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25 Indulgent Brunch Recipes for a Weekend Feast at Home

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Thanks a Brunch

As sit-down restaurant dining reopens in parts of the country, we’re excited to have old favorites back but still thrilled by the magic of dining at home, where everything happens on your schedule for a lower cost. If you’re looking to do a DIY brunch, here are 25 indulgent brunch recipes that will get you started, including some cocktails and some allergen-free options.

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French toast and peaches

Mascarpone Stuffed French Toast with Peaches

This decadent French toast features the battered and fried bread stuffed with fluffy mascarpone and lemon zest and topped with a peach sauce.

Recipe: AllRecipes

Breakfast Pizza
Egg and Bacon Cheese Burger
Cinnamon Roll

Cinnamon Roll Baked Doughnuts

Cinnamon rolls make a wonderful breakfast. So do doughnuts. Bring those two beauties together and pair it with freshly brewed coffee.

Recipe: Top With Cinnamon

gluten-free banana pancakes

Fluffy Flourless Banana Smoothie Pancakes

Just because a recipe is indulgent doesn’t mean it has to be unhealthy. These banana pancakes are vegan, gluten free, sugar free (optional), and not all that hard to make. But they’re still fluffy and satisfying.

Recipe: The Big Man’s World

Bloody Maria
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Best-Ever Bloody Mary

Based on their ubiquity, you’d think it’s easy to make a great bloody mary — it’s not. It’s not that most recipes are hard, but they require a balancing act between salty, sour, a bit of sweetness from the tomatoes, and umami. This recipe gets it right. One reviewer calls it “the best bloody mary I have ever had.”


Ramos gin fizz

New Orleans Fizz

If you haven’t heard of a New Orleans fizz, perhaps you’ve heard of a Ramos gin fizz (its other name). It’s a classic cocktail, invented in New Orleans by Henry C. Ramos in the late 1800s. The shaken egg white makes it fluffy; you’ll know you’ve made it correctly if your straw can stand up in it.

Recipe: The Spruce Eats

Crispy Rice Pancakes With Potatoes and Chickpeas

Crispy Rice Pancakes With Potatoes and Chickpeas

This vegan Malaysian pancake dish is protein packed, thanks to the chickpeas, and perfectly spiced. If you’re more of a savory brunch eater, this may become your go-to.

Recipe: delicious.


Bacon Tart with Pumpkin and Maple

Bacon + pumpkin + maple = magic, as evidenced in this scrumptious autumnal tart. It calls for frozen puff pastry, cutting down vastly on prep time (only 10 minutes) and is a creative and tasty brunch option.

Recipe: RecipeTin Eats

Looking for more inspiration? Check out these 26 Amazing Bacon Dishes Across America.

French Toast Casserole

Overnight Caramel French Toast

The genius of this recipe is what makes it very easy: The bread soaks up all the sweet saucy goodness overnight, and the next morning, all you have to do is bake. The inside is custardy, offset by crispy caramelized sugar on top. And, while it feels indulgent, it’s only 265 calories per slice. If you have brunchers with a gluten intolerance, simply use gluten-free bread.

Recipe: The Recipe Rebel

Mixed Mushroom Egg Bake

Mixed Mushroom Egg Bake

The ingredients for this super savory egg bake are all fairly simple, and it doesn’t take much work to make. But it feels like a complicated restaurant dish — everyone will think you toiled over the stove for hours. Bonus: It reheats very well, assuming you have leftovers. (You won’t.)

Recipe: The Kitchn

Shrimp and Grits
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Sea Island Shrimp & Grits

Chef and TV personality Carla Hall’s grit recipe uses aromatics, vegetables, and herbs for extra oomph. But there’s no cream — which may sound surprising but is actually quite traditional, because the creaminess associated with grits is the product of plenty of stirring, similar to risotto.

Recipe: Garden & Gun

Waffles with Smoked Salmon

Tater Tot Waffles with Smoked Salmon and Caviar

This mouthwatering recipe calls for exactly four ingredients, including flaky sea salt. It’s done in less than an hour and pairs beautifully with Champagne.

Recipe: Food & Wine

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Grandma’s Anything Goes Strata

A strata is essentially a savory bread pudding, a dish for using up leftovers. As such, it’s incredibly versatile and feels much fancier than it is. It will impress those at brunch and make room in your fridge.

Recipe: Food Network

Brioche egg sandwich

Brioche with Prosciutto, Gruyère, and Egg

Basically, this is just an elegant open-face sandwich. But because you’re using ingredients such as brioche, prosciutto, Gruyère, and frisée, it feels like something special. The recipe hails from award-winning chef Suzanne Goin, owner of A.O.C. wine bar, where it’s been a menu staple since 2003.

Recipe: Food & Wine

Strawberry Cheesecake Pancakes

Strawberry Cheesecake Flapjacks

Buttermilk pancakes, but with cream cheese in the batter and a strawberry filling. Pair with sparkling rosé and prepare to outbrunch every other brunch you’ve ever brunched.

Recipe: Good Housekeeping

Homemade poptarts

Glazed Berry Breakfast Tarts

If you have nostalgia around Pop Tarts, you’ll adore this homemade version. If you don’t have strawberry or raspberry jam, most other fruit jams would be lovely.

Recipe: Good Housekeeping

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Foolproof Shakshuka

Shakshuka, basically baked eggs in a spiced tomato sauce, is a popular Middle Eastern dish that can be enjoyed really any time of day. This recipe includes plenty of tips for nailing it, including avoiding a cast-iron skillet and adding tomato paste for richer flavor.

Recipe: Cookie and Kate

Clotted Cream

BA’s Best Cream Scones

There are few brunch pastries more charming than a simple cream scone. This no-frills version includes some tasty variations, including double ginger, cinnamon chocolate, and lemon rosemary.

Recipe: Bon Appetit

Crepes with Strawberries and Lemon Curd

Crepes with Strawberries and Lemon Curd

For a quick culinary trip to France, whip up these fruity crepes. You can even make the crepe batter ahead and keep it in your fridge for up to two days. Simply stir before using.

Recipe: Country Living

Apple Coffee Cake

Coffee Cake with Chocolate Streusel

This coffee cake is originally from Bon Appetit Test Kitchen contributor Jessie Damuck’s grandmother, Kathy, and is both a family favorite and one of Bon Appetit’s “essential” recipes. It also can be made up to three days ahead.

Recipe: Bon Appetit


Dogwood Punch

This charming summery punch, with a base of sparkling rosé and strawberry lemonade, will likely be the first thing to go at your brunch. Make sure to put some aside for yourself before that happens.

Recipe: Country Living

Pomegranate and Oat Bowl

Pomegranate and Molasses Tahini Breakfast Bowl

Not only is this colorful and flavor-packed, but also vegan. Feel free to sub in favorite fruits or nuts, and dried fruit can be replaced with fresh fruit. Soy yogurt can be replaced for coconut yogurt or dairy yogurt. Think of the recipe as a delicious template and let your imagination be your guide.

Recipe: Discover Delicious

White Russian

The Sabbath Cocktail

A cross between a White Russian and a Thai iced coffee, this recipe is based on John Goodman's character in “The Big Lebowski.” Featuring blackstrap rum, cold brew coffee, chocolate bitters and more, this coffee cocktail will become a brunch favorite.

Recipe: Saveur

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Vegan Lox Bagel Sandwich

Vegan Lox Bagel Sandwich

Instead of smoked salmon, this genius vegan “lox” sandwich features roasted and marinated carrots, vegan cream cheese, capers, and fresh dill. After the carrots are roasted, a vegetable peeler is used to make thin strips placed in a briny marinade. Leftover carrot lox can be stored in the fridge for up to four days in an airtight container.

Recipe: My Darling Vegan