The holidays, especially ones in the winter, are a time when you’re probably hosting and feeding more people than usual. Visits from friends and extended family all living under one roof for a few days are all opportunities to serve up extra-special crowd-pleasing meals. Plus, there’s nothing better than gathering everyone around an indulgent brunch to celebrate whatever holiday it is that brought you all together.
To help take the hassle out of holiday planning, here’s an arsenal of 13 festive brunch recipes that’ll give you an opportunity to show the people in your life just how much you love them through food. Make Christmas morning the stuff of legends by whipping up Nutella crepes or strawberry-stuffed french toast; gather everyone together for a festive brunch, and serve up a zesty shakshuka. From sweet to savory, you can’t go wrong with these recipes.
Need an excuse to throw a festive brunch? Just make up your own new holiday tradition using these recipes as inspiration. And who knows, you might just end up building a legacy.
Vanilla Bourbon French Toast
Dress up your French toast with holiday flavors like vanilla and bourbon, and not only will your house smell like you’ve baked something, but you’ll have fed a crowd with (delicious) days-old bread!
Get our recipe for Vanilla Bourbon French Toast.
Turn English muffin halves into individual breakfast pizzas and top them with fluffy, cheesy eggs and salsa. It’s the easiest way to dress up a plain English muffin into something spectacular.
Get our recipe for Breakfast Pizzas.
French Toast Stuffed With Strawberries
No need to explain why stuffing French toast with ricotta and strawberries is the pro holiday move. This one feels like a new Christmas morning tradition (eating in matching pajamas is a must).
Get our recipe for French Toast Stuffed With Strawberries.
Cracker Barrel Hashbrown Casserole
This Cracker Barrel dish was so popular that we just had to come up with our own version. One pan feeds 12, so it’s a no-brainer for a larger crowd.
Get our recipe for Cracker Barrel Hashbrown Casserole.
Banana Nutella Crepes
There’s absolutely no way you can go wrong with this crowd favorite. No matter whether your audience is young or old, no one can resist crepes with Nutella.
Get our recipe for Banana Nutella Crepes.
Whether or not you’ve gotten to know the charms of perfectly cooked eggs in tomato sauce, we guarantee this will be a very popular brunch dish (or even a breakfast-for-dinner go-to). Make sure you serve it alongside some fluffy, warm pita bread for full-on brunch nirvana.
Get our recipe for Spicy Shakshuka.
Savory Ham and Egg Waffles
Savory waffles had to make our list of indulgent breakfasts people would want to eat around the holidays—crispy bacon and a runny egg on a fluffy waffle? What’s not to love.
Get our recipe for Savory Ham and Egg Waffles.
Oatmeal Pancakes With Cinnamon Apples
Make the batter from scratch using oats, and rest assured you’re feeding your loved ones something that’s incredibly delicious but secretly healthy.
Get our recipe for Oatmeal Pancakes With Cinnamon Apples.
There may not be a better breakfast to serve on a morning after a late-night holiday celebration when we need something comforting and indulgent to bring us back to life. These huevos rancheros will do just that.
Get our recipe for Huevos Rancheros.
Italian Hash With Eggs
You can still keep it light while serving a show-stopper breakfast for a crowd. You can make and serve the sausage separately from this hash in case you have any vegetarian guests, too.
Get our recipe for Italian Hash With Eggs.
Spinach and Ham Quiche
This recipe comes together easily and is really hard to mess up. If you’re nervous about feeding a crowd of people, this recipe will save you.
Get our recipe for Spinach and Ham Quiche.
Egg and Pastrami Sandwich
There’s always the good old favorites we keep coming back to again and again, like this egg and cheese sandwich. Make it special by adding pastrami, and your guests will be pleasantly surprised by this perfect pairing.
Get our recipe for Egg and Pastrami Sandwich.
And if all else fails, cinnamon toast never will. You probably already have all the ingredients in your pantry, so this one is perfect when putting together a brunch for a crowd at the last minute. Simply set up the ingredients, and guests can build their own—no prep work for you!
Get our recipe for Maple-Cashew-Apple Toast.