There's never a bad day to brunch, especially during the holidays! Shift your big Thanksgiving meal to the a.m. and you can nibble on leftovers all day. Whether you want more time to play flag football or you're visiting a different group of friends in the afternoon, brunch frees up the rest of your day for more holiday fun.
Can't quite give up the traditional fare on Thanksgiving day? Consider serving this meal any day of the long weekend! It's the perfect way to fuel up and enjoy the flavors of autumn.
Vegetable Side Dish: Sweet Potato Hash
Thanksgiving sweet potatoes don't all come in candied or marshmallow-topped packages. You'll be ready to dig into this 25-minute skillet hash before you've even finished your first cup of coffee!
Featuring beans, corn, avocado, and more, this savory sweet potato hash is a hearty yet healthy way to start your day. Top with fresh cilantro and chili powder for extra Southwest flair.
Time-Saving Tip: Rather than baking potatoes in the oven before adding them to a hash, microwave for 5 to 8 minutes (depending on size) until tender. Chop into bite-size pieces and continue with the recipe.
Get the recipe: Sweet Potato Hash
Toast: Sprouts and Cherry Toasties
If you have trouble convincing your kids to eat Brussels sprouts, try this dish. Toast, ricotta cheese, cherry jam, and bacon do a strong job of taking the spotlight off the green (though we have a sneaking suspicion they'll like the sautéed sprouts, too).
And what's almost as good as the taste? The way this done-in-a-flash recipe infuses your whole house with the smell of smoked bacon.
No-Waste Tip: Since this recipe calls for 6 ounces of bacon, and most packages contain 16, here are a few more delicious ideas to use up the remaining slices:
- Crumble up the bacon and toss it into the Sweet Potato Hash.
- Dice and sprinkle on a salad of leafy greens, tomatoes, and croutons for a twist on the classic BLT.
- Use as an edible stir stick in a bloody mary.
- Crumble and sprinkle on top of a baked pizza.
Get the recipe: Sprouts and Cherry Toasties
Bread: Slow Cooker Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls
The two words "pumpkin" and "cinnamon" together were enough to sell us on this recipe, but spread on cream cheese icing, and we're rushing to plug in our slow cookers already. Yep, that's right—these yummy rolls can be made in your slow cooker. That means just 30 minutes of prep, and then you can let the slow cooker do its thing while you enjoy more time with your company (or, you know, more time back in bed)!
If you're not immediately convinced that these cinnamon rolls are the greatest thing since sliced bread, try the other varieties. Salted-Caramel Nut Rolls, Cranberry-Orange Rolls, or Spiced-Latte Rolls are other amazing options to try. You might just have to bake them all.
Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls
Stock up on pumpkin while you're at the supermarket and put the other cans to good use in these irresistible recipes.
Entree: Maple Corn Muffin and Sausage Sandwiches
If you're the person who likes to dunk sausage in syrup, you're going to go crazy for these slider sandwiches. A corn muffin goes from good to great with the addition of apple slices, a sausage, and a generous drizzle of syrup.
Yes, all those great flavors in a muffin sandwich! Sweet and savory team up in a brilliant way with this recipe. This sandwich may be transforming breakfast as we know it, and we're not complaining!
Time-Saving Tip: Start with store-bought corn muffins to make this recipe in about 15 minutes flat. Go ahead, hit the snooze button.
Get the recipe: Maple Corn Muffin and Sausage Sandwiches
Make-Ahead Entree: Turkey-Pepper Brunch Strata
It's Thanksgiving. Of course we couldn't forget about the turkey! This easy make-ahead casserole calls for ground turkey breast and other breakfast favorites like English muffins, eggs, and omelet fixings galore. Stir it together the night before, refrigerate, then bake for 50 minutes and serve.
Tip: Allow the baked casserole to stand for 10 minutes before slicing for the best consistency.
Get the recipe: Turkey-Pepper Brunch Strata
Dessert: Mini Apple Crisp Bites
Enjoy apple crisp in the cutest way possible with these itty-bitty bites. Don't let their small size fool you, though. With apples, apple juice, and apple pie spice, each and every bite packs a lot of fruity flavor.
If you're looking for a little extra sweetness (and who isn't come holiday season?), add whipped cream or vanilla ice cream on top!
How to Make Homemade Whipped Cream:
- Chill a mixing bowl in the freezer for 30 minutes.
- Fill chilled mixing bowl with 1/2 cup whipping cream, 1 tablespoon sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla.
- Beat with an electric mixer until soft peaks form.
Get the recipe: Mini Apple Crisp Bites
Non-Alcoholic Drink: Harvest Spice Smoothies
Have you ever walked outside on a crisp autumn day with the leaves falling around you and wished you could just drink it all up? This smoothie, a combo of pumpkin, winter squash, apricots, honey, and pumpkin pie spice, will make you feel like you're doing just that.
Only you will know there's a secret protein-boosting ingredient hiding inside: tofu!
Get the recipe: Harvest Spice Smoothies
Cocktail: Orange-Spiced Coffee
Serve up a cup of coffee with some kick! This warmly-spiced coffee drink is spiked with orange liqueur and can be served iced or hot. Whatever temp you serve it, don't forget the orange slice to give a nod of the citrus flavors hiding inside.
Get the recipe: Orange-Spiced Coffee
Bonus Brunch Ideas
If your mouth isn't watering at the sight of that tall stack of doughnuts just yet, get this: They're actually apple cider-flavored. Sweet!
Since brunch is always a good idea, we've included more yummy recipes for you to enjoy throughout the holidays and throughout the year.
Whether you're craving something savory or something sweet, there are a variety of recipes, so you're sure to get your fix. With these foods, your guests will actually be eager to jump out of bed now, and you will, too!