15 breakfast recipes to try this weekend

15 breakfast recipes to try this weekend

Eggs Benedict with Grilled Cheese and Tomato Hollandaise
Eggs Benedict with Grilled Cheese and Tomato Hollandaise
Photo: Stacey Ballis

You don’t have to wait until a special occasion to create the breakfast or brunch of your dreams. At The Takeout, we’ve always put breakfast on a pedestal: it’s somehow the only meal of the day where gooey melted chocolate and powdered sugar adorn the entree just as often as cheese and chive do. Who wouldn’t want to celebrate that kind of versatility? Here are 15 breakfast recipes to turn to when you want to make your morning meal the main event.

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Buttermilk Biscuit Breakfast Tarte Tatin

Buttermilk Biscuit Breakfast Tarte Tatin

Buttermilk Biscuit Breakfast Tarte Tatin
Buttermilk Biscuit Breakfast Tarte Tatin
Graphic: Allison Corr

Classic tarte tatin has a reputation of being difficult to make, even though in reality it’s quite simple: make caramel in a skillet, top with apples and pastry dough, bake, invert, enjoy. To turn it into breakfast food, the crust is composed of one massive, ultra-flaky buttermilk biscuit that ends up crisp and buttery on the bottom, and the caramel on top is enriched with bourbon barrel-aged maple syrup. Serve with a dollop of tangy yogurt on top to cut through all the sweetness—and to make it part of a balanced breakfast. Get the recipe here.

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Kifli

Kifli

Kifli
Kifli
Graphic: Rebecca Fassola

The kifla (plural kifli or kiflice) is essentially the crescent roll of Central and Eastern Europe. Though making kifli from scratch takes more time and effort than simply cracking open a can of crescent rolls, the added prep time is absolutely worth it; when hot out of the oven and slathered with good butter and jam, they’re practically inhalable. You’ll understand completely after just one bite. Get the recipe here.

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Wake and Bake French Toast Casserole

Wake and Bake French Toast Casserole

Illustration of casserole
Illustration: Emma Mckhann

First you make caramel-like sauce, layer some French bread slices on top, then pour a cinnamon- and vanilla-laced custard over it. The magic happens when you let this French Toast Casserole soak overnight, and then you just bake it in the morning. The 10 minutes or so of night-before prep is nothing compared to the wow factor of eating this casserole the next day. Get the recipe here.

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Breakfast Salad

Breakfast Salad

Photo of breakfast salad topped with egg
Photo: Danny Palumbo

Salad for breakfast seems like a paradoxical concept whose design exists solely to annoy you. Salad is, after all, decidedly not a breakfast item. None of us have fond memories of finishing our morning salad in a hurry, then running out the front door to catch the school bus. Still, this Breakfast Salad recipe has been perfected to the point of genius. It combines bacon fat and vinegar to create a quick dressing of sorts. Arugula is the leaf of choice, a bitter green that contrasts the fatty bacon and rich egg yolk. Get the recipe here.

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Corn Pancakes

Corn Pancakes

Corn pancakes on griddle
Photo: Alfonse Pagano (Getty Images)

Corn Pancakes work perfectly as a bottom layer for shredded meats, like pork or chicken or even brisket. You can add barbecue sauce or try something like a Thai peanut sauce; alternatively, use them as a substitute for blini and put smoked salmon and sour cream or creme fraiche on top. For veggie lovers, a stir fry can be piled atop these versatile pancakes, too—but at breakfast time, they’re also great with just a little powdered sugar and maple syrup, with berries on the side. Get the recipe here.

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Cherry Cheesecake Pancakes

Cherry Cheesecake Pancakes

Stack of pancakes on plate
Graphic: Karl Gustafson

These ludicrously decadent Cherry Cheesecake Pancakes should probably be enjoyed as a dessert—but in our chosen reality, they are a healthy part of a balanced breakfast. And if you’re not into cherries, this can be made with just about any fruit you desire. Just remember that fruit is the magic ingredient that somehow transforms these pancakes into breakfast food, so it’s important not to omit it. Get the recipe here.

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Cream-Cheese-Stuffed “Fried” Plantains

Cream-Cheese-Stuffed “Fried” Plantains

Fried plantains on plate
Graphic: Karl Gustafson

These Air Fryer Plantains are a very nice weekday breakfast: a play on rellenitos de plátano (stuffed plantain balls) filled with cream cheese and encrusted with sweet, cinnamon-y cornflake crumbs. Traditionally, rellenitos de plátano are fried, but this recipe is designed for the air fryer, making them an easier way to start your day. Get the recipe here.

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Brown Butter Cinnamon Rolls

Brown Butter Cinnamon Rolls

Hand reaching toward cinnamon roll
Photo: Allison Robicelli

Do not be dissuaded from trying this recipe for Brown Butter Cinnamon Rolls because of the effort involved. Even if they don’t come out right on your first try, failed cinnamon rolls are better than store-bought cinnamon rolls. You’re either going to get big buttery buns with brown-striped spirals, or a sticky, partially raw pan of dough with streaks of cinnamon goo. The worst case scenario here still sounds awesome. Get the recipe here.

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Flaky Almond Pancakes

Flaky Almond Pancakes

Almond pancakes on tie-dye background
Graphic: Karl Gustafson

These Flaky Almond Pancakes are a hybrid of Moroccan msemen and almond croissants. Unlike croissants, which are fussy to make, msemen are rather easy to prepare, and extremely fun. Keep the extras in a gallon-sized ziptop bag in the freezer; you can quickly zap pancakes in the microwave whenever you need a tasty snack. Get the recipe here.

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Bloody Mary Scones

Bloody Mary Scones

Scones covered in gravy on plate
Photo: Stacey Ballis

Butter scones require the light touch of a great biscuit maker, but these Bloody Mary Scones use heavy cream as the fat, making them super-fast to pull together. They bake in less than 15 minutes, and they can be sweet or savory, lending themselves to strong flavors like cheese, nuts or onion, or lighter ones like lemon or herbs. Get the recipe here.

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Breakfast Stout Muffins

Breakfast Stout Muffins

Muffin covered in stout beer
Illustration: Allison Corr

Brewers dreamed up the idea of breakfast stouts so they could combine a stout’s inherent chocolate-roastiness with subtle additions of coffee and maple syrup. Enter these Breakfast Stout Muffins, which evoke the combination of cocoa, coffee, and quiet sweetness that make breakfast stouts sing. This version gets it all right: not too sweet, not too bitter, and with a level of decadence that’s true to the “breakfast stout” name, but doesn’t taste like a morning cupcake. Get the recipe here.

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French Onion Dip Pancakes

French Onion Dip Pancakes

Pancakes on plate
Photo: Stacey Ballis

Onion has natural sweetness, so it’s not out of bounds in a breakfast pastry, and the salty-savory back-note provides some nice counter to a sweet pancake. The sour cream acts as the acid to activate the leavening, as buttermilk does, so you get a nice fluffy cake. And with syrup and butter on top, French Onion Dip Pancakes create the same delicious effect as dunking your breakfast sausage in syrup. Plus, it’s an excuse to make extra dip. Get the recipe here.

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Grilled Cheese Benedicts with Tomato Hollandaise

Grilled Cheese Benedicts with Tomato Hollandaise

Eggs Benedict grilled cheese on plate
Photo: Stacey Ballis

Behold the mashup breakfast of your dreams: Eggs Benedict with Grilled Cheese and Tomato Hollandaise. You start with a traditional grilled cheese sandwich, using extra-thin white or wheat bread so that the ratio of carb to protein to fat stays in perfect balance. Use the cheese of your choice, from sharp cheddar to basic American, nutty swiss, or creamy brie—you do you in the grilled cheese game. Get the recipe here.

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Breakfast Meat Scrapple

Breakfast Meat Scrapple

Scrapple on plate with runny egg
Photo: Stacey Ballis

A classic scrapple, credited to the Pennsylvania Dutch, is made with off-cuts, trimmings, and offal of a pig. This Breakfast Meat Scrapple is really more like all of your favorite morning side dishes in one: Cooked crumbled breakfast sausage, crunchy bacon, cubed ham, and sliced Canadian bacon are all mixed with grits, chilled and sliced, and fried to a crackly crisp. It’s ideal as a brunch item, since you make it ahead and then just fry it up last minute. Get the recipe here.

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Cheeseburger Grits Casserole

Cheeseburger Grits Casserole

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Photo: Stacey Ballis

By placing pre-cooked burgers and classic burger toppings between two layers of cheese grits, you get the best of all worlds: the Cheeseburger Grits Casserole. It is your starch and meat all in one, so you can serve it alongside a bowl of scrambled eggs, or if you are super fancy, you can make a batch of fried eggs to place on top. Get the recipe here.

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