When you have a house full of guests on Thanksgiving, the last thing you want to think about is breakfast. Use these easy Thanksgiving breakfast recipes to hold company over until dinner.
The holidays tend to warrant a house full of overnight guests. Don’t get us wrong, we love hosting for holidays, but we also know feeding your guests can bring unwanted stress! Mornings with holiday company can be made much easier with our Thanksgiving breakfast recipe ideas. Our make-ahead casseroles provide a quick alternative to making an entire Thanksgiving breakfast spread. Simply brew a piping hot pot of your favorite coffee blend, set the table using one of our perfect Thanksgiving table settings, and warm up your pre-made casserole, bread, or morning cake in the oven. Easy as that, and you’re ready to host a delicious Thanksgiving brunch. If your guests prefer a more protein-packed start to the morning, we’ve included strata, baked egg dishes, and quiche for a more savory taste. Even the hungriest holiday guests will be satisfied with these quick and easy recipes. You will be shocked at how easy Thanksgiving breakfast can be!
Cheesy Sausage-and-Croissant Casserole
This casserole is rich, delicious, and worthy of any Thanksgiving Brunch or Christmas Morning Breakfast. Topped with Gruyère cheese, the casserole browns beautifully and has a delicious nutty flavor, but you can sub Swiss cheese if you prefer. Pre-made store bought croissants from your local grocery give bakery-fresh flavor with minimum effort, and add a flaky crust to the dish’s edges. Serve with grits and fruit for a filling meal, and finish the brunch with a decadent desert like Bananas Foster Coffee Cake with Ambrosia Sauce for a holiday-worthy brunch that all of your friends will remember for years to come.
Bacon-and-Cheddar Grits Quiche
Recipe: Bacon-and-Cheddar Grits Quiche
When you have a houseful of visiting family to feed, nothing is easier than a cheesy quiche still warm from the oven. It can keep a whole family full until lunchtime, and this recipe involves breakfast ingredients that are sure to please: bacon, cheesy grits, and a traditional egg quiche. To prepare, you will spread cheese to the edge of the warm, bacon-laden grits –which forms the crust. This will prevent any custard from seeping out while the quiche bakes. It is also easy to customize quiches to your and your family’s tastes, so start with this recipe and broaden your quiche repertoire.
Buttermilk-Glazed Cherry Sheet Cake
Another great brunch food to feed a crowd, this sheet cake is sweet and substantial, but not too dessert-inspired for a morning meal. It takes one of the most beloved fruits—the delicious, bursting cherry—and showcases it in a tender sheet cake with a melt in your mouth buttermilk glaze. If you're ready to step up your brunch game, and we think you probably are, then this beautiful cake will definitely do the trick. It pairs beautifully with so many other dishes, but be sure to serve it with lots (and lots) of coffee. It’s a sophisticated addition to any brunch table.
Recipe: Country-Ham-and-Egg Toasts
If you are looking for a brunch recipe that is both delicious and out of the ordinary, then this is the dish for you. It is an out of the box option that is so very easy to prepare—and even easier to eat. They are also infinitely customizable, and you can top these open-faced sandwiches with anything and everything. We think some of the best versions include poached eggs or leftover chicken. You can certainly use leftovers from last night’s dinner, but you can also create a toast bar with all of the breakfast fixings so that your guests can individualize their egg toasts.
Ham-and-Swiss Sticky Buns
Recipe: Ham-and-Swiss Sticky Buns
This brunch recipe is both indulgent and filling, and somehow, it checks all of the tasty brunch boxes. Filling? Check. Traditional? Check? Unexpected? Absolutely. It is both surprising and familiar all at once, with the comfort (and full-all-morning feeling) of ham and swiss plus the indulgence of a fan-favorite sticky bun. When you are preparing this dish, be sure to stuff the dough deep into the muffin cups so that the tops rise into a cheesy dome while baking. This will give the buns their characteristic appearance, with luscious mountains of sticky bun on top and ham and cheese warm and bubbling and hidden inside.
Recipe: Sausage-and-Grits Quiche
This is a go-to. It is the recipe that so many hosts and hostesses reach for again and again, with recipe cards stained, creased, and much loved from years of use. It’s a trusty recipe to keep in your back pocket, and it is one that—when you master it—it is so easy to whip up at a moment’s notice. You will certainly impress your brunch company with this clever, simple spin on a traditional quiche. They’ll be delighted, and you’ll know that, once again, the trusty sausage and grits quiche came through for breakfast and saved the day, or the morning, as it were.
Caramel-Glazed Monkey Bread
Recipe: Caramel-Glazed Monkey Bread
Monkey bread is a favorite of kids and kids at heart everywhere. You really can’t go wrong with this monkey bread at brunch, as it has all of the sweet indulgence that we love for brunch mixed with the delicious textures of this tasty variation on bread. When you mix up this recipe, the final result is a dish that is beloved all across the South. The dough is soft and cakey, and the loaf dons a scrumptious sugary crust, creating a gorgeous mixture of textures that is ultimately so satisfying. You’ll want to pull it apart just to watch the dough stretch and split into portions that will be gobbled up immediately. Seconds, please!
Blueberry Coffee Cake
Recipe: Blueberry Coffee Cake
There’s nothing simpler or more elegant that pulling a coffee cake out of the oven just in time for morning brunch. Sunlight streaming through the windows, a cup of coffee steaming on the counter, and plates gleaming on the table, ready for a slice of this crisp, tender cake, studded with juicy blueberries and sprinkled with slivers of almonds. To make this scene even easier to recreate, combine the dry ingredients the night before brunch. This will give you a quick morning start, and it will shave a few minutes off of your preparation time. Serve this cake warm or at room temperature—both pair beautifully with a cup of coffee, tea, or orange juice.
Creamy Egg Strata
Recipe: Creamy Egg Strata
Let Creamy Egg Strata be the star of your next brunch. Make it, and the dish does the rest, impressing all who taste it. This dish is made with Swiss and Parmesan cheese, a gloriously cheesy combination that deepens the flavors of the crispy crust and internal filling. A strata is similar to a casserole, with ingredients layered and baked together. The most popular strata is a breakfast version, and we have created one for the books in this recipe. A strata is sure to pleas a crowd, and one thing is for certain: this creamy egg dish is worth waking up for.
Baked Eggs with Spinach and Tomatoes
Casseroles are great for breakfast, but we are also partial to brunch dishes baked in ramekins for individual guests. This recipe for baked eggs with spinach and tomatoes is a perfect dish for breakfast—it is savory and filling, with the vibrancy of vegetables and the comfort of baked eggs. It is a great way to incorporate oft neglected vegetables into brunch. This individually portioned breakfast is certainly elegant enough for company, and the best part is that it only takes two minutes to throw together. Once baked, this bubbling creation will delight your guests, and they will definitely want your recipe.