From sweet breads and pastries, to savory quiche and egg bakes, these 14 Cozy Breakfast & Brunch Food Ideas offer delicious options for any menu. Many can even be made in advance or require little prep!

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The Best Brunch Food Ideas

For me, the best weekends and holidays include slow mornings when I can enjoy a delicious breakfast with family or brunch with friends. If you agree, you’ll love this collection of 14 Cozy Breakfast & Brunch Food Ideas!

This list includes both sweet and savory breakfast and brunch foods. I especially like a combination of the two because, hey, I adore variety!

From waffles and pancakes, to egg bakes and breakfast potatoes, there’s a little bit of everything here!

Syrup being poured over a stack of pancakes

What Foods Are On A Brunch Menu?

When it comes to brunch foods, you’ll typically find a combination of breakfast and lunch foods. That’s where the word “brunch” came from, after all. You may also find breakfast foods that are be a bit fancier than usual.

At any given brunch, there’s usually a good range of sweet and savory dishes. Think muffins, sweet breads, and pancakes next to quiche, bacon, and fried eggs.

There’s usually a breakfast-y casserole or two, including our favorite cheesy potatoes. And many of the dishes may have a bit more special feel, with ingredients like prosciutto or crab.

In the end, the best part about brunch is that pretty much anything goes. There are few rules when it comes to brunch food ideas and that’s half of the fun!

Blueberry muffins in a metal pan for serving

Breakfast & Brunch Make Ahead Suggestions

If the idea of making a big breakfast feels a bit overwhelming, don’t worry. Many of these breakfast and brunch food ideas can be fully or partially prepared in advance.

Overnight casseroles, whether it’s an egg bake or oatmeal, are my jam. Just prep them the night before and pop them in the oven in the morning!

Other things, breads and muffins in particular, are also easy to make a day ahead of time, or to partially prepare in advance and then put together in the morning. So whether you’re hosting or just bringing a dish, there’s no need to wake up before the sun!

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14 Cozy Breakfast & Brunch Food Ideas

From sweet breads and pastries, to savory quiche and egg bakes, these 14 Cozy Breakfast & Brunch Food Ideas offer delicious options for any menu. Many can even be made in advance or require little prep!

A stack of homemade waffles topped with cherries
These classic Belgian waffles are tender and airy on the inside with a thin, crisp outside. Enjoy with fresh fruit and whipped cream or topped with maple syrup.
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A stack of buttermilk waffles topped with butter on a white plate
These Buttermilk Waffles are perfect for both savory and sweet dishes. Quick and easy prep with a fluffy texture, these are a family favorite!
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baked oatmeal with apples and a crunchy streusel topping, in a square white baking dish
Topped with a crispy brown sugar streusel, this Baked Apple Oatmeal is a great make-ahead brunch or breakfast dish. It's perfect for fall and winter!
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egg bake in a white baking dish
This savory Overnight Egg Bake is made with layers of egg, proscuitto, and goat cheese. Just put it together the night before and then pop it in the oven in the morning, so easy. It's perfect for special occasions like a holiday morning or brunch with friends – it's always quick to disappear!
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slice of Quiche with Crab and Bacon
This Herby Crustless Quiche with Crab and Bacon is the perfect savory dish for your next brunch. With ingredients like bacon, crab, and lots of cheese, it's unexpected and sophisticated, yet still surprisingly easy to make.
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Cheesy Potato and Bacon Skillet
This Cheesy Potato and Bacon Skillet makes the perfect savory side for breakfast or brunch. Enjoy with eggs cooked your favorite way for a delicious made-to-order breakfast!
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Sour Cream Banana Bread, three ways
An easy sour cream banana bread recipe that’s super moist and tender. This is a great make-ahead recipe that everyone loves!
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Homemade blueberry muffins in a pan
Sometimes a little sweet something is just what you need to start your morning. These moist, fluffy Blueberry Muffins always hit the spot, especially with the crunchy streusel topping. My grandma's recipe, this has been a longtime family favorite!
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3 muffins with apples and crumble topping, stacked on top of each other
These Apple Muffins with Cinnamon Sugar Crumble Topping are tender and moist, and studded with bits of fresh apple. Everyone loves that crispy cinnamon sugar topping!
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popover recipe
These light, airy Popovers are perfect topped with butter, jam, or some whipped cinnamon honey butter. With only 4 ingredients, anyone can make these! (If you have sourdough starter, try my sourdough popovers recipe!)
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A stack of buttermilk pancakes with fresh strawberries
These Buttermilk Pancakes are simply the best homemade pancakes! Made with pantry staples, they're light and fluffy and perfectly moist, and have awesome flavor. Serve with butter and syrup, or with fresh fruit and whipped cream!
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two loaves of apple bread in pans on cooling rack
Spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla, this moist Apple Bread is loaded with shredded apples for the utmost in fresh apple flavor. Enjoy with a shmear of butter for a quick and easy breakfast. This is a great recipe to make entirely the day before!
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hashbrown casserole in a white rectangular baking dish
This Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole is ready in under an hour, with just a few ingredients. It's creamy, cheesy, and oh-so-good! The perfect side dish to some bacon and eggs.
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A spatula serving a slice of sour cream coffee cake with cinnamon ripple
Breakfast, brunch, or dessert, this Sour Cream Coffee Cake with Cinnamon Ripple does not disappoint. It's moist and tender from sour cream, with an irresistible cinnamon sugar ripple and topping!
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