20 Easy Potluck Ideas for a Deliciously Memorable Brunch

Host a fun mid-morning brunch for your family and friends and ask everyone to bring one signature dish to add to the buffet. Not only will you have a table full of delectable dishes to choose from, you also won't be solely responsible for doing all the work! Encourage your guests to get creative with their contributions, go beyond the standard muffins and err on the side of indulgence because brunch is not the time to count calories. Still stumped on what to make? Here are 20 tasty options to get you started.

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1. Bloody Mary Oyster Shooters

These shooters are a delicious drink and an appetizer all in one. Made with fresh oysters, tomato juice and high-quality vodka, these mini-Bloody Marys are the perfect way to kick off any brunch.

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2. Parmesan and Thyme Pastry Baked Eggs

A package of store-bought pastry shells make putting together this hearty grab-and-go dish easier than ever. Pour one egg in each cup and season with fresh thyme, salt and pepper. Bake until the eggs are just set and dig in while they're still warm.

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3. Spinach and Tomato Frittatas

Make individual frittatas and you'll never have to worry about having enough for everyone. Add in chopped spinach, shredded parmesan cheese and sliced cherry tomatoes for a filling option everyone will go crazy for.

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4. Popovers

While whipping up a dozen perfect popovers may seem like an impossible challenge, it's totally doable when you make them in a muffin pan. Stick with classic popovers and serve with butter and jam, or go the savory route and mix shredded cheddar or gruyere right into the batter.

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5. Baked Eggs in Tomatoes

These low-carb baked eggs are going to quickly become your new go-to brunch recipe once you taste how good they are. Customize the toppings with shredded cheese, salsa and chopped green onions.

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6. Overnight Cinnamon Roll French Toast Bake

Get this french toast ready the night before and pop it in the oven in the morning while you finish getting ready. The decadent chopped walnuts, cinnamon and brown sugar topping makes this one tasty meal you'll be making again and again.

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7. Baked Oatmeal

Take ordinary oatmeal to the next level by baking it in the oven. Once you master the basic recipe, feel free to jazz it up with your favorite blend of fresh berries, nuts and spices.

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8. Blueberry-Glazed Scones

Ready in under 30 minutes, scones are perfect for last minute get-togethers. Not only are they tasty and easy to make, the bright colored blueberry glaze will also liven up any brunch buffet.

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  • Un-iced scones will stay fresh for three days. So if you're making these ahead of time, prepare the glaze and pour over scones 15 minutes before serving.

9. Overnight Strata

This strata is comfort food at it's finest. Layers of crusty bread, cheese, mushrooms, spinach and eggs are combined and refrigerated overnight to let all the flavors absorb into the bread. The next day just bake until golden brown and enjoy.

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10. Coffee Cake

Everyone loves a big piece of coffee cake to go alongside their cup of joe, and this one's no exception. Stick with this classic and delicious version or add fresh fruit, lemon juice and glaze for a citrusy twist.

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11. Overnight Oat and Chia Pudding

Serve up a breakfast pudding full of rolled oats, chia seeds and ground cardamom. Make the base the night before the big brunch, and store them in mini mason jars so they're ready to go the next morning. Set out a tray of fresh berries, almonds and coconut flakes and let everyone top theirs however they'd like.

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12. Cinnamon Bread Pudding

Made with rich, tender brioche and dark chocolate chunks, this bread pudding is the perfect mixture of savory and sweet. Save any leftovers and eat with a big scoop of vanilla bean ice cream for dessert.

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13. Mini Meyer Lemon Morning Buns

This is a great recipe to get your kids involved in the kitchen since there are only four simple ingredients. Puff pastry sheets are brushed with lemon curd and dusted with sugar before being rolled into logs and cut into beautiful spiral rolls. Top each roll with more sugar as soon as they come out of the oven for a nice crunch.

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14. Zesty Orange Cinnamon Rolls

While these cinnamon rolls might require a little extra prep time, the end result is well worth it. From the enticing smells wafting through your kitchen to the zesty orange flavor in the batter, this one is a definite keeper.

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15. Overnight Pull-Apart Bread

Prepare the dough for this scrumptious pull-apart loaf the day before and let it rise in the fridge overnight. The next morning all you'll have to do is pop it in the oven and whip up a quick cream cheese glaze. The loaf is best eaten within two days and can be stored covered at room temperature, but it's so good there's no way it'll last that long.

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16. Baked Chocolate Glazed Donuts

No brunch is complete without donuts. These vanilla donuts are baked instead of fried and covered in a bittersweet chocolate glaze. Top them with your choice of crushed nuts, sprinkles or shredded coconut for a treat that tastes just as good as it looks.

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17. Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Cozy up with this warm brioche bread laced with swirls of cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar and plump raisins. A crunchy turbinado sugar topping pairs perfectly with the warm loaf and will be something worth getting back up for seconds.

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18. Brown Sugar and Bacon Beer Waffles

It's absolutely acceptable to have beer for breakfast when it's incorporated in your waffle batter. Did we mention that there's also pieces of thick-cut bacon in there too? This is one recipe that just can't be overlooked.

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19. Raspberry Sorbetto Mimosas

Sweet raspberry sorbet is covered with dry sparkling wine and garnished with fresh berries for a drink that's so good you'll think it's actually dessert. Let the kids partake in all the fun with their very own _mock_tail made with sparkling fruit juice.

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20. DIY Mimosa Bar

Mimosas are the quintessential brunch-time drink, but making them for everyone all afternoon can mean you don't get to socialize and enjoy the party. Solve the problem by setting up a mimosa bar with a carafe full of OJ, a chilled bottle of champagne and glasses so your guests can help themselves all afternoon.

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