7 Ideas for New Year’s Day Brunch

By Kristin Donnelly Posted December 29, 2016

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

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

2. Smoked Fish

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

3. Caviar Cake

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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.

4. Liège Waffles

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

5. Eggs Benedict

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

6. French Toast Sandwiches

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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

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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 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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