New Year's Eve scares me a little bit—I normally try to turn in fairly early, so any time I'm partying past midnight I know I'm going to drink too much. The obviously solution is just to have a little self-control and alternate booze and water, but, despite my best intentions, I have a feeling I will wake up on January 1st with a hangover.
If I can't keep myself from being hungover, at least I can make sure I have food on hand to nurse myself back to health. To that end, we've got 18 hangover-friendly breakfast recipes for New Year's Day, whether you're looking for something simple like fried eggs or granola, or a total gut-buster like a croque madame or junk-food migas.
Fried Eggs Your Way
If you're looking for a simple breakfast, it's hard to beat a plate of eggs. We have fried egg recipes to suite every taste:sunny-side up (for the ultimate simplicity), over-easy (for perfectly cooked whites every time) or really fried (for crispy edges).
Scrambled Eggs Your Way
Fried eggs aren't hard, but they take a little more finesse than I'm capable of after the wildest nights out. On the other hand, I can pretty much always muster the strength to make scrambled eggs. As with fried eggs, we have a variety of recipes to choose from—varying the heat of the pan and the amount of stirring can make eggs that are fluffy, slightly soft, or super soft and spoonable.
Waffle-Iron Hash Browns
Need something to serve with the eggs? Potatoes are a great way to bulk up your breakfast. You can't go wrong with perfectly crispy hash browns—we like to use a waffle iron to give them a crunchy exterior and smooth interior. Moisture is the enemy of hash browns, so squeeze as much water out of the shredded potatoes as you possibly can before cooking them.
Scrambled Egg and Cheese Drop-Biscuit Breakfast Sandwiches
My go-to move when I have a hangover is to make scrambled eggs with an amount of cheese that a more reasonable person might describe as insane. This recipe should give you a good idea of what I'm talking about—it has so much mozzarella that you might confuse it for queso fundido. Making biscuits might sound like too much work, but they only take 15 minutes of active work.
Doritos Migas With Pepper Jack, Tomatoes, and Jalapeño
If I'm letting a professional cook me breakfast on New Year's Day, I might go with a plate of traditional migas, but if I'm at home there's no way I'm going to fry up a batch of homemade tortilla chips. I'll probably go low-brow and use crumbled Doritos instead, mixing them with scrambled eggs, onions, jalapeños, tomatoes, and plenty of pepper jack cheese.
Vegan Migas (Mexican-Style Fried Tortillas With Tofu)
I know a lot of you like to drown your hangovers in eggs and cheese, but I'm sure our vegan readers get drunk, too. This vegan variation on migas is made with silken tofu, which has a similar creaminess to soft-scrambled eggs. We shallow-fry the chips to make them a little easier—they don't need to be perfectly crisp.
BraveTart: One-Bowl, Overnight Cinnamon Rolls
If you're anticipating being out of commission on New Year's Day, you might want to consider preparing breakfast ahead of time. Almost all the work for these cinnamon rolls can be done a day in advance—all you have to do when you drag yourself out of bed is throw them in the oven and pipe on the icing when they're finished baking.
Crisp Homemade Granola
After a really debaucherous night my stomach can't usually handle anything too intense—I'm more likely to be nursing something more mild. One of my top choices is yogurt topped with a homemade granola made with raw pumpkin seeds, almonds, pecans, dried apricots, tart cherries, and blueberries.
Ultra-Smashed Brunch Burgers With Quick Jalapeño Hollandaise
If you're more into gut-busting hangover cures then ignore the rest of our list and go straight for this monstrosity. Enough to scare any hangover into submission, we make this epic brunch burger by serving a crispy smashed patty on an English muffin with bacon, avocado, Colby Jack, a fried egg, and spicy jalapeño Hollandaise.
Rich and Creamy Croques Madames
I hope you didn't actually stop reading, because I've got another ultra-rich breakfast for you. The croque madame is a brunch classic made by setting a fried egg atop a croque monsieur, which itself is a rich sandwich made with ham, Dijon mustard, and both grated cheese and a silky Mornay sauce.
Sweet Potato, Sage, and Fried Egg Tacos
My not-at-all-expert opinion is that you need carbs to soak up booze, and these tacos have plenty. We make them by stuffing warm corn tortillas with sautéed sweet potatoes, then topping with fried eggs. When you break into the yolk it blends with the hot sauce and crema to make a simple but comforting sauce.
Quick and Easy Huevos Rancheros With Tomato-Chili Salsa
Huevos rancheros—fried tortillas, runny fried eggs, and plenty of salsa—is an easy dish that takes only half an hour even if you make our homemade tomato and red chili salsa. It's totally doable on a hangover, but on New Year's Day I won't blame you for making the dish even simpler by using jarred salsa.
Diner-Style Ham and Cheese Omelette for Two
There are times for elegant French omelettes and times for hearty American ones, and I think you know which is more appropriate after one too many glasses of sparkling wine. Diner-style omelettes are all about the big, fluffy curds, which you get by being careful not to overwork the eggs. Feel free to stuff the omelette however you want—diced ham and cheddar is always a good choice.
Homemade Egg McMuffin
I used to live right next door to a McDonald's, so I ate more Egg McMuffins than I'm proud of. These days, though, if I'm craving those flavors, I'll make the sandwich myself. There are a couple tricks to keep in mind: Cooking the egg in a Mason jar lid gives it the perfect shape and wrapping the sandwich in foil after assembly melts the cheese and softens the English muffin.
Regardless of how much I drink the night before, there are few breakfasts I love as much as creamy sausage gravy. Our recipe is pretty standard—roux, pork sausage, milk—but gives you the option of adding chopped fresh sage and dried red pepper flakes for extra flavor. Don't forget the biscuits—our two-ingredient recipe is too easy to skip.
Shakshuka (North African-Style Poached Eggs in Spicy Tomato Sauce)
Shakshuka is impressive enough for a fancy brunch but simple enough for a rough morning. The dish is extremely versatile—our version is made with charred onion, red pepper, and chilies; spices like paprika and cumin; and of course tomatoes and eggs. Spoon some of the sauce over the egg whites before covering the pan to help them cook at the same speed as the yolks.
Tamago Kake Gohan (Japanese-Style Rice With Egg)
Not everyone is going to want to start the New Year with raw eggs, but this Japanese breakfast dish is rich, comforting, and incredibly easy to make. All you have to do is microwave leftover rice; mix it with a raw egg, soy sauce, salt, and a pinch of MSG; and top with furikake and a raw egg yolk.
30-Minute Pressure Cooker Pho Ga (Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup)
Pho is typically eaten for breakfast in Vietnam and chicken soup is a beloved cure-all in the West, so we think that a morning bowl of pho makes perfect sense as a hangover cure. The traditional technique of simmering the soup for hours probably won't do you much good on New Year's Day, but with a pressure cooker you can make a totally respectable version in just 30 minutes.