Comfort Food Breakfast and Brunch Recipes

From a weekday omelet to Sunday eggs Benedict, these luscious recipes deliver a morning repast of comfort and some fun new twists.

Fingerling Potato-Leek Hash with Swiss Chard and Eggs Comfort Food

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Our Favorite Breakfast & Brunch Comfort Food

Comfort food isn't strictly reserved for dinnertime. Start your day with something warm and delicious to keep you fueled throughout the morning.

We'll start you off with our Fingerling Potato-Leek Hash with Swiss Chard and Eggs. To trim Swiss chard, pull or cut the stems out of the leaves. The dish goes from stovetop to tabletop using just one pan.

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Bacon-Cheddar Corn Muffins Comfort Food Recipe

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Bacon-Cheddar Corn Muffins

Cheddar, jalapeño, and bacon make these muffins a great partner for chili or as a savory grab-and-go breakfast.

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Smoked Salmon and Egg Sandwich Comfort Food

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Smoked Salmon and Egg Sandwich

This open-face sandwich is going to put a smile on your face from the very first bite. Choose fish labeled "wild Alaskan salmon."

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Oatmeal Pancakes Comfort Food

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Oatmeal Pancakes

There is something about oatmeal that can't be matched when it comes to cozy comfort. Kick it up a notch by adding fresh blueberries to the pancake batter for an interesting twist.

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Summer Squash, Bacon, and Mozzarella Quiche Comfort Food Recipe

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Summer Squash, Bacon, and Mozzarella Quiche

Start your day with a warm and savory quiche that will keep you satisfied through the morning. Prep Tip: Chop vegetables, shred cheese, and cook bacon while the dough for the crust chills in the refrigerator.

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Savory Sausage Breakfast Rolls Comfort Food Recipe

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Savory Sausage Breakfast Rolls

Filled with sausage and cheese, these hit the spot on a chilly morning. We like reduced-fat pork sausage, but turkey breakfast sausage also works well.

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Bacon and Egg Sandwiches with Caramelized Onions and Arugula Comfort Food Recipe

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Bacon and Egg Sandwiches with Caramelized Onions and Arugula

This upscale twist on the traditional breakfast sandwich features sweet, tender caramelized onion and peppery arugula.

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Crab Eggs Benedict Recipes

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Crab Eggs Benedict

For all the comfort of traditional eggs Benedict without the calories, we updated the classic with a mock hollandaise sauce. It's made from mayonnaise and buttermilk instead of clarified butter. Serve with steamed asparagus.

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Eggs Poached in Curried Tomato Sauce Comfort Food Recipe

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Eggs Poached in Curried Tomato Sauce

Decrease the heat by removing some or all of the jalapeño's seeds. You can make the sauce up to three days ahead; prepare through step 1, cool, cover, and refrigerate. Bring back to a gentle simmer before proceeding.

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Ciabatta French Toast with Warm Apple Maple Syrup Comfort Food Recipe

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Ciabatta French Toast with Warm Apple Maple Syrup

Moist yet crusty ciabatta and nutty Gruyère cheese set this dish apart from traditional French toast with an extra comforting twist. A vegetable peeler works great for getting thin slices out of the cheese. Rome or Fuji apples would also work.

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Winter Jeweled Fruit Salad Comfort Food Recipe

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Winter Jeweled Fruit Salad

Jicama tastes like a cross between an apple and a potato. It adds crunch and a new twist on fresh fruit salad.

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Cherry-Wheat Germ Muffins Comfort Food Recipe

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Cherry-Wheat Germ Muffins

Dried cherries enliven a hearty muffin featuring nutty wheat germ. Vary the flavor with dried apricots or blueberries.

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Eggs Blindfolded Over Garlic-Cheddar Grits Comfort Food Recipe

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Eggs Blindfolded Over Garlic-Cheddar Grits

Blindfolded eggs are a short-order cook’s version of poached eggs. The Garlic-Cheddar Grits in this recipe make a comfort-food-worthy bed for the perfectly cooked eggs.

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Maple-Glazed Sour Cream Doughnut Holes Comfort Food Recipe

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Maple-Glazed Sour Cream Doughnut Holes

Sour cream enriches these yeasted doughnut holes. Enjoy them for breakfast or dessert. Sugarcoat it: Omit the maple glaze and dip the doughnut holes in a mixture of granulated sugar and ground cinnamon for more texture.

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Ham and Swiss Egg Sandwiches Comfort Food Recipe

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Ham and Swiss Egg Sandwiches

With one-third less sodium than the fast-food breakfast muffin, ours has a lot more going for it—you can make it fresh at home in less than 15 minutes. Add a glass of orange juice and you're ready to begin your day on a healthy note.

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Mozzarella Omelet with Sage and Red Chile Flakes Comfort Food Recipe

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Mozzarella Omelet with Sage and Red Chile Flakes

Gooey mozzarella, vibrant sage, and a generous hit of red pepper make this a standout breakfast or brunch dish.

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Savory Bread Puddings with Ham and Cheddar Comfort Food Recipe

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Savory Bread Puddings with Ham and Cheddar

Comforting bread pudding becomes a main dish instead of dessert by using savory rather than sweet ingredients. Preparing it in individual ramekins gives it a dressier feel and shortens cooking time.

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