Try some of these filling breakfast recipes to start your day. The aroma of fresh-basked biscuits and cheese grits is reason enough to rise early and gather round the table.
Nobody does breakfast like Southerners. We love our comfort food in the South, and that doesn’t exclude breakfast. Southern breakfast is a wonderful thing: from praline-pecan French toast to a stick-to-your-ribs sausage and hashbrown casserole, we’ve collected some of our favorite ways to start the day here. From classic dishes–we had to include grits!–to new ideas like waffles Benedict, breakfast down South is a beautiful thing. We’ve got plenty of sweet Southern breakfasts here, from a coffee cake that you won’t want to stop eating, to a breakfast buttermilk cake that you’ll want to sneak pieces of any hour of the day. (Oh, and we should mention our blueberry muffins with lemon cream cheese glaze. Make a double batch of those, because they’re irresistible.) Savory Southern breakfast is well-represented, of course, with casseroles and our best-ever buttermilk biscuit recipe. The only difficult thing about these breakfast recipes is choosing what to make first.
Praline-Pecan French Toast
Recipe: Praline-Pecan French Toast
Yes, we did. We blended one of the South’s most cherished desserts, Pecan Pralines, with one of its favorite breakfast foods – French Toast. Try it with French bread, challah, or Italian sweet bread for texture variety. Looking for a flavor variation? Try using pumpkin bread in the fall. And although it will taste fresh from the stove, this short-order breakfast special gets an easy hands-off finish in the oven. One online reviewer claims that this Praline-Pecan French Toast recipe is, "sinfully delicious." While eating it may be decadent, it sure isn’t sinful. Your guests will be asking for the recipe before they can even clean their plates.
Recipe: Buttermilk Biscuits
No Southern breakfast is complete without flaky, buttery biscuits.
Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Icing
Blueberry Muffins with Lemon-Cream Cheese Glaze
These aren't ordinary blueberry muffins! The tart-and-sugary glaze turns plain blueberry muffins extraordinary blueberry muffins.
Cheddar Cheese Grits Casserole
Recipe: Cheddar Cheese Grits Casserole
You simply cannot go wrong with this eggs, cheese, and grits combination. It’s unassuming but absolutely delicious, and a true Southern favorite. It comes together with ingredients that all Southerners have on hand – milk, butter, grits, eggs, and cheese. This creamy grits casserole can be served as is for a casual morning breakfast or as a main dish. Add a sprinkle of crumbled breakfast sausage or diced baked ham for added bulk. Don’t limit this crowd-pleaser to breakfast or brunch. Serve it on the side of a main meat, such as shrimp or brisket for a classic, rich, and comforting Southern supper.
Pam-Cakes With Buttered Honey Syrup
These fluffly buttermilk pancakes are named after their creator, Test Kitchen Pro Pam Lolley. Drench them in honey syrup and top off the meal with bacon and fresh fruit.
Praline Pull-Apart Bread
Recipe: Banana-nut Bread
This sweet bread has less oil than most traditional recipes, but you won't miss it. Extra bananas keep it moist.
Overnight Coffee Crumble Cake
Recipe: Waffles Benedict
Can't decide between waffles or eggs for breakfast? Have both! You can substitute deli ham or country ham for the prosciutto.
Recipe: Pecan-Coconut Granola
This sweet-and-nutty granola is great as cereal, with yogurt, or as just a snack.
Coffee Cake Pound Cake
Recipe: Coffee Cake Pound Cake
Marry two Southern specialties, coffee cake and pound cake, to create one buttery, best-of-both-worlds treat.
Applesauce Muffins with Cinnamon Streusel Topping
Scrambled Egg Muffin Sliders
Lemon-Blueberry Quinoa Porridge
Recipe: Lemon-Blueberry Quinoa Porridge
Recipe developer Carolyn O'Neil says: "Quinoa, a nutty seed packed with protein, is great for breakfast. Its firm texture is perfect in this creamy porridge."
Sausage-Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole
This casserole combines true breakfast favorites—sausage, eggs, Cheddar cheese, and hash browns—in one filling and delicious dish.
Buttermilk Breakfast Cake
Recipe: Buttermilk Breakfast Cake
Buttermilk replaces sour cream in our twist on a not-too-sweet bundt cake.