Treat Your Partner to These 6 Make-Ahead Breakfasts

You want to impress your significant other with a delicious leisurely breakfast, but you’re not exactly a morning person. Fortunately, dragging yourself out of bed at the crack of dawn isn’t your only option if you want to treat someone special to a nice morning meal. Many breakfast recipes can be made entirely or almost entirely in advance, so all you have to do is sneak out of bed, turn on the oven, and let the compliments roll in.

Here are six make-ahead breakfast recipes that will have your partner swooning.

1. Spinach and Cheese Strata

Spinach, bread and cheese strata

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A strata — a combination of eggs, cheese, stale bread, and other ingredients — is the perfect make-ahead breakfast. This recipe from Smitten Kitchen calls for spinach and Gruyère cheese. Simply cook and assemble the key ingredients the night before, and then cover, leave in the fridge overnight, and bake the next morning.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen spinach, thawed, squeeze of all excess liquid, and chopped
  • 1½ cups finely chopped onion
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 8 cups French or Italian bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 6 ounces coarsely grated Gruyère
  • 2 ounces finely grated Parmesan
  • 2¾ cups milk
  • 9 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

Head to Smitten Kitchen for the full recipe.

2. Lemon Poppy Seed Scones

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When served with coffee and fresh fruit, these flaky, lemony scones are the perfect center piece to a light breakfast. Best of all, you can make these pastries well in advance, as they’ll keep, unbaked and well wrapped, in the freezer for up to three months. Recipe courtesy of Favorite Freezer Foods.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • ⅓ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 8 tablespoons cold or frozen butter
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1 tablespoon sugar for topping

Head to Favorite Freezer Foods for the full recipe.

3. Overnight Oatmeal with Apricots and Buttermilk

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Steel-cut oats have a delicious nutty flavor and are an excellent source of fiber, iron, and protein. The only downside is that they can take a long time to cook, especially compared to rolled oats. This recipe from The Kitchn gets around that problem by using a crockpot to cook the oats overnight, so that they’re ready to eat as soon as you roll out of bed.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup dried apricots, snipped into small pieces
  • 3½ cups water
  • 1 cup buttermilk, milk, or cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons wheat bran (optional)

Head to The Kitchn for the full recipe.

4. Gravlax

Smoked salmon appetizer, lox

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Gravlax, or salmon cured with salt and sugar and flavored with dill or other spices, is a traditional Scandinavian dish. It looks fancy but it’s actually relatively easy to make. You’ll need to plan ahead, though. This recipe from Ina Garten needs to cure in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days. Once it’s done, you can eat it as a snack or appetizer with pumpernickel bread and mustard sauce, or serve it on bagels spread with cream cheese or with scrambled eggs for breakfast.

Ingredients:

  • 3 pounds fresh salmon, center cut
  • 1 large bunch of dill, plus more for serving
  • ½ cup kosher salt
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons white peppercorns, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon whole fennel seeds

Head to Food Network for the full recipe.

5. Overnight Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon Roll Sticky Buns

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Sweet and sticky cinnamon rolls are sure to be a hit with your sweetheart. You’ll need to mix and roll the dough for these treats the night before; the icing can be made in the morning. Recipe from Alton Brown.

Ingredients:

  • 4 large egg yolks, room temperature
  • 1 large whole egg, room temperature
  • 2 ounces sugar, approximately ¼ cup
  • 3 ounces unsalted butter, melted, approximately 6 tablespoons
  • 6 ounces buttermilk, room temperature
  • 20 ounces all-purpose flour, approximately 4 cups, plus additional for dusting
  • 1 package instant dry yeast, approximately 2¼ teaspoons
  • 1¼ teaspoons kosher salt
  • Vegetable oil or cooking spray

For filling

  • 8 ounces light brown sugar, approximately 1 cup packed
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch salt
  • ¾-ounce unsalted butter, melted, approximately 1½ tablespoons

For icing

  • 2½ ounces cream cheese, softened, approximately ¼ cup
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 5½ ounces powdered sugar, approximately 1½ cups

Head to Food Network for the full recipe. 

6. Sweet Potato Hash

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This sweet potato hash is tasty and paleo-friendly, which means that it’s the perfect way to kick off the morning if you have an action-packed day ahead of you. Prepping most of the ingredients the night before reduces the morning cook time to just under 20 minutes, so you can have an amazing breakfast ready in a flash. Recipe from Paleo Grubs.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • ½ tablespoon ghee
  • 2 Italian sausages, diced
  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 3 tablespoons fresh rosemary
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3 eggs

 

Head to Paleo Grubs for the full recipe. 

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