Penny De Los Santos

From yeasty waffles and chocolate pancakes to crispy hash browns and versatile baked eggs, here are 20 classic and time-tested breakfast recipes.


Swiss Hash Browns (Rösti)

If Plato had imagined hash browns, they’d have been rösti: fresh potatoes coarsely grated, pressed, and fried. In the dish’s native Switzerland, recipes include bacon, rosemary, caraway seeds, eggs, pasta, cheese, even coffee. These variations can be delicious, but we found the definitive version in Bern, at Restaurant Della Casa—golden, impeccable, ideal. Get the recipe for Swiss Hash Browns (Rösti) »

Strawberry Griddle Cakes

Fresh strawberries turn ordinary pancakes into something scrumptious; wild blueberries, or any other kind of berry, make an excellent substitute. Get the recipe for Strawberry Griddle Cakes »

Cream Cheese Cinnamon Rolls

Spreading cream cheese into the layers of dough enhances the richness and moistness of these rolls. This dough may be prepared a day in advance and left to rise in the refrigerator overnight. Get the recipe for Cream Cheese Cinnamon Rolls »

Chicken Fried Steak with Sausage Gravy

This recipe for chicken-fried steak with sausage gravy and biscuits is a heartland breakfast staple.

Home Fries

Boiling the potatoes for ahead of time and letting them cool completely, preferably in the refrigerator overnight, results in crispier, browner homefries.

Huevos Rancheros

Huevos Rancheros
Cornbread Coffee Cake with Fresh Figs and Walnut Streusel

Rhubarb Muffins

Sour cream and lemon zest support tart rhubarb in these muffins while vanilla seeds and brown sugar mellow its edge. A crunchy almond streusel plays off the crisp stalks and adds a nutty contrast. Get the recipe for Rhubarb Muffins »

Biscuits with Sawmill Gravy

One of the pillars of the Southern breakfast table, buttery biscuits smothered in a sausage-studded white gravy makes a hearty meal any time of day. A hint of cayenne brightens the gravy’s richness, but it’s even better with a dash or two of hot sauce. Get the recipe for Biscuits with Sawmill Gravy »

Whole Grain Chocolate Banana Pancakes

Whole Grain Chocolate Banana Pancakes

Honey Buttermilk Biscuits

The famous biscuits from the Island Creek Oyster Bar in Boston are sweet, buttery, flaky, and pillowy soft. Get the recipe for Honey Buttermilk Biscuits »

Yeast-Raised Waffles

Yeast-Raised Waffles

Flat White

Australians and New Zealanders are fond of pouring espresso over light, velvety milk foam, a drink they’ve prosaically dubbed the flat white. In its balanced perfection, it possesses the strength of a macchiato and the creaminess of a latte.

Café Maria Theresia

This Viennese kaffeehaus specialty, named in honor of a Hapsburg ruler, raises espresso to fragrant heights with the addition of orange in not one but two ways. The coffee gets a jigger of orange liqueur, while a fragrant finish of grated orange zest crowns the thick whipped cream topping.

Brennan’s Eggs Hussarde

Brennan’s Eggs Hussarde

Butter-Basted Eggs

Crispy-bottomed fried eggs make an ideal breakfast. Get the recipe for Butter-Basted Eggs »