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10 Best Brunch Recipes For Holiday Houseguests

The big feast is behind us, but there are still hungry houseguests to feed. Treat your company to a homemade brunch, from an elegant spinach and cheese strata to muffins bursting with fresh blueberries.
11/26/2016 08:39am ET | Updated December 6, 2017
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The big feast is behind us, but there are still hungry houseguests to feed. Treat your company to a homemade brunch, from an elegant spinach and cheese strata to muffins bursting with fresh blueberries.

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This elegant brunch strata -- really a savory bread pudding with spinach, cheese and cubes of bread baked in custard -- is ideal for entertaining. You do all of the preparation the night before and then let it rest in the fridge overnight. The next morning you simply turn the oven on, place the strata in, and effortlessly wait for brunch to emerge. GET THE RECIPE

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Tender and sweet-scented with a gorgeous ribbon of melted chocolate running through it, this quick bread is fun to make. You spoon the banana and chocolate batters into a loaf pan alternately, and then artistically swirl the two together with a knife. GET THE RECIPE

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This salad of oranges, grapefruits and pomegranate seeds is the perfect antidote to all the overindulgence of the holidays. With only three ingredients, it's easy enough to make for yourself for breakfast but also elegant enough for company. GET THE RECIPE

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Sweet, orange-scented and chock-full of cranberries and walnuts, this bread is tailor-made for the holidays. And it's the perfect recipe to use up those leftover cranberries you've got in the fridge. GET THE RECIPE

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This easy and elegant smoked salmon spread is all you need to jazz up a bagel brunch. Bonus: it can be made ahead of time and keeps well. GET THE RECIPE

These pumpkin muffins with a crunchy pecan streusel topping are a family favorite. Watch the video to see how easy they are to make! GET THE RECIPE

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This savory bread pudding is brimming with sweet pork sausage and sharp cheddar. I love it for entertaining because it can be made ahead of time and feeds a crowd. GET THE RECIPE

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Sweet, tender, and buttery with morsels of melted chocolate within, children absolutely love these scones. They're wonderful served warm out of the oven, especially on a lazy weekend morning when you feel like spoiling everyone. GET THE RECIPE

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Part booze, part French toast, part bread pudding -- how could you go wrong? This is the ideal company-for-brunch dish because you assemble it the night before, let it sit in the fridge overnight, then just pop it in the oven when you're ready to eat. GET THE RECIPE

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Bursting with fresh blueberries with a tender crumb and sparkling sugar crust, these really are the best blueberry muffins. GET THE RECIPE