Hosting a big group of family or friends and not sure how to feed them all? A houseful of guests is no match for these scrumptious brunch ideas. Some can be prepped in advance and cooked fresh in the morning, while others will be ready before your full house has even gone to sleep. Either way, they’ll all help you usher your guests out the door with full bellies. You’re welcome.
17 scrumptious make-ahead brunch recipes for the weekend
Pumpkin pulled pork eggs BenedictEven the poached eggs can be made ahead (really!), so when it’s time to assemble these gorgeous savoury brunch bites, all you need to do is whip up a quick hollandaise and bask in the glory of your creation. GET THE RECIPENatalie Wiser-Orozco, The Devil Wears Parsley
STRAWBERRY AND COCONUT BREAKFAST CASSEROLEThis croissant-based casserole is pure indulgence. Slip it in the oven while guests are still sleeping and let them awake thinking your house always smells like paradise. GET THE RECIPESimply Stacie
GLUTEN-FREE SPINACH AND BACON QUICHESwap your classic quiche crust for crispy shredded potatoes. If you can’t find the Ore-Ida shredded hash browns called for in the recipe, McCain’s makes a similar product that’s much easier to source in Canada. GET THE RECIPEShared Appetite
ALMOND TANGELO UPSIDE DOWN CAKEWeather forecast calling for a gloomy holiday? Create your own sunshine with a fresh citrusy slice of good cheer. GET THE RECIPESpache the Spatula
SAUSAGE AND EGG BREAKFAST ENCHILADASWho needs breakfast burritos when breakfast enchiladas can be assembled in advance, left to develop flavours overnight, then popped in the oven for an easy, cheesy good morning? GET THE RECIPELet’s Dish Recipes
DARK CHOCOLATE POMEGRANATE GRANOLASimple and delicious are synonymous when you incorporate chocolate. Serve this antioxidant-rich cereal when your guests need to hit the road early…or when you want to usher them out as quickly (and sweetly) as possible. GET THE RECIPEGina Kleinworth for Kleinworth & Co.
BRIDGE BRUNCH CASSEROLENot only can you advance prep this cheesy casserole, you can advance prep it in 10 minutes! Try to assemble it when no one is looking, and they’ll never guess this flavourful dish was so easy. GET THE RECIPEMelanie Makes
COCONUT CREAM PIE FRENCH TOASTDecadence without the dairy is what you’ll get from these sweet slices of coconut-y goodness. Soak the toasts overnight, crisp them in the frying pan in the morning, and serve them ooey, gooey and warm. GET THE RECIPESpache the Spatula
HEALTHY AND HAPPY BLUEBERRY BANANA BREADHealth-minded guests will love that that this gluten-free, low-GI loaf contains almond flour, hemp seeds and flax seeds, while everyone else will go bananas for the flavour. GET THE RECIPEThat Clean Life
MUSHROOM LEEK QUICHE WITH SPAGHETTI SQUASH CRUSTThis gluten-free, vegetarian quiche doesn’t even need to be reheated. Remove from the fridge in the morning and let it come to room temperature while you brew coffee and set the table. GET THE RECIPEbell’alimento
CHOCOLATE ZUCCHINI MUFFINSKids will want to sleep at your place forevermore once you serve them chocolate for breakfast, but parents will forgive you knowing these muffins also contain a healthy serving of vegetables. GET THE RECIPEGina Kleinworth for Kleinworth & Co.
PB & P BREAKFAST JAR PARFAITOvernight oatmeal layered with berries, nuts and yogurt create individual portions as gorgeous as they are healthful. GET THE RECIPEPeanut Butter & Peppers
SAVOURY SOURDOUGH BREAD PUDDINGThis sourdough pudding puts a salty spin on the British classic. Allow the flavours to soak overnight and pop it in the oven for an hour the next morning. GET THE RECIPEKitchen Confidante
DEVILLED EGGSDevilled eggs represent that perfect intersection between breakfast food (they’re eggs, after all) and lunch (they’ve got mayo), making them a fab brunch option. This recipe uses xylitol-based seasonings, so it’s a good bet for diabetics and dieters. GET THE RECIPEXylitol Canada
GLUTEN-FREE ORANGE CRANBERRY SCONESServe these orange cranberry scones with a strong pot of black tea for a light but satisfying send-off. GET THE RECIPEThe Healthy Maven
CHEESY CHICKEN ASPARAGUS CASSEROLEThis savoury and filling egg casserole leans lunch-ward; it’s a solid brunch choice. Although its ingredients can be sourced year-round, they taste best in the spring when the early asparagus shoots are tender. GET THE RECIPE Well Plated
OVERNIGHT APPLE PIE FRENCH TOAST CASSEROLECan’t allow yourself to serve apple pie for breakfast, no matter how much you want to? Well this is technically French toast, and therefore breakfast food. Sweet, apple pie flavoured breakfast food. GET THE RECIPESpend with Pennies