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.

Piquillo Pepper and Almond Morning Buns

Piquillo Pepper and Almond Morning Buns
Tartine's sweet morning bun has been the darling of San Francisco pastry lovers for years. Lead viennoisier Fausto Eche­verria's savory version trades the bun's sugary cinnamon-orange streusel filling for a piquillo pepper and almond mixture inspired by Catalan romesco sauce. The kitchen team at Tartine roasts and preserves their own fresh piquillo peppers, but a good-quality jarred version is a fine substitute. After baking, sprinkle the warm buns with finely shredded Manchego. Get the recipe for Piquillo Pepper and Almond Morning Buns »Emma Star Jensen

Sour Cherry and Pistachio Danish

Sour Cherry and Pistachio Danish
Layers of buttery, flaky laminated pastry are swirled around a lightly spiced, pleasantly gooey cherry compote, then brushed with orange liqueur and sprinkled with pulverized pistachios after baking. For an alcohol-free alternative, swap out the liqueur for a mixture of honey and fresh orange juice. Get the recipe for Sour Cherry and Pistachio Danish »Christina Holmes

The Best Croissants

flakey pastries
The croissant's perfection is twofold: an interior of infinitely spiraling paper-thin layers and a shatteringly flaky crust. Get the recipe for The Best Croissants »Christina Holmes

Banana Fritters with Cinnamon-Sugar and Rum

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 »Matt Taylor-Gross

Rhubarb and Angelica Jam

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 »Christina Holmes

Baked Egg Danish with Kimchi and Bacon

Baked Egg Danish with Kimchi and Bacon
Rich, chewy laminated dough puffs up in the oven to suspend kimchi, bacon, and baked eggs in the center of these savory breakfast pastries. Swap out the kimchi and bacon for any of your favorite savory egg accompaniments, like cooked mushrooms and greens or grated cheese and herbs. For the best texture, be sure to drain or squeeze any extra liquid off cooked vegetables before adding. Get the recipe for Baked Egg Danish with Kimchi and Bacon »Christina Holmes

Super-Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits With Honey Butter

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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. High-quality dairy—and high-fat dairy—are two of chef Bourgeois' tricks to making them extra-special. Look for either high-fat buttermilk or a higher fat, European-style butter, which make for a more delicate, flakier texture. Get the recipe for Super-Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits With Honey Butter »Matt Taylor-Gross

Billionaire's Bacon

Billionaire's Bacon
Caramelized brown sugar adds an irresistible layer of sweetness to crispy bacon in this recipe from late chef and food consultant Gene Hovis. Get the recipe for Billionaire's Bacon »Helen Rosner

Blackberry-Mint Scones

Blackberry-Mint Scones
Agatha Kulaga and Erin Patinkin of Brooklyn's Ovenly bakery shared the recipe for these blackberry scones with us, which rely on frozen fruit so you can make them even when blackberries aren't in season. Get the recipe for Blackberry-Mint Scones »Saveur

Crumpets

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 »Andre Baranowski

Liz Smith's Biscuits

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. Get the recipe for Liz Smith's Biscuits »Helen Rosner

Pain au Chocolat

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. Get the recipe for Pain au Chocolat »Todd Coleman

Swiss Hash Browns (Rösti)

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) »Todd Coleman

Donegal Oatcakes

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 »Kristin Perers

Country Ham and Red-Eye Gravy Danish

Country Ham and Red-Eye Gravy Danish
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 »Joseph De Leo

Christmas Morning Sausage Patties

Christmas Morning Sausage Patties
Slightly sweet from the addition of dried cranberries and toasted pine nuts, these sausage patties are perfect next to a stack of pancakes dripping with butter and maple syrup. Get the recipe for Christmas Morning Sausage Patties »Maxime Iattoni

Pecan Sticky Buns

Pecan Sticky Buns
Three types of sugar sweeten this recipe for sticky buns swirled with cinnamon and drizzled with pecan sauce. Get the recipe for Pecan Sticky Buns »Ingalls Photography

Raspberry Pinwheels

Raspberry Pinwheels
These sugar-crusted, jam-filled pastries are a morning treat at Twofish Baking Company in Sea Ranch, California. Get the recipe for Raspberry Pinwheels »André Baranowski

Nutella Buns

Nutella Buns
This breakfast treat is a decadent update of the classic cinnamon bun: the chocolate-hazelnut addition of Nutella makes for a gooey finish. Get the recipe for Nutella Buns »Maxime Iattoni