I love breakfast food—fluffy pancakes, runny eggs, crispy potatoes, all of it—but I'm not what you'd call a "morning person." When I do make myself a nice breakfast, it's never during proper breakfast time, and I'm okay with that. In fact, it's time we all throw out our hang-ups about when we should eat what and start just eating what we want when we want it, if you follow me. (I mean, within reason—I'm not giving you permission to eat chocolate milkshakes all day. Only you can give yourself that permission.) In honor of this call for freedom, we've gathered a list of mouthwatering breakfast dishes that also make totally great dinners—brinners, if you will.
Fully Loaded Mexican Fried Chicken With Green Chili–Corn Waffles
Classic chicken and waffles is a dish dear to many hearts, but open your mind to this fully loaded Mexican version, and you'll be richly rewarded. Using waffles infused with corn and roasted green chilies, crispy chicken that's been soaked in lime and hot sauce before frying, and a topping of guacamole, salsa roja, crema, and honey-ancho bacon, this is a flavor bomb of a meal that's just as mind-blowing in the evening as it is by day.
Foolproof Eggs Benedict
Here, we've tackled two key breakfast elements—poached eggs and Hollandaise sauce—that are simple but hard to get just right, and made them foolproof. Once you've mastered our methods, you can create eggs Benedict that'll rival what you find at any brunch spot. Served with crisped ham and a buttered English muffin, these also make for a great dinner.
Eggs Sardou (New Orleans-Style Poached Eggs With Artichoke Hearts, Spinach, and Hollandaise)
This uses the same methods as for the above eggs Benedict recipe, but adds a New Orleans twist. Poached eggs and Hollandaise are served with slowly simmered creamed spinach and artichoke hearts—incorporating enough green things to allow it to pass for a nighttime meal, while still satisfying your brunch-y cravings.
Scrambled Egg and Cheese Drop-Biscuit Breakfast Sandwiches
Drop biscuits give you a nice biscuit texture and flavor, with the added advantage of being super-quick and easy to make. Here, they're topped with eggs scrambled with mozzarella, feta cheese, and fresh dill. The result is simple and delicious enough to be a great weeknight meal.
Savory Bacon-Cheddar Pancakes With Corn and Jalapeño
Sure, you can have pancakes for dinner! It's one of the major perks of being an adult, actually. But don't settle for just any old pancakes—make these savory ones, with crisp bacon, jalapeño, melty cheddar cheese, corn, and scallions. A little bit of careful but easy construction leads to a stack that tastes just as good as it looks.
Chorizo and Halloumi Pancakes With Fried Eggs
The grown-up-pancake theme leaves plenty of room for variation. How about pancakes with squeaky, salty, tasty halloumi melted into the middle? Throw some chorizo in there, too? Absolutely. The crisp chorizo pairs nicely with the halloumi, and a fried egg on top doesn't hurt, either.
Quick and Easy Huevos Rancheros With Tomato-Chili Salsa
Huevos rancheros, or rancher's-style eggs, transition from a breakfast meal to dinner with incredible ease. Just top corn tortillas with fried eggs and a homemade smoky and spicy salsa, sprinkle with cotija cheese, and serve with refried beans. It may be quick and easy, but it's also totally satisfying.
Easy Mixed Cheese Quiche
The French already know that a good quiche and a green salad make an ideal light meal, whether at noon or at 8 p.m. This simple, versatile cheese quiche is a great way to use up any random bits of cheese hanging out in your fridge before they get stale. By blind baking the crust with pie weights, you'll minimize shrinking and get a nice golden edge.
Irish Cheddar and Vegetable Bread Pudding
If you've got a loaf of stale bread sitting around, throw together this savory bread pudding for a hearty dinner that feels like a special treat, but takes remarkably little effort. Carrots, onions, thyme, and sharp cheddar flavor the dish, and the top browns and crisps while the inside stays soft and creamy.
Menemen (Turkish-Style Scrambled Eggs With Tomatoes, Onions, and Chilies)
This classic Turkish dish is made up of nothing more than gently scrambled eggs, tomatoes, chilies, and a generous helping of olive oil. It's simple comfort food that's best eaten simply: with crusty bread, salty cheese, and maybe some olives.
Baked Eggs in Avocado Cups With Feta and Mint
Avocado and eggs has always been a great combination, but baking eggs directly inside avocado halves—giving you a natural cup in which to mix up the runny golden yolks with the creamy fruit—is a genius-level move. Both avocado and eggs are cooked right on top of naan or pita, then sprinkled with feta and mint for a minimally messy (and maximally adorable) breakfast or dinner dish.
Crisp, Flaky, Pepperoni Pizza Puff Pastry Waffles
This recipe is an ingenious way to combine waffles and pizza with as little effort as possible—which may have never been an explicit goal of yours, but it sounds pretty good now that the idea's in your head, doesn't it? All you have to do is fill store-bought puff pastry dough with pepperoni and cheese and cook it in the waffle iron until crispy. And dunk it in some marinara sauce on the side, of course.
Puff Pastry Breakfast Egg Tarts
These pretty, individual tarts topped with melted cheese, baked eggs, and roasted tomatoes make for a delightful dinner. The recipe uses blitz puff pastry, which is much easier to make than traditional puff pastry, but still gets you all the buttery layers you're looking for. Serve these with a salad for a complete meal.
Crispy Potato, Chorizo, and Green Chili Hash With Avocado and Eggs
This is a hash that deserves to be called a meal. The potatoes are par-boiled and then fried in chorizo fat so they turn out flavorful and perfectly cooked. Mixed with chorizo and seared green chilies, and topped with baked eggs and avocado, it's as good a way to end the day as it is to start it.
Dill Yorkshire Puddings With Smoked Salmon and Horseradish Cream
Making Yorkshire pudding for dinner (or any time of day, for that matter) may sound super fancy-pants, but these individual, muffin-sized puddings flavored with fresh dill and garlic make it easy. They pair wonderfully with smoked salmon and a fiery horseradish cream.
Breakfast Torta With Bacon, Eggs, and Chipotle Guacamole
With eggs, bacon, and cheese, you can whip up a quick and reliably tasty sandwich for any time of day. Add refried beans, guacamole, cilantro, and chipotle chilies to turn it into a Mexican-style torta with layers of flavor and texture—smoky and fresh, creamy and crispy.
Potato, Spinach, and Goat Cheese Quiche
Relying on soft potatoes, bright spinach, and tangy goat cheese rather than meat for flavor and texture, this quiche is at once hearty and light. And it's a great dish to make ahead of time, since it tastes especially good at room temperature.
Doritos Migas With Pepper Jack, Tomatoes, and Jalapeño
This is a brinner best served with a few beers, or maybe after a few beers is more likely. Crushed Nacho Cheese Doritos (yes, really) stand in ably for traditional fried tortillas in this flavorful dish of eggs mixed with pepper jack cheese and tomatoes. Top it with avocado and hot sauce, and you've got either a fabulous tipsy snack or a potent hangover treatment, depending on the time of day.