Feed a crowd with a showstopping main dish prepped in advance.


Whether you're hosting a full house for the holidays or inviting friends over for a special weekend brunch, take back the morning with a leisurely meal that satisfies a crowd and spares you the agita. Slide a pre-assembled main dish, like a cheesy quiche or a French-toast casserole (or both!), in the oven, and make a few favorite sides. Yes, there will be bacon.

Pear-and-Raspberry Baked French Toast

If you're feeding a big group, forget slaving over French toast on the stove. Assembling a casserole in advance and baking it in the oven is the move. That way you can sit back and let guests help themselves-after all, it's your party, too!

spinach cheddar slab quiche
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Spinach-and-Cheddar Slab Quiche

Store-bought shortcuts including puff pastry and frozen spinach allow you to get this large-format quiche on the table in no time. Like all quiches, it's equally delicious warm or at room temperature.

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A Sizzling Solution

Bacon is the perfect side dish for breakfast or brunch, and it always goes fast-especially if you're serving Smithfield's Hometown Original Bacon. To ensure you have enough for everyone, we suggest cooking two to three pounds the day before your event, letting it cool completely, stacking the bacon on paper towels, then storing it in the fridge. The next morning, reheat on a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet in a 300-degree oven 10 to 12 minutes. You'll get perfect, crispy bacon, guaranteed.

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An OJ Upgrade

Bottled juices just can't compete with fresh-squeezed. Making it yourself is so easy. Remove peel and pith from two pounds mixed citrus, such as oranges, tangerines, and grapefruits. Roughly chop and discard seeds. Blend with 1 1/2 cups cold water and serve over ice. Makes five cups.


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