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Make-Ahead French Toast, Quiche, and Bacon for a Super-Easy Brunch

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

French toast casserole
Photography by: Julia Gartland

When hosting a full house during the holidays, 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.

 

 

Make-Ahead Mains

spinach cheddar slab quiche
Photography by: Julia Gartland

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.

 

Get the Spinach-and-Cheddar Slab Quiche Recipe
pear raspberry baked french toast
Photography by: Julia Gartland

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 holiday, too!

 

Get the Pear-and-Raspberry Baked French Toast Recipe

Guest Stars

 

To make brunch even brighter, round out your main attraction with two winning sidekicks.

oj upgrade
Photography by: Peter Ardito

An OJ Upgrade

Remove peel and pith from 2 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 5 cups.

bacon
Photography by: Peter Ardito

A Sizzling Solution

Cook 2 to 3 pounds bacon the day before, then let cool completely, stack on paper towels, and store in the fridge. The next morning, reheat on a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet in a 300-degree oven 10 to 12 minutes.