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Best Brunch at Home Recipes for Family Gatherings

Brunch is a great way to gather with family and friends. And every brunch party needs a menu. Here’s a list of delicious brunch recipes for family gatherings, gatherings of friends, and holiday brunch parties. Plus our recommendations for the best kitchen appliances to use to make these recipes. 

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The Best Recipes for Brunch at Home

“It was a chilly October Saturday morning. Halloween was approaching, and the Christmas season was looming around the corner. Family gatherings, Thanksgiving, and Friendsgiving were being planned and I wasn’t sure what to make…”

The rest of the story isn’t relevant. You’re here to find recipes you can use. Enjoy these brunch recipes without lengthy backstories!

Great Brunch Menu Ideas

1. Classic Zucchini Bread

Zucchini bread on a cutting board, sliced.

A sweet treat that pleases a crowd. Like other sweet breads, it’s dense and moist. Plus it’s packed with all the goodness from the zucchinis!

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 Tsp salt
  • 1 Tsp baking soda
  • ½ Tsp baking powder
  • 1 Tsp Cinnamon
  • ½ Brown sugar
  • ½ Granulated sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 Tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup Butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 2 cups Zucchini, finely grated
  1. Grease an 8 ½ inch bread pan with butter and flour. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  2. Sift flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon into a mixing bowl.
  3. Mix eggs, sugar, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Pour in the slightly cooled melted butter whisk until combined. *It’s important to let the butter cool slightly or the heat can cause the batter to curdle.
  4. Add shredded zucchini and mix.
  5. Gradually add the dry ingredients and mix until combined.
  6. Add the batter to the pans and bake for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted at the center of the loaves comes out clean.
  7. Remove loaves from the oven, place on a cooling rack, and cool for about 15 minutes before serving.
Make this recipe with this kitchen tool:
Breville Sous Chef 16 Peel & Dice Food Processor

2. Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Chocolate chip banana bread oozing chocolate from the top of the bread.

Easy to make, sweet, dense, and delicious. It is guaranteed to be a hit at your next family gathering.

  • 1 cup of mashed banana (2 ripe to very ripe medium bananas will do)
  • ½ cup melted butter (1 stick)
  • ½ Cup Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla
  • 1 Tsp Baking soda
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • ¾ Tsp Cinnamon
  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 1 Cup Chocolate chips
  1. Mix the butter and sugar by hand or on a low speed just until combined. Then add the egg and vanilla and mix until combined. Then add the banana and mix to combine. 
  2. Sift flour, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon together and combine with the wet ingredients. 
  3. Together it should form a very thick dough that can be spread. Fold in the chocolate chips until combined.
  4. Grease an 8 ½ x 5 bread pan with butter or sprayable butter and scrape the batter into the pans. Bake at 350 for 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with no batter but with some crumbs (maybe some melted chocolate too). 
Make it with this must-have kitchen appliance:
KitchenAid 5 Quart Artisan Stand Mixer

3. Fluffy Blueberry Pancakes

Blueberry pancakes stacked on a small plate on a blue background.
Soft, fluffy, and delightfully sweet. Blueberry pancakes are a great option for a brunch party. Plus the colors from the blueberries make for a great Instagram-worthy photo.
  • 3 cups flour (360 g)
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • 3 cups milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • ½ cup melted butter, slightly cooled
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  1. Measure flour by spooning it into the measuring cup and leveling it off. This will help keep your pancakes light and fluffy. 
  2. Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a mixing bowl to create the base. 
  3. Make a well in the center of the dry mix, then slowly whisk in the milk, butter, eggs, and vanilla. Be careful not to overmix. Once combined, fold in the fresh blueberries and you’re good to start cooking.
  4. Preheat a pancake griddle to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and grease with butter. Gently pour about 1/4 cup of pancake batter onto the griddle per pancake. Let cook until you see bubbles form on top, then flip the pancakes over with a spatula. Let the flipped pancakes cook for about 30 seconds, checking periodically. Remove the pancakes once the bottom is golden brown.

Serve with more fresh blueberries, whipped cream, and maple syrup.

Make this recipe with:
Disney 100 4-Piece Limited Edition Nonstick Cookware Set

4. Roasted Breakfast Potatoes

Roasted gold potatoes

Savory, crispy, and flavorful. The golden potatoes are rich and creamy. Top with parmesan and other cheeses to make this recipe your own.

  • 1 ½ lbs baby gold potatoes washed and halved
  • ¼ cup (3 Tbsp) Olive oil
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 6 cloves of garlic, sliced
  • Shredded parmesan cheese, for sprinkling
  1. Half the mini potatoes and add to a mixing bowl. Mix the olive oil and spices, then drizzle evenly over the potatoes. Toss until the vegetables are evenly coated.
  2. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. For easy cleanup, prepare a baking sheet with tin foil. Add the potatoes to the sheet and bake for 18 minutes.
  3. While the potatoes are roasting, sauté the garlic and red onions in a pan over medium-high heat. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until fragrant. Remove from heat. 
  4. Once the timer goes off for the potatoes, sprinkle the sautéed mix over the potatoes and roast for 5 minutes. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and let bake until the cheese is melted. About 2 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven and cool slightly before serving.
Try this recipe with:
Viking 3-Ply Stainless Roasting Pan

5. Everyone’s Favorite French Toast

Brioche french toast served with maple syrup and raspberries.
Photo by Sean Stevens from Pexels

French toast is a classic option for breakfast and brunch. This recipe makes a full loaf, which should be enough for 6 people.

To make this recipe, you’ll need a loaf of thick bread (challah or brioche). You’ll want it to be around 1 day old and slightly stale so it holds up better when soaked with the egg mixture.

Egg Mixture

  • 1 dozen eggs
  • 9 tbsp (or ½ cup) sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • ½ cup milk or milk alternative
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp salt
  1. Whisk the eggs, sugar, cinnamon, heavy cream, milk, vanilla, and salt in a large bowl until combined. Set slices of bread into the mixture and take out once soaked.
  2. Grease a frying pan, skillet, or griddle with butter and fry the soaked bread until toasted on both sides.
  3. While cooking, keep the finished slices warm in the oven set to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. Serve with powdered sugar, maple syrup, berries, and whipped cream.

6. Too Easy Spicy Avocado Toast

Slice of avocado toast with tomatoes and cheese.
Photo by Photo by Cup of Couple

It feels fancy but is insanely easy to put together. Great as an appetizer for your next brunch party.

  • 1 Loaf of sourdough bread
  • 4 Avocados
  • 4 Limes, quartered
  • 1 ½ Pounds grape tomatoes, halved
  • Chili Oil
  • Cotija cheese, crumbled
  • Salt
  • Chili powder
  1. To prepare, half the avocados, scoop out the avocado flesh, and slice thinly but keep the slices stuck together. 
  2. Toast the bread until golden brown and put them on plates. 
  3. Take the groups of avocado slices and gently fan them on the slices of toast. 
  4. Squeeze one lime slice over one slice of toast each. Then, sprinkle chili oil, salt, chili powder, and cotija cheese over the avocado and serve.
Make it With
Cafe Express Finish Toaster

7. No Nonsense Eggs Benedict

Eggs Benedict served with a strawberry lemonade and latte.
Photo by The Castlebar

Create a restaurant-level brunch with this easy, yet fancy-feeling breakfast item. Level up this recipe by making your hollandaise sauce. You can always buy some premade hollandaise sauce, but everything tastes a little better when it’s homemade.

  • English muffins – Enough to serve your guests. Usually, they come in packages of 6.
  • 1 Egg per half muffin
  • Hollandaise sauce (egg yolks, lemon juice, salt, water, butter)
  • 1 slice per half muffin Canadian bacon
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Paprika

To prepare the ingredients:

Fry the bacon until warm and crispy around the edges.

For the eggs:

  1. Boil one pot of water, then reduce to a simmer.
  2. Add 1 Tbsp vinegar to the water before poaching the eggs.
  3. Add the eggs one at a time gently to boiling water. Cook for 3-5 minutes. The longer you cook the egg, the harder the yolk will be. So cook it to your preference. Then remove the eggs with a slotted spoon.

For the Hollandaise Sauce:

  • 3 Egg Yolks
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon juice
  • ½ Tsp Salt
  • Cayenne pepper
  • ½ cup Butter
  1. Blend the egg yolks, lemon juice, and spices in a blender. 
  2. While the egg yolks are blending, melt the butter in the microwave or on the stove. 
  3. Make sure it is completely melted if you’re using the microwave. 
  4. Pour a steady stream of melted butter into the blender while blending the egg mixture.
  5. Continue blending until the sauce is emulsified and smooth. Serve immediately.

To assemble:

Toast the English muffins and then add in order: 1 slice of Canadian bacon, 1 poached egg, and Hollandaise sauce. Sprinkle with paprika and thinly sliced chives and serve.

Make this recipe with these must-have kitchen tools

Breville Smart Stainless Steel Air Fryer Pro Convection Toaster Oven

NutriBullet 32 Oz. Pro Personal Blender

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8. Kris’ Roasted Pork, Potato, and Pears Breakfast with Creme Fraiche

Roasted pork, roasted potato, and roasted pears with eggs.

A rich sweet and savory breakfast. Easy enough to make by roasting the meat, potatoes, and pears. Then serve with a batch of smooth homemade creme fraiche.

  • Seared and Roasted pork tenderloin with spicy apricot jam.
  • Roasted Bosc pears topped with a sage leaf and wrapped in prosciutto.
  • Creme fraiche scrambled eggs with chives. 
  • Hasselback potatoes with creme fraiche and chopped rosemary.

9. Victoria’s Fried Chicken Wings and Waffles

Fried chicken wings and a belgian waffle.

Sweet, savory, and delicious! Chicken and waffles is a winning combination for any brunch.

  • 10-12 chicken wings
  • 4 cups flour
  • ½ tsp each salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp Cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp Paprika
Fried chicken
  1. Wash your chicken
  2. Season chicken wings lightly with seasoned salt.
  3. Mix flour, salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and paprika together in a wide, shallow bowl. 
  4. Press wings into flour mixture to coat and arrange in a single layer on a large plate. Refrigerate coated wings for 15 to 30 minutes.
  5. Dredge the wings again in the flour mixture and return to the plate. Refrigerate wings once more for 15 to 30 minutes.
  6. Heat oil in a deep fryer or large saucepan to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  7. Fry chicken wings in hot oil until crisp and juices run clear, 10 to 12 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat, near the bone, should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).
  • 3 cups flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • ¼ melted butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  1. In a large bowl, mix together flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar; set aside. Preheat the waffle iron to the desired temperature.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs. Stir in the milk, butter and vanilla.
  3. Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture; beat until blended.
  4. Ladle the batter into a preheated waffle iron.
  5. Cook the waffles until golden and crisp.

Serve the chicken and waffles together, drizzle with maple syrup, and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Need a waffle maker? Check out the Cuisinart Double Flip Belgian Waffle Maker.

10. Chaz’s Croissant Breakfast Sandwich

Egg, bacon, cheese, and chives croissant breakfast sandwich.

This combination is great for a crowd or for a single serving. You can even prepare all the ingredients separately and serve them as part of a brunch bar. 

To make: Assemble scrambled eggs, crispy bacon, shredded sharp cheddar cheese, and chives on a croissant.

Easy Breakfast Recipe Ideas

Sweet and Savory Charcuterie Board

Preparing a charcuterie board with various cheeses.
Photo by Karolina Grabowska

Who doesn’t love a good charcuterie board? They’re easy to put together and great for special occasions. They can also be served with baked goods to round out a brunch menu. Generally, they have a few regular elements like meats, cheeses, sweets, and breads. Use this list when gathering Christmas brunch ideas, or ideas for any brunch!

You can substitute any of these ingredients below with your favorite charcuterie board item.

  • Meats: Salami, prosciutto, or ham
  • Cheeses: Cheddar, brie, or goat cheese
  • Sweets: Chocolate, raspberries, or grapes
  • Bases: Crackers or thin slices of toast
  • Spreads: Jam, marmalade, creme fraiche, chocolate hazelnut spread
  • Misc: Olives, nuts

To assemble, arrange all the elements in sections on a charcuterie board. Or, if you don’t have a dedicated charcuterie board, a new wood cutting board can also work.

Other Dish Ideas for Your Brunch Party

  • Scrambled Eggs with Goat Cheese
  • Coffee cake
  • Breakfast Casserole
  • Biscuits and Gravy
  • Sausages
  • Smoked salmon
  • Roasted ham
  • Bagels and cream cheese
  • Steak and eggs
  • Quiche
  • Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus Spears
  • Cinnamon rolls
  • Souffles
  • Monte Cristo sandwiches
  • Cobb salad
  • Crepes

Brunch Ideas from Other Countries

India – Tandoori Naan Pizza
A unique pizza shot displaying a  curry infused tomato sauce, tender chunks of tandoori chicken, and a sprinkle of finely chopped cilantro

A simple and delicious twist on traditional pizza. This recipe from Piping Pot Curry uses marinated paneer, tomatoes, onions, and mozzarella cheese on top of garlic naan.

China – Dim Sum
dim sum soup dumplings
Photo by Natalie Bond

Baked or steamed buns and dumplings filled with savory meats and vegetables. Usually served during brunch hours with tea.

Mexico – Chilaquiles

Tortilla chips simmered in salsa and served with cheese, crema, avocado, refried beans, and eggs.

England – Toast and Beans
Photo by Moein Moradi

Sounds weird, right? But beans on toast is a popular option in England. Usually, they’re eaten along with eggs, bacon, and sausages.

What Kind of Cocktails Should I Make for Brunch?

Mimosas and bloody marys are some of the most popular cocktails for a brunch party. Make your own with the Bartesian Premium Cocktail Machine.

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