There might not be anything better than a major brunch spread with friends or family on a Saturday morning. While you could opt to dine out at a fun restaurant, making your own bottomless mimosas at home is much easier on your wallet (and gives you full control over pouring the perfect ratio of champagne to orange juice).
If you're planning on whipping up brunch this weekend, consider this your ultimate menu for drinks, small bites, and main dishes. Whether you go for a spicy Bloody Mary or prefer a healthy smoothie, there's something for everyone. Think vegan matcha lattes, huevos rancheros, avocado bruschetta, Croque Madame, and lemon ricotta pancakes.
Is your mouth watering yet? Ahead, discover what may actually be the best brunch recipes of all time.
The Recipe: The Best Bloody Mary
The Hero Ingredient: Flavored salts added to the rim of your glass make all the difference. Go for spicy chile powders or fragrant herbs depending on your tastes.
Pro Tip: "I use regular tomato juice as the base for my mix, but if you prefer a bit more bite, V-8 or Clamato have built-in flavor," Heidi Larsen writes on her blog Foodie Crush.
Why We Love It: It's loaded with extra trimmings to snack on before it's time to enjoy the main course. Not only is it a tasty drink, but you can also completely customize the cocktail to fit your tastebuds.
Iced Cinnamon Almond Milk Macchiato
The Recipe: Iced Cinnamon Almond Milk Macchiato
The Hero Ingredient: It's the sprinkle of cinnamon that gives this coffee concoction its sweet and spicy flavor.
Pro Tip: If you don't have an espresso machine, Melanie Bauer of Melanie Makes points out that you can always use strongly brewed coffee instead.
Why We Love It: Just because you're not ready for a cocktail before noon doesn't mean you can't enjoy a special beverage at brunch. Plus, this coffee treat couldn't be easier to make—it calls for just four ingredients and will only take about five minutes to perfect.
The Recipe: Rosé Sangria
The Hero Ingredient: Triple sec gives this fun sangria just a little something extra with a touch of sweet orange flavor.
Pro Tip: Holly Erickson of The Modern Poper recommends using Le Croix to make the sangria bubbly and fizzy
Why We Love It: It's a fresh, summery drink that combines sweet rosé with citrus flavors and, of course, gin and triple sec to make it a boozy brunch favorite.
Best Vegan Matcha Latte
The Recipe: Best Vegan Matcha Latte
The Hero Ingredient: You can't make a matcha latte without matcha green tea powder. It's what gives this morning drink a bright green hue and a kick of caffeine and antioxidants.
Pro Tip: Dana Shultz, the creator of food blog Minimalist Baker, urges that you use quality matcha when trying your hand at this recipe. She prefers a local Portland brand called Townshend.
Why We Love It: Not only is this a trendy drink, it's also a delicious dairy-free option. Simply use coconut or macadamia milk to whip up this tasty latte.
Blood Orange Ginger White Sangria
The Recipe: Blood Orange Ginger White Sangria
The Hero Ingredient: Ginger liqueur is what gives this brunch sangria its original spiced taste.
Pro Tip: Aida Mollenkamp of Salt & Wind advises you garnish your drinks with slices of kumquats and blood oranges for presentation points.
Why We Love It: This batch cocktail is perfect for serving to a crowd and it only takes about five minutes to prepare. Of course, you'll need to prep it in advance since it has to sit for four hours before serving in order for all of the flavors to blend together.
THE SMALL BITES
Pull-Apart Cinnamon Pecan Rolls
The Recipe: Pull-Apart Cinnamon Pecan Rolls
The Hero Ingredient: The unexpected hero of this dish is actually frozen dinner rolls. They make the brunch snack made for sharing incredibly easy to make.
Pro Tip: Don't forget to coat your bundt pan with cooking spray or butter before baking. "The caramel coating that's created when baking will stick to the sides like nobody's business if you don't," according to Larsen.
Why We Love It: This sharable brunch recipe is easy to make and bursting with sweet flavors from ingredients like caramel, pecans, and brown sugar.
Mixed Berry Bruschetta with Whipped Yogurt Spread
The Hero Ingredient: Mascarpone combines with strained yogurt to create the fluffy, creamy mixture that tops slices of challah bread in this fresh recipe.
Pro Tip: Even if you're tempted to skip the step that calls for you to strain your yogurt, it's worth it since you'll be left with a firmer consistency that will keep the bread from getting soggy, according to Erickson.
Why We Love It: This recipe is a welcome addition to the usual eggs and bacon served at brunch. Covered in a creamy spread and topped with a variety of fresh berries, it will have everyone grabbing for seconds.
Huevos Rancheros Sheet Pan Nachos
The Recipe: Huevos Rancheros Sheet Pan Nachos
The Hero Ingredient: Sunny-side up eggs make these nachos brunch-appropriate. Plus, they add a welcome helping of protein to your breakfast.
Pro Tip: "These huevos rancheros sheet pan nachos are super easy to customize," Bauer writes. Add or remove ingredients as you see fit to create a dish that's perfect for you and your guests.
Why We Love It: This recipe is so simple to make in a sheet pan. All you have to do is layer the ingredients together and pop it all in the oven. When the timer rings, you'll have a savory dish to serve to a crowd.
Smashed Pea Bruschetta with Avocado Pickled Radish
The Hero Ingredient: Shelled sweet peas give this fancy toast its fresh light flavor (and makes it feel crazy healthy).
Pro Tip: Drizzle the bruschetta with extra virgin olive oil and garnish the pieces with mint leaves before serving, Mollenkamp suggests.
Why We Love It: Perfect for brunch, this bruschetta toes the line between breakfast and lunch.
Blueberry Swirl Coffee Cake Muffins
The Recipe: Blueberry Swirl Coffee Cake Muffins
The Hero Ingredient: Although all blueberry muffins are packed with blueberries, this recipe also calls for blueberry jam, giving the treats an extra layer of flavor and texture.
Pro Tip: Add Greek yogurt to the muffin batter to get the consistency just right. "Using yogurt really keeps the muffins moist and gives them the slightest bit of tang," Tieghan Gerard write on her blog Half Baked Harvest.
Why We Love It: These muffins taste of spicy cinnamon and sweet blueberries. They're also ideal for feeding to a large group of people.
Smoked Salmon and Goat Cheese Quiche
The Recipe: Puff Pastry Smoked Salmon and Goat Cheese Quiche
The Hero Ingredient: Smoked salmon is practically a brunch staple and it's one of the main ingredients in this fluffy quiche recipe.
Pro Tip: "The crust will shrink as it bakes, but also puff a bit, so plan accordingly," Larsen notes. "If you want to make a really rustic looking crust, you can keep the pastry dough in the square shape, too."
Why We Love It: Frozen puff pastry and simple ingredients make this an easy dish to prepare. The crust is filled with a creamy egg filling made with eggs, crème fraiche, whipping cream, dill, and green onion for a flavorful meal that looks far more complicated than it is.
Blueberry Lemon Ricotta Pancakes
The Recipe: Blueberry Lemon Ricotta Pancakes
The Hero Ingredient: The one ingredient that separates these pancakes from the rest is ricotta cheese. It makes the pancakes a bit lighter and sweeter than most mixes.
Pro Tip: You can make your own poppy-seed syrup to drizzle over the pancakes. "It's literally just lemon zest, poppy-seeds, and real maple syrup," Gerard explains. "But it feels special and tastes sweet and perfect," she adds.
Why We Love It: Every brunch needs a sweet option and these blueberry lemon ricotta pancakes are it. You can't go wrong with the citrus lemon flavor combining with rich ricotta and sweet berries.
The Recipe: Croque Madame
The Hero Ingredient: Gruyère cheese is definitely the star of this recipe. The French cheese packs in a lot of flavor with a smooth texture.
Pro Tip: "These Croque Madame are simple and quick to make," according to Erickson. Bake up a few batches for a big group that's not afraid to try something new.
Why We Love It: The classic French dish calls for black forest ham, melted cheese, thick bread, and béchamel (otherwise known as a thick, white sauce). The rich sandwich is baked and topped with even more cheese and a fried egg. It's a deluxe creation meant for special occasions.
The Hero Ingredient: A combination of sharp cheddar and pepper jack cheese quite literally holds this dish together.
Pro Tip: "The secret is the mix of chipotle peppers and green peppers," according to Gerard. "It’s smoky, mildly spicy, and just a little tangy from the pickled peppers."
Why We Love It: Packed with soft scrambled eggs, bacon, chipotle peppers, cheese, and spinach, this breakfast quesadilla is sure to please. It's all topped off with a spicy avocado salsa for a Mexican-inspired dish that's easy to share.
Dutch Cream Waffles
The Recipe: 4-Ingredient Dutch Cream Waffles
The Hero Ingredient: Heavy whipping cream is what sets these waffles apart from other recipes, which are typically made with regular milk.
Pro Tip: Tiffany Edwards of Creme De La Crumb suggests you top your waffles with powdered sugar, maple syrup, and fresh fruit.
Why We Love It: These waffles are easy to make and only require four ingredients. All you need is flour, salt, eggs, and heavy whipping cream to whip them up for a sweet brunch option.