The Breakfast Contest

TheNewYorker – Maira Kalman

12 Contest-Winning Breakfast-for-Dinner Recipes

We asked readers to submit their best rise-and-shine dishes that taste just as good at suppertime. These are the dishes that delighted our taste panel and made us want to eat breakfast all over again.

Grand Prize: Lemon Blackberry Tortilla French Toast

This twist on crepes is tart-sweet with a creamy lemon filling and juicy blackberries. Think of this as a cross between thin French toast, light crepes and crispy quesadillas. —Arlene Erlbach, Morton Grove, Illinois

First Place: Sweet Potato Dutch Baby with Praline Syrup

This recipe reminds me of my favorite Dutch baby breakfast from when I was a child. It’s a perfect comfort dish morning or evening. —Angela Spengler, Niceville, Florida


Second Place: Cheddar-Butternut Squash Clafoutis

I came up with this savory version of the classic French dessert, clafoutis, and shared it for dinner with a salad. My friends loved it, but in the end I could have eaten the whole pan myself while dreaming of being in Paris with every scrumptious bite. —Joseph A. Sciascia, San Mateo, California


Third Place: Apple Pie Ricotta Waffles

I had apples and ricotta cheese to use up, so instead of making a pie I decided to do something different. The result was these fluffy, tender waffles with just a hint of sweetness. —Teri Rasey, Cadillac, Michigan

I love the combination of bacon and cheese. Add some veggies and a homemade flaky pie crust and you have a comforting Sunday night meal or a cozy, filling breakfast. —Ashley Hudd, Holton, Michigan

Runner Up: Pepperoni & Sausage Deep-Dish Pizza Quiche

I have to say, even though I love to cook and bake, quiche is a dish I don’t make often. One day I was inspired to make quiche that would be delicious for both breakfast and dinner—pizza is always the answer. —Donna Chesney, Naples, Florida

These creamy grits topped with Italian sausage, peppers, onions and a fried egg are total comfort food and perfect for brunch or dinner. They are easy to put together and will satisfy a hungry crew. —Debbie Glasscock, Conway, Arkansas

Adding mustard to the chicken coating adds a tang that’s amazing with the savory waffles and sweet maple syrup. —John Ginn, Carlisle, Pennsylvania

I turned traditional shakshuka into a fun brunch pizza. Its sweet, spicy and crunchy ingredients make it perfect for morning, noon or night. —Phillipe Sobon, Harwood Heights, Illinois

Runner Up: Slow-Cooker Breakfast Burritos

Prep these tasty, hearty burritos the night before for a quick breakfast in the morning or let them cook while you are away on a weekend afternoon for an easy supper. —Anna Miller, Churdan, Iowa

Runner Up: Southern Hash Browns & Ham Sheet-Pan Bake

There’s nothing more perfect on a busy weeknight than breakfast for dinner, especially when a sheet pan is used to make it. In my recipe, hash browns and ham are tossed with a special sauce that’s sweet, tangy and irresistible. Add in a few eggs and some freshly chopped scallions, and dinner—or breakfast—is served. —Colleen Delawder, Herndon, Virginia

I frequently cook Sunday brunch for my husband and myself, and I am always experimenting with new recipes. Apples picked from our tree were the inspiration behind these sweet and savory pancakes, which my husband quickly declared a keeper. —Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

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