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Breakfast Ideas for Large Group

We are going on a family vacation with my husband's siblings, parents, and nieces/nephews next weekend. Each family is in charge of a certain meal for the entire weekend. We are in charge of breakfasts for 3 mornings. The cabin we are staying in has a stoveTOP but NO OVEN! As far as I can tell, there is also no microwave. We will be feeding 8 children (ages 1 to 7) and 9 adults. I am in need of kid-friendly breakfasts that I can either make on the stovetop or be able to bring along (There is a refrigerator). I appreciate any help... I don't want to be stuck with cold cereal and toaster waffles all weekend! :) Thanks, in advance.

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Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I am always SO impressed by the responses I get. I'd expected 3 or 4 answers and I got SO MANY good ideas! My husband is strictly a bacon and eggs person (which I am not -- haha) so the frut/yogurt parfait, fruit salad, breakfast tacos, and omelette stations sound amazing. Now I just need to decide which ideas to use this year and which ones to hold on to for next year! Thank you for helping me. We should have an amazing vacation with all your help... Or at least breakfast will be amazing!

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Pancakes, eggs, bacon/sausage, melon. Make faces on pancakes with fruit for the children. Pancakes topped with fruit and whipped cream. Then there's scrambled eggs. You can make them more filling with mushrooms, tomatoes(chopped), onions, bacon bits. Take a waffle iron or two and let them make their own waffles (kids love this) and don't forget the powdered sugar. Don't forget plenty of fresh fruit.

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Do the omelets in a bag. Everyone puts their name on their quart size zip bag in permanent marker. Bring a BIG pot of water to a boil. Everyone adds eggs, ham, cheese, veggies, salt, pepper, whatever you have and they want! Zip it shut without any air and squish it together and throw it in the pot. Cook about 15 min for well done, about 12 for eggs a little undercooked. Good luck!

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Getting a couple of laves of French bread, some eggs (eggs don't really have to be in the fridge), milk, vanilla, and some other stuff will make easy French toast. A huge box of pancake mix, a couple bottles of syrup and some margarine will make yummy pancakes.

I always used my old Taste of Home magazines to get idea for a crowd. They used to have a page called food for a crowd. It had recipes for groups ranging from 15 to 100.

Any thing you normally make for breakfast will be good just more to cook and more time to prepare. If you had a stove the Taste of Home recipe for baked French toast is VERY good but it's too soggy to cook any way except in the 13x9 cake pan, it soaks milk and stuff up into it all night.

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Honestly, I love to cook breakfasts for large groups in the crockpot. There are tons of recipes for breakfast casseroles, cobblers/crisps and quiches, and you can usually set it at night. I serve these with fruit/yogurt/toast/englsh muffins. In the morning its so easy to put out the fruit, yogurt and toast, then slice and serve whats in the crockpot.
At first my family thought I was nuts for bringing my crockpot camping with us.... =) nothing beats a good warm breakfast. Good Luck.

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french toast is easy and can make a lot in a short time. i add milk to the eggs to make it go further. western hashbrowns are my favorite. you can add anything to them like with omelets: ham, cheese, green peppers, onions, bacon bits, tomatoes, anything you want. have fun!

S. m

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this is easily made ahead and reheats beautifully

Breakfast casserole
8 slices white bread torn into pieces
1 pound link sausage cooked and cut up
8 eggs
2 cups milk
2 cups shredded cheddar
1 can cream of celery soup
1/2 cup milk

grease a baking dish and put the bread and sausage in it. Beat the eggs with milk (add a bit of salt) and pour over then top with cheese. Cover with plastic wrap and refridgerate overnight. Next day mix 1/2 cup milk with soup and spoon over top. Bake 300 degrees for 1 1/2 hours. This microwaves beautifully and is also great for brunch because of the previous day prep and long cooking time

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The two things that come to mind w/stove-top only are english muffin breakfast sandwiches and scrambled egg burritos... both shouldn't take too long to make for everyone either. or good ol pancakes with fruit... or you could even do like a yogurt and granola station... with a couple diff yogurts, granola, different berries, nuts and honey. Maybe throw in a little cottege cheese for the non-yogurt eaters.

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Pancakes, eggs, bacon/sausage, melon. Make faces on pancakes with fruit for the children. Pancakes topped with fruit and whipped cream. Then there's scrambled eggs. You can make them more filling with mushrooms, tomatoes(chopped), onions, bacon bits. Take a waffle iron or two and let them make their own waffles (kids love this) and don't forget the powdered sugar. Don't forget plenty of fresh fruit.

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If they have an outlet, you're in luck. Egg bake in the crockpot. Worked great for me.

8-12 hours
low
Dz eggs/cup of milk
Bag of hashbrowns
ham/bacon/sausage (your choice)
cheese (shredded colby) (your choice)

-cresco the crock pot (the sides will stick is not correctly done)
-layer of hash
-layer of meat
-layer of cheese
repeat
When finished put the entire batch of eggs over it. Top with cheese (DONE)

If you can, stir every few hours. If you start it and stay up late and play with the other adults :), this would be a good time to do so. Good luck!

FYI: I feed 14 adults with the above recipe

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You already have great ideas - I would bring that premade pancake mix... it doesn't have to be refrigerated so there will be extra room for the delicious fresh fruit! :)

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I got all excited when I read your heading....I have an AWSOME breakfast cassarole...but sadly, it has to be baked in an oven :(
So, I thought, what can she do?
How about breakfast tacos? as long as you make scrambed eggs, have all the "fixin's" IE; bacon, sausage, onion, bell pepper, etc...everyone can "custom" their own likes!
Also, you can have packaged muffins, cresants (sp?) and bagels. They too, can be accompinied with cream cheese, tomato and breakfast fixin's.
Good Luck...no oven and micro? you're a braver woman than me!!!
M:)

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I'm getting breakfast ready right now for our camping trip this weekend! We always do skillets. You can fry bacon and sausage (or just veggies) up ahead of time and store in the fridge. First fry hash browns or sliced potatoes. When they are almost done, mix in the meat and/or veggies. Last, mix in beaten eggs. It's kind of experimental at first trying to figure out the quantities of everything for how many people, but you have quite the crew, so I would plan on a dozen eggs for each morning, and probably at least one bag of hashbrowns. You can also put out sliced fruit and toast. Have fun!

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Getting a couple of laves of French bread, some eggs (eggs don't really have to be in the fridge), milk, vanilla, and some other stuff will make easy French toast. A huge box of pancake mix, a couple bottles of syrup and some margarine will make yummy pancakes.

I always used my old Taste of Home magazines to get idea for a crowd. They used to have a page called food for a crowd. It had recipes for groups ranging from 15 to 100.

Any thing you normally make for breakfast will be good just more to cook and more time to prepare. If you had a stove the Taste of Home recipe for baked French toast is VERY good but it's too soggy to cook any way except in the 13x9 cake pan, it soaks milk and stuff up into it all night.

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My first thoughts were, easy, scrambled eggs, maybe some cheese in them, or a little more work, am omlette station, with all the choices available to be made to order! We did this one Christmas morning for our family and everyone loved it. It took a while, but we fed kids first and then grown ups ate while the kids played, and everyone visited. Have fun camping!

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Do the omelets in a bag. Everyone puts their name on their quart size zip bag in permanent marker. Bring a BIG pot of water to a boil. Everyone adds eggs, ham, cheese, veggies, salt, pepper, whatever you have and they want! Zip it shut without any air and squish it together and throw it in the pot. Cook about 15 min for well done, about 12 for eggs a little undercooked. Good luck!

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I had the same situation last weekend while camping and we did blueberry cornmeal pancakes on the griddle for 12 of us. Everyone loved them! I mixed up the dry ingredients in advance and brought the eggs, buttermilk, etc. separately. I made a few batches without blueberries for the littlest ones and some adults who wanted plain pancakes with fresh blueberries on top. Good luck! :)

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I don't have any specific ideas to recommend, but you might consider doing part or all of it with a crock pot -- I believe that there are egg recipes and oatmeal recipes for the crockpot (we mostly use ours for dinners/chili/soup but if it were me, I'd be planniing to bring mine to use for just such an event! :)

I often use www.allrecipes.com to search for highly rated recipes, and there's an advanced search that allows you to search by meal/dish, ingredients (either ones you want or ones you want to avoid), etc.

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I am guessing that if there is no oven, no one expects or wants big breakfasts. I'd take lots of cereal, bread, and perhaps waffles for 1 day.

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We did a multi family vacation and we always had cold cereal and fresh fruit on hand and then one day was scrambled eggs, real pancakes, & oatmeal. If you have an electric skillet, the scrambled eggs can be cooked in that for more consistent heat.

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Breakfast tacos are cheap, easy, and everyone loves them!

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I would serve scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage, and a fruit,yogurt, and granola parfait on one day. (For the parfait for a crowd, just layer the fruit (any you like will work: peaches,strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, etc), then the yogurt (we use greek yogurt), and then put granola on top. It's always a huge hit. The eggs and meat add in protein for a great start to the day. You can do pancakes and fruit salad one day with sausage or bacon. Then on the third, egg mcmuffin type of sandwiches or breakfast burritos. Have fun!
UPDATED: For the parfait, I forgot to mention that you can put it in a 9x13 (or whatever size you have) dish, not individual glasses. That would be too much work!

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My girl scout troop did omelets in a bag. You can mix up your eggs and milk pour into ziplock bags. Each person can add what they want to their bags (onions, mushrooms, cheese etc) and then you put the bags in boiling water the eggs cook in the bag, then open the bag and the omelets roll out onto the plate. Everyone has their own omelet with the toppings they like. If there is an outlet you could always take a toaster oven. I have baked cakes and casseroles in there.

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Scrambled eggs and toast. Oatmeal (you could put out individual toppings like raisins, brown sugar, etc). Frittatas cut into wedges with fresh fruit. You could make a bread pudding/casserole type thing and bring it along - those things are usually pretty awesome even when they're served cold or at room temp. We love having cold cuts, cheeses and bread/toast for breakfast, too. Cut up fresh fruit with yogurt and granola is also one of our favs. We often rent a house for our family vacations, too and it's usually 8 adults and 5 kids (fewer than your family, but still a lot of people to feed). Most of the above breakfasts are easy to put together, don't cost too much and feed a crowd. Have fun!!

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First things that came to my mind: pancakes, eggs, and french toast. You can even try breakfast quesadillas, with cheese, eggs, and a breakfast meat (or veggie alternative) - but for the crowd you're feeding, it may not be practical.

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How about eggs and bacon, oatmeal, muffins, fruit, yogurt (you could put granola on it too)

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It may be a little overwhelming, but pancakes can be done on the stove top with a griddle. We did it for 9 people.

Scrambled eggs, toast and ham. Cook and slice a ham at home and bring it ready to just heat up. Make sure there is a toaster available. You may want to bring along some cheese, and make a batch with and a batch without.

How about some quiches? You can make them ahead of time and serve them cold. You could bring along a selection of yogurts and fruits, for those who eat light or as a compliment to a meal. May sound weird, but my husband and daughter love to have egg salad for breakfast. Bagels and cream cheese are always a big hit. When we travel I alway bring along my hot pot (boils water in 3 minutes) with some instant oatmeal.

Have a great vacation!

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Omelet in a bag! I know it sounds weird but it works. We just made them this past weekend at a cabin. Crack 2 eggs and put them in a plastic baggie. Then put in whatever fixings you want. I bought pre-cooked & crumbled bacon from Sam's Club, ham lunch meat, green peppers, green onions, shredded refridgerated hashbrowns & shredded cheese. I cut the veggies at home before we left so I didn't have to deal with that mess. After you have everything in the bag, close it tight so there is no air in there. Mush it up inside the bag, then put it in rolling boiling water for 13-15 minutes. You can only do 3-4 bags at a time though, depending on how big the pot is. Don't forget to put names on the bags so you know who gets what. You also have to use the 1 qt freezer bag quality of plastic baggies. They will hold up to the boiling water. I was really skeptical at first but it turned out really easy and delicious.

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I agree with the panckaes, french toast, fruit and yogurt options. Have you ever tried the Jimmy Dean Breakfast Skillets? You cook them in a skillet and just add eggs and they are so easy. You can find them in the frozen breakfast section.

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