35 Easy Recipes That Will Serve Breakfast for a Crowd

35 Easy Recipes That Will Serve Breakfast for a Crowd

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We heard you’re hosting brunch. We’ll be right over, with all our friends in tow. But wait—you don’t know what to feed a crowd that isn’t the same old breakfast casserole or stack of pancakes? Friend, you caught us at the right time, because we have just the thing: Here are 35 easy and unexpected recipes that will serve breakfast for a crowd. (Anything else you need help with?)

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1. Chocolate Banana Bread Babka (12 servings)

Everyone knows the best part of brunch is the assortment of pastries that serve as a “side dish”—it’s even better when the pastries are homemade.

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2. Sheet Pan Eggs with Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese (12 servings)

We know eggs are a crowd-pleaser, but we refuse to play the role of short-order cook. Enter these sheet pan eggs, which make big-batch cooking easy-peasy.

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3. Baked Pancakes with Peaches and Strawberries (6 servings)

When you’re entertaining a crowd, who has time to stand by the stove flipping pancakes? This genius version comes together on one sheet tray—use whatever fruit you like.

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4. Slow-Cooker Breakfast Casserole (6 servings)

While this bacon and potato masterpiece is cooking, you’ll be sitting back, relaxing and enjoying your coffee (finally).

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5. Sunday Morning French Toast (6 servings)

An entire batch of French toast made in a single dish? Yeah, we’re making this on Saturday, too.

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6. Quiche with Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Crust (6 to 8 servings)

Quiche is a breakfast classic. But quiche with a sweet potato crust? Wait for the crowd to go wild.

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7. Slow-Cooker Mediterranean Frittata

It looks really fancy, but it’s almost entirely hands off. Bonus: You can customize to your heart’s content. Don’t like goat cheese? Use cream cheese. Prefer green peppers? Go for it.

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8. Yotam Ottolenghi’s Braised Eggs with Leek and Za’atar (6 servings)

Think of this skillet as shakshuka reinvented. It’s saucy, cheesy and just elegant enough to impress (while still being an easy breakfast option when you only have 20 minutes).

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9. Giant Cinnamon Roll (12 servings)

Sometimes more is more, especially when we’re talking about cinnamon rolls. This big guy starts with store-bought crescent dough, so it’s basically foolproof.

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10. Berry and Cream Cheese Croissant French Toast Bake (8 to 10 servings)

A breakfast bake that starts with croissants and cream cheese, and ends with maple syrup? OK, twist our arm.

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11. New Orleans-Style Beignets (24 servings)

Guess what? You can make a batch of these light and airy bites without a deep fryer—with a Dutch oven or deep skillet, it’s way easier than it seems.

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Nisha Vora

12. Vegan Spiced Blueberry Breakfast Cake (10 servings)

Sure, this cake is plant-based and dairy-free. But everyone who gets a bite—vegan or not—will rave about it for days.

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Damn Delicious

13. Spinach and Cheese Strata (6 servings)

Stratas are just the fancy breakfast casseroles of the brunch world. This one features plenty of gooey cheese, and it happens to be a great way to use up any leftover greens in the fridge. (No one will know.)

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14. Breakfast Nachos (6 servings)

In a room full of sad scrambled eggs and stale bagels, be this bountiful tray of breakfast nachos.

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Jerrelle Guy/Black Girl Baking

15. Charcoal Banana Bread (12 servings)

This loaf is like regular banana bread’s trendy younger sibling. Make sure your bananas are super-ripe—they’re sweeter that way.

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16. Breakfast Sliders (10 servings)

Breakfast sausage? Check. Scrambled eggs? Check. Cheddar cheese? We like the way this is coming together…

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17. Pumpkin Pie Stuffed French Toast (6 servings)

Keep this one in your back pocket for a cozy fall morning. You won’t regret it.

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Amy Neunsinger/Magnolia Table

18. Joanna Gaines’s Asparagus and Fontina Quiche (6 to 8 servings)

Isn’t she pretty? You’d be shocked to find out that this gorgeous recipe starts with a humble store-bought pie crust.

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19. Champagne Doughnuts (12 servings)

Nothing complements a make-your-own-mimosa bar quite like a Champagne doughnut (or two).

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20. Cherry Tomato Galette with Garlic and Herbs (8 servings)

This would be right at home alongside a big green salad or a platter of eggs. Use store-bought puff pastry to make your life easier (but no less delicious).

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The Modern Proper

21. Coffee Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Cream Cheese Icing (12 servings)

Those swoops and swirls of maple-syrup-spiked cream cheese frosting are calling our name. Don’t even get us started on the coffee filling.

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22. Mini Citrus Monkey Bread (12 servings)

Why make one sweet, pull-apart breakfast treat when you could make a bunch? Pick up some pizza dough at the grocery store and you’re already halfway there.

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23. Skillet Blueberry Cornbread (12 servings)

Cornbread isn’t just a side dish anymore. Packed with blueberries and sweet streusel, this one’s begging for a steaming mug of coffee.

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24. Pecan Pie Scones (8 servings)

Whether these impossibly flaky babies count as breakfast or dessert, who’s to say? All we know is we want to eat one right now.

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25. Swedish Cinnamon Rolls (15 servings)

Talk about pulling out all the stops. These pretty kanelbullar are filled with cinnamon and cardamom and are sure to impress.

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26. Leek, Kale and Goat Cheese Strata

This one goes out to the savory breakfast lovers in the room. Prep everything the night before and bake it the morning of. That way, you can hit snooze and sleep in.

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27. Watercolor Doughnuts (12 servings)

They’re baked, not fried (read: easy to make) and eye-catching to boot. What more could you ask for?

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Pinch of Yum

28. Carrot Cake Coffee Cake (8 to 10 servings)

Permission to eat carrot cake for breakfast granted. Don’t skimp on the honey butter spread at the end. (It’s best when it’s still warm.)

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Ambitious Kitchen

29. Homemade Vegan and Gluten-Free Chunky Healthy Granola Recipe (18 servings)

Here’s an idea: Make a big batch of this crunchy granola (courtesy of Coterie member Monique Volz), then set up a make-your-own-parfait station with yogurt, fruit and all the fixings. You’ll be the talk of the town.

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30. The Ultimate Brunch Board (8 servings)

There’s no shame in gathering a bunch of tasty store-bought breakfast accoutrements and calling it a day. Call it a breakfast mezze platter if you want to get fancy.

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31. Cocoa Peanut Butter Granola Recipe (15 servings)

Well, this is unexpected in the best way possible. It’s like our favorite childhood sugar cereal got a grown-up makeover. Pass the milk.

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Gimme Some Oven

32. Amazing Mexican Breakfast Casserole (12 servings)

What makes it amazing, you ask? It could be the fact that it’s make-ahead-friendly…or the copious amounts of avocado on top. We can’t decide.

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The Defined Dish

33. Chicken-Ranch Breakfast Hash (5 servings)

If we’re being completely honest, we would serve this simple skillet for lunch and dinner, too. (It takes less than 45 minutes to make!)

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Salt and Wind

34. Croque Monsieur Savory Bread Pudding (12 servings)

With tons of Gruyère and Canadian bacon, Coterie member Aida Mollenkamp’s breakfast twist on the French ham and cheese sandwich has our mouths watering already.

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35. Swedish Cinnamon Buns Topped with Salted Caramel (16 to 18 servings)

FYI, most of the cooking time is hands-off…so you can sit back and bask in the glow of that golden-brown caramel sauce.

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