11 Savory Brunch Ideas to Get Your New Year Started Right

Brunch is a very important thing. Not only is it a great opportunity to eat pancakes at 2:00 p.m. or French fries at 10:00 a.m., it is one of life’s little indicators that we can, indeed, have it all. So why not have a brunch on New Year’s Day, when the air is already ripe with wishes and promises for the next twelve months? “Be all that you can be,” we tell ourselves each first of January. Why not encourage our food in the same inspirited way? To get you started, we’ve collected some of our favorite savory brunch recipes from all the vast corners of the Internet. There are buttermilk bacon biscuits with harissa butter, a streamlined take on huevos rancheros, and a simple-to-follow recipe for the Tunisian poached egg dish Shakshuka (just to name a few). So grab a few eggs, some cheese, and (at least) a pound of bacon — let’s brunch!

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Easy Buttermilk Bacon Biscuits with Harissa Butter

New Years Day is the last good food holiday for awhile. We might as well make it extra extravagant. These buttermilk biscuits are studded with bacon and slathered with harissa butter. Extravagance level: Expert. (via Climbing Grier Mountain)

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Deconstructed Huevos Rancheros

This take on huevos rancheros starts with a fresh homemade baguette. Served with a black bean puree, salsa fresca, and poached eggs, this dish guarantees a good morning. (via Crepes of Wrath)

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Sunday Morning Seed Bread

Let’s throw some healthy things into the mix too. These morning buns from Green Kitchen Stories full of good-for-you things, like shredded carrots, yogurt, seeds, and rolled spelt. Which means you can have a second mimosa. )

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Quinoa, Bacon, and Sweet Potato Breakfast Skillet

Has your holiday naughtiness caught up with you? The protein-rich quinoa and fresh chopped veggies in this breakfast skillet from How Sweet It Is will give you a head start in the resolutions department. The bacon will be our little secret.

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Rosemary Maple Corn Muffins

These rosemary maple corn muffins from Love and Lemons are magnificent — just a touch of herbs, a small bit of sweetness, and full of flavor and texture. Great with a side of eggs, fruit salad, or grilled up with butter and served on their own.

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Shakshuka is a North African dish composed of eggs that have been poached in tomato sauce, bell peppers, garlic, and spices. It is traditionally mopped up with a big, crusty hunk of fresh bread — the perfect edible remedy after a long night of champagne sipping. (via My Name is Yeh)

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Spiced Mini Waffle Breakfast Sandwiches with Chicken Chorizo Guacamole

Make 2014 The Year Of The Waffle Sandwich with this chicken chorizo and guacamole breakfast stack from Climbing Grier Mountain.

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Greek-Style Beef Skillet

This salty, meaty, cheesy breakfast skillet from The Healthy Foodie is great for any kind of brunch. Full of ground beef, olives, goat’s milk feta cheese, kale, and a tasty mix of Greek spices, your first few bites of the new year are sure to be happy ones.

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Soft Baked Mini Cream Cheese Puffs

Keeping brunch simple with eggs and bacon? Consider serving up these tiny little cream cheese puffs from Averie Cooks for something extra special on the side. They are cute and fancy — just like you.

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Croissants Three Ways

If your New Year’s resolution is to be braver in the kitchen, this croissant how-to from Adventures in Cooking is definitely for you. With recipes for croissants three ways — including with spinach and feta, ham and gruyere, and candied blood orange — all hats will be off to you.

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Butternut Squash, Mushroom, and Sausage Frittata

This frittata, with its big hunks of butternut squash and mushrooms, crumbled Italian sausage, and effusions of eggs, cream, and gruyere cheese, is the perfect breakfast indulgence for a winter’s morning. Beware, though — starting your year off with a dish as good as this one sets the bar pretty high for the next twelve months. (via Closet Cooking)

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