Breakfast and Brunch Recipes for Entertaining

Updated on November 11, 2017

Breakfast Burritos

Breakfast Burrito Recipe
Breakfast Burrito Recipe | Source

I love breakfast, they say it is the most important meal of the day. Scrumptious breakfast burritos will stick with you longer than those sugary doughnuts.

I love the frozen hash brown potatoes, and that is what I use instead of grated potatoes, but if you don't like quick and easy like me, by all means, peel and grate that potato.


  • 1/2 pound bulk pork sausage
  • 2 large potatoes, peeled, grated ( or 2 cups frozen hash browns)
  • 1 medium red or green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cups onion, chopped
  • 8 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 8 (8-inch) flour tortillas
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 1/2 cups (10 ounces) cheddar cheese, grated
  • pico de gallo or taco sauce


  1. Cook the sausage until browned, drain the reserving drippings in skillet. Set aside.
  2. In the same skillet, add the vegetables and cook until the potatoes brown.
  3. Add the eggs, cook stirring occasionally until the eggs are firm.
  4. Wrap the tortillas tightly in foil: bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes.
  5. Spoon the egg mixture into each tortilla, roll up.
  6. Place the filled tortillas in a lightly greased 13-inch x 9-inch x 2-inch baking dish; brush with melted butter, cover with foil.
  7. Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes, top with the cheese.
  8. Cover, bake 5 minutes until the cheese melts.
  9. Serve with Pico de gallo or taco sauce.
  10. Makes 4 servings.

Sausage and Cheese Breakfast Bread Pudding

Sausage and Cheese Breakfast Bread Pudding Recipe
Sausage and Cheese Breakfast Bread Pudding Recipe | Source

"Bread pudding for breakfast?" You say. Yes! Yummy, savory sausage breakfast bread pudding. It is wonderful for breakfast when you have guests or just for the family.

This bread pudding is made the night before and sets overnight before baking, so makes it perfect for serving during the holidays. I use sausage, but you can really use any kind of meat or just leave it out.

Now, let's get this breakfast bread pudding started!


  • 1/2 pound pork sausage, removed from casing
  • 2 I/2 cups milk
  • 6 cups croissants or day-old country Italian or French bread, cubed
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 cups spinach leaves, washed and drained
  • 8 eggs, large, slightly beaten
  • 1 ½ cups cheddar cheese or any kind you like
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated


  1. Spray a 9-inch x 13-inch casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Place 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet slightly melt; add onions and cook over medium-high heat until translucent.
  3. Add pork sausage; cook 4 minutes or until fully cook, breaking apart into small pieces.
  4. Stir in spinach and sauté until wilted.
  5. Remove skillet from heat; drain.
  6. In a large bowl whisk milk, eggs, salt, black pepper and garlic powder.
  7. Add the bread; stir to coat the bread.
  8. Stir in sausage and cheese.
  9. Pour into casserole dish.
  10. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  11. Cover and place in refrigerator overnight.
  12. Before cooking take bread pudding out of the refrigerator about 20 minutes before cooking and leave at room temperature.
  13. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit oven for 45 to 50 minutes, it will be puffy and golden brown. Let set five minutes, then serve.

3 Easy Breakfast or Brunch Recipes

Hash-Brown Egg Breakfast

Hash-Brown Egg Breakfast Recipe
Hash-Brown Egg Breakfast Recipe | Source


This is a recipe I made up, so amounts are flexible, I love this stuff, it is quite addicting! It is very filling and easy to make. I like a side of fresh fruit to serve with it.

  • I put about 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet.
  • I add chopped bell peppers and onion, whatever amount you like, I like a lot. I sauté them for about 2 to 3 minutes on medium-low heat.
  • I buy the frozen hash browns, I throw in a couple of handfuls in with the peppers and onions.
  • I stir this mixture often while it is cooking.
  • Add salt and pepper.
  • When the hash browns are done, I move the hash browns to one side of the skillet and crack an egg, I add salt and pepper and scramble it, then mix in with hash-brown mixture.
  • You may add browned meat if you like, I never do.
  • Sometimes I add shredded cheddar cheese on top.

Now I get my coffee ready, take all my pills, oh my goodness, it is not fun getting old. Now put it on a plate and dig in, hope you enjoy!

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Buttermilk French Toast

Buttermilk French Toast
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Looking for something for breakfast, look no more, try this scrumptious buttermilk French toast. You can add almond extract and nutmeg for a different flavor. Serve with fresh fruit for a delicious breakfast or any meal of the day.


  • 1 loaf bread, 1/2-inch slices
  • 12 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups buttermilk
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • dash of salt


Let's get this buttermilk French toast cooking!

  1. In a mixing bowl beat the eggs.
  2. Add the buttermilk, sugar, vanilla extract, salt, and cinnamon; beat well.
  3. Dip each slice of the bread in the buttermilk mixture, coating both sides.
  4. Cook on an oiled or buttered skillet on both sides until golden brown.
  5. Top with the syrup, powdered sugar, or whatever you like.
  6. Serve with fresh fruit.
  7. Makes 8-10 slices of French toast.


Use ½ teaspoon almond extract and ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg in place of vanilla extract for another version.

Carrot Bread

Carrot Bread Recipe
Carrot Bread Recipe | Source

I love just about any sweet bread; I like to slather it with butter or cream cheese. I know that will put pounds on, but oh it is so yummy. This bread freezes well.


  • 2 sticks butter or margarine, softened ( ½ pound)
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3 cups grated carrots
  • 1 cup pecans or walnut, chopped


Okay, now we are ready to start mixing!

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Butter a large 9-inch x 5-inch x 3-inch loaf pan.
  3. Cream butter with white and brown sugar; beat until fluffy.
  4. Add eggs; beat well.
  5. Sift together dry ingredients; beat into egg mixture.
  6. Fold in carrots and nuts; mix thoroughly.
  7. Poor batter into prepared loaf pan.
  8. Bake for about 1 hour, or until done.

Cranberry Nut Bread

Cranberry Nut Bead Recispe
Cranberry Nut Bead Recispe | Source

This delicious cranberry nut bread recipe is also great toasted and served with butter. It makes a great gift or item to take to a party or for breakfast or brunch. It is also may be prepared with dried cranberries too. This bread freezes well also.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 egg, well beaten
  • 2 tablespoons hot water
  • 1 cup fresh or dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup grated orange rind
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Grease a 9-inch x 5-inch loaf pan or 3 mini loaf pans.
  3. Combine flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda.
  4. Add to dry ingredients, sugar, egg, butter, orange juice, grated orange rind and hot water, stir just until moistened.
  5. Fold in berries and nuts, do not over mix.
  6. Spoon into pan and bake 50 minutes or 35 minutes if making mini loaves.
  7. Cool, wrap and refrigerate or freeze.


  1. May use dried cranberries.
  2. You may use any type of nuts you like, walnuts, pecans, almonds or whatever you desire.
  3. Make extras and freeze for a later use.
  4. Make mini loaves for gift giving to your single friends.

Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Sour Cream Coffee Cake Recipe
Sour Cream Coffee Cake Recipe | Source

This wonderful coffee cake is made moist and scrumptious by using sour cream. It's flavored throughout with a layer of a cinnamon nut mixture.

It is great served for breakfast with a hot cup of coffee, brunch for the ladies or just for dessert.


  • 2 sticks butter or margarine (1 cup)
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup pecans, finely chopped
  • 1 ½ teaspoon sugar
  • 2 ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Grease and flour a 10-inch tube pan.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, cream sugar, butter, and sour cream.
  4. Add eggs and vanilla extract; beat well.
  5. Combine dry ingredients and add to creamed mixture; beat well.
  6. Make cinnamon nut mixture by combining chopped nuts, sugar and cinnamon.
  7. In the bottom of greased and floured tube pan put half of batter.
  8. Sprinkle with half of cinnamon pecan mixture.
  9. Carefully top with remaining batter and cinnamon pecan mixture.
  10. Bake for 45 minutes.


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons milk
  1. Mix powdered sugar and 2 to 3 tablespoons of milk to make a thick glaze.
  2. Drizzle over cooled cake.

Blueberry Streusel Muffins

Blueberry Streusel Muffin Recipe
Blueberry Streusel Muffin Recipe | Source

I love a hot blueberry muffin right from the oven, slathered with real butter and a cup of my favorite coffee.

This recipe would be great for a special breakfast or brunch just for the ladies.

You may use fresh blueberries or thawed frozen ones. You could easily substitute your favorite fresh fruit in place of the blueberries.


  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/3 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 ½ cups fresh or frozen blueberries ( thaw frozen berries)

Ingredients for Streusel Topping

  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions for Muffins:

  1. Combine 1/3 cup sugar and ¼ cup butter in a large bowl.
  2. Cream until light and fluffy.
  3. Add egg, beating well.
  4. Combine in a separate bowl: 2 1/3 cup flour, baking powder and salt.
  5. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture, add milk alternatively; stirring well after each addition.
  6. Stir in vanilla extract.
  7. Fold in blueberries.
  8. Fill greased muffin cups; filling 2/3 full.

Yields: 1 ½ dozen.

Instructions for Streusel Topping:

  1. Combine ½ cup sugar, 1/3 cup flour and cinnamon.
  2. Cut in ¼ cup butter until mixture resembles crumbs.
  3. Sprinkle on top of muffin batter.
  4. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 25 minutes or until golden brown.


Substitute your favorite fresh fruit.

Homemade Buttermilk Bacon Waffles

Homemade ButtermilkBacon Waffles
Homemade ButtermilkBacon Waffles | Source

These great waffles are so good with crumbled bacon in the batter to make an irresistible waffle for breakfast, brunch or dinner.

Tops with syrup and butter and add fruit of your choice. Who can resist bacon anything! So dig around and find the waffle iron and get to cooking.


  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoon sugar
  • 6 tablespoons bacon grease
  • 8 slices bacon, cooked, chopped


Okay, let get these waffles going!

  1. Get the waffle iron heating.
  2. Beat eggs well; add buttermilk, bacon grease, baking soda, baking powder, sugar, and flour.
  3. Mix well; fold in chopped bacon.
  4. Pour into hot waffle iron and follow directions with the waffle iron.
  5. Add syrup and butter.

© 2016 Margie Lynn

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