Regional Breakfast Foods You Can Make At Home

American breakfast can be whatever you make of it. It can be the leftover pizza you pop in the microwave in the morning, a slice of last night's birthday cake or a traditional recipe you learned from grandma. However, some foods and flavors are undoubtedly tied to the corner of the country where they originated or gained widespread popularity. With these recipes, you can make regional favorites at home.


Made from deep-fried dough and covered in powdered sugar, beignets are a great accompaniment to the Creole and Cajun classics of New Orleans. There, they are served as a sugary breakfast. 

For the Buttermilk Beignets recipe, click here.

Fried mush

It may not sound all that appetizing, but fried mush is just one of those dishes Midwesterners always have on their breakfast table. To try it yourself, boil cornmeal in water and milk, fry it and serve with sweet maple syrup.

For the Fried Mush recipe, click here.

Avocado toast

As California as "hella" and Hollywood, avocado toast makes for a bright morning meal. This franken-recipe adds cheese to a traditional avocado toast for a mouthwatering spin on grilled cheese

For the Avocado Toast Grilled Cheese recipe, click here.


Longing for a great NYC bagel? Make your own simplified kind at home with just a cup of flour, Greek yogurt and some garlic salt. 

For the Three-Ingredient Bagels recipe, click here.

Bagels and lox

But to have an East Coast feel, bagels, like the holes in their center, aren't even necessary. Instead, skip the dough and go for a seven-layer bagel and lox dip made of everything bagel seasoning, whipped cream cheese, hummus and more. 

For the Seven Layer Bagel and Lox Dip, click here.

Huevos rancheros

This recipe calls for a lot of eggs. Pair four large eggs with roasted tomatoes, onions, chili pepper and cilantro for this Southwestern breakfast staple. 

For the Huevos Rancheros recipe, click here.

Coffee cake

Pick your favorite apple variety and sneak in your doctor-recommended apple-a-day. This classic Midwestern coffee cake recipe, created by Susan Porubcan of Wisconsin, won the Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest in 1984.

For the Country Apple Coffee Cake Recipe, click here.

Cornmeal pancakes

A New England staple, johnny cakes are like pancakes but made of cornmeal. For an unexpected twist on the traditional pancake, this recipe calls a cup of finely chopped apple.

For the Apple Cornmeal Pancakes recipes, click here.

Shrimp and grits

There is always room for shrimp and grits on a Southern breakfast table. This recipe comes from famous chef Art Smith's Atlanta restaurant, Southern Art. It features plenty of butter, chopped sausage and scallions amongst the grits and shrimp.

For the Wild Caught Georgia Shrimp and Grits recipe, click here.


Save the biscuit mix for later. These fluffy buttermilk biscuits provide the foundation for many Southern and Western breakfast dishes.

For the Buttermilk Biscuits recipe, click here.

Southern gravy

Like pancakes without syrup, what would biscuits be without gravy? Pair your buttermilk biscuits with this white gravy. 

For the Southern White Gravy recipe, click here.

Deviled eggs

Any Midwesterner knows a deviled egg is anything but evil. A common appetizer, this finger food makes for a good breakfast too.  

For the Easy Deviled Eggs Recipe, click here.

Red flannel hash

A New England diner star, red flannel hash gets its name from its bright red beets. Toss in your vegetable scraps and last night's dinner potatoes, then top it all with runny poached eggs.

For the Red Flannel Hash with Poached Egg recipe, click here.


Straight out of the Midwest, strata is a sort of layered casserole typically made with bread, eggs and cheese. Flavored with shelled pumpkin seeds and nutmeg, this best brunch recipe makes for perfect autumn eating.

For the Strata recipe, click here.

Chicken and waffles

As anyone who has tasted it before can attest, chicken and waffles make for one unexpected but extraordinary pair. Equal parts sweet and buttery, this recipe shrinks the Southern classic into bite-sized bits. 

For the Buttermilk Chicken and Waffle Bites recipe, click here.

Breakfast burrito

Whether known as a breakfast burrito or breakfast wrap, these rolled up Southwestern staples are ideal for grab-and-go morning grub or a lazy breakfast-in-bed. This recipe replaces the burrito tortilla with a pancake for a nontraditional twist. 

For the Chicken and Chorizo Breakfast Burrito recipe, click here.


Texas toast

An iconic Texas dish, Texas toast is cut thick, bathed in butter and grilled on a stove. Those simple changes make all the difference. 

For the Texas Toast recipe, click here.

Southwest scramble

This Southwestern spin on scramble eggs features corn tortilla strips, green chiles and cheese. Top it off with a summer salsa and call it a successful morning. 

For the Southwest Scramble recipe, click here.

Hoppel poppel

Hoppel poppel, or hopple popple, is similar to a hash — all the breakfast foods you could ever want cooked in a skillet and eaten from one bowl.

For the One-Pan Sweet Potato and Egg Hash Recipe, click here.

Lobster bake

Bake eggs and chopped lobster into this East Coast quiche for a breakfast of champions.

For the Nor'East Lobster Bake Quiche recipe, click here.

Southern ham

There are more than a dozen ways to cook the perfect ham. Luckily, this hands-off Southern recipe leaves most of the work up to the slow-cooker. 

For the Sweet Southern Slow-Cooker Ham, click here.

Quinoa bowls

Quinoa bowls won over the West Coast as a trend of the 2010s. This take on the healthy dish fuses it with a classic breakfast burrito for double the Pacific coast goodness. 

For the 15-Minute Quinoa Burrito Bowls recipe, click here.


Scrapple, a traditional Mid-Atlantic blend of pork, cornmeal, flour and spices, stars in this dip made to be eaten with fresh French bread or crisp crackers.

For the Scrapple Dip recipe, click here.

Hash brown casserole

This easy and cheesy hash brown casserole closes our list of regional breakfast foods. Luckily, it's baked to gooey perfection — no at-home frying required. Just prepare it the night before and pop it in the oven the next morning. If this sort of cooking seems about your speed, try more easy casserole dishes for breakfast, dinner and everything in between

For the Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole Recipe, click here.

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