Congratulations! You finally made it through 2020! The best way to welcome in the new year is by putting off any plans for a new year's diet until Jan. 2 and eating something truly tasty. After all, following a long night of celebrating, you’ll likely need a real pick me up. And what could be better than making a gourmet brunch at home (especially since eating out is kind of off the table right now)? These incredible recipes, from berry pancakes to croque madame, will taste like a 5-star dining experience. Throw in a boozy drink (or two) — without the restaurant upcharge.
Pancakes are one of the most popular breakfast foods in America. But, as good as classic pancakes are, who doesn’t love giving their favorite foods an extra boost for special occasions? Make your brunch a memorable one by adding a honey berry topping to your stack of pancakes for a sweet, tart bite.
This recipe is a great way to use up that leftover prime rib from Christmas that's probably on its last legs. Just swap for the roast beef in this recipe and toss into a skillet with finely chopped onion, paprika and a cooked potato.
Ham and potatoes go together like peanut butter and jelly. This recipe weaves them both into one delectable quiche. There’s no crust required, which makes the baking process even easier.
Nothing says celebration (or the morning after a celebration) quite like a mimosa. But don’t relegate yourself to the usual orange juice and Champagne song and dance. Instead, get creative by making this apple cider mimosa.
Ah, bloody Marys, you either love them or you hate them, but there’s no denying it’s the perfect hair of the dog cocktail. This recipe keeps things classic, but garnish with some bacon, celery, cheese, citrus or olives if you want to give the morning staple some extra flare.
Whether it’s served on top of toast or baked into a tart, smoked salmon is brunch gold. This tart combines smoked salmon, eggs, chives and cream cheese in a stunning golden brown pastry and serves up to six people.
Sure, mimosas and bloody Marys are great. But it’s the first day of the new year and you deserve something a little more highbrow. This ruby spritzer uses a mix of tequila, sparkling apple cider, pomegranate juice and Angostura bitters for a celebratory bubbly drink.
If you’re a tequila lover, these Meyer lemon margaritas are a great light cocktail to have with brunch. Use fresh squeezed lemon in place of the standard lime, and then pour in the usual suspects, like tequila and triple sec. Shake it all up and then pour the mixture into a salt rimmed glass.
Don’t let the fancy name intimidate you, croque madame is more or less a regular old breakfast sandwich topped with a fried egg. What really makes the dish shine is the rich bechamel sauce and gruyere cheese.
If you want to jumpstart the new year with some extra pizzazz, try baking a pear and cranberry streusel tart. The process is simple enough for beginner bakers and uses few ingredients but still yields a beautiful result.
Why have just a few slices of French toast when you can have an entire casserole? This sweet recipe is one of the reasons brunch is a crowd favorite.
There are plenty of different ways to incorporate potatoes into your brunch feast, but for lovers of the starch, potato casserole is king. This recipe mixes together potatoes, bacon, gruyere cheese and scallions to make a cheesy mess that oozes with flavor from start to finish.
If you want to make yourself an elegant brunch, but you’re not a fan of cleaning up a bunch of eggy or syrupy pots and pans, this one-pan shakshuka is a no-brainer. Just don't forget plenty of bread to sop up the extra sauce.
Once you get your morning pot of coffee brewing, making these blueberry lemon scones is a logical next step. The dense, flaky treat takes less than one hour to make and the result is a chewy delight of sweet blueberries and tart lemons.
This colorful mix of fruit, cream cheese and almond milk looks like something you’d find on the brunch menu of your favorite restaurant, but in reality, it takes just five minutes to prepare.
You might not be able to gather with your loved ones this New Year’s Eve, but this fluffy, powdered sugar topped confection will make your day sweeter. Serve the dish with maple syrup during brunch and a scoop of vanilla ice cream for dessert.
If you need to use up a lot of eggs, a frittata is a good way to do it. This ham and cheese frittata takes 12 eggs and is ready in just 30 minutes. The fluffy, protein-packed mixture of ham, cheese, tomatoes and spinach is a light and tasty way to kick off the new year.
If you’re still recovering from your New Year’s Eve celebrations, you might not be in the mood for a boozy brunch. Enter great mocktail recipes. This sparkling beverage uses clove and cinnamon for a dose of wintery spice.
Another great mocktail to pair with a carb-loaded brunch is a simple booze-free Moscow mule. Use club soda in place of vodka and serve the tangy, carbonated drink with a slice of lime and mint leaves. This refreshing cocktail pairs with all of the best brunch recipes, ever.
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