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27 Make Ahead Brunch Recipes To Feed A Crowd And Make You The Best Host Ever

Hosting brunch for a crowd of friends this weekend? These make-ahead recipes will make your life much easier - and everyone will love the food!
27 Make Ahead Brunch Recipes To Feed A Crowd And Make You The Best Host Ever
27 Make Ahead Brunch Recipes To Feed A Crowd And Make You The Best Host Ever
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Hi, I'm Anna! I love bringing amazing tasty recipes for you from the SideChef HQ in Shanghai.
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Hosting brunch is a great way to show your friends and family that you are the ultimate host with the most. And nothing sets the tone for a relaxing weekend morning like a delicious spread of food and drinks. But who has time to cook everything from scratch on the morning of? Not me!

What's the best way to ensure you're the best brunch host ever? Make as many of your recipes ahead of time and leave something quick and easy for the morning of!

If want sound brunch planning tips and recipes guaranteed to please a crowd, we got you covered!

Best Tips To Host A Brunch For A Crowd

1. Plan Your Menu Ahead Of Time

One of the most important things to do when hosting a brunch is to plan. This will help ensure you have everything you need and that nothing is forgotten.

Choose a variety of recipes that can be made ahead of time, including both savory and sweet dishes. And plan a few quick and easy recipes for the morning.

2. Don't Forget the Drinks!

Brunch is not complete without drinks! Make sure to include boozy cocktails, soft drinks, and non-alcoholic options for your guests.

3. Serve The Brunch Buffet Style

Set up a buffet or brunch bar so your guests can help themselves with food and drinks. This will make things easier for you and allow your guests to customize their brunch experience.

4. Set The Mood And Decorate

You don't have to compete with fancy brunch settings from 5-star hotels and restaurants, but a bit of decoration can go a long way. Decorate the brunch station with flowers and set the mood for a fun weekend!

Best Brunch Recipes For A Crowd

To help you plan the perfect brunch for a crowd, we’ve put together a list of delicious recipes that will have your guests raving. From savory breakfast casseroles to sweet and decadent desserts, we’ve got something that everyone will love. So get cooking and wow your guests with a fantastic brunch spread!


Hatch Chile Breakfast Strata

Garlic & Zest

The edges of this casserole bake up to a crispy finish while the interior is soft and pillowy. The chiles add a mild tingle, and the cheesy topping is irresistible.


Apple Sweet Potato Breakfast Bake

Jeanie and Lulu's Kitchen

This is an incredible, hearty and simple apple sweet potato breakfast bake that you can make ahead.


Breakfast Sausage Burrito

Sear Nation

This recipe is perfect to quickly make the morning of your brunch and have your crowd assemble the burritos themselves at the brunch station.


Easy Bacon and Egg Breakfast Focaccia

One Pot Chef Show

Easy Bacon and Egg Breakfast Focaccia is a quick and simple dish, perfect for Sunday breakfast or brunch. A simple dough base is topped with sauce, bacon, tomatoes, cheese, and eggs, then baked until golden and risen. No yeast and no waiting for the dough to rise, this easy recipe is the work of minutes - give it a go!


Sheet Pan Pesto Breakfast Pizza

Meiko and the Dish

This sheet pan pizza is a guaranteed hit with a brunch crowd! Watch it disappear in minutes!


Pull Apart Pigs in a Blanket

Pip & Ebby

Pigs in a blanket are a party favorite for kids and adults alike!


Banana and Blueberry Sheet Pan Pancakes

One Pot Chef Show

Banana and Blueberry Sheet Pan Pancakes are oven-baked versions of pancakes that are baked as a slab and served in slices. No need to spend an hour at the stove flipping individual pancakes.
A basic batter is made with flour, sugar, mashed banana, and vanilla, then topped with sliced banana and fresh blueberries.


Avocado Egg Rolls

One Pot Chef Show

Avocado Egg Rolls are one of The Cheesecake Factory's most beloved appetizers. Avocado, Sundried Tomatoes, Coriander, Onion, and spices are combined and enveloped in a light pastry. Deep fried until golden and crisp, these gorgeous little morsels are perfect on their own or with your favorite dipping sauce and are guaranteed to win you "the Best Brunch Host" title.


Latin-Style Naan Pork Pizza

Belqui's Twist

With all the naan pizza recipes out there, I wanted to create one that was unique and offered that Latin twist.


Vegan Summer Strata


A great way to use up leftover bread. Loaded with caramelized onions, garlic combined with fresh thyme, Greek basil, and those blistered cherry tomatoes release all their ripe juices onto the top of the strata.


Caprese Frittata

Curious Fig

The addition of hidden spinach makes this a Caprese Frittata with a slight boost of extra nutrition. Half of the tomatoes are cooked inside this frittata to permeate that subtle hint of garlic, basil, and tomato flavor through the eggs.


English Muffin Breakfast Bake

Lidey Likes

A cross between a soufflé, a frittata, and a bread pudding, this English Muffin Breakfast Bake combines everyday breakfast ingredients to make a brunch masterpiece.


Chicken Salad with Grapes

Kim's Cravings

It’s perfect for brunch - place it next to your choice of bread and make your guests make their own chicken salad sandwiches. There’s a reason everyone loves chicken salad sandwiches – it’s packed with flavor, texture, and color.


Baked Pancakes with Almond Butter and Berries

Joyous Health

Pop this pancake bake in the oven, and you'll have a much thicker but still perfect pancake texture, gluten-free and delicious! No melting of coconut oil, flipping, and standing over your stove for 20-30 minutes.


Easy Breakfast Pie

Jeanie and Lulu's Kitchen

This is a beautiful and easy breakfast pie loaded with eggs, ham, and cheddar with a hash brown crust.


Peach Cobbler French Toast Bake

Jeanie and Lulu's Kitchen

This is a simple and sensational peach cobbler French toast bake with a buttery brioche base, juicy peaches, and a gorgeous crumb topping!


Richard Ousby's Breakfast Quiche


A wonderfully delicious breakfast quiche that's full of flavor!


Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Browned Butter Frosting

Olive and Artisan

These Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls are softer than soft, have great flavor, a gooey but well-cooked feeling, and browned butter frosting.


Sausage Breakfast Casserole

Mama Gourmand

Sausage Breakfast Casserole is an easy egg bake recipe combining hash browns, sausage, peppers, onions, and layers of cheese. This breakfast egg casserole is perfect for entertaining because it can be made ahead of time!


Slow Cooker French Toast Pudding

One Pot Chef Show

Slow Cooker French Toast Pudding is a new twist on the classic Bread Pudding. Served with maple syrup, this sweet treat is great for breakfast, brunch, or whenever you need a warm, comforting dessert!


Roasted Plum Sheet Pan Shortcake


This sheet pan method makes serving the shortcakes to a crowd much easier than traditional shortcakes, and the final presentation is oh so glamorous!


Fresh Prosciutto Melon Salad with Mint Basil Vinaigrette

Tina Sawasdee at SideChef

This isn’t your average salad! Say goodbye to lettuce and savory cured meat, sweet melon, creamy mozzarella, and spicy arugula. To top it off, we have a simple, tangy mint basil vinaigrette.

Make the dressing in advance, and you can make this salad in 10 minutes just as your guests arrive.


Pesto Eggs

Tina Sawasdee at SideChef

The aromatic pesto cooked with eggs will be a fantastic addition to your brunch buffet.

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