It’s New Year’s Day. The party’s over, the hangover’s setting in, and it’s the start of a new year, which can only mean one thing: it’s time for brunch. For so many who ring in the new year, New Year’s Day brunch is just as important as that smooch you get at midnight, and if you’re planning on staying in this year instead of going out, we have four fantastic brunch ideas for you.
Perfect for feeding a crowd on any occasion, casseroles make a great brunch centerpiece. Filling, versatile, and easy, they’re both stress-free and impressive. Whether you’re entertaining or just need to soothe your champagne headache, rich dishes filled with eggs, cheese, vegetables, and bread will do you good.
For the traditionalist who can’t imagine brunch without eggs Benedict, the egg Benedict casserole from the Casserole Queens hits on all of the favorite flavors and avoids the hassle of a poaching an egg. Bagel enthusiasts will love Fabio Viviani’s bagel casserole, with layers of bagel, chorizo sausage, and cheese mixed in, and if losing weight is part of your New Year’s resolutions, his vegetable recipe packed with bell pepper, mushrooms, and potatoes, will fill you up without the guilt.
To really impress your guests, try a traditional timpano, a baked pasta dish filled with tomato sauce, vegetables, cheese, hard-boiled eggs, meats, and -- believe it or not -- more pasta. If you’re not in the mood to make your own pasta dough, you can always swap out the outer layer with fresh lasagna sheets.
These four brunch ideas recipes will help you start off the new year right and will satiate whatever kind of breakfast craving you have, so pack away the noise makers and pop one of these casseroles in the oven on New Year’s Day.
Anne Dolce is the Cook Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @anniecdolce