NWR Easy Breakfast Foods For a Group?

posted 2 years ago in Cooking
Post # 2
7281 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

I would avoid making pancakes unless you have a really big griddle to work on. otherwise, pancakes for that many people will take forever to cook.

Maybe egg casseroles? One old favorite of ours uses Pillsbury biscuits on the bottom, topped with cooked breakfast sausage, eggs mixed with milk, and cheese. Another old favorite is cooked bacon, sausage, or ham on the bottom, eggs mixed with milk poured over that, a layer of thawed tater tots over that, topped with cheese. Both bake in a 375 over for 30-40 minutes.

Or maybe make a big batch of overnight crockpot oatmeal (Teen LK devours apple cinnamon crockpot oatmeal), served with scrambled eggs and bacon (bake the bacon in the oven to get a big batch all hot and ready at the same time for serving).

You could also do individual egg pucks (place 1-2 teaspoons of desired fillings in a muffin tin cup, pour in 1 uncooked scrambled egg, repeat for the whole muffin tin, bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes). You could have a filling bar and let people iron chef their own concoctions. Custom made, without you being a short order cook.

Other help yourself options- muffins and scones (store bought or homemade before you leave), different varieties of oatmeal packets, donuts

Post # 3
42157 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I suggest avoiding pancakes too. You will be at the stove forever. I would  choose oven baked French Toast over pancakes. It’s all ready at the same time.


I take the slices out of the pan and place them individually on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper to bake.

You can bake the bacon or sausage first, remove it from the oven,( keep warm on a  plate over a pan of simmering water with a lid over the plate, if there is no microwave) then bake the French Toast.

Another option would be to do a breakfast strata, prepared the night before and baked in the am.


Post # 4
1654 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I also suggest some kind of egg casserole or quiche.

Here is a recipe similar to one I make as a “side dish” breakfast dish: http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/cheesy-hash-brown-casserole

I don’t use parmesan cheese or paprika, but that is the basic outline of the recipe I use. It’s REALLY good. You could make a big batch of scrambled eggs to go with it to serve a larger group, or veggie scramble type thing to make it look fancier.

I also suggest quick breads (cranberry, banana bread, lemon poppy, zuccini etc.) and/or muffins. That way you can cover your bases with savory type breakfasts and sweet.


Post # 5
1654 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Another easy thing to make are breakfast/sausage kolaches. (http://www.jasonandshawnda.com/foodiebride/archives/11173/)

For the record, I always just get the Pillsbury Grands Homestyle Butter Biscuits in the can and Lil’ Smokies cocktail links.  Just split the biscuits in half (or use two lil smokies in each), mold it into a thin round disk/cup fill with cheese and 1 lil smokie and pinch together making a pocket. Place on a baking sheet and repeat until you run out of dough, then bake as recommended on the package for biscuits until golden brown.  Just make sure the biscuit pockets are sealed well otherwise they will open up when baking.

You can also do this with round breakfast sausages, just don’t split the dough in half.  You will probably want to make 2-3 cans of biscuits because they are GOOD and people will eat like 4 each.

ETA: If you use round breakfast sausages, make sure they are cooked first obviously. Then put them in the dough.

Post # 6
1067 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Here’s a list of sweet and savory slow cooker breakfast recipes (they all sound really good!) http://www.today.com/food/10-slow-cooker-breakfasts-youll-dream-about-all-night-2D79338370

Like PP have suggested, breakfast casseroles or stratas, muffins, and bagels are great. Sauage and bacon are easy to do in the oven while you prepare other items, and you also can’t go wrong with scrambled eggs either.

Whenever I have overnight guests or do a group breakfast, I always get a bunch of fruit like berries and bananas since it can be a side or add-on to almost any breakfast.

Post # 7
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Breakfast burritos? You could easily make them ahead of time and warm them up later.

Post # 8
2385 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

carolinabelle:  I’d nix the pancakes- they would take forever with that many people plus, they create such a mess! I’d stick with one-pot wonders like a fritata, quiche, or casserole. I like fritata’s because you can put pretty much anything in them (the base is just eggs & potato’s) and they are super easy and hearty. It’s basically a quiche, but heavier and without the crust. 


Post # 9
6977 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I would do some breakfast casseroles/quiches, along with bagels/muffins and some fresh fruit maybe?

Post # 10
3018 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Toast and crumpets is also a great one – bring out butter, jam, peanut butter maybe Nutella and some slices of cheese or meat, serve with fruit and bake some sausages for the side. Less mess than the eggs, too. (Toast for a group with the broiler on the oven – set a baking tray of bread under the broiler for about 20 seconds, flip it, and pull it out when it starts to brown.)


you could bring out some fancy scones or pain au chocolate or something for the last, easy day. Is someone else picking coffee, tea, milk and juice? 


With tho your slow cooker oatmeal, I would get some frozen fruit and ice cream to make it into a special treat.

Post # 11
1810 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

You could make individual omelettes in a bag. Sounds weird I know but works great when camping. Have a bunch of omelette ingredients prepped (grated cheese, diced onion, mushroom, tomato, ham, etc) and eggs whipped up. Have each peron write their name on a zip lock bag, fill with their ingredients and throw all the baggies into a pot of boiling water. They cook up fast and clean up is easy! 

Post # 12
8389 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I think it depends on what you consider “easy” and what the cooking facilities will be like.  Some of my favorite breakfast foods to make are biscuits and gravy, cinnamon rolls, quiche, skillet potatoes, corned beef hash, and fresh bagels with vegetable cream cheese. 

Post # 13
1248 posts
Bumble bee

every week i make a egg & ham casserolle i bring for breakfast to work everyday. a regular casserolle dish makes 6 good sized servings.

9 eggs beaten

3 bell peppers choopped

2 packs of diced ham (i do high protein so its a lot of ham, but its also very filling)

1 c shredded cheddar cheese

sautee bell peppers for a couple minutes, add in the ham just to flavor it & separate the pieces. I season them with seasoning salt. Drain. pour into casserolle dish, pour beatened eggs on top, shake the pan to even it all out, then sprinkle the cheese on top. bake at 400* for 25min. Very easy, very cheap & very delish and filling!

ETA- this could easily make 12 servings, and would be great served with a carb like toast/bagle/banana

Post # 14
682 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

carolinabelle:  I would do like a french toast bake and maybe a quiche? Maybe even different varieties so people can have choices?! 

Post # 15
2174 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Cinnamon rolls, fresh fruit and bacon

Quiche, hash browns, sausage

Bagels, cream cheese/spreads, granola, yogurt


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