Hosting a brunch at your home and making breakfast for a crowd can be stressful under the best conditions. But figuring out how to accommodate your guests' dietary restrictions can add another layer of anxiety to your event, especially if you're not used to cooking vegan brunch dishes or you're unfamiliar with gluten-free ingredients. Now, you don't want to be the person responsible for your friend's allergic reaction, but you also want the rest of the guests to enjoy a satisfying brunch without adding too much extra work to your own plate. Fortunately, there are several easy brunch dishes for a crowd that'll satisfy everyone at your party, regardless of their dietary restrictions.
Accommodating your friends' dietary needs doesn't have be a chore, and if you ever have any specific questions about what your guest can or cannot eat, it's always best to ask them directly. But if you're feeling stumped about what to cook for brunch that'll make all of your guests happy, try one of these six big batch brunch recipes. If you plan it correctly, you'll be able to feed your vegan, gluten-free, allergy-prone, kosher, and lactose intolerant friends with a single brunch dish—so you can stop worrying about what to eat and start focusing on having a good time.
If someone in the crowd has a nut allergy, it's best to steer clear of baked goods for breakfast. This tater tot and breakfast sausage casserole recipe from Plain Chicken is a safe nut-free breakfast option for a crowd, least of all because you can prep it in advance.
Setting up a yogurt bar so your guests can make their own breakfast parfaits is a simple way to manage a bunch of different dietary restrictions. Put out some yogurt, honey, fresh fruit and berries, and some kind of gluten-free granola for the crunch, like this gingerbread granola recipe from Kitchn. That way, your guests can pick and add whatever ingredients they like best.
This recipe for a pepperoni pizza breakfast casserole by Everyday Maven is both dairy-free and gluten-free, so it's perfect for anyone who wants to eat pizza for breakfast but might not actually be able to eat traditional pizza.
Shakshuka is a fairly common Middle Eastern breakfast dish with tomato sauce and eggs that's perfect for a big brunch, especially when there are kosher or dairy-free folks at the table. This recipe from Family Friends Food has eggplant, which isn't necessarily traditional, but it's definitely welcome. Be sure to serve with pita bread so all the sauce can be sopped up.
An oatmeal bake is a great big batch breakfast for a mostly vegan crowd. This recipe for blueberry maple baked oatmeal from Produce on Parade has no dairy, instead using coconut milk, flax seed, and coconut oil. It's healthier than a traditional blueberry or apple crisp, but it's still got all of that sweet, baked flavor.
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Setting up a DIY breakfast taco bar is the best way to accommodate a wide variety of food sensitivities. Start with the classic breakfast taco ingredients, like scrambled eggs, stir-fried chorizo or breakfast sausage, guacamole, and salsa—as recommended by Food, Folks and Fun. But then, be sure to have options for your friends with dietary restrictions.
If you use corn tortillas instead of flour tortillas, for example, the gluten-free folks will be happy. You can keep the dairy items, like cheese and sour cream, separate from the scrambled eggs and breakfast meats for your dairy-free friends. Sauté some vegan chorizo or make a fajita-like filling with green peppers for your vegan and vegetarian friends. And then, let your guests pick which ingredients are best for them! It's a no-fail option for breakfast for a crowd with all of the dietary restrictions.