Rise and Dine: Crowd-Pleasing Holiday Breakfasts

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Rise and Dine: Crowd-Pleasing Holiday Breakfasts
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With all the houseguests and festive brunches this time of year, you want to serve mouthwatering breakfast spreads that set everyone up for the rest of the day. It doesn’t have to mean early-morning hours in the kitchen for you, however. We're here to help with easy, impressive meal ideas and drinks to keep your guests happy and yourself sane over the season.

Bread Pudding
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Bread Pudding

Leftover bread from last night’s dinner? Make this classic budget-friendly breakfast dressed up with chocolate chips and plenty of cream and sugar. Use dense bread like brioche or challah for an even richer dish.

  • in association with Rachael Ray

Related: Watch How to Make Bread Pudding in HD

Apple Cider Doughnuts
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Apple Cider Doughnuts

Pretty much nothing on earth is better than a hot-out-of-the-frying-pan doughnut. Pastry chef Heather Bertinetti walks you through the basics of these golden-brown, sugar-encrusted treats.

  • in association with Rachael Ray

Related: Watch Apple Cider Donuts in HD

Pumpkin Chai Spice Smoothie
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Pumpkin Chai Spice Smoothie

Squash in a smoothie? Yes ma’am. Locavore chef Louisa Shafia shares one of her favorite fall breakfasts. You’re just a few pantry ingredients and a whirl in the blender away from a healthy, tasty drink.

  • in association with Rachael Ray

Related: Watch Pumpkin Chai Spice Smoothie in HD

Cuban Coffee
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Cuban Coffee

Wake up with a bang with Daisy Martinez’s classic Cuban cafecito -- it’s strong, sugary and a perfect way to perk up a chilly morning.

  • in association with Rachael Ray

Related: Watch Classic Cuban Cafecito in HD

Churros
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Churros

Complement your morning cuppa with Daisy’s homemade churros. These easy Latin American treats are fried to lighter-than-air perfection and then rolled in cinnamon and sugar.

  • in association with Rachael Ray

Related: Watch Crispy Homemade Churros in HD

Mimosas
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Mimosas

One of our favorite parts of the holidays is that every day is a festive occasion -- and festive occasions call for mid-morning mimosas. Ease into the day (or rectify the evils of the night before) with a classic OJ-and-bubbly concoction, or experiment with Joe Campanale’s variation made with fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice.

  • in association with Rachael Ray

Related: Watch Variations on the Mimosa in HD

Bacon and Eggs Reimagined
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Bacon and Eggs Reimagined

Looking for the ultimate in breakfast indulgence? Meet the “Bev Egg,” a recipe Josh Ozersky inherited from pig farmer Bev Eggleston. Fair warning: The Bev Egg involves basting the eggs with bacon grease, and is not for the faint of heart.

  • in association with Rachael Ray

Related: Watch How to Make Basted Eggs with Bacon in HD

Three-Minute Hash Browns
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Three-Minute Hash Browns

You don’t need to dine out to get diner-worthy hash browns. Just put yourself in Josh’s capable hands, and you’re minutes away from tasty, crispy goodness.

  • in association with Rachael Ray

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Squash Bread
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Squash Bread

Pumpkin or squash bread is called “quick bread” for a reason -- it’s super-easy to make and a satisfying addition to any breakfast spread or coffee break later in the day.

  • in association with Rachael Ray

Related: Watch Cinnamon Spice Squash Bread in HD

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