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Anne Byrn's Make-Ahead Breakfast Strata

Danielle Atkins

Anne Byrn's Make-Ahead Breakfast Strata


Too much bubbly? These 3 decadent, yet easy, meals are your remedy if you're feeling lazy

After the dust of a party settles, there's nothing better than curling up with something equally comforting and easy to make. The best recipes, much like the ones here, contain little but essential shortcuts — like prepping the day before or getting the most flavor out of a short cooking time or ingredient list — to make your morning less painful and more delicious. 

Here are some of satifying and easy meals to wake up to. 

Anne Byrn's Make-Ahead Breakfast Strata 
Fair warning: this meal does require a bit of prep the day before, so all you need to do the morning of is pop this dish in the oven to get nice and toasty. The results of your make-ahead planning — a gooey and golden combination of cheese, egg, ham, and vegetables —will make your future self all the more grateful. 
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"Pissed Off" Potatoes 
These "pissed" potatoes, a play on the Spanish dish patatas bravas, are the perfect crispy, hearty side dish to some quick scrambled eggs or as a satisfying meal all their own. Tossed in an addicitive spicy tomato and mayonnaise sauce, we recommend doubling up on the sauce recipe to use on just about anything — smeared onto your next grilled cheese or as a dip for some grilled chicken — for a creamy kick of heat. 
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Bacon-Jalapeño Mac and Cheese
For those that want to go into full savory comfort mode (or who wake up closer to lunch than breakfast), this dish will satify every "treat yourself" inclination with a magical combination of cheese, bacon and a healthy amount of spice. Feel free to make this recipe the day before; just let the completed dish cool at room temperature and then store in the fridge until you're ready for mac and cheese goodness. 
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Photo credit ("Pissed Off" Potatoes): Ramona King
Photo credit (Bacon-Jalapeño Mac and Cheese): Ideabar Austin

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Dena Rayess is a recipe editor and cookbook author based in San Francisco. She enjoys exploring new foodways in and around the Bay Area and beyond, and has been known to whip up a mean house cocktail at dinner parties.