over our heads? We can just eat and relax over games and giggles. The trick to mastering the big breakfast is utilizing big shortcuts where it counts. That means recipes that can be prepared ahead of time and that yield plentiful servings. Here are a few dishes I plan on cooking up for a houseful of happy, hungry guests.
The Easiest, Most Delicious Brunch Recipes
While we’re fast asleep, this Overnight Tex-Mex Tortilla Brunch Bake will be chilling in the fridge, becoming more and more flavorful. The next morning, I simply pop it in the oven and—voilà!—(almost) instant brunch!
You can never go wrong with hash browns, and these Bacon & Egg Squares boast a golden crust made with crumbled hash brown patties. Topped off with cheese and bacon, it’s everything that you could possibly want from a breakfast-time recipe.
If there’s one thing to know, it’s that casseroles are crowd-pleasers any time of day. This Quick & Easy Egg Casserole Made Over will be a lifesaver the morning after Christmas! It’s got all the brunch essentials (eggs, cheese and bacon). Plus it’s easy to prepare in only 15 minutes and is a secretly better-for-you choice!
If, like me, you’re always looking to impress a few of the family’s honorary chefs, I recommend this Sky-High Brunch Bake. It’s Pinterest-worthy with its golden, flaky exterior and creamy spinach, bacon and eggs inside. As if that weren’t enough to make it my new favorite breakfast-time dish, it’s also easy to prepare ahead of time! WIN-WIN!
What’s even better than banana bread in the morning? Traditional banana bread marbled with rich chocolate, of course! This recipe for Chocolate-Marbled Banana Bread reminds me of the chocolate-covered bananas I loved as a kid.
Gourmet quiche in only 15 minutes?! It’s possible if you’ve got this recipe for Potato-Crusted Quiche. Go the extra mile and top with crushed bacon, if you want. Either way, it’s a delightful addition to the breakfast spread and an unexpected cheesy treat.