25 breakfast ideas for dinner, from pancakes to omelets

Invariably, I have breakfast for dinner on a snowy day, especially pancakes, waffles or French toast, stacked high and topped with maple syrup, a sprinkle of powdered sugar, and a knob (or two) of butter. It’s classic comfort food (and a reason to get into my pajamas a little early).

But beyond simple breakfast recipes like scrambled eggs with hash brown or poached eggs on English muffins, we have plenty of breakfast-inspired recipes for dinner like Shakshuka Focaccia (individual pieces of flatbread topped with tomato sauce and baked eggs ); a Pizza Omelette, which folds tomato and mozzarella in the center of a plate of creamy eggs for one; or Spaghetti Carbonara Frittata, which literally incorporates spaghetti and bacon into the mixture.

When breakfast is served for dinner, all the rules come out the window (go ahead and play with your food!).

1. Layers of ham and goat cheese

Somewhere between an omelette and a bread pudding is this savory dish made with ham or bacon, goat cheese and onions.

2. Shakshuka focaccia

Shakshuka is traditionally a pan with egg and tomato served family style; these individual focaccia squares have the same components: shakshuka sauce and baked eggs.

3. Cheese Bread Pudding Waffles

Salty waffles? Yes thanks! The torn pieces of bread are soaked in a rich custard and then mixed with cooked sausage crumbs, green onions, and lots of spicy cheddar cheese.

4. Rye Pancakes With Vegetables And Eggs

Think of this recipe as a tastier Dutch baby made with hazelnut rye flour and spicy crème fraîche. Our ideal breakfast toppings for a dinner-inspired pancake are eggs and sautéed vegetables, but you can swap that for breakfast meats and cheese.

5. Chickpea, spinach and chorizo ​​omelette

We love an omelette because you can put pretty much anything in it – this time we’re adding roasted red peppers, chickpeas, chorizo, spinach, and paprika for a flavorful, textured eggy bake.

6. Toast omelette

Not only does this family-friendly breakfast-inspired dinner recipe come together in under an hour (a win during the week!), But it costs less than $ 10, thanks to the “nickel and dine-ing” approach to British cuisine. ‘former Food52er Rebecca Firkser.

7. Pizza Omelette

We combined a favorite breakfast, a diner-style omelette, with our favorite Friday night meal for an all-in-one tomato and cheese meal.

8. Leftover mashed potato pancakes with cabbage, scallions and ginger

Don’t you dare put leftover mashed potatoes in the trash! “Stuffed with grated cabbage and scented with scallions, ginger and garlic, they cook with a shatter similar to a fries on the outside, while retaining all the best qualities of mashed potatoes on the inside,” says Shilpa Uskokovic.

9. Cream Cheese Omelette With All Seasoning

The flavor of a bagel all in a silky omelette is the perfect breakfast combination. “I bow to this shabby ingredient for its all-in-one crunchiness and flavor,” writes recipe promoter Emma Laperruque.

10. Josh Ozersky’s 3-Minute Hash Browns

The perfect side dish, whatever you’re serving for dinner.

11. Layers Of Sausage With Cheese And Mushrooms

One of our favorite dinners is a leftover dinner that cleans the refrigerator. This layer uses leftover sausage meat, stale bread, and whatever vegetables you have on hand.

12. Dutch caramelized onion baby with melted gruyere cheese

Don’t be put off by the somewhat long cooking time for this meal; you can actually make the caramelized onions ahead of time and freeze them (bookmark this for a weekend cooking project!).

13. Spaghetti Carbonara Omelette

The classic Roman pasta dish is reinvented in the form of an omelette (complete with spaghetti and ham).

14. Brown rice porridge with butternut squash

Everything in this breakfast recipe for dinner says “fall”. Start a simple brown rice porridge, add the pumpkin, ginger and garlic puree and simmer until everything thickens. Top with more squash, soy sauce, scallions, and chili flakes to recreate the recipe that was voted our readers’ favorite use of winter squash.

15. Quiche Lorraine With Hash Brown Crust

Hash. Brown. Crust. I’ll leave it like that.

16. Spanakopita muffins

These super salty scones contain spinach, crumbled feta, shallot, and chopped dill. We love the flavor and we love that you can make the dough in advance, which means that an easy dinner during the week is waiting for you in the refrigerator.

17. Kitchn’s sky-high buttermilk pancakes

Sometimes when I want to have breakfast for dinner, I really just want breakfast … which is a giant stack of pancakes spread with maple syrup. Skip the canned mix and make this easy from scratch recipe for classic buttermilk pancakes.

18. Lady & Pups 15 Second Creamy Scrambled Eggs

For years I have heard that the best way to cook eggs was low and slow for a long, long time. That’s why this recipe, which requires you to cook the creamiest scrambled eggs in just 15 seconds, is so mind-blowing.

19. Mike’s Famous Fried Eggs

Keep this recipe for perfect fried eggs in your back pocket whenever you crave breakfast for dinner.

20. French toast no bell, no whistles, damn good

This simple French toast recipe will scratch the itch when you want something sweet for dinner tonight. The trick to better than average French toast is usually some really good bread (in this case, we chose a loaf of egg challah bread).

21. The Egg Shop BEC (bacon, egg and cheese)

Don’t just grab a bodega bacon, egg, and cheese when you’re hangover – this high-protein, cheesy sandwich also makes dinner more satisfying.

22. Avocado toast

When you need a super quick dinner, follow this avocado toast recipe – it’s far more satisfying than most other quick meals that come together in five minutes.

23. Buttermilk waffles

Is it just me or do the waffles taste better on a snowy day? Regardless of the time of year, this recipe is one of our quintessential “breakfast for dinner” meals.

24. Danish cheese

This isn’t exactly the kind of recipe you can make in a snap. It takes a total of 12 hours to get together (granted, most of this time is allotted to let the dough rise). But for a weekend project that ends with breakfast for dinner, it doesn’t get any better than this.

25. Mango and granola yogurt

A bowl of fruit yogurt is exactly the kind of meal I gravitate towards on Sunday nights after a weekend of outdoor pizza, hot dogs strolling in Central Park, and a few extra glasses of wine.


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