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Our 50 Best Brunch Recipes for 2017
If you’re looking for brunch classics, it may be best to look elsewhere. While we steadfastly stand behind iconic brunch dishes like eggs Benedict, syrup-drenched French toast, and a perfectly mixed mimosa, our 50 Best Brunch Recipes for 2017 list includes plenty of creative twists to make your brunch party stand out from the pack.
Sweet: Apple Flaxseed Muffins
Nothing says brunch quite like a basket full of baked goods, and these nutty, spice-filled muffins are the perfect match. These muffins may be healthy, but they’re still packed with favorite flavors like apple and vanilla.
For the Apple Flaxseed Muffins recipe, click here.
Sweet: Bacon Waffle Ice Cream
OK, ice cream may not be the most common brunch dish, but the combination of maple, bacon, and waffles in the batter make this dessert brunch-approved. Imagine the look of delight on your guests’ faces when you whip out this homemade delight!
For the Bacon Waffle Ice Cream recipe, click here.
Sweet: Blueberry and Cinnamon Pancake Bake
Give a little twist to bread pudding by making it with pancakes! This tasty, creamy baked dessert is comforting breakfast flavors in a bowl.
For the Blueberry and Cinnamon Pancake Bake recipe, click here.
Sweet: Blueberry-Stuffed French Toast
No brunch would be complete without French toast, and this is the ultimate recipe. Soaking the bread in an orange blueberry sauce overnight provides a zesty, fruity flavor that is perfect with a drizzle of maple syrup.
For the Blueberry-Stuffed French Toast recipe, click here.
Sweet: Caramel Apple Cinnamon Cake
If brunch is all about decadence, then this cake fits right in. Beautiful ripe apples give a light sweetness to this cake, which is counterbalanced with warming spices and plenty of caramel.
For the Caramel Apple Cinnamon Cake recipe, click here.
Sweet: Crunchy Almond Biscotti
If you’re looking for a simple, sweet, and nutty biscotti, look no further. This classic crispy biscuit is perfect for dunking in any coffee cocktail.
For the Crunchy Almond Biscotti recipe, click here.
Sweet: Date Butterscotch Pancakes
These decadent pancakes have just the right amount of fruit in them, supplemented by plenty of sweet butterscotch chips. Breakfast? Dessert? Eh, it’s brunch — call it both! Dessekfast! Bressert!
For the Date Butterscotch Pancakes recipe, click here.
Sweet: Mason Jar Mixed Berry Shortcake
An airy genoise cake is layered with a fresh whipped topping and plenty of berries. Not only does the jar make for a stunning presentation, it allows this dessert to double as a party favor to delight your guests.
For the Mason Jar Mixed Berry Shortcake recipe, click here.
Sweet: No Bake Champagne Cookie Pops
These pretty, easy-to-make dessert pops are the perfect final treat for your brunch guests. Whether you serve them at the table as one last small, sweet bite or send them with your friends as favors, these cookie pops will help finish your meal off perfectly.
For the No Bake Champagne Cookie Pops recipe, click here.
Sweet: Peach and Rosemary Crumble
Rosemary and peaches are a natural, pleasing combination; it’s surprising you don’t see it more often. This light, sweet baked crumble just screams of summertime freshness.
For the Peach and Rosemary Crumble recipe, click here.
Sweet: Pineapple and Mango Rum-Glazed Pancakes
Whisk your brunch guests away to a tropical vacation with these fruity pancakes. Pineapple, mango, blueberries, strawberries, and a bit of rum will take your mouth straight to the beach.
For the Pineapple and Mango Rum-Glazed Pancakes recipe, click here.
Sweet: Royal Chocolate Biscuit Cake
This simple, no-bake chocolate cake is a favorite of English royalty, so it’s sure to be a favorite at your brunch. Rich, dark chocolate and an indulgent chocolate frosting make this dessert fit for a king.
For the Royal Chocolate Biscuit Cake recipe, click here.
Sweet: Sour Cream and Coffee Cake
You can’t go wrong with a classic. This light and airy coffee cake is topped with a crunchy, sweet streusel that makes for an indulgent, satisfying cake.
For the Sour Cream and Coffee Cake recipe, click here.
Sweet: Spiced Banana Bread Scones
Banana bread and scones are both delightful brunch-appropriate breads. If you can’t decide between the two, this cinnamon-infused sweet bread will certainly do the trick.
For the Spiced Banana Bread Scones recipe, click here.
Sweet: Strawberry Pancake Mini Doughnuts
Light, fluffy, and a stunning shade of light pink, these little pastries are a pretty little addition to any brunch spread. An irresistible cream cheese glaze gives these pint-sized donuts just a little extra dose of indulgence.
For the Strawberry Pancake Mini Doughnuts recipe, click here.
Sweet: Sweet Egg Crêpe With Cherry Jam and Crème Fraîche
Is it an omelette? A crêpe? A soufflé? Who cares? This delicate egg dish is sweet, light, fluffy, and 100 percent unique.
For the Sweet Egg Crêpe With Cherry Jam and Crème Fraîche recipe, click here.
Sweet: White Chocolate-Cherry Macadamia Nut Squares
Crunchy, chewy, tart, sweet, milky — these dessert bars have a little bit of something for everyone. Bits of red and a white glaze make these squares a stunning centerpiece for any brunch spread.
For the White Chocolate-Cherry Macadamia Nut Squares recipe, click here.
Savory: Basic Oeufs en Cocotte
This basic French egg preparation is filled with cream and baked in individual ramekins. It’s simple, classic, and indulgent — the perfect brunch dish.
For the Basic Oeufs en Cocotte recipe, click here.
Savory: Blue Crab Deviled Eggs
Take your hard-boiled eggs down to the Carolinas with this Southern-inspired twist. Blue crab provides a beautiful, fresh shellfish flavor while Old Bay seasoning and hot sauce add the right amount of heat.
For the Blue Crab Deviled Eggs recipe, click here.
Savory: Caramelized Onion Tart
Frozen puff pastry is a godsend, and this simple tart is easy, elegant, and rich. The buttery pastry is the perfect base for deep caramelized onions, and a touch of thyme brings earthy freshness.
For the Caramelized Onion Tart recipe, click here.
Savory: Crock Pot Huevos Rancheros
Cooking this classic Mexican breakfast dish in your slow cooker not only frees up your time and stove top, but it also allows the spices to marinate longer. The resulting sauce packs quite the punch.
For the Crock Pot Huevos Rancheros recipe, click here.
Savory: Egg in a Hole Grilled Cheese Breakfast Burger
This crazy hybrid dish is a grilled cheese, egg-in-a-hole, and burger all in one. If you’re looking for an extremely hearty breakfast sandwich, look no further.
For the Egg in a Hole Grilled Cheese Breakfast Burger recipe, click here.
Savory: Frisée Salad With Asparagus and Prosciutto
A crunchy, fresh frisée salad gets brunch-approved with the addition of a perfectly poached egg, prosciutto, and a citrusy mustard vinaigrette. It’s light, yet satisfying.
For the Frisée Salad With Asparagus and Prosciutto recipe, click here.
Savory: Grilled Eggplant and Goat Cheese Salad
Smoky charred eggplant is supplemented with creamy, irresistible goat cheese and fresh herbs to give this salad a fresh brightness. This simple summertime salad is a wonderful side dish for any brunch.
For the Grilled Eggplant and Goat Cheese Salad recipe, click here.
Savory: Grilled Serrano Ham and Manchego Crostini
Grills are woefully underused in brunch menus, but this simple, scrumptious appetizer embraces the smoky flavors of summer with charred French bread and salty serrano ham.
For the Grilled Serrano Ham and Manchego Crostini recipe, click here.
Savory: Ham, Broccolini, and Red Pepper Frittata
Filled with lean protein from ham and vitamins from the veggies, this frittata will give you plenty of energy for whatever the rest of your brunch has in store. This egg dish is also very easy to make, making it the perfect dish for the busy host or hostess.
For the Ham, Broccolini, and Red Pepper Frittata recipe, click here.
Savory: Microwave Florentine Eggs and Bacon
For last-minute entertaining, this dish is unmatched. The microwave provides a speedy shortcut, but all of the staples of a wonderful eggs Florentine (spinach, sauce, and meat) are all still there.
For the Microwave Florentine Eggs and Bacon recipe, click here.
Savory: Mushroom Flatbread
Take your brunch to Italy for a quick moment with this pizza appetizer. Pesto and kale give this flatbread plenty of modern flair, while mushrooms and fresh mozzarella bring earthiness and creaminess.
For the Mushroom Flatbread recipe, click here.
Savory: Omelette Arnold Bennett
Salmon may be the fish of choice for many brunchers, but this open-faced omelet taps into the British favorite, smoked haddock. It’s simple, savory, and beautifully presented, making it the ultimate brunch dish.
For the Omelette Arnold Bennett recipe, click here.
Savory: Smoked Salmon and Egg Dip
Everyone loves a good dip, and while brunch isn’t known for it, this smoky, eggy dish fills that gap. This creamy, savory dip would go perfectly with lightly toasted bread.
For the Smoked Salmon and Egg Dip recipe, click here.
Savory: Smoked Salmon Devilled Eggs
Deviled eggs are a classic entertaining hors d’oeuvre, and now this staple gets just a little fancy twist with a few brunch favorites. Capers and smoked salmon add a delightful saltiness that makes this appetizer impossible to resist.
For the Smoked Salmon Devilled Eggs recipe, click here.
Savory: Spinach Tart
Spinach may be a vitamin-packed superfood, but it’s certainly not boring, mostly because it pairs perfectly with cheese. This eggy, cheesy tart proves that health food doesn’t have to be lame.
For the Spinach Tart recipe, click here.
Savory: Tartiflette Savoyarde With Reblochon Cheese
This classic French Alpine potato dish is rich, warm, comforting, and topped with cheese and bacon. So, basically, it’s everything you want in a decadent brunch dish.
For the Tartiflette Savoyarde With Reblochon Cheese recipe, click here.
Savory: Yogurt and Egg Breakfast Salad
This simple, bright salad packs plenty of protein and veggies, making it a healthy alternative for a meal that can often be quite heavy. Just a handful of fresh ingredients allows each element to shine.
For the Yogurt and Egg Breakfast Salad recipe, click here.
Drink: Beautiful Blood Orange Martini
Beautiful is right. The sunset orange color of this martini isn’t the only stunning thing about it. Fresh blood orange juice adds just the right amount of tartness for an indulgent cocktail that isn’t sticky sweet.
For the Beautiful Blood Orange Martini recipe, click here.
Drink: Bellini Manhattan
Your standard peach Bellini gets some added richness thanks to the addition of bourbon and sweet vermouth. A beautiful golden cherry garnish makes a small (yet ornate) statement.
For the Bellini Manhattan recipe, click here.
Drink: Cherry Bourbon Smash
When you think brunch, you don’t automatically think Dr. Pepper. But this favorite soda’s sweet cherry flavor pairs wonderfully with oaky bourbon. Call it a new drink sensation!
For the Cherry Bourbon Smash recipe, click here.
Drink: Cherry Champagne Cocktail
If Champagne is a little too sweet for your taste, tart cherry juicy and deeply rich mole bitters can help to counterbalance the drink. This cocktail does just that, while managing to look totally elegant.
For the Cherry Champagne Cocktail recipe, click here.
Drink: Franny & Jo Coffee Cocktail
If you’re not looking to get totally sloshed at your brunch, this hazelnut-flavored coffee cocktail is lightly alcoholic. However, its creaminess and nuttiness makes it a perfect pair for any muffin or coffee cake.
For the Franny & Jo Coffee Cocktail recipe, click here.
Drink: Fresh Tomato Bloody Mary
Pre-made Bloody Mary mix is for amateurs. After using sun-ripened heirloom tomatoes, fresh lime juice, and a handful of pantry staples to make this cocktail, you’ll never go back to the bottle.
For the Fresh Tomato Bloody Mary recipe, click here.
Drink: Fruity Mango Sangria
Rosé-based sangrias are just the prettiest, aren’t they? This cocktail uses macerated fresh berries and melon for an extra fruity brightness in addition to the fresh fruit.
For the Fruity Mango Sangria recipe, click here.
Drink: Golden Espresso Bellini
Coffee and prosecco are both standbys at any proper brunch. This stunning golden cocktail combines the two for a sweet and bitter experience that is totally tantalizing.
For the Golden Espresso Bellini recipe, click here.
Drink: Green Tea Toddy
The hot toddy is a classic cocktail and green tea is a classic breakfast time drink, so why not blend the two together? The tea and a touch of crisp apple add new earthy elements to this drink, giving it new life.
For the Green Tea Toddy recipe, click here.
Drink: Jim Beam Black ‘n Bubbly
Bourbon and Italian amaro add a spiciness and slight bitterness that cut through an otherwise overly sweet Bellini cocktail. The result is fizzy, balanced, and everything you want for your brunch bar.
For the Jim Beam Black ‘n Bubbly recipe, click here.
Drink: Lavender Lemon Cocktail
Gin, lavender, and lemon combine to create a cocktail that is at once subtle and refreshing. The picturesque garnish makes this drink almost to pretty to sip on.
For the Lavender Lemon Cocktail recipe, click here.
Drink: Rosé Wine Spritzer
How can you make rosé better? Add fresh fruit and make it fizzy. This delicate, light pink cocktail is perfect for sunny days and outdoor brunch parties.
For the Rosé Wine Spritzer recipe, click here.
Drink: So Gin Love
Floral elderberry liqueur, dry champagne, gin, and tangy lemon juice combine to create one of the most well-balanced cocktails out there. With a slight blush color, this drink is as pretty as it is bubbly.
For the So Gin Love recipe, click here.
Drink: Spring Breeze Cocktail
There are few things more suitable for a brunch than a fruity cocktail. However, the addition of bourbon gives this refreshing cocktail a bit of an extra bite.
For the Spring Breeze Cocktail recipe, click here.
Drink: Summer Strawberry Basil Rickey Cocktail
Fresh, plump strawberries and aromatic basil combine for this light, fizzy cocktail. With triple sec as its only source of alcohol, this drink is more refreshing than it is boozy, making it a wonderful initial cocktail for your brunch.
For the Summer Strawberry Basil Rickey Cocktail recipe, click here.