7 Ideas for New Year’s Day Brunch

By Kristin Donnelly Posted December 31, 2015

New Year’s Day brunch should be long and leisurely, with plenty of different hangover-combating dishes. Here, some ideas for the best way to start your year.

1. Savory Tart

For an extra-decadent tart, fill pastry with the soft French cow’s milk cheese Époisses, along with ham, apples and cream.

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2. Smoked Fish

Instead of the usual bagels and lox, serve smoked sturgeon (or sable) with caviar, quail eggs and everything bagel crumbs.

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3. Caviar Cake

If you missed having caviar on New Year’s Eve, try it for brunch by making this retro-chic “cake”—which is actually custard topped with two types of caviar.

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4. Liège Waffles

These sugary Belgian-style waffles taste just as good at room temperature as they do hot.

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5. Eggs Benedict

If you’re feeling ambitious, make an extra special version of this classic brunch dish by adding lobster or Reuben sandwich toppings, like sauerkraut and corned beef.

6. French Toast Sandwiches

Upgrade the usual French toast and spread brioche with peanut butter, soak in custard and coat with cornflakes, then cook on the griddle.

7. Breakfast Bakes

An egg casserole, like one with potatoes and chorizo, is a terrific way to serve a small crowd on New Year’s.


Kristin Donnelly is a former Food & Wine editor and author of the forthcoming The Modern Potluck (Clarkson Potter, 2016) and the blog Eat Better, Drink Better (eatbetterdrinkbetter.com). She is also the cofounder of Stewart & Claire, an all-natural line of lip balms made in Brooklyn.

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