How to Make a Bad-Ass Breakfast (or Brunch)

I’m not a breakfast person. Never have been. But, every once in awhile, (usually at about 3:00 A.M.), I get a wicked craving for foods that made the first meal of the day, famous.

I'd swap out the whiskey for shot-sized bottles or pouches of Bloody Mary mixer and vodka, or baby bottles or champagne/cava/prosecco and O.J.  Packets like Crystal Light might even work.

I’d swap out the whiskey for shot-sized bottles or pouches of Bloody Mary mixer and vodka, or baby bottles or champagne/cava/prosecco and O.J. Packets like Crystal Light might even work.

If you’ve read my prior posts, you may know I’m a night owl. This might have something to do with my lack of interest in eating early in the morning. It was the hardest habit to break when I was dieting, too, because I’m just not hungry at the start of my day (which, is usually when most people are ending theirs). It was also very difficult during a recent hospital stay, when my breakfast order of black coffee, was not enough to satisfy my nurses, who would take the liberty of filling in random items on my menu, which usually went in the trash (talk about a horrible waste of food).
Breakfast for dinner, you say?
Eh. It’s overrated.
When I’m in the mood for breakfast, I want the whole experience, whether it be at a greasy spoon diner, smelling the coffee brewing and hearing the sounds of clanging, banging and groggy voices starting their day, or at home, making something special for my husband, watching the sunrise and maybe enjoying a bit of breakfast boozing (Mimosas…Bloody Marys…breakfast wine…don’t judge! We keep it classy!)
Sunday’s are always my favorite day to breakfast or brunch. Something about the smell of breakfast being prepared on a Sunday morning, reading the Sunday comics and relaxing, with nowhere to go and nothing to do, appeals to my nostalgic, romantic side.
Since it’s Sunday, and I’m not currently in a dive diner or preparing a breakfast feast (although, I am enjoying a Bloody Mary), I thought I’d live vicariously through some of these completely awesome ideas for a bad-ass breakfast (or brunch) – even dinner…if that’s how you roll.

When I think breakfast, usually the first thing that comes to mind are eggs; the classic breakfast staple.

Crack your eggs into pepper or onion rings to add a touch of class and cut back on the disaster of an "adventurous" egg.

Crack your eggs into pepper or onion rings to add a touch of class and cut back on the disaster of an “adventurous” egg.

You could also use cookie cutters, or cute little egg "molds" like these, which come in a and have a handle included to avoid burns. Just make sure you grease your pan well (with these or the pepper and onion rings) so eggs don't stick and ruin your valiant efforts.

You could also use cookie cutters, or cute little egg “molds” like these, which come in a variety of shapes and have a handle included to avoid burns. Just make sure you grease your pan well (with these or the pepper and onion rings) so eggs don’t stick and ruin your valiant efforts.

I love the amazing versatility of the egg, and will eat it just about any way, as long as the yolk isn’t runny (it’s a texture thing). No matter how you like your eggs, you might find some helpful hints or new ways to enjoy the “incredible, edible egg”.

Show someone they're "egg-stra" special with this cool trick.

Show someone they’re “egg-stra” special with this cool trick.

11 ways to cook the perfect egg

Baked egg muffin cups

Green chili frittata

50 inspired omelet fillings

Gordon Ramsey’s easy eggs benedict

You may say PO-tato or maybe po-TATo, but browns are what’s for breakfast, if you ask me. Why no picture or this tasty tuber? Because potatoes, especially hashbrowns, aren’t the sexiest thing to stare at (I know,I looked). All that really matters is they’re delicious and easy to make, with a few simple tips.

Home-fry style breakfast potatoes

Crispy restaurant hashbrowns at home

Better than McDonald’s hashbrown patties

Tater tot breakfast casserole

Cracker Barrel hashbrown casserole

The last few years, there has been much ado about bacon. Bacon seems to be in or on everything; breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert.

Bacon roses. You're welcome.

Bacon roses. You’re welcome.

Make sure you’re bringing your bacon “A” game, or you’re libel to incite riots.

The Bacon Method for perfect bacon

Or, perhaps this is the perfect bacon

How to make bacon cups

How to make bacon weaves
Think of the implications here – wrap breakfast burritos in bacon instead of tortillas, add a layer to the bottom (or top…or both) of a frittata, get bacon in every bite of a BLT – the possibilities are endless!

Maple bacon pancakes

Breakfast and brunch bacon slideshow
In case you were still unsure on the best way to use bacon.

Toast – now that can be tricky. It can be bland, unappealing and flavorless at times. Carb-lovers rejoice! Amp up your breakfast breads like this and never be bored again.

16 ways to top avocado toast
Avocado toast is trendy right now. Healthy and delicious, try it for yourself.

10 artichoke toast toppers
Not to be outdone, artichokes are trying to dethrone the avocado for the title of toast topping champ. Try them both and see which you like better.

I am a bagel and lox kinda girl! And, it must be on a New York style, everything bagel, complete with capers and red onion. Don’t let anyone lie to you – New York bagels are better. Don’t skip the capers, either. That’s a disservice to both you and the bagel.

The citrus isn't necessary; it's all for show. But, dill adds a nice touch, as long as its not dill seed ON the bagel! Sacrilege! Everything bagels should.never contain more than five toppings - onion, garlic, poppy seeds, sesame seeds and coarse salt. Yes, the salt is a big deal.

The citrus isn’t necessary; it’s all for show. But, dill adds a nice touch, as long as its not dill seed ON the bagel! Sacrilege! Everything bagels should.never contain more than five toppings – onion, garlic, poppy seeds, sesame seeds and coarse salt. Yes, the salt is a big deal.

New York style bagels

How to make a real bagel with lox

More breakfast breads – from muffins to scones

Invest in a couple good quality muffin pans. They're beyond versatile.

Invest in a couple good quality muffin pans. They’re beyond versatile.

Perhaps the ultimate in breakfast decadence is French toast. While typically lightly sweet to flat out sugary, savory can work just as well.

Perfect French toast every time

S’mores French toast
Because we’re adults…and we can.

Brown sugar French toast

Monte Cristo
Don’t doubt this classic sandwich until you’ve tried it. Yes, strawberry jam, or sauce, is a necessity.

42 of the most decadent French toast recipes

Craig would love this!  Especially on a game day Sunday!  We tried a rum recently that had a lot of maple notes in it, and he actually suggested pouring it on pancakes! I make French Toast with Irish Cream liqueur in the batter, and think this would work well for that, too. Look for maple stouts  and lagers, which are everywhere right now for fall. There's maple flavored liqueurs available as well.

Craig would love this! Especially on a game day Sunday! We tried a rum recently that had a lot of maple notes in it, and he actually suggested pouring it on pancakes! I make French Toast with Irish Cream liqueur in the batter, and think this would work well for that, too. Look for maple stouts and lagers, which ate everywhere right now for fall. There’s maple flavored liqueurs available as well.

Are we on a roll? Maybe a cinnamon roll? Try some of these rolled breakfast ideas – not all of which are sticky, gooey, diet disasters.
(But, most of them are. If you’re on a diet, you might want to put it off until tomorrow.)

Healthy(er) cinnamon rolls

Cinnabon cinnamon rolls

Bacon French toast roll-ups

Ham and cheese rolls
They say these are for dinner,but I see no reason this wouldn’t make breakfast, or brunch, better.

Spicy Italian breakfast taquitos
Intercultural mingling…what’s not to love?

Neat idea for a sweet, healthy breakfast treat. Of course, use what nuts and berries you like.

Neat idea for a sweet, healthy breakfast treat. Of course, use what nuts and berries you like.

Now, one breakfast food faire I will eat for dinner, without guilt or shame, is the Southern classic, biscuits and gravy.

First things first, you have to have a swoon-worthy biscuit. You must also use real butter on and in them. Paula Deen has something right here. Studies show butter is actually better for you than margarine, or at the very least, no worse -and it tastes so much better. When you’re going to smother a biscuit in gravy, possibility loaded with bacon or sausage, and the meat grease, now is not the time to worry about using butter over margarine for your health.

Flakey, southern style biscuits

Red Lobster cheddar bay biscuits
Warm, cheesy, garlicky biscuits make any meal better – whether the side or the star.

Southern biscuits with sausage gravy
The classic.

Sausage and bacon gravy
Because, everything is better with bacon.

Bacon gravy
In case that sausage is getting in the way of your bacon…

Vegetarian white gravy
If you’re vegetarian, like I am, finding meatless gravy can be a royal pain. Make your own and whatever you do, don’t skimp on the black pepper.

Another "showstopper"  on presentation.

Another “showstopper” on presentation.

If the cinnamon rolls and French toast weren’t enough to make you want to postpone your diet until Monday, I have one word for you…

That’s right…
Doughnuts.
I hear you calling me names.
I don’t care.

Krispy Kreme doughnuts

Canned biscuit doughnuts

Zeppolis
Fancy name for Italian fried doughnuts.

Blood orange glazed doughnuts
Fruit is healthy, right?

Bavarian cream doughnuts
In case that “healthy” comment had you scared.

A bit of food coloring can make ordinary food fit a theme for a wedding brunch or other occasion. I recommend the paste food coloring, for the brightest, truest color. Plus, its far more saturated, so a little goes a long way.

A bit of food coloring can make ordinary food fit a theme for a wedding brunch or other occasion. I recommend the paste food coloring, for the brightest, truest color. Plus, its far more saturated, so a little goes a long way.

More food coloring fun!  Great for a spring or Easter brunch.

More food coloring fun! Great for a spring or Easter brunch.

Hands down one of my FAVORITE drinks; a good Bloody Mary is what I’m all about in the morning…or afternoon…or evening. None of this fancy, ten pounds of garnish nonsense, either.

 When good Bloodys go bad!

When good Bloodys go bad!

It’s the quintessential meal in a glass and a time-honored way to get a buzz before its five o’clock anywhere. Also a traditional “cure” for a hangover, that seems reason enough to imbibe. Plus, there’s vegetables involved, so it can’t be all bad, right?

Classic Bloody Mary
If it ain’t broke…

DIY Bloody Mary bar

10 globally inspired Bloody Marys

Most insane Bloody Marys

Mediterranean Mary
Keeping it classy, with a Mediterranean twist.

You can find more Bloody good info on Marys (Caesars, Marias, whatever you call them), here.

Mimosa and Bloody bars are a great way to let your guests pick their poison.

Mimosa and Bloody bars are a great way to let your guests pick their poison.

If a Bloody Mary isn’t your thing, most people enjoy a cup o’ coffee first thing in the morning. It’s how most of America wakes up and quite often the part of breakfast one can’t live (or function) without.

Cooking with coffee
Why limit coffee to just your cup? Nobody puts coffee in a corner!

Coffee food and drink recipes
Coffee…it’s what’s for breakfast.

Coffee around the world

Coffee drinks
As in the, “I-don’t-want-a-Bloody-Mary-but-I-still-want-a-buzz”, sophisticated way to spike your Joe.

Whether it be with friends, family, strangers at a diner or a feast for one, breakfast (or brunch) doesn’t have to be boring. Break out of your (egg) shell, get into the (coffee) grind and make the mimosa of your next breakfast or brunch!

Images: Pinterest, thebetterbaker, huffingtonpost, lifehacker, lifeh4acks, sweetphi, coolmompicks.

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