Comfort Food for Breakfast

We can’t think of a better way to start the day than a hearty and satisfying breakfast. That’s why we’ve rounded up our most comforting classics like French toast, banana pancakes, cheesy casseroles and more.

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Banana Buttermilk Waffles

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

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Eggs Benedict Casserole 

This make-ahead version of Eggs Benedict takes all the hard work out of the classic dish — and turns it into a casserole that everyone can share.

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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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Caramelized Onion and Breakfast Sausage Strata

Caramelizing onions brings out their natural sweetness. They’re the perfect balance to the savory sausage and cheese in this easy-to-make breakfast casserole.

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Doughnut Casserole

Transform a box of doughnuts into something even more gloriously comforting and delicious with the help of milk, cream, eggs and sugar.

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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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Bacon and Onion Strata

Layers of bacon, onion, Swiss and fluffy Challah bread come together to make this savory and delicious strata.

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Banana Waffles

Banana bread isn’t the only way to use up your very ripe fruit. These easy-to-make waffles will help you make sure nothing goes to waste in your kitchen.

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Breakfast Lasagna

Giada's breakfast 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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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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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 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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Stuffed Crepes

Wake up and start your day with sweet, delicate crepes stuffed with ricotta. Make sure you get a little bit of strawberry and chocolate in every bite for maximum deliciousness!

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Chocolate Ricotta Toast

Treat yourself to something sweet with Giada’s over-the-top delicious toast. She sweetens ricotta with cinnamon, sugar and vanilla before spreading it over bread – and topping it with grated dark chocolate.

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Slow-Cooker Overnight Breakfast Casserole

This crowd-pleaser layers hash brown potatoes, bacon, sausage, tomatoes, chiles and spices for a Southwest-inspired start to your day.

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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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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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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Sausage-and-Cheese Pancake Breakfast Casserole

This one-dish breakfast casserole is bound to please anyone who loves a sweet-and-savory start to their day. 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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Croissant French Toast

Who ever said that French Toast had to be made with sliced bread? Ree makes hers extra-comforting by using slices of flaky, buttery croissant instead.

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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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