The only thing more stressful than unexpected guests on a Sunday morning is guests showing up unexpectedly when the cupboard is bare. Even if your friends are the understanding kind, it can feel awkward to offer up leftover Chinese food and cold cereal as coffee accompaniments.

But with just a bit of advance planning, you can forever avoid being in a brunch pinch. Many of the most popular morning dishes are suitable for freezing, which means you're just a quick reheating session away from a satisfying meal (Pro tip: When visitors come knocking, preheat the oven before you open the door.)

From sweet to savory, here are seven brunch mainstays to keep on hand:

These buttery pastries are the ideal vehicle for the various jams and jellies you may have collected from farmers markets.


Brunch doesn't have to weigh you down for the rest of the day: These waffles make a great power snack at any time of the day. But you can always add chocolate chips to the batter for a sweet treat.


All of the familiar brunch flavors with none of the fuss is this casserole's selling point. Don't make the hollandaise until it's time to thaw and serve; if you're feeling ambitious, you can create the sauce from scratch.


Potatoes are a great way to start the day, especially when paired with smoked sausage and cheese. For a sweeter dish, use maple-flavored pork sausage.


Another morning take on tubers, these breakfast burritos are excellent alongside scrambled eggs. Serve with your favorite hot sauce and salsa verde.


You'll make fast food restaurants look pokey with these croissant breakfast sandwiches, ready in 1-2 minutes. Ideal with fresh fruit, the sandwiches can be adjusted with your choice of cheeses.


Baked in muffin tins, this is the perfect brunch dish to store in an already crowded freezer. As with all of the recipes listed here, allow the cups to thoroughly cool before freezing.


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