60 Easy Thanksgiving Brunch Recipes for a Stress-Free Holiday

Bacon-and-Cheddar Grits Quiche
Photo: Alison Miksch

The holidays tend to warrant a house full of overnight guests. Don't get us wrong, we love hosting for holidays, but we also know how feeding your guests can bring unwanted stress! Mornings with holiday company can be made much easier with our Thanksgiving breakfast recipe ideas. Our make-ahead casseroles provide a quick alternative to making an entire Thanksgiving breakfast spread. Simply brew a piping hot pot of your favorite coffee blend, set the table (we've got plenty of ideas!) and warm up your pre-made casserole, bread, or morning cake in the oven. Easy as that, and you're ready to host a delicious Thanksgiving brunch that will hold everyone over until the dinnertime holiday feast. If your guests prefer a more protein-packed start to the morning, we've included strata, baked egg dishes, and quiche for savory taste buds. Even the hungriest holiday guests will be satisfied with these quick and easy breakfast recipes.

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Blueberry Pancake Breakfast Casserole

Blueberry Pancake Breakfast Casserole
Jennifer Causey

Recipe: Blueberry Pancake Breakfast Casserole

Certainly a crowd-pleaser, this overnight breakfast casserole gets started the night before Thanksgiving. Pop them in the oven for a family-friendly breakfast that will be ready shortly after the morning coffee is brewed.

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Breakfast Enchiladas

Breakfast Enchiladas
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Breakfast Enchiladas

Roll together your ingredients and refrigerate the night before for a no-hassle morning meal. Everyone loves Tex-Mex brunch, and this recipe promises to impress.

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Overnight French Toast Casserole with Bourbon-Maple Syrup

Orange-Vanilla French Toast Casserole with Bourbon-Maple Syrup
Antonis Achilleo; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Tina Bell Stamos

Recipe: Overnight French Toast Casserole with Bourbon-Maple Syrup

Assemble this decadent breakfast casserole the night before Thanksgiving, then dream of French toast all night long. Whether you add bourbon or not, be sure to choose the good stuff: 100% pure maple syrup.

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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

We added bacon and cheese for the ultimate Shrimp and Grits casserole. Get this dish going and on the brunch table in only an hour.

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Biscuits-and-Gravy Skillet

Biscuits-and-Gravy Skillet
Jennifer Causey

Recipe: Biscuits-and-Gravy Skillet

We'll take these fluffy homemade biscuits with extra gravy. This homestyle breakfast is super comforting, especially for the host (it's only one pan!).

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Pumpkin Streusel Muffins

Pumpkin Spice Muffins
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Pumpkin Streusel Muffins

Take classic pumpkin muffins to the next level with a streusel topping. The yummy crumble is the cherry on top, but it doesn't hurt that this recipe can also be transformed into a Pumpkin Streusel Loaf.

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Cinnamon Roll Casserole

Cinnamon Roll Casserole
Antonis Achilleos

Recipe: Cinnamon Roll Casserole

This gigantic cinnamon roll even more delicious than it looks. It combines all of the decedent goodness of a gooey cinnamon roll with all the ease of a casserole. Plus, it's kid approved and party ready.

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Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin Bread
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Pumpkin Bread

These autumnal loafs are made for holiday mornings. Slice and serve, though we wouldn't blame you if there were a piece or two missing by the time these make it to the table.

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Sausage-Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole

Sausage-Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Tina Bell Stamos

Recipe: Sausage-Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole

This cheesy breakfast bake combines two of our favorite things: sausage and hash browns. Double the sausage guarantees that this brunch is hardy enough to fill a crowd.

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Best-Ever Sticky Buns

Spicy Sausage-and-Cheddar Kolaches
Greg DuPree; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Best-Ever Sticky Buns

We call dibs on licking the spoon! This sugary treat is just want your Thanksgiving brunch bunch needs. Holiday guests will be thrilled to be greeted to the kitchen by the smell of cinnamon, and even happier once they get a bite of these buns.

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Baked Oatmeal

Baked Oatmeal
Jennifer Causey

Recipe: Baked Oatmeal

Leave the indulgence for later in the day. This Baked Oatmeal can be customized with your favorite seasonal fruits. In anticipation of a decadent dinnertime feast, this healthy and filling casserole is a great option.

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Slow-Cooker Cinnamon Roll Casserole

Crock Pot Cinnamon Roll Casserole
Caitlin Bensel

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Cinnamon Roll Casserole

Don't let your slow cooker miss out on the fun. While your other appliances set the scene for dinner, let your slow cooker work on breakfast.

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Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole

Tater Tot Breakfast Bake
Jennifer Causey

Recipe: Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole

This savory tater tot breakfast dish will hold you over until Thanksgiving dinner. Best of all? You can make it the night before.

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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

We can't let a holiday go by without a little something fried. Rosemary hot honey gives these mini chicken biscuits just the right amount of seasonal spice.

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Bakeshop Blueberry Muffins

Bakeshop Blueberry Muffins
Southern Living

Recipe: Bakeshop Blueberry Muffins

These fluffy homemade blueberry muffins will save you a trip to the bakery. Soft, buttery muffins are possible from home and perfect for feeding a crowd.

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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

This easier twist on a soufflé is sure to have guests more than satisfied. Yellow stone-ground grits bake up with cubed ham, fresh corn, and thyme while your guests wake up and eagerly anticipate breakfast.

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Easy Huevos Rancheros Bake

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

Recipe: Easy Huevos Rancheros Bake

Thanksgiving guests will be asking for seconds of this hearty Tex-Mex bake topped with avocado, sour cream, cilantro, and jalapeño. Just remind them that dinner is coming sooner than they think.

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Country Ham Hash

Country Ham Hash
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Country Ham Hash

Invite sleepy Thanksgiving guests down to the kitchen with these holiday-worthy breakfast potatoes. Serve this alongside one of our egg or pancake casserole recipes for a brunch spread fit for the occasion.

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Fresh Fruit Salad

Fresh Fruit Salad
Jen Causey

Recipe: Fresh Fruit Salad

Juicy and refreshing, this customizable fruit salad is just what your brunch table needs. Using seasonal fruit like pears and apples is a great way to showcase fall flavors alongside some mint and honey.

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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

Start the holiday off with a slice of breakfast cake. Top slices of this scrumptious blueberry treat with a dollop of whipped cream.

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Sausage-and-Grits Quiche

Sausage-and-Grits Quiche
Photo: Melina Hammer

Recipe: Sausage-and-Grits Quiche

This is a go-to recipe that many hosts and hostesses reach for again and again, with recipe cards stained, creased, and much-loved from years of use. It's a trusty recipe to keep in your back pocket, and it is one that—when you master it—is so easy to whip up at a moment's notice. You will certainly impress your brunch company with this clever, simple spin on a traditional quiche. They'll be delighted, and you'll know that, once again, the trusty sausage and grits quiche came through for breakfast and saved the day, or the morning, as it were.

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Breakfast Biscuit Sandwich with Sausage, Egg, and Cheese

Breakfast Biscuit Sandwich with Sausage, Egg, and Cheese
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Breakfast Biscuit Sandwich with Sausage, Egg, and Cheese

This breakfast sandwich is a breeze to build. Start with homemade biscuits and add egg, sausage, and your favorite toppings.

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Creamy Egg Strata

Brunch for a Crowd Creamy Egg Strata
Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Creamy Egg Strata

This dreamy egg strata is worth waking up for. Swiss and parmesan are sure to become your new go-to cheese pairing with eggs after a bite of this recipe.

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Mini Bananas Foster Sticky Buns

Mini Bananas Foster Sticky Buns
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Tina Bell Stamos

Recipe: Mini Bananas Foster Sticky Buns

Get the kiddos involved in making these sticky sweet treats. Made with refrigerated crescent roll dough, they're easier than most cinnamon roll recipes and are delicious alongside one of our breakfast casseroles and a big cup of coffee.

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Biscuit Beignets

Biscuit Beignets
Southern Living

Recipe: Biscuit Beignets

A sugar rush for brunch? Count us in! These New Orleans-style breakfast treats will be ready in less than 10 minutes with the help of your trusty Dutch oven.

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Fried Skillet Potatoes

Fried Skillet Potatoes
Caitlin Bensel

Recipe: Fried Skillet Potatoes

Skillet potatoes are so easy to make and oh-so good. They're a trusty side dish for any breakfast main, or add eggs and bacon for an ultimate savory dish.

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Caramel-Glazed Monkey Bread

Caramel-Glazed Monkey Bread
Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Caramel-Glazed Monkey Bread

Monkey bread is a favorite of kids and kids-at-heart everywhere. You really can't go wrong with this monkey bread at brunch, as it has all of the sweet indulgence that we love for brunch mixed with the delicious textures of this tasty variation on bread. When you mix up this recipe, the final result is a dish that is beloved all across the South. The dough is soft and cakey, and the loaf dons a scrumptious sugary crust, creating a gorgeous mixture of textures that is ultimately so satisfying. You'll want to pull it apart just to watch the dough stretch and split into portions that will be gobbled up immediately. Seconds, please!

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Bacon-and-Cheddar Grits Quiche

Bacon-and-Cheddar Grits Quiche
Alison Miksch

Recipe: Bacon-and-Cheddar Grits Quiche

When you have a houseful of visiting family to feed, nothing is easier than a cheesy quiche still warm from the oven. It can keep a whole family full until lunchtime, and this recipe involves breakfast ingredients that are sure to please: bacon, cheesy grits, and a traditional egg quiche. To prepare, you will spread cheese to the edge of the warm, bacon-laden grits -which forms the crust. This will prevent any custard from seeping out while the quiche bakes. It is also easy to customize quiches to your and your family's tastes, so start with this recipe and broaden your quiche repertoire.

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Cheesy Sausage-and-Croissant Casserole

Cheesy Sausage-and-Croissant Casserole
Alison Miksch

Recipe: Cheesy Sausage-and-Croissant Casserole

Topped with Gruyère cheese, this casserole browns beautifully and has a delicious nutty flavor, but you can sub Swiss cheese if you prefer. Pre-made croissants from your local grocery give bakery-fresh flavor with minimal effort, and add a flaky crust to the dish's edges.

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Glazed Buttermilk Donut Cake

Glazed Buttermilk Donut Cake
Caitlin Bensel, Food Styling: Margaret Dickey, Prop Styling: Kay E Clarke

Recipe: Glazed Buttermilk Donut Cake

No need to head to the donut shop with this recipe! This bakery-worthy brunch is easy to whip up in a bundt pan at home. Pair with a large pot of coffee to keep your guests happy all morning long.

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Buttermilk Breakfast Scones

Buttermilk Breakfast Scones
Southern Living

Recipe: Buttermilk Breakfast Scones

These buttery and tender pastries are crusted in sugar and dispersed with buttermilk currants. Prepare these scones for the ultimate grab-and-go meal so that guests stay out of your kitchen until the big Thanksgiving feast.

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Apple Muffins

Apple Muffins
Stephen Devries; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Apple Muffins

Bake these Apple Muffins the night before and warm them in the oven to wake your guests with the sweet aromas of baked apples and cinnamon. Serve with your choice of breakfast beverage for an easy meal before the big feast.

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Eggs Benedict Casserole

Eggs Benedict Casserole
Greg DuPree; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke

Recipe: Eggs Benedict Casserole

We're all about working smarter, not harder around the holidays, and this Eggs Benedict Casserole is the answer to your Thanksgiving morning worries. Prepare this casserole the night before and then simply pop it in the oven in the morning for a delicious twist on a classic. No egg poaching necessary.

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Oven-Baked Buttermilk French Toast

Oven-Baked Buttermilk French Toast
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Oven-Baked Buttermilk French Toast

Mama's French toast recipe got an upgrade with buttermilk in this twist on a classic. Pair with a bowl of fresh fruit for a delicious, crowd-pleasing breakfast.

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Cinnamon-Pecan Breakfast Bread Pudding

Cinnamon-Pecan Breakfast Bread Pudding

Recipe: Cinnamon-Pecan Breakfast Bread Pudding

Assemble this bread pudding the night before and have it as a sweet brunch dish the day of Thanksgiving. Your guests will be amazed by the fall flavors in each bite.

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Squash Frittata

Squash Frittata
Photo: Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Squash Frittata

A squash casserole may shine on the table come supper, but the star of breakfast is this Squash Frittata. It's surprisingly easy and absolutely beautiful decorated with colorful squash.

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Bacon-and-Tomato Breakfast Casserole

Bacon-and-Tomato Breakfast Casserole
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Bacon-and-Tomato Breakfast Casserole

Breakfast eggs that come together in the slow cooker are a great start to the holiday. Your kitchen will smell divine and this play on the classic bacon and eggs combo will taste even better.

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Mini Cheese Grits Casseroles

Mini Cheese Grits Casseroles
Photo: Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Torie Cox; Prop Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

Recipe: Mini Cheese Grits Casseroles

Preparing portions in individual ramekins is an easy way to make your life as host easier. With individually-packaged servings of yummy cheese grits, you'll know there's enough for everyone, especially when served with fresh fruit, bacon, or other breakfast goodies.

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One-Dish Blackberry French Toast

One-Dish Blackberry French Toast

Recipe: One-Dish Blackberry French Toast

Whip up this brunch dish the night before Thanksgiving then chill it overnight. In the morning, all this recipe asks is 10-15 minutes in the oven for a deliciously easy Thanksgiving breakfast.

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Sweet Potato Breakfast Casserole

Sweet Potato Breakfast Casserole

Recipe: Sweet Potato Breakfast Casserole

This brunch go-to is a hardy and creamy morning sneak peak at the dinnertime feast to come. Sweet potato casserole with pecans and marshmallows will fly off the dinner table and this savory Sweet Potato Breakfast Casserole will go just as fast that morning.

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Grits and Greens with Brown Butter Hot Sauce

Grits and Greens with Brown Butter Hot Sauce
Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Grits and Greens with Brown Butter Hot Sauce

These jazzed-up grits are absolutely special occasion-worthy. Stewed greens and a spicy, buttery sauce elevate grits to a stellar breakfast. Leftovers (if you have any!) also work as a Thanksgiving dinner side dish.

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Croissant Breakfast Casserole

Croissant Breakfast Casserole
Victor Protasio

Recipe: Croissant Breakfast Casserole

Made with day-old mini croissants, this breakfast casserole is as easy as it is delicious, with caramelized onions, cheesy egg custard, and a touch of Dijon. Store this crowd-pleaser in the fridge overnight and pop it in the oven in the morning to greet holiday guests with savory aromas and impressive brunch.

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Banana Bread French Toast Casserole

Banana Bread French Toast Casserole
Jennifer Causey

Recipe: Banana Bread French Toast Casserole

Combining two beloved breakfast classics, this Banana Bread French Toast Casserole might be the new take you've been searching for. This sweet breakfast spends the majority of its preparation time baking in the oven and the result will be a new family favorite.

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Waffle Casserole

Waffle Casserole
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Waffle Casserole

Popping round after round of Eggo waffles in the toaster in front of guests may not be the best look—not to mention incredibly inconvenient—but these toaster waffles are super impressive spruced up in a delicious casserole. Custard soaks into the waffles overnight, transforming them into a gourmet brunch.

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Hashbrown Casserole

Hashbrown Casserole
Southern Living

Recipe: Hashbrown Casserole

Southerners love a good Hashbrown Casserole. This dish delights for breakfast or can be a star later on among the Thanksgiving dinner feast. Or both? There's no such thing as enough cheesy, creamy potato.

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Caramelized Onion, Spinach, and Pork Strata

Caramelized Onion, Spinach, and Pork Strata
Photo: Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Torie Cox; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke

Recipe: Caramelized Onion, Spinach, and Pork Strata

Bake this savory strata for breakfast, then store the recipe somewhere close because you'll want to remember this one. Crunchy bread cubes, creamy cheese, and tender pork from the slow cooker stand out for any meal—whether it's a holiday brunch or even for weeknight dinner.

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Cheesy Sausage-and-Croissant Casserole

Cheesy Sausage-and-Croissant Casserole
Alison Miksch; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

Recipe: Cheesy Sausage-and-Croissant Casserole

This brunch will blow away your holiday crowd. With everyone's favorite breakfast notes—flakey pastry, hot sausage, and a killer cheese combination—this hardy dish will sit pretty in your fridge overnight before baking in the morning.

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Crustless Ham and Collard Greens Quiche

Spicy Ham-and-Greens Quiche
Photo: Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Crustless Ham and Collard Greens Quiche

Leftover ham and frozen greens make this the easiest quiche full of shortcuts that your satisfied breakfast guests would never have guessed. With ham, collards, onion, and cheese, you won't even miss the pie crust.

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Cheddar Cheese Grits Casserole

Cheddar Cheese Grits Casserole
Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Rose Nguyen

Recipe: Cheddar Cheese Grits Casserole

This Thanksgiving, do brunch right with a convenient casserole version of a Southern classic: cheese grits. This dish is creamy, delicious, and fit for a crowd.

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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

Serving up this bread pudding-like casserole is a much better alternative than spending Thanksgiving morning hunched over the stove, flipping pancakes. This dish is night-before-friendly, but the final touch made in the morning, the streusel crumble, takes it to the next level.

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Biscuits-and-Gravy Casserole

Biscuits-and-Gravy Casserole Image
Southern Living

Recipe: Biscuits-and-Gravy Casserole

Choose your fighter: Biscuits-and-Gravy Casserole or Biscuits-and-Gravy Skillet. On Thanksgiving, it always helps to know which dishes you will need for preparing the feast later. Whichever medium you choose, you can't go wrong with warm biscuits and delicious, creamy sausage gravy.

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Pancake Casserole

Pancake Casserole
Caitlin Bensel

Recipe: Pancake Casserole

An instant classic, this casserole features everyone's favorite breakfast treat: pancakes, of course. Letting the pancakes soak up custard overnight transforms average flapjacks into a delicious brunch with all the best parts of a bread pudding.

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Smoky Sausage-and-Grits Casserole

Smoky Sausage-and-Grits Casserole
Alison Miksch

Recipe: Smoky Sausage-and-Grits Casserole

The ultimate make-ahead brunch, this smoky and cheesy casserole can't be beat. Your Thanksgiving guests will go crazy for this grits combo that kick the holiday off on a high note.

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Herbed Sausage Breakfast Casserole

Herbed Sausage Breakfast Casserole

Recipe: Herbed Sausage Breakfast Casserole

This well-seasoned breakfast casserole has all the savory flavors that your guests want out of a comforting brunch. This meaty and cheesy dish comes together in the slow cooker, but pay attention to the order you layer in the ingredients.

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Praline-Pecan French Toast

Praline-Pecan French Toast
Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia Degaris Pursell

Recipe: Praline-Pecan French Toast

French toast gets a special occasion-worthy upgrade with this recipe. After chilling overnight, pop this sweet and nutty dish in the oven until golden brown.

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Sausage Gravy Casserole with Cheddar-Cornmeal Biscuits

Sausage Gravy Casserole with Cheddar-Cornmeal Biscuits
Greg Dupree; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Sausage Gravy Casserole with Cheddar-Cornmeal Biscuits

Start the day with sausage and gravy, and end it with turkey and gravy. This savory casserole recipe makes for hardy and comforting brunch finished off with cheddar-cornmeal biscuits.

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Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Cinnamon Coffee Cake
Antonis Achilleos

Recipe: Cinnamon Coffee Cake

A solid coffee cake recipe is something to treasure. Serve it up for brunch, and after a sweet slice with a crumbly exterior and gooey center, your holiday guests will be begging for your recipe.

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Blueberry Overnight Oatmeal

Blueberry Overnight Oatmeal
Alison Miksch, Kay E. Clarke, Torie Cox

Recipe: Blueberry Overnight Oatmeal

Fresh or frozen berries up the ante of oatmeal for breakfast. Prepare this recipe the night before in cute individual jars for minimal morning effort and easy serving.

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Any-Berry Muffins with Cornmeal Streusel

Any-Berry Muffins with Cornmeal Streusel
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling; Kathleen Varner; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Any-Berry Muffins with Cornmeal Streusel

Whip up these muffins with any combination of your favorite berries. The crunchy cornmeal crumble adds delectable texture and flavor to these crowd-pleasing brunch treats.

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Mini Quiche with Asparagus and Goat Cheese

Asparagus and Goat Cheese Mini Quiches
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Mini Quiche with Asparagus and Goat Cheese

Good news: You can make these miniature quiches up to two days ahead of Thanksgiving. Individual egg pies with a unique combo of veggies and cheese are a gourmet way to impress your guests and start the day with big flavor.

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