The Kitchen Co-Hosts' Best Breakfasts

Wake up with a fresh, filling morning meal, thanks to The Kitchen cast's go-to breakfast dishes.

Perfect Sunny-Side-Up Eggs

As the eggs are frying, it's best to cover the skillet, so the steam gets trapped inside and the whites of the eggs can cook.

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Strawberry Kiwi Quinoa Breakfast Parfait

Quinoa for breakfast?! Yep, it’s a thing. The soft and fluffy seed adds a nutty flavor that pairs well with the sweetness of the fruit.

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Sunny's Pulled Pork Eggs Benedict

For the perfect poached egg every time, Sunny recommends coating a ladle with a little cooking spray before dropping the egg into it, then dipping the ladle into the simmering water so the egg cooks slowly and gently.

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The Proper Scrambled Eggs

GZ's tried-and-true scramble technique comes down to patience, as you want to keep stirring the eggs as they cook. "Transferring them on and off the heat will allow you to control the temperature, creating soft creamy eggs," GZ explains.

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German Chocolate French Toast Cake

Think of this as a dessert you're allowed to eat for breakfast. The layers of bread are soaked in a rich chocolate custard, while the all-important frosting takes its flavors from a classic German chocolate cake. Butter, toasted coconut and crunchy pecans come together to create a decadent mixture that boosts the richness of this over-the-top treat.

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Pancakes in a Jar

Who says there's no time for a pancake breakfast on hectic weekdays? Thanks to the microwave, you can quickly cook pancake batter — the store-bought mix is A-OK — in glass jars and turn out fluffy, satisfying results. Layer fresh blueberries and a drizzle of maple syrup for impressive flavor.

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Breakfast Mac and Cheese

Bake eggs into a bed of creamy, veggie-studded macaroni and cheese to create the ultimate in comforting meals.

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Breakfast Frittata Squares

Bake this meaty, cheesy frittata in a rectangular pan to allow for easy slicing and serving.

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The Perfect Boiled Eggs

Follow this handy guide to turn out the soft-boiled, medium-boiled or hard-boiled eggs you crave.

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Pomegranate Gelatin Yogurt Parfaits

Instead of layering just the usual fruit and yogurt, try this fun twist on the classic by stacking homemade pomegranate gelatin with a mix of fresh pomegranate seeds and berries. Whipping the Greek yogurt before assembling ensures that the yogurt will take on a light and fluffy texture.

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Creamy Kale and Eggs

Start your day off right with this good-for-you one-pan meal. Katie’s secret to healthy and creamy kale? Thick, rich Greek yogurt.

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Apple, Pear and Walnut Stuffed French Toast

The only thing better than French toast is stuffed French toast. This recipe turns out a big batch, so keep this in mind if you want to serve it to brunch guests.

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Basic Granola Recipe

This healthy and easy-to-make granola is great to have on hand for any breakfast — use it as a topping for yogurt or mix it with milk like cereal. The best part: Jeff Mauro suggests variations on the original recipe and substitutions, so you can customize it with your favorite flavors.

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Sunny's Easy Breakfast Cottage Pie

Try Sunny’s twist on a signature British dish by swapping the traditional ground beef for chorizo and maple sausage.

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Sweet and Savory Oatmeal Bake

Oatmeal lovers, rejoice: You can upgrade this breakfast favorite by adding walnuts, apples and bacon to steel-cut oats and baking it in the oven. Sunny uncovers the dish for the last 30 minutes of cooking, resulting in a crispy, crunchy top.

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Cheesy Sausage Breakfast Grits

There's plenty of cheddar cheese mixed into and blanketed atop these skillet grits, so there’s gooey goodness in every bite.

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Eggs in Tomatoes

For your next brunch party, take a page out of Marcela Valladolid’s book with these elegant but hearty baked tomatoes. They look delicate, but they’re secretly packed with a filling chorizo and potato hash. 

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Mini Egg and Cheese Breakfast Burritos

Running late but don’t want to sacrifice the most-important meal of the day? Geoffrey Zakarian’s mini burritos take only 10 minutes to make and can be eaten on the go.

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Banana Dutch Baby Pancake

This dish is bananas — literally. Not only is this pancake baked on a blanket of banana slices and candied pecans, but there are mashed bananas mixed right into the buttermilk batter. 

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Sour Cream Scrambled Eggs

The use of sour cream in this go-to breakfast dish makes the eggs both rich and fluffy.

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Whole Loaf Toad in the Hole

While most toad-in-the-hole recipes call for simply sliced bread, this next-level recipe takes advantage of a whole baguette. Use a cookie cutter to core the loaf, then drop in the eggs before baking.

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Chocolate Chia Breakfast Pudding

An excuse to eat chocolate for breakfast? We’ll take it. Just mix all the ingredients together and refrigerate for at least an hour (or overnight), so the pudding has a chance to thicken by the time you walk out the door and take it to work with you.

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Sunny's Insta Huevos Rancheros

Follow Sunny Anderson's lead and dress up a can of refried beans with Mexican chorizo and pickled jalapeno. This hearty mixture serves as the base of her huevos rancheros, which she finishes with double-yolk eggs and warm tortillas.

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Quick Oats Sweet Potato Pancakes

It takes only a handful of ingredients to make Katie Lee's quick-fix flapjacks. While she picks sweet potato puree to feature in her cinnamon-scented pancakes, you can use whichever puree is your favorite.

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Seasonal Mexican Frittata with Salad

The beauty of a frittata is that, unlike an omelet, there's no flipping involved, so you can be sure this veggie-laced beauty will cook up well every time. Marcela Valladolid blankets her frittata with cool crema and shredded cheese for added richness.

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Classic French Toast with Strawberry Syrup

Once you've made the French toast base of Geoffrey Zakarian's family-friendly breakfast, you can customize the fruit syrup topping to your family's taste and whatever produce is in season. Try it with peaches or blueberries next time, but don't forget that you may need to adjust the sugar depending on how naturally sweet the fruit is, Geoffrey explains.

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Katie's Kale Smoothie

It's no secret that Katie is a fan of all things kale, so GZ made this five-ingredient sipper just for her. Along with the kale, he added fresh grapes, orange juice, plus pear and banana for a fresh, fruity drink.

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Steak and Egg Burrito

After rolling up sweet caramelized onions, juicy beef and fluffy scrambled eggs in a tortilla, griddle the wrap until it's warm, and serve alongside a hot sauce-spiked sour cream for spicy dipping.

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Sunny's Black Bean and Ham Eggs Benedict

Consider this impressive eggs benny a next-level version of the classic recipe. Instead of using a traditional English muffin, Sunny builds her breakfast atop protein-packed bean patties: first a layer of sliced ham, then an egg and finally a creamy lime-laced sauce.

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Oatmeal Muffins

Plenty moist on account of the butter and eggs, and full of flavor thanks to dried apricots, dried cranberries and white chocolate chips, these fuss-free muffins are sweet yet satisfying in the morning.

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Complete Breakfast Smoothie

All it takes is a blender and five quick minutes to whirl together Jeff's peanut butter-coffee smoothie. Don't forget the frozen bananas — they promise an icy chill and help thicken the drink.

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