Thanksgiving Brunch Recipes

There's more to Thanksgiving than the main meal. A hearty brunch for your family or guests will get you through the entire holiday weekend.

Photo By: Alice Gao ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Alice Gao ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Alice Gao ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Alice Gao ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Alice Gao ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Alice Gao ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Alice Gao ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Alice Gao ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Breakfast or Brunch Spread    

A few make-ahead items like muffins and scones plus a protein-packed quiche and simple homemade sausages will keep you full until it's time for the bird.

Cranberry Harvest Muffins

Ina's muffins are packed with fruit and spices. Cranberries are in season only from Thanksgiving to Christmas, making them a classic holiday ingredient to use while you can. Be sure not to overmix the batter or you'll end up with tough muffins.

Get the Recipe: Cranberry Harvest Muffins

Carb-Buster Breakfast with Hollandaise

Ree uses zucchini and yellow squash for her recipe, but you can replace those with any veggies you have on hand. Build your plate with a bed of the sauteed vegetables plus tomatoes and their warmth will soften the cheese before you add your poached eggs and sauce.

Get the Recipe: Carb Buster Breakfast with Hollandaise

Ham, Tomato and Swiss Quiche

Using store-bought crescent rolls as a crust is a great shortcut for this elegant breakfast dish. Swiss cheese, smoked ham and tomatoes are all you need to complete the egg filling.

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Pumpkin Cinnamon Pancakes

Canned pumpkin, cinnamon and ginger turn classic pancake mix into a Thanksgiving treat. Sandra serves these pancakes with pecans and maple syrup.

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Maple-Fennel Country Sausage Patties

Rachael makes her own sausage, because the ground pork that she gets in her own grocery store is nice and lean, so it has less fat; and making sausage from scratch ensures that there aren't any preservatives in it. You can change up the flavors and spice it as much as you like.

Get the Recipe: Maple Fennel Country Sausage Patties

Croissant French Toast with Soft Caramel Apples

Tyler caramelizes sugar until it dissolves evenly, then adds a bit of butter before adding sliced apples. Stir the apples into the caramel and as it cooks down it'll create a deliciously thick sauce to sandwich between croissants.

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Pumpkin Scones with Maple-Cinnamon Glaze

Damaris' pumpkin spiced scones are packed with the toasty flavors of fall: pie spice, cardamom and coriander, plus freshly roasted pumpkin. If you're short on time, you can swap in canned pumpkin puree.

Get the Recipe: Pumpkin Scones with Maple-Cinnamon Glaze

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