How to make a breakfast board for a large group

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Kodiak Cakes Breakfast Board

What is a breakfast board?

A breakfast board is the perfect way to create a healthy, balanced breakfast for a large group. It is essentially different breakfast foods arranged together on a platter or serving board in an aesthetically pleasing way. Whether you’re feeding your family, hosting brunch with friends, or just want to switch up your normal breakfast routine- I promise you won’t go wrong with this one.

What to include in your breakfast board

The best part about a breakfast board is that you can be totally creative and include foods that you love. To keep it balanced, aim to include different sources of carbohydrates, protein, and fats. I chose to use protein pancakes from Kodiak Cakes to get in some additional protein.

For my board, I added:

  • Buttermilk protein pancakes from Kodiak Cakes
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Bacon
  • Fruit (I used strawberries, blueberries, and bananas)
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • 100% pure maple syrup
Tip: Choose a variety of colors and textures to build an especially beautiful board.

You can build a breakfast board out of any traditional breakfast food. Other food you may want to include:

  • Waffles
  • Toast 
  • Butter/nut butters
  • Jam or honey
  • Breakfast sausage or breakfast ham
Tip: Pick one staple item and build around that. I chose pancakes as my staple, so I thought of additional items that would pair well (fresh fruit, chocolate chips, maple syrup). Then, I thought of other food that would balance out of the meal. Since pancakes and fruit provide carbohydrates, I wanted to add more protein, so I included eggs and bacon as well.

Here are some more staple ideas for a themed breakfast board:

  • Bagel board
  • Create your own omelette board
  • Avocado toast board
  • Yogurt or oatmeal topping board
  • Muffin/pastry board

The options are truly endless, which is what makes a breakfast board so unique and fun.

What you’ll need

In order to make your breakfast board beautiful, you’ll need a few things.

  • Large platter or board: This is the most important piece! While you could technically use parchment paper, a baking sheet, or a cutting board, I personally love the look of a traditional serving board. Depending on how many people you’re feeding, you’ll likely need one large in size. Target has a lot of affordable options, such as this one.
  • Ramekins or small bowls: These are useful for sauces or toppings and can help add dimension to your board. You can find the ones I used here.
  • Serving utensils: This is optional, but can add a nice touch, especially if you’re serving a large group. You might want to include spoons, tongs, or forks depending on which food you’re serving.

How to build your breakfast board

1. Gather Your Utensils

First, you’ll want to take a look at what food you’re preparing and decide what utensils you’ll need. Pick which board you’ll be using, then how many small bowls you’ll be needing.

2. Prepare Cold Items

Start by prepping anything that doesn’t need to stay hot. Wash and cut fruit (consider waiting until the next step if it will brown, like bananas), place any toppings or sauces in your bowls, and set aside.

3. Cook Hot Food

Cook what food you’ll be making. I usually try to have everything else done for me already (hard-boiled eggs, bacon, etc.) so that I only need to cook the main staple. You may need to reheat some items if you’re cooking multiple things, which is perfectly fine.

4. Arrange Your Breakfast Board

Start by placing your bowls on the board. I usually place them so they are spread apart evenly and are somewhat symmetric, but there is no right or wrong way. Then, place larger objects next. Once you have the bowls and large objects on the board, start to fill in the gaps with smaller items such as fresh fruit.

5. Serve and Enjoy!

Remember: There is truly no right or wrong way to create your breakfast board. The point is to have fun, be creative, and create a delicious breakfast! This is sure to be a crowd-pleaser regardless.

What are some things you would include on your breakfast board? I would love to hear some of your ideas in the comment section below!

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