Recipe Review

Dinner for Breakfast Should Be a Thing. Here Are 4 Delicious Reasons Why.

published May 19, 2022
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Credit: Sara Tane

You hear a lot about breakfast for dinner. We get plenty of encouragement to go ahead and serve up challah French toast, cottage cheese pancakes, and cheesy hash brown casserole during the evening hours.

But what if we flipped the script and breakfast-ified some of our favorite dinner dishes? If Breakfast for Dinner is a thing, then I’d argue that Dinner for Breakfast is an equally valid concept. People often talk about breakfast for dinner being fun, fast, and affordable. Dinner for breakfast is a good way to start the day feeling satisfied and can also help you get in a few more veggies first thing. (I’m looking at you, breakfast Caesar!) Plus, it’s a fun way to bust out of your breakfast rut.

With that inspiration in mind, I headed to the kitchen to see what spoke to me. Sandwiches? Soups? Steaks? Lasagna? In the end, I landed on four of my favorite go-to dinner dishes: pizza, pasta, meatballs, and Caesar salad.

As I created these recipes I thought about what I’d want to eat in the morning hours. Maybe with a cup of coffee or a glass of orange juice — or perhaps with friends at a leisurely brunch with mimosas or bloody Marys. What I ended up with was a quartet of dishes that are savory, satisfying, and don’t skimp on the eggs, cheese, and/or bacon — three things that I’ll happily eat any time of day.

Credit: Sara Tane

Breakfast Pizza
Tater tots are tops — and here they’re used as a pizza topping, along with scrambled eggs, bits of bacon, and plenty of cheese. A drizzle of honey and a sprinkling of hot pepper flakes bring everything together.

Credit: Sara Tane

Breakfast Caesar
All hail salad for breakfast! The base of this salad is pretty classic, but the jammy eggs and English muffin croutons bring the breakfast vibes.

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Breakfast Meatballs
I must say that I hadn’t really considered meatballs for breakfast before this Dinner for Breakfast challenge. My bad! It turns out that sausage-y meatballs spiked with chopped apples and maple syrup are exactly what I want to eat in the morning. Toss them on a bed of creamy polenta and I’m in dinner-for-breakfast heaven!

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Breakfast Pasta
In this riff on carbonara, I toss the spaghetti in an eggy sauce that’s bolstered with both Parm and sharp cheddar, then top it all off with a bacon-fried egg.