Effortless Make-Ahead Holiday Brunch Recipes

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Spend more time with your holiday guests and less time prepping in the kitchen with these simple and delicious make-ahead holiday brunch recipes. This collection of sweet and savory meals are crowd-pleasing breakfast ideas that can be made days — or even weeks — ahead of time. Whether you're cooking for a small group or for a large family party, these easy recipes will help get a tasty brunch on the table quickly and with little effort.

1Make-Ahead Freezer Quiche

This delicious Make Ahead Freezer Quiche is my go-to recipe for a simple holiday brunch. You can make it a day or two ahead of when you want to serve it — or a whole month before by freezing the quiche and then baking it. It takes about 10 minutes to prep and can include any vegetables you have on hand. One time-saving secret ingredient is a store-bought pie crust, which you can use instead of making one from scratch.

2Blueberry Muffin Bundt Cake

Cake for breakfast? I’m here for it! The beauty of this breakfast Blueberry Muffin Bundt Cake is that you can bake it whenever you like and then slice and reheat for guests. I like the optional glaze and oatmeal crumble topping on this cake too, so you can make the main part of this dish ahead of time and whip up a quick glaze while it reheats.

3Ham, Egg, & Cheese Breakfast Sliders

You’re five ingredients away from making a perfect tray of these Savory Breakfast Sliders for your holiday brunch. All this recipe needs is a dozen eggs, sliced ham, your cheese of choice, slider buns, and butter. You can prep the sandwiches the night before and bake them in the morning for warm pull-apart sliders fresh out of the oven. The last time I made breakfast sliders like these, I used Hawaiian rolls for the buns which added a little sweetness to the sandwiches.

4Maple Cinnamon Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

This simple recipe for Maple Cinnamon Oatmeal Bars is a sweet addition to your holiday brunch table. You can bake these bars a day or two ahead of time and just slice and serve them at room temperature for your guests. I like that this recipe is naturally sweet, using mashed ripe bananas and maple syrup instead of sugar.

5Make-Ahead Cheesy Egg Cups

Prep brunch for 4 or 40 guests with Cheesy Egg Bites. These can be made and frozen for up to a month before serving. This is a great holiday brunch recipe that can be scaled up if you’re cooking for a crowd. Eggs, frozen hash browns, cheese, bacon, and a few spices come together for a perfect brunch finger food that your guests will love.

6Overnight French Toast Bake

This French Toast Bake Recipe takes 15 minutes to prep, soaks overnight, and bakes in 45 minutes in the morning. If you have holiday guests staying with you, have them wake up to the smell of a tantalizing breakfast coming from the kitchen. This recipe uses sourdough bread as the base for the French toast, giving this dish a little extra flavor over ones using regular bread.

7Loaded Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole

Everything you love about a full savory breakfast baked into a delicious brunch dish. This tasty Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole brings together eggs, sausage, veggies, hash browns, milk, and cheese — and baked all to perfection. This is another simple holiday brunch recipe you can prep the night before in 10 minutes and bake before you serve. Tasty holiday brunches for the win!

8Baked Pancake Muffins

These easy Baked Pancake Muffins are a great way to serve delicious pancakes to your guests without having to flip cakes on the griddle all morning. The sweet little muffins are made with pancake mix for an easy brunch you can whip up a day or two before and reheat before serving. Drizzle a little maple syrup over the warm muffins for that classic breakfast vibe.

9Butternut Squash Frittata

My Butternut Squash Frittata Recipe is the perfect grown-up brunch loaded with quick caramelized onions, goat cheese, and sauteed kale. It’s a little savory, a little sweet (from the in-season butternut squash), and a total crowd pleaser. You can prep this the night before, refrigerate, and bake in the morning. Or, you can freeze it for up to a month and bake it from frozen when you want to serve.

10Winter Citrus and Pomegranate Fruit Salad

Rise and shine with this Winter Citrus and Pomegranate Fruit Salad, a bright and fresh recipe for your holiday brunch table. I’ve made this fruit salad a few times and absolutely love the contrast of the sweet and tart fruit flavors. This is a great recipe to prepare in batches if you are feeding a crowd. To keep the fruit salad from browning, add some fresh lemon juice if you’re making it ahead of time.

11Make-Ahead Freezer Breakfast Burritos

Wake up to eggs, sausage, and roasted potatoes, all wrapped up in a warm tortilla. These Breakfast Burritos can be made up to three months ahead of time, frozen, and reheated in minutes in the microwave. These would be fun to serve with a breakfast burrito bar — let your guests pile on their favorite toppings like salsa, avocado, cheese, and/or sour cream.

Tags: Breakfast, Christmas, holiday baking, holiday season

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