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After a long winter, we want to wake up to colorful, cheerful food, and these recipes get us off to a great start. They range from hearty weekend fare -- including red flannel hash, a one-pan Danish, and a quiche that embodies the warmth of the sun -- to breakfast sandwiches for any and every day of the week. Oh, what a beautiful morning!
The sun itself was the inspiration for this gorgeous quiche with a phyllo crust, and just looking at it gives you an earthy, satisfying Mediterranean feeling. Chard is a star in that part of the world. The leaves turn rich and tender when cooked; here, the mild stems provide a vivid topping. Sheets of phyllo dough form the crust, and the untrimmed corners create burnished, flaky rays.
For Lazy Days and Sundays: Waffles and pancakes aren’t the most colorful breakfast foods, but they make ideal backdrops for splashes of brightness. Take waffles in a sunny, tropical direction with kiwifruit and citrus.
Pancakes get a lift from whipped egg whites folded into the batter, a spoonful of ricotta, inky fresh blueberries scattered on top, and a drizzle of Lyle’s Golden Syrup to finish (Yes, maple syrup would work too!).
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#BluePlateSpecial: A good looker with sturdily economical roots, red flannel hash came about as the way to use up vegetables left over from a New England boiled dinner -- now we cook it from scratch! Beets are the key ingredient. Pastrami isn’t traditional but gives smoke and savor to the sweet root vegetables. Our recipe makes the dish even more colorful by coddling eggs in the hash. Serve with a raw-carrot-and-herb salad for bright contrast.
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For weekday mornings or weekends, try a colorful smoothie bowl. Inventing new combinations (then posting the photos to prove it) has certainly become a thing on social media, and for good reason: You can pack as many fruits, vegetables, and other healthful ingredients (seeds, nuts, protein-rich quinoa) into them as you like, and they’re tailor-made for toppings.
With their smear of runny egg yolk unifying the other elements, plenty of napkins are a must for these playful breakfast sandwiches. When assembling one, think about putting the fried egg on the top half of the roll, then flipping it over onto the rest of the sandwich. That way, when the yolk breaks, it dresses the other ingredients, not just the bread.
Greens, eggs, and ham (not the Dr Seussian combo, though we also have a recipe for that!) come together in this delicious way to start the day.
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A bacon-lettuce-tomato sandwich is a classic lunch, adding egg to the mix makes for a sublime breakfast. Watercress stands in for the usual "L" and adds a lively bite, but somehow "BLW" doesn't have the same appeal.
Some like it spicy, smoky, and meaty in their morning sandwich -- this satisfying combo has all that and then some: avocado, crema (Mexican sour cream), and both chipotle and poblano.
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Reason Alone for Brunch! Consider this a glorious homemade take on beloved breakfast cake from a box. Not only is it fragrant, yeasty, and filled with the gentle sweetness of cream cheese and jam, but the dough is easy to make. The fact that you make one big Danish instead of individual ones seals the deal. Stone-ground cornmeal adds crunchy golden goodness to the crumble topping.
And just right for entertaining, this gorgeous pastry can be made the night before and baked before guests arrive.
Ceramic rectangular baking dish, by Martha Stewart Collection, 9" by 13", macys.com.