Comfort Food for Breakfast

Start the day with satisfying comfort foods like French toast, pancakes and hash browns, plus some nontraditional spins on the classics.  
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Chocolate-Banana Pancake Casserole

Have bananas with your flapjacks — oh, and chocolate, too. Add a few sliced strawberries or a handful of raspberries for an extra pop of flavor and color!

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French Toast Bread Pudding

Don't be left standing at the stove when French toast can be easily made all in one shot. Ina uses half-and-half instead of milk to make the custard extra creamy.      

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Hotcakes with Delicious Blueberry Compote

How are hotcakes different from regular old pancakes? Curtis Stone whisks egg whites separately until they are fluffy and form semi-stiff peaks before combining them with the rest of the batter. As a result, the crispy outside of each golden hotcake is countered by a light, soft center.

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Classic French Toast

There are just a few keys to making great French toast: Use stale bread (fresh tends to fall apart), make sure the bread is sliced at least 3/4 inch thick (it helps maximize soaking for a custardy interior) and watch your soaking time (a shorter time equals a slightly drier toast, while a longer time yields a more custardy one). 

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Broccoli-Cheddar Breakfast Pizza

Pizza for breakfast does not have to mean cold leftovers. This recipe serves up a healthy dose of broccoli, with cracked eggs on top.  

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Cinnamon-Pecan Pancake Casserole

You'll never look at a short stack the same way again! Say hello to this pancake casserole — layers of fluffy pancakes baked in a cinnamon-spiked custard. If you're short on time, use store-bought pancakes. 

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French Toast Croque Madame Casserole

This one's for those who can't decide whether to go sweet or savory at brunch. Finding just the right balance can be tricky, but this recipe masters it. Each bite achieves a perfect combo of French toast and a croque madame sandwich. This casserole doesn't need to soak, so be sure to bake it right after assembly.

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Sausage-and-Cheese Pancake Breakfast Casserole

This one-pot breakfast casserole is bound to please anyone with a love of sweet-and-savory dishes. Try using cooked bacon or ham instead of sausage, and Swiss or Gouda cheese instead of cheddar for your own customized casserole.

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Banana Buttermilk Waffles

Mashed banana goes right into the batter to give these waffles a fruity finish. Serve them topped with whipped cream, banana slices and walnuts, and drizzle with maple syrup.

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Baked Eggs with Spinach and Cheese

Bacon and Parmesan amp up the flavor of these individually portioned breakfasts, and a kick of nutmeg adds comforting warmth. 

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"Instant" Pancake Mix

Alton's go-to ratio for foolproof pancake mix: Use 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda and 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder per cup of flour. Just add eggs, butter and buttermilk, and you're ready to flip.

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Breakfast Lasagna

Giada De Laurentiis' morning riff on lasagna trades the expected lasagna noodles for golden crepes made with chickpea flour; the crepes separate layers of egg custard, cheese and pancetta.

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