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23 Easy Brunch Recipes For A Crowd

Some say Spring — when flowers are blooming, and sidewalk seating is abundant — is brunch season. Others claim its midwinter when the hygge factor is upped infinitely. We think brunch should happen as often as possible, so we’re sharing easy brunch recipes for a crowd. 

At least once a month, we host brunch for a bridal shower, Mother’s Day, couples hang, or to collectively nurse last night’s hangover. Whatever your reason, you’ll want A-plus easy but impressive recipes to get you through.

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23 Inspired Easy Brunch Recipes To Make Now

Inspired by our favorite eats while we’ve traveled, these are the easy brunch recipes we turn to time and again:

Carrot Muffins Recipe

Pistachio Spiced Carrot Muffins

We have strong thoughts about what makes a great brunch, and one of them is always having a slightly indulgent carb like these muffins. Not too sweet and super easy to make (and great made a couple of days ahead), these Pistachio Spiced Carrot Muffins are a must-have at our brunch settings.

Apple Pumpkin Muffins Recipe

Apple Cinnamon Pumpkin Muffins With Pepita Streusel

Tied with the Pistachio-Spiced Carrot Muffins for the best brunch muffin out there are these Apple Cinnamon Pumpkin Muffins. Filled to the brim with fall flavors, super easy to make gluten-free, and a great way to use up leftover pumpkin puree and/or apples, we make these on the regular.

Tropical Breakfast Bruschetta Recipe

Tropical Fruit Breakfast Bruschetta Toast

It’s no secret that we have big love for Hawaii and swoon over the food out there too. These Tropical Fruit Breakfast Bruschetta are our version of the breakfast bruschetta that Chef Lee Anne Wong serves at her must-visit Oahu spot, Koko Head Cafe.

Lavender Smashed Berry Ricotta Toast

Smashed Berry Lavender Ricotta Toasts

We’re equal-opportunity toast eaters but this toast is likely the only one we crave. Inspired by a similar toast we had during a meal at the (now closed) chic country cafe in Healdsburg the SHED, this is a sweet, tart toast with lavender, whipped ricotta, and a rustic smashed berry topping.

Santa Barbara Tropical Ginger Smoothie Recipe

Tropical Ginger Smoothie

Start things out healthy and fresh with this Tropical Ginger Smoothie inspired by our favorite Santa Barbara smoothie shop, Backyard Bowls. During the weekdays, we drink a full serving for breakfast but, for brunches, we serve little shot glasses of the smoothie as a start to the meal.

Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Smoothie Recipe

Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Smoothie

How to do pumpkin spice without being over the top about it? In this subtly spiced pumpkin oatmeal smoothie!

Toasted Brioche with Whipped Goat Cheese and Asian Pear Compote Recipe

Toasted Brioche With Whipped Goat Cheese And Asian Pear Compote

In our daydreams, we’d have a grand house in California wine country and nosh on this toast while sipping a cup of coffee to start the day. The next best thing? Serving this to friends at a brunch with a glass of bubbly!

Macadamia Banana Croissant Tarte Tatin Recipe

Macadamia Nut Croissant Banana Tarte Tatin

This is one of those dishes that is so impressive but easy you’re going to wonder where it’s been all your life! We first had this dish during our stay at the Palmwood in Kauai and cook it up whenever we miss Hawai’i.

Upside-Down Baked Apple Pecan Bacon French Toast Recipe

Upside Down Baked Apple Pecan Bacon French Toast

Sure, it’s kinda hard to mess up French Toast but it’s also not always outright amazing. But that changed for us when we had French Toast at Barista Parlor in Nashville. It was made to order when we had it there but we decided to flip it upside down and bake it to make it that much easier (and, tbh, more impressive) to serve.

Dutch Baby Pancake Recipe

Dutch Baby Pancake With Caramelized Persimmons

It’s possibly the strangest named brunch dish out there, but don’t let that keep you from waking up a Dutch Baby. In this recipe, you throw the batter in the blender and then pour it into a searing hot cast iron pan to rise super high and bring the extra drama.

{Kaiserschmarren} Austrian Pancakes Recipe

{Kaiserschmarren} Austrian Rum-Raisin Shredded Pancake

Nope, we haven’t been to Austria, but when we go, we’ll try this — a shredded pancake. We know we didn’t think we ever wanted “shredded” pancakes either, but then we had our first bite of this recipe, and we were smitten.

Baked French Toast

Vanilla Almond Baked French Toast

When it comes to brunching with a crowd we prefer — nay, insist — on making baked french toast. This way everyone who wants french toast gets it but you don’t have to hussle away in the kitchen like a short order cook!

Crêpes With Meyer Lemon Curd And Berries Recipe

Crepes With Meyer Lemon Curd And Berries

Turn on the Brigitte Bardot and don your best beret, because these crepes are as classically French as it gets. Okay, we added in a Meyer lemon curd because we’re Californians and in the midst of winter, there’s nothing that quite brings the sunshine like a Meyer lemon!

Austin-Style Breakfast Tacos Recipe

Austin-Style Breakfast Tacos

Team Salt & Wind is firmly in the “tacos all the time” category be it at a street cart, from a chichi restaurant, or for breakfast. The classic Austin-style breakfast taco is loaded with potatoes, eggs, and just enough cheese to make it comforting and truly Tex Mex.

Smoky Vegetarian Breakfast Burrito Recipe

Smoky Vegetarian Breakfast Burrito

Our local coffee shop here in LA makes amazing coffee but what we go back for time and again? Their smoky potato and egg breakfast burrito. Here is our take on it but, tbh, if you’re in LA you’ve gotta try the real deal for yourself.

Easy Chipotle Chilaquiles Recipe

Hangover Chipotle Chilaquiles

There is a major divide around here when it comes to red vs green chilaquiles. But no matter our preferred salsa, we all agree that chilaquiles are always a winner. We like ours equal part crispy and sauced and that’s exactly how this recipe is!

Spicy Harissa Shakshuka Recipe

Spicy Harissa Shakshuka

Eggs baked in a sea of spicy red pepper tomato sauce — for us, there are few things that make us as happy in the morning as shakshuka!

Creamed Spinach Baked Eggs

Baked Eggs With Creamed Spinach and Smashed Mint Peas

If it’s Spring and peas are in season, we head directly into the kitchen to make this baked egg dish. With creamed spinach and topped with minted smashed peas, it’s light, Spring-y, and decadent all at once.

Savory Bread Pudding Recipe

Croque Monsieur Savory Bread Pudding

Some people call this a strata; others a savory bread pudding. The truth is, we don’t care what you call it so long as you agree that it’s delicious!

Chorizo Egg Sandwich Recipe

{Bocadillo Antxón} Shoestring Fry Chorizo Egg Sandwich

There are many things to love about Spanish food, but we’re partial to the bocadillo—a Spanish sandwich that rivals the best. We first had this sandwich in Barcelona with a glass of vermouth, but the chorizo, fries, and egg combo would be just as at home at a hangover brunch!

Basic Creamy Polenta Recipe

Basic Creamy Polenta with Melted Peppers and Mushrooms

When it’s cold out, there’s nothing quite as comforting as a bowl of perfectly made polenta. On our Salt & Wind Northern Italy Trips, we ate tons of polenta, so we’ve created this recipe inspired by our favorite takes

Barcelona Brunch

Where To Brunch In Barcelona

Speaking of brunch, it’s one of our favorite meals when we travel. Some surprising places (like Paris, Florence, and Barcelona) have incredible brunch scenes. Here’s our pick of the best places to brunch in Barcelona!

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