The Best Thanksgiving Breakfast Recipes

Fuss-free meals to kickstart your holiday morning

Thanksgiving breakfast food should be festive, but not a lot of fuss. After all, you want to save the big effort for dinner. All of these recipes are easy and most can be made a day or even weeks in advance (many can even be frozen). That means more time spent with the family watching the parade, snuggling by the fire, or getting a head start on your Turkey Day Feast

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    Spicy Chorizo Sweet Potato Casserole

    Sweet Potato Breakfast Casserole
    Leah Maroney

    Breakfast casseroles are one of the most versatile dishes to make for a group. This hearty dish calls for sweet potato tater tots, cheddar, and spicy chorizo, but you can easily substitute other meats and cheeses—and even sneak in some veggies!

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    Strawberry Smoothie

    Strawberry smoothie
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    This refreshing smoothie can serve as a great breakfast drink or even a light breakfast in and of itself on Thanksgiving morning. It goes well with scones and muffins and the cranberry juice in the recipe even brings a little traditional fall flavor. Bonus: You can sip it while doing dinner prep.

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    Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

    Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins
    Leah Maroney

    It's easy to see why pumpkin and cream cheese are such good friends when you taste these muffins. They're sweet and rich, almost like a pumpkin cheesecake, perfect for munching on while watching the parade.

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    Overnight French Toast Casserole

    overnight french toast casserole
    Diana Rattray

    If you're looking for a special Thanksgiving breakfast you can just pop in the oven in the morning, this overnight French toast casserole is it. Prep the entire thing the day or night before, pop it in the fridge overnight, and simply bake it in the morning. 

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  • 05 of 10

    PB&J Breakfast Waffle Sandwiches

    Blueberry and peanut butter waffle sandwich
    Leah Maroney

    This waffle sandwich isn't a make-ahead recipe, but it is perfect for Thanksgiving breakfast, because it's quick, easy and—most of all—a real crowd-pleasing treat. Peanut butter is smeared over toasted waffles and topped with fresh blueberries, raspberries or strawberries.

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    Pumpkin Spice Scones

    Pumpkin Spice Scones
    Leah Maroney

    There's no better way to start Thanksgiving day than with these sweet and buttery pumpkin scones. The flavor and texture of these scones rivals that of any you would buy in a bakery or coffee shop.

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    Corned Beef Spinach Strata

    Savory Breakfast casserole
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    A strata is another make-ahead recipe that works great for busy mornings. If you're serving vegetarians, feel free to use sauteed mushrooms instead of the corned beef. Day-old bread always works best for this dish.

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    Blueberry Dutch Baby Pancake

    Blueberry Dutch Baby Pancake
    Diana Rattray

    If you're looking to impress out-of-town guests, try a Dutch baby pancake. It looks fancy, but all have to do is pour the mix into a baking dish—no flipping needed!

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  • 09 of 10

    Quiche Lorraine with Bacon and Gruyere

    Quiche Lorraine
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    Quiches are perfect for holidays because it tastes best when it is made in advance. You can prepare this recipe weeks in advance and freeze it. The combination of bacon and cheese is a winning one.

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    Spiced Pumpkin Fritters

    Spiced Pumpkin Fritters
    Diana Rattray

    These spiced pumpkin fritters taste like fall in every bite. The recipe comes together easily, and fry in batches of 5 to 6 for just a few minutes.