Understanding the basics behind popular breakfast dishes means you'll have magic at your fingertips no matter the circumstance. To help you achieve this level of breakfast badassery, we gathered cooking lessons for our most popular breakfast dishes so you can study up and master the template. Then we listed dozens of variations so you can spin breakfast dreams from whatever is on hand. Once you get going, you might not even need a recipe!
Oh, waffles! From the fancy overnight yeasted version to the toaster pop-up kind, we have a deep and abiding love for waffles. Maybe it's all those little nooks for capturing the butter and syrup or that crispy-outside and tender-inside texture. Or perhaps it's that you need a specific piece of equipment to make them. Whatever it is, waffles are super special.
The Basic Method: How To Make the Lightest, Crispiest Waffles
Delicious Variations on Waffles
2. French Toast
French toast is a breakfast dish that makes any morning a special occasion. Those crispy, browned edges; that creamy, custardy interior; all that maple syrup! It seems fancy, but French toast is an easy win if you follow a few guidelines.
The Basic Method: How To Make Great French Toast at Home
Delicious Variations on French Toast
Pancakes are a breakfast cook's best friend. They're easy to make, don't need any special equipment or planning, and they're always a hit. Mastering the perfect, lofty pancake is an achievable goal with our basic lessons and you can easily take it one step further with endless riffs and variations. Or perhaps concoct a signature pancake of your own?
The Basic Method: How To Make the Lightest, Fluffiest Buttermilk Pancakes
Delicious Variations on Pancakes
4. Dutch Baby Pancake
Dutch baby pancakes are the drama queens of the breakfast table. They emerge from the oven puffed high and pillowy and they manage to spend a few seconds in this glorious state, basking in the oohs and aahs of your hungry eaters. But then — poof! — they quickly collapse under the pressure into a flat, delicious, craggy mess. Which is just how we like them, ready to receive powdered sugar, syrup, fruit, or whatever strikes your fancy.
The Basic Method: How To Make a Dutch Baby Pancake
Delicious Variations on Dutch Baby Pancakes
5. Scrambled Eggs
Scrambled eggs are a dish that every cook should keep nearby. It's a breakfast that's quick and simple enough to pull off on a weekday, or a go-to dinner when you just don't feel like cooking. Plus, their versatility is nearly limitless.
The Basic Method: How To Make Soft, Creamy Scrambled Eggs
Delicious Variations on Scrambled Eggs
Frittatas are a real breakfast (and dinner!) superhero. You always have the main ingredient — eggs — on hand and it's easy to throw in any vegetables, cheese, or meat you have. Serve it hot and bubbly from the oven, at room temp, or even chilled with good bread and a salad.
The Basic Method: How To Make a Frittata
Delicious Variations on Frittatas
7. Savory Egg Casserole
The breakfast egg casserole comes to us under many additional names (strata, bread pudding, panade, crustless quiche) — each a slight variation on the theme, but all containing eggs and milk as a binder. It's the perfect dish for brunch, as it can serve a crowd and, in most cases, be assembled the night before and then pulled out in the morning to bake off. Or take the increasingly popular route and make it in the slow cooker.
The Basics Method: Cheesy Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole
Delicious Variations on Breakfast Egg Casseroles
8. Sweet Breakfast Casseroles
When cooking for a crowd, there is no easier way to bring French toast and pancakes to the table than with a sweet breakfast casserole. Not only do these breakfast casseroles welcome you to get a head start, but they're also even better when prepped a day in advance. So all that's left to do in the morning is pop the baking dish in the oven.
The Basic Method: Cinnamon French Toast Casserole
Delicious Variations on Sweet Breakfast Casseroles
If you're new to baking up breakfast, muffins are the best place to start. A basic batch comes together with a few staple ingredients, is super versatile, and, best of all, is a blank canvas for your favorite mix-ins. Make a batch during Sunday meal prep and you've got a grab-and-go breakfast for the week ahead.
The Basic Method: How To Make Muffins: The Simplest, Easiest Method
Delicious Variations 0n Muffins
10. Cinnamon Rolls
You may call them cinnamon buns or sticky buns, or you may even leave out the cinnamon altogether, but no matter what you call them, these delicious swirls of dough filled (usually) with cinnamon and sugar will always delight. Cinnamon rolls are a special treat, and being able to whip them up out of thin air will never cease to impress. Let us show you how.