It’s common knowledge that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But friends and family can also be vital parts of your morning routine.
However, when the bleary-eyed, brushy-haired, and bedraggled version of you that gravity drags out of bed is playing host, company is the last thing you anticipate. You’d prefer to host a few extra hours under the duvet sans clothes.
Sometimes, the dregs of last night’s party have found a cosy corner to pass out in. Or family comes to stay and never, ever seems to leave.
Either way, you might find yourself needing to feed a large gaggle of people at a time when putting your pants on the right way, or even finding them in the first place, is a bona fide achievement.
When you need to feed what feels like the whole world at once, omelets, smoothies, or any of your other single-serving go-to breakfasts just don’t cut it. These breakfast recipes will make any a.m. gathering you’re hosting way easier.
You can even knock up some of these dishes the night before, so that they’re ready to go when everyone shows up hungry.
Think of yourself as a culinary Santa, only instead of being active 1 day a year, you’re called into action whenever Aunt Brenda brings over her seven idiot children.
Grab your ingredients. Chop ’em up. Fling them in a dish and then the oven. Very little room for error and guaranteed flavor for the masses. What could possibly go wrong?
It’s hard to hate on Mexican food. The flavor is a crowd-pleaser, and this recipe basically turns your Chipotle order into a loaded breakfast. If anyone complains, they can go sit in the garden shed and think about what they’ve done.
This casserole uses black beans, peppers, avocado, and salsa. You can then use eggs to bind it all together and turn what looks like an unsuspecting collection of veggies into a hearty breakfast.
It serves six, but you could easily make another batch if it feels like your abuela has brought over literally everyone she’s ever met in her life.
We know, we know. Kale first thing in the morning is intense. How can you process so much excitement this early? Phew. Kale, you saucy devil.
Any group of fitness buffs chowing down after a sleepover would get loads out of this breakfast bonanza. It’s a solid option for those on a Paleo diet — just leave the cheese to one side.
Otherwise, this super-healthful breakfast casserole will still please just about any aunt, uncle, cousin, or grandma life can throw your way. And they’ll all comment on how well you look these days.
(It’s because of the kale. You’ll thank us, honestly.)
It’s made with sweet potato, mushrooms, turkey sausage, and kale, plus gooey mozzarella for non-Paleo people. They should bring that overzealous kale back down to earth.
Ooooh, boy. This one’s a beast.
While it’s a little on the heavier side, this smorgasbord of morning loveliness will fill your guests right to the brim. And a full guest is one much less likely to argue when you ask them to leave.
You can throw this together with eggs, hash browns, sausage, cheese, and onions, and it takes about 30 minutes in the oven to cook. Simple, effective, loads of cheese. No one is going to fight you on this one.
If you’ve planned a day of lounging around in very, very loose sweatpants, this is just the ticket.
Sometimes, you just want a sweeter, fruitier, and, dare we say, chocolatey-er approach to breakfast. Here are a few options for tending to 150 sweet teeth at once.
With bananas, cinnamon, and vanilla, this cozy meal will remind you of banana bread. The effort, however, will not remind you of banana bread. It will remind you of sticking a bunch of ingredients in a slow cooker and leaving them there overnight. Which is way easier.
You could also add in chocolate chips, nuts, or peanut butter, or set up a toppings station for everyone to customize their bowls.
After throwing together a treat like this, your friends will forever be turning up in your front yard, brandishing a boombox and proclaiming their eternal love, John-Cusack-style.
Aaaand that’s enough 80s pop culture referencing for today.
Sheet pan pancakes are kind of a game changer, we have to say.
They take all that pesky flipping out of the equation, and you won’t end up with a few burnt ones and a few perfectly golden ones to divide among hungry guests. Sheet happens.
Are they technically pancakes if they’re not made in a pan? Well, Chad, you don’t get an opinion on them because you threw up in three of my hats last night. And no one likes a pedant. Eat my sheet pancakes, and like them.
These chocolate pumpkin cakes are vegan, too. This is a definite plus for any non-dairy friends.
This combines two of our favorite things in the world: monkeys and bread. It’s the best combo since chimpanzees and Segways. (No monkeys were harmed in the making of this dish.)
This version manages to make the sweet bread slightly healthier by using whole-wheat flour, but don’t let that put you off — it still tastes as good as the one from your childhood.
Serve it with turkey sausages and fruit to round things out.
Mmmmmm, sweet and salty — the second-best combination since wiener dogs and tiny synthesizers. Seriously, why don’t more animals do people things?
Like pancakes, French toast would be annoying to make for a crowd in its usual form. Zut alors! (Note: There is absolutely nothing French about French toast.)
Turn it into a casserole, though, and you’re good to go. This recipe has a brown sugar banana filling, so you know it’s going to bang.
Serve it with maple syrup, more sliced bananas, chopped nuts, or powdered sugar. Typing these words made me physically angry that I am not eating it right this very second. I am furious. Make me French toast.
We know you might really be after an excuse to eat cake first thing. But how do cheese and bacon sound instead? Yeah, we thought so.
Breakfastizing Mexican food is one of our favorite hobbies, clearly.
To make these b’fast enchiladas, stuff corn or flour tortillas with scrambled eggs, chili potatoes, spicy ground turkey, and cheese, and place ’em in a pan on top of the poblano sauce.
When they come out of the oven, they’ll be bubbly and delicious. In that order.
If you’re after a one-way ticket to melty breakfast wonder, this is going to sort you all the way out. Plus, that chili kick will knock you and your guests straight out of that mid-morning stupor.
Quiche doesn’t have to be complicated, but it will impress your guests. Turn that quiche into a quickie.
Pro tip: Prep the crust the night before to save time, or go crustless if you’re looking to avoid quiche clichés, turning it into more of a frittata.
This broccoli and bacon quiche is Paleo-friendly but still has a cheesy taste thanks to nutritional yeast.
Making food en masse is great way to please a whole bunch of people, cut down on food waste, and share an experience.
The hardest part of the above recipes will be keeping people out of your house every morning.