57 Easy Breakfasts Fit for a Crowd

Smoky Sausage-and-Grits Casserole
Photo: Alison Miksch

When it comes to cooking breakfast for a crowd, the secret is in the sides. Sure, you can fry up some eggs, but we're really in it for the bacon and the hash browns. These best breakfast sides are about to make entertaining a whole lot easier. From smoky, cheesy make-ahead breakfast casseroles to sweet coffee cakes, these breakfast side dishes will keep your crowded kitchen table satisfied. We've taken French toast off the stove and put it in the oven for an easy breakfast bake, and even figured out an oven omelet recipe. Need to know how to cook bacon in bulk? We've got the crispy, oven-baked bacon recipe that hits the savory spot while still keeping you away from the hot stove. From creamy egg strata casseroles to a recipe that makes enough homemade buttermilk biscuits to feed a school bus, these big breakfast recipes will surely please your guests. Our crumbly coffee cake recipes, savory sausage casseroles, and fresh vegetable and grits pies all deserve permanent places on your breakfast buffet tables. These irresistible breakfast recipes will make your crowd go wild.

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Overnight Eggnog-French Toast Casserole

Overnight Eggnog-French Toast Casserole
Caitlin Bensel

Recipe: Overnight Eggnog-French Toast Casserole

This festive breakfast was made for Christmas morning. Let it soak in all those holiday flavors overnight and just pop it in the oven in the morning for a fuss-free breakfast that'll feed the whole family.

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Cheesy Sausage-and-Croissant Casserole

Cheesy Sausage-and-Croissant Casserole
Alison Miksch

Recipe: Cheesy Sausage-and-Croissant Casserole

Two types of cheeses, Jimmy Dean sausage, and mini croissants combine in one casserole dish full of utter Brunch perfection.

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Pancake Casserole

Pancake Casserole
Caitlin Bensel

Recipe: Pancake Casserole

If you're looking for a big-batch way to serve pancakes, this recipe will be your new go-to. You can also make it in advance to ease the morning-of breakfast prep.

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Sweet-and-Spicy Sheet Pan Bacon

Sweet-and-Spicy Sheet Pan Bacon Recipe
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Sweet-and-Spicy Sheet Pan Bacon

This easy crowd-friendly hack helps cook your bacon in a snap and gets it nice and crispy.

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Fried Skillet Potatoes

Fried Skillet Potatoes
Caitlin Bensel

Recipe: Fried Skillet Potatoes

Whip out the cast iron skillet for this classic breakfast recipe. After all, no breakfast is complete without some hash browns!

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Buttermilk Biscuits

Plenty of Biscuits and Cornbread
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Buttermilk Biscuits

Every Southern brunch needs buttermilk biscuits.

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Sweet Potato Muffins

Sweet Potato Muffins
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Sweet Potato Muffins

Packed with warm fall flavors but not overly sweet, your guests will adore these seasonal muffins. And they're oh-so-easy to prepare!

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Waffle Casserole

Waffle Casserole
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Waffle Casserole

Finally, we've discovered a new use for those boxed freezer waffles! Be sure to drizzle this big-batch waffle bake with lots of syrup.

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Crème Brûlée French Toast

Creme Brulee French Toast
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Crème Brûlée French Toast

Who said French toast needs to be cooked on the stovetop? When you're cooking breakfast for a crowd, sheet pans are your best friend.

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Fresh Peach Coffee Cake with Pecan Streusel

Fresh Peach Coffee Cake with Pecan Streusel
Iain Bagwell; Prop Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Fresh Peach Coffee Cake with Pecan Streusel

Make the most of those fresh summer peaches and brighten up your coffee cake with this recipe—it's meant for warm days.

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Peach Scones

Peach Scones
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Peach Scones

Nobody can resist homemade scones, and breakfast pastries packed with fresh peach bites may just be our new favorite treat.

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Cheese-and-Sausage Quiche

Cheese And Sausage Quiche in a pie plate on a green linen
Will Dickey

Recipe: Cheese-and-Sausage Quiche

Each quiche feeds six people, so if you have a crowd, make a conveyor belt of assembly, and turns out several quiches to feed the masses.

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Fresh Fruit Salad

Fresh Fruit Salad
Jen Causey

Recipe: Fresh Fruit Salad

Lighten up the breakfast spread with a big bowl of fresh fruit salad. Feel free to use any fruits or berries that are in season.

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Blackberry-Yogurt Grits

Hatch Chile Grits Breakfast Bowl Recipe
Jennifer Causey; Prop Styling: Ginny Branch Stelling; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Blackberry-Yogurt Grits

We know it's hard to resist a big pot of steaming cheesy grits, but this weekend, try sweetening up those grits with blackberries and yogurt. It's a combination you'll never question again.

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Leek-and-Mushroom Grits Frittata

Leek-and-Mushroom Grits Frittata
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Claire Spollen; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Leek-and-Mushroom Grits Frittata

This frittata is an entire breakfast packed into one skillet. Just slice and serve—it doesn't get much easier than that.

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Pecan Pancakes with Caramel Apple Topping

Pecan Pancakes with Caramel Apple Topping
Luca Trovato

Recipe: Pecan Pancakes with Caramel Apple Topping

On busy holiday mornings when you've got a house packed full of hungry guests, this no-stress sheet pan pancake is the easiest breakfast solution.

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Sausage-Potato Frittata

Sausage-Potato Frittata

Recipe: Sausage-Potato Frittata

You've got your meat, potatoes, and eggs, all in one dish. What more could you want?

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Creamy Grits Mexi-Casserole

Creamy Grits Mexi-Casserole
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Creamy Grits Mexi-Casserole

Let the grits go low and slow in the slow cooker. Four hours later, you've got a pot of grits with warm Tex-Mex flavors. This recipe serves 8, so it's great for a crowd.

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Snickerdoodle Doughnut Hole Muffins

Snickerdoodle Doughnut Hole Muffins
Alison Miksch; Prop Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Snickerdoodle Doughnut Hole Muffins

These perfectly pop-able muffins are rolled in cinnamon and sugar, and they'll be a perfect accompaniment to any breakfast casserole. The recipe makes 2 dozen, but these mini muffins are so addictive, you may want to double the batch.

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Herbed Sausage Breakfast Casserole

Herbed Sausage Breakfast Casserole
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Herbed Sausage Breakfast Casserole

This breakfast casserole is easily sliceable, with distinct layers of sausage and egg. Plus, it can all be made in the slow cooker.

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Sausage-Stuffed Honey Buns

Sausage-Stuffed Honey Buns
Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Sausage-Stuffed Honey Buns

Nobody can resist sweet cinnamon buns, but we think it's time to introduce their savory counterpart: the Sausage-Stuffed Honey Bun.

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Blueberry-Cornmeal Cake

Blueberry-Cornmeal Cake
Alison Miksch; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Blueberry-Cornmeal Cake

This breakfast cake is the perfect way to round out a big-batch brunch full of eggs and bacon. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream and fresh blueberries!

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Pancake Bake with Cinnamon Streusel

Pancake Bake with Cinnamon Streusel Recipe
Hector Manuel Sanchez; Prop Styling: Karin Olsen; Food Styling: William Smith

Recipe: Pancake Bake with Cinnamon Streusel

Instead of portioning out individual pancakes, bake them all into a casserole for easy serving. A cinnamon streusel topping elevates this big-batch breakfast dish.

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Shrimp and Grits Casserole

Shrimp and Grits Casserole
Antonis Achilleo; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Tina Bell Stamos

Recipe: Shrimp and Grits Casserole

The best way to capture any Southerner's heart is through a big batch of shrimp and grits. Served family-style, this casserole will be on the table in under an hour.

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Cheesy Ham, Corn, and Grits Bake

Cheesy Ham, Corn, and Grits Bake
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Cheesy Ham, Corn, and Grits Bake

In addition to the savory ham and sweet corn, this casserole is packed with lots of Cheddar cheese. It serves 8 and it's just bursting with flavor.

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Blueberry Pancake Breakfast Casserole

Blueberry Pancake Breakfast Casserole
Jennifer Causey

Recipe: Blueberry Pancake Breakfast Casserole

Fresh blueberries bring pops of light, juicy flavor to this impressive pancake casserole. You'll be making this crowd-friendly dish again and again.

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Biscuits-and-Gravy Skillet

Biscuits-and-Gravy Skillet
Jennifer Causey

Recipe: Biscuits-and-Gravy Skillet

Biscuits and gravy may look intimidating, but this classic recipe is surprisingly easy to master. Stick to a great buttermilk biscuit recipe and you're bound to succeed.

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Baked Oatmeal

Baked Oatmeal
Jennifer Causey

Recipe: Baked Oatmeal

If you're looking for a lighter option to add to the breakfast spread, this big-batch baked oatmeal is the best solution.

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Fried Chicken Biscuits with Rosemary Hot Honey

Fried Chicken Biscuits with Rosemary Hot Honey
Skyler Burt

Recipe: Fried Chicken Biscuits with Rosemary Hot Honey

This recipe may look fancy, but the biscuits bake as a big-batch, so all you have to do is slice them in half and add the fried chicken. Plus, the rosemary hot honey comes together in the microwave.

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Huevos Rancheros Bake

Huevos Rancheros Bake
Antonis Achilleo; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Tina Bell Stamos

Recipe: Huevos Rancheros Bake

Add a little flair to your brunch spread with this Huevos Rancheros Bake! With a base of corn tortillas and sunny-side eggs adorning the casserole, this breakfast bake is sure to please.

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Country Ham Hash

Country Ham Hash
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Country Ham Hash

No breakfast spread is complete without crispy potatoes and griddled meat, and this Country Ham Hash knocks both those items off the list.

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Tater Tot Breakfast Bake

Tater Tot Breakfast Bake
Jennifer Causey

Recipe: Tater Tot Breakfast Bake

Who said tater tots are just for kids? These delightful potato puffs can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike—especially in this cheesy breakfast casserole.

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Stewed Tomato Shirred Eggs with Ham Chips

Stewed Tomato Shirred Eggs with Ham Chips
Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Stewed Tomato Shirred Eggs with Ham Chips

Inspired by shakshuka, a classic Middle Eastern dish, this breakfast specialty includes eggs poached in a tomato stew. Serve with crusty bread for dipping.

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Slow-Cooker Cinnamon Roll Casserole

Crock Pot Cinnamon Roll Casserole
Caitlin Bensel

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Cinnamon Roll Casserole

Big-batch cinnamon rolls that you can make in the slow cooker? Sounds like a brunch dream.

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Apple Bread

Apple Bread
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Apple Bread

Whenever we're hosting breakfast for a crowd, we keep a loaf of this apple bread on the counter for our guests to snack on.

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Banana Bread

Banana Bread
Southern Living

Recipe: Banana Bread

You can never go wrong with a loaf of banana bread—serve slices as a breakfast "appetizer" or as a dessert with vanilla ice cream.

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Cinnamon-Pecan Breakfast Bread Pudding

Cinnamon-Pecan Breakfast Bread Pudding
Southern Living

Recipe: Cinnamon-Pecan Breakfast Bread Pudding

Bread pudding doesn't have to be for dessert. We're making this sweet, nutty bread pudding on all our holiday mornings.

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Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Cinnamon Coffee Cake
Antonis Achilleos

Recipe: Cinnamon Coffee Cake

No breakfast gathering is complete without a loaf of coffee cake. You'll want to bookmark this staple recipe.

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Buttermilk Breakfast Scones

Buttermilk Breakfast Scones
Southern Living

Recipe: Buttermilk Breakfast Scones

Make a few different scone flavors to offer a selection to your guests, and feel free to cut them into bite-sized triangles for a big-batch snack.

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The Big Cinnamon Roll

The Big Cinnamon Roll
Stephen DeVries, Prop Styling: Missie Neville Crawford; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: The Big Cinnamon Roll

Who will be the first one to slice into this photo-worthy dish? Cook this giant cinnamon roll in your skillet—all the kids will love it.

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Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Pumpkin Spice Muffins
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Muffins

In the fall, we're crazy for pumpkin spice, and these subtly-sweet muffins are a great seasonal breakfast option.

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Caramel Apple Coffee Cake

Caramel Apple Coffee Cake
Photo: Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Caramel Apple Coffee Cake

Dripping with golden caramel and stewed apples, this coffee cake is a great way to conclude your brunch for a crowd.

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Praline Pull-Apart Bread

Brunch for a Crowd Praline Pull-Apart Bread
Beth Hontzas

Recipe: Praline Pull-Apart Bread

One reviewer says, "Oh my!!! This was so good!!! I had to lock myself upstairs in my studio to keep from eating it all!" Make this crowd pleasing pull-apart bread to earn rave reviews of your own.

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Savory Ham and Swiss Breakfast Pie

Brunch for a Crowd Savory Ham and Swiss Breakfast Pie
Southern Living

Recipe: Savory Ham and Swiss Breakfast Pie

A breakfast pie made from a buttery grits crust topped with eggs, savory ham, green onions, and loads of cheese, this easy-to-love dish is easy to make, too.

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Breakfast Enchiladas

Breakfast Enchiladas

Recipe: Breakfast Enchiladas

A best-loved Southern Living breakfast casserole, this recipe can be prepared in advance, stored in the refrigerator overnight, and baked the next morning. In just an hour, you'll have what reviewers call "the best tasting breakfast casserole ever eaten." So you might want to make double.

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Praline-Pecan French Toast

Praline-Pecan French Toast
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Praline-Pecan French Toast

Yes, we did it. We combined pralines and French toast. And it's every bit as good as you thought it would be.

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King Ranch Breakfast Strata

King Ranch Breakfast Strata
Southern Living

Recipe: King Ranch Breakfast Strata

French bread, corn tortillas, chicken, cheese, and plenty of flavor combine to make reigning King Ranch Breakfast Strata the ultimate make-ahead breakfast casserole.

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Bacon-and-Cheddar Grits Quiche

Bacon-and-Cheddar Grits Quiche
Alison Miksch

Recipe: Bacon-and-Cheddar Grits Quiche

Every good plan needs a solid foundation. You can't go wrong with a base "crust" made from baked grits loaded with melted cheese and crispy bacon.

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Creamy Egg Strata

Brunch for a Crowd Creamy Egg Strata
Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Creamy Egg Strata

This is one of those mouthwatering breakfast dishes that's well worth the planning. Chill in your fridge so the French bread has time to soak up the butter, Parmesan and Swiss cheese, chicken broth, white wine, and sour cream.

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Cheesy Grits Soufflé

Brunch for a Crowd Cheesy Grits Soufflé
Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Cheesy Grits Soufflé

Adding milk and fresh corn kernels turns this classic Southern dish into a light, fluffy, cheesy souffle.

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Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Icing

Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Icing
Photo: Luca Trovato

Recipe: Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Icing

These old-school cinnamon rolls put store-bought rolls to shame.

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Cream Cheese Pastries

Brunch for a Crowd Cream Cheese Pastries
Alison Miksch

Recipe: Cream Cheese Pastries

Yes, you're reading that number right—this one sweet recipe makes four loaves of creamy, crispy, buttery, flaky pastries.

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Easy Orange Rolls

Easy Orange Rolls
John O'Hagan

Recipe: Easy Orange Rolls

Sweet but not overly-so, these orange rolls made with prepackaged French bread dough are a great alternative (or addition) to cinnamon rolls.

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Caramel Glazed Monkey Bread

Caramel-Glazed Monkey Bread
Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Caramel Glazed Monkey Bread

It is physically impossible not to fall in love-at-first-bite with this fluffy loaf of caramel monkey bread. Go ahead, we dare you to prove us wrong.

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Cornmeal-and-Brown Sugar-Crusted Bacon

Brunch for a Crowd Cornmeal and Brown Sugar Bacon
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Cornmeal-and-Brown Sugar-Crusted Bacon

Dress up your bacon with this oh-so-Southern crispy coating. This bacon recipe is great for crowds, because you can stick it in the oven and free your hands up to prepare other parts of your meal.

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Blackberry French Toast

One-Dish Blackberry French Toast
Beth Hontzas

Recipe: Blackberry French Toast

Take the frying pan out of the French toast equation by popping this sweet breakfast bake into the oven. Just don't forget the whipped cream.

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Smoky Sausage and Grits Casserole

Smoky Sausage-and-Grits Casserole
Alison Miksch

Recipe: Smoky Sausage and Grits Casserole

You can prepare this smoked sausage and grits casserole up to four days ahead, but your guests might gobble it up in four minutes—it's that good.

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