Our 18 Best Breakfast and Brunch Sides to Round Out a Morning Feast

These sweet and savory sides will complete any breakfast

Fried, poached, or scrambled—eggs are a perfect, protein-filled breakfast. But they’re not always enough on their own. Sometimes you want something a little meatier to accompany them, or a few more side dishes to round out the perfect breakfast or brunch. Bacon is an obvious choice, but to mix it up, try caramelizing the strips with brown sugar for a sweet and crispy treat. Or go with pork breakfast sausage patties studded with dried cranberries and pine nuts and flavored with fennel, sage, marjoram, and other herbs and spices. Maybe you’re searching for a starchy baked good, like a honey buttermilk biscuit or a Nutella sticky bun to round out your morning. From caramelized bacon and sausage patties to sweet and savory pastries, our best breakfast and brunch sides have something for everyone.

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The croissant’s perfection is twofold: an interior of infinitely spiraling paper-thin layers and a shatteringly flaky crust.

Banana Fritters with Cinnamon-Sugar and Rum

Use very ripe organic bananas for these silver-dollar-size fritters, as they will mash the best and create a smooth, sweet batter. Get the recipe for Banana Fritters with Cinnamon-Sugar and Rum »

Rhubarb and Angelica Jam

Angelica, the herb used as a main flavoring component of Chartreuse, adds a distinct anise aroma and flavor to this sweet-and-tart rhubarb jam. Get the recipe for Rhubarb and Angelica Jam »
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Super-Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits With Honey Butter

This honey butter-topped biscuit recipe, from Jean-Paul Bourgeois, executive chef at Blue Smoke in New York City, earned first prize in the 2017 Charleston Food & Wine Festival’s Battle of the Biscuits. Get the recipe for Super-Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits With Honey Butter »

Billionaire’s Bacon

Billionaire’s Bacon

Blackberry-Mint Scones

Blackberry-Mint Scones

Crumpets

A delectable British treat, these springy pancakes are molded in a shallow ring on the griddle and pan-fried until golden. They get their distinctive nooks and crannies—ideal for a slick of jam and butter—from a yeast-based batter boosted with baking soda. Get the recipe for Crumpets »

Liz Smith’s Biscuits

This biscuit recipe from writer Liz Smith was one of the late Nora Ephron’s favorites; it was included in Ephron’s memorial service program.

Pain au Chocolat

Beautiful homemade croissants, each containing a bar of high-quality dark chocolate, make for an impressive and indulgent addition to a breakfast spread.

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) »

Donegal Oatcakes

Perfect with butter for breakfast or as a snack, traditional Irish oatcakes also keep for ages when stored in an air-tight tin. Get the recipe for Donegal Oatcakes »
This savory danish with salty country ham gravy is a glorious mash-up of pastry and homey Southern comfort. Get the recipe for Country Ham and Red-Eye Gravy Danish »

Christmas Morning Sausage Patties

Christmas Morning Sausage Patties

Pecan Sticky Buns

Pecan Sticky Buns

Raspberry Pinwheels

Raspberry Pinwheels

Nutella Buns

Nutella Buns