Because so many folks eat Thanksgiving dinner early, setting out more of a breakfast buffet where people can help themselves is always a good approach. Plus, there's simply not enough time (or oven space!) to prepare a true, hot breakfast. Here are a few favorite approaches from The Kitchn and beyond. We'd love to hear what you make Thanksgiving morning!
Quick Thanksgiving Morning Breakfast Ideas
1. Toast, Jam and Butter: This is as simple as it gets, but if you have a few different kinds of breads, english muffins, and seasonal jam, this can really hit the spot for a light holiday breakfast.
2. Simple Make-Ahead Scones: Scones are fantastic because they're as simple as working butter into flour with a few other minor ingredients and popping them in the oven. We like these fresh cranberry scones.
3. Savory Polenta Bar: In keeping with the theme of folks serving themselves, how about making a big pot of simple polenta and setting out a few sweet or savory toppings?
4. Deluxe Steel-Cut Oats: While it has an unglamorous reputation, steel-cut oats in the morning are satisfying and nutritious -- a good way to start what can often be an overindulgent holiday. You could cook them the night before to save on time, or even tackle them in the crock-pot this year so company can wander in and serve themselves as they please.
5. Good ol' Bagels and Cream Cheese: Always a crowd-pleaser, bagels and cream cheese give you the chance to let someone else do the breakfast this year.
6. Big Fruit Salad and Yogurts: This is often a favorite because it's lighter but yet has a hit of protein from the yogurt. Think about preparing a seasonal fruit salad with citrus, pears and pomegranate seeds: a welcome pop of color and fresh start to the day.
7. Eggs: How about a quick veggie scramble? Or slow-scrambled eggs with slices of baguette?
8. Pancakes: The great thing about pancakes is that you can make the dry-mix ahead of time, so in the morning you're simply adding buttermilk, butter and an egg and quickly cooking them up. Try these cranberry pancakes for a festive twist.
9. Grab-and-Go: There's something appealing about portable breakfast options on Thanksgiving morning because there's a whole lot going on. Kids are often running throughout the house, there are last-minute errands to do, dogs to walk. So we love these granola bars or these quick zucchini muffins.
10. Waffles: Overnight waffles are a great choice for a meal that you can do largely ahead but that still feels a more special than cold cereal or oats. This yeasted version has to sit overnight, so the next morning all you're doing is plugging in the waffle-maker and pouring in batter.
Related: Recipe: Fresh Cranberry Scones
(Image: Megan Gordon)