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16 delicious ways — from stack cake to breakfast pizza—to start your day

16 delicious ways - from stack cake to breakfast pizza - to start your day.

Start your day on the sunny side with a spread of Southern breakfast dishes. Since it is, after all, the most important meal of the day, you’ll want to make sure you wake up to a delicious spread of sweet and savory items. Bacon is, of course, a must-have on any Southern breakfast table, but we’ve got a few other dishes you’ll want to enjoy along with it. Don't forget the coffee!


Cast Iron Breakfast Pizza

Break out your cast iron skillet for this fun new take on pizza — for breakfast. You heard us right. We’ve swapped out tomato sauce for pimento cheese and added breakfast classics, like hash browns, sausage, eggs and bacon, as toppings for a totally over-the-top and totally worth-it meal. To help you speed up the cooking process, we’ve found a few tricks that will cut down on the prep time for this dish. Feel free to use store-bought pimento cheese and pizza dough, and you can use fast food hash browns or thawed frozen tater tots as a topping.
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Bread Pudding French Toast

A few slices of French toast belong on your breakfast plate, but instead of simply soaking and frying regular ol' bread, we’ve used a beloved Southern dessert: bread pudding. The beauty of this recipe is that the bread pudding can (and should) be made at least a day in advance so that it can firm up in the refrigerator. All you have to do to finish the dish at breakfast time is toss the slabs of chilled bread pudding in a traditional egg batter then griddle in the same style as you would French toast. This dish is already perfectly sweet, so you only need a little drizzle of maple syrup, a few pecans and (perhaps) a dollop of whipped cream come serving time.
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Chicken and Waffles

Fried chicken and waffles makes for a classic Southern comfort food combination that we love to eat at brunch. For an authentic experience, you do, however, have to put a little extra effort into the preparation. Break out the waffle iron to make fresh buttermilk waffles, and get the chicken frying in a cast iron skillet. Your effort will be well worth when it, especially when your final plate is drizzled with maple syrup and Texas Pete hot sauce.  
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Country Ham and Broccoli Frittata

Not quite sure what a frittata is? Well, to put it simply: Think quiche without a crust. This light and fluffy omelet-like dish is easy and will steal the spotlight on the kitchen table. While you can put whichever breakfast meats, vegetables and cheeses you prefer in this one-pan wonder, we’ve chosen to highlight country ham and broccoli in our recipe. The best part of this frittata? You can mix and cook it in one dish — talk about easy clean up!
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Bacon-Cheddar Drop Biscuits

Drop biscuits are less labor intensive than traditional buttermilk biscuits, but are just as tasty. But instead of whipping up plain Jane biscuits, we mix in bacon and cheddar for a savory treat. And with all of those extras, you can serve these biscuits as a side or a main course. Just be extra careful to not overwork the dough — we all want fluffy biscuits come breakfast time.
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Cream Cheese Kolaches

Kolaches are a specialty hand-held treat that hails from the central Texas “Czech Belt,” which spans the area between Houston, Austin, and Dallas. A typical kolache (pronounced koh-la-chee) is made from a tender, enriched brioche dough, shaped into a dimpled circle and filled with some kind of sweet filling. In her Saving Southern Recipes column, former Southern Kitchen Editor Kate Williams created a hybrid recipe from a few different sources. The resulting kolaches are little bites of happiness. Her recipe uses a cream cheese filling, but feel free to experiment with different cheese and even dried fruits.
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Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Icing

Ooey-gooey, sugary cinnamon heaven is where you’ll find yourself when you take a bite of these cinnamon rolls. Not only are they easy to make, they’re the perfect dish to snack on at breakfast or any time of day. Whip up these decadent treats and bring them over to any gathering. Your friends and family will appreciate it! 
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“Pissed Off” Potatoes

You’ll forget about hash browns and breakfast potatoes after cooking a batch of our “pissed off” potatoes. Our take on the classic Spanish dish, patatas bravas, will leaving you feeling anything but pissed off. In it, the crisp potatoes are coated in a slightly spicy tomato sauce mellowed with creamy mayonnaise. Cook the potatoes and make the sauces ahead of time for a brunch dish cooked up lickety-split on Saturday morning.
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Elvis Pancake Stack Cake

Pancakes are meant to be stacked tall on a plate. We’ve transformed such a towering stack into a stunning dessert that also has a place at the breakfast table. A play on an Appalachian stack cake, this recipe highlights flavors from The King’s favorite snack: a fried peanut butter and banana sandwich. To build this sky-high stack, make sure to make uniformly-sized pancakes. Before assembling the cake make sure the pancakes are cooled down, so the filling doesn’t become too runny. 
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Cream Cheese-Stuffed Monkey Bread

Monkey bread is a fun, interactive dish that will keep everyone young and old occupied at the breakfast table, especially when it's given a cream cheese-filled update. Additionally, a small drizzle of cream in the caramel sauce gives it a toffee-like richness, which sounds like a pretty great way to start the day. Feel free to skip making your own homemade biscuit dough; after trying this recipe in the Southern Kitchen test kitchen, we’ve found that canned biscuit dough produces a more successful (and easier!) result. Win-win!
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Photo credit: Jeffrey Gardner


Perfect Scrambled Eggs

It sounds like a simple task, but making scrambled eggs can quickly take a wrong turn if you’re not careful. To make perfect soft and creamy scrambled eggs, there are a few things to keep in mind while cooking the dish. Heat control plays an important role in ensuring the eggs don’t get overcooked. Start with a hot skillet, then move it on and off the heat to prevent overcooking the eggs. Add a pinch of salt towards the end of the cooking process to keep the eggs from becoming too firm and rubbery. One last tip: Don’t serve the eggs on a cold plate. Warm up each and every plate before spooning those perfect eggs on top.
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Southern Kitchen's Breakfast Casserole

Who doesn't love a breakfast dish that is easy on the labor but delivers on flavor? This casserole marries creamy Southern grits, savory sausage, creamy milk and of course sharp cheddar cheese. A splash of apple cider vinegar helps to add a zippy flavor that lightens up what otherwise is a heavy breakfast. Consume responsibly, one spoonful and you're likely to be useless for the rest of the day. 
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Sausage, Egg and Cheese Breakfast Sandwich

A classic sausage, egg and cheese sandwich has been a popular breakfast choice for generations for one simple reason: it's damn delicious. As any good Southerner knows, the success of any good biscuit based dish is of course, the fluffiness of your biscuit. Keeping your fat and liquid, as well as your equipment, cold will ensure a fluffier biscuit with a greater rise. Use full-fat buttermilk for a richer biscuit, as well. White Lily flour is milled from soft winter wheat, and also contributes to a fluffier, more tender biscuit. You can also use regular all-purpose flour if that is all you can find.
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Crab and Spinach Quiche

Feel like a treat yourself moment? Why not plop some juicy crab meat in this quiche? While not absolutely necessary, blind baking the crust yields the best results with this quiche. You can substitute a higher grade of crab meat, but claw will give you the most "bang for your buck." You can also substitute an unbaked store-bought pie crust for the homemade dough.
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Country Ham and Biscuit Sandwiches

Whether you serve them in a grand fashion, complete with a whole country ham, or assembled on a rustic cutting board, country ham and biscuit sandwiches are perfect party food. We like to serve ours with at least a couple of choices of jams and jellies to counter the salty ham and rich biscuits; feel free to use our recipes linked above or your favorite store bought choices. 
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Anne Byrn's Make-Ahead Breakfast Strata

The real upside to this recipe is that it is money in the bank. It is sitting there all prepped in the fridge, and all you have to do on Christmas or New Year's morning is just pop it in the oven. Get everyone to the table, because in about an hour the strata will puff up, turn golden-brown and look fabulously important. And then it will slightly fall, but nevertheless, be just as delicious.
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Photo credit (Cast Iron Breakfast Pizza, Bread Pudding French Toast, Chicken and Waffles, Country Ham and Broccoli Frittata, Bacon-Cheddar Drop Biscuits, Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Icing, “Pissed Off” Potatoes, Elvis Pancake Stack Cake, Perfect Scrambled Eggs, Crab and Spinach Quiche, Country Ham and Biscuit Sandwiches): Ramona King
Photo credit (Cream Cheese Kolaches): Kate Williams
Photo credit (Cream Cheese-Stuffed Monkey Bread): Jeffery Gardener 
Photo credit (Anne Byrn's Make-Ahead Breakfast Strata): Danielle Atkins 


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Rachel Taylor is a staff writer at Southern Kitchen. She moved to Atlanta earlier this year after graduating college in Maryland, and has been a digital audience specialist at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Politically Georgia, as well as a freelance writer for publications such as USA Today and the Delmarva Daily Times on Maryland's Eastern Shore. She has lived in France and Italy, and loves to travel.

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