Monday’s post about a sweet brunch main dish and the uncharacteristic fact that I served such a dish to friends reminded me that if you, like me, tend to order the fried eggs over the raspberry-almond pancakes when you head out to brunch, you might need to be reminded of some other options.
Brunch has always been one of my favorite meals to host. People are easy to please at brunch, and no one expects anything fancy. Plus, there’s an end time, and friends either bounce, heading off to the rest of their Sunday activities, or you wind up doing something fun (in my world, that’s frisbee!) all together. (Here are my tips for hosting a successful brunch.)
And so what follows are a dozen of the best savory brunch mains you can cook up for groups large and small. (Note that this is not a baker’s dozen–that would be too sweet.)
**Hold the Syrup: 12 Savory Breakfasts**
1. Shakin’ Hash Browns. The ultimate in potato breakfasts, a special two-part process turns red potatoes into these crusty baked hash browns that almost seem like they’ve been fried.
2. Sweet Potato and Caramelized Onion Frittata. Part of one of my favorite brunches I’ve ever made, this frittata is great for a crowd because you can take care of roasting sweet potatoes and caramelizing onions in advance and then make the eggs just a bit before guests arrive.
3. Crispy Potatoes with Baked Eggs and Pesto Yogurt. A hash brown and egg mixed skillet that charms even the most cynical brunch-goers, this classic combo gets topped with a light green dollop of pesto yogurt.
4. Homemade Baked Beans and Toast. If your tastes veer towards the British, you’ll be happy to know that this dish of baked beans could be part of a complete English breakfast. Or, you could skip everything and just serve these beans with good toast. They’re also a prime contender when you’re craving breakfast for dinner.