16 Breakfast Recipes to Take You Around the World

May 25, 2015

Breakfast is always lauded as the most important meal of the day, yet it's so easy to fall into a rut: a bowl of cereal and a cup of joe if you're in a hurry, pancakes if you have the time, and oatmeal when you want to feel virtuous. Don't you feel antsy just reading that litany? Let's try looking a little further afield for breakfast.

Let Peruvian ceviche be the fresh breeze that sweeps through your routine, or treat yourself on the weekends, like the Spanish do, with fried croissants. You might not have time for a vacation, but you definitely have time for these 16 international breakfast recipes:

North and South America

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Peruvian Ceviche by Mary Sue Milliken + Susan Feniger


Red Chilaquiles with Fried Eggs by Kendra Vaculin


Pan con Tomate with Fried Eggs by fiveandspice


Vegetarian Arepas with Avocado and Plantains by Kendra Vaculin


Middle East

Shakshuka with Grains and Feta by Kendra Vaculin



Brioche by Yossy Arefi


Dan Leader's 4-Hour Baguette by Genius Recipes


David Eyre's Pancake by Amanda Hesser


April Bloomfield's English Porridge by Kristen Miglore


Alex Raij's Croissants a la Plancha by Genius Recipes


Welsh Rarebit with Spinach by cooklynveg


Fresh Muesli with Apples, Currants, and Toasted Almonds by Viviane Bauquet Farre



Crispy Moroccan Pancakes (M'smmen) by Dip&Scoop



Breakfast Fried Rice by Kathleen @HapaNom


Rosemary Alu Paratha (Potato Parathas with Fresh Rosemary) by Panfusine


Scallion Pancakes by mrslarkin

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Jenny Xu

Written by: Jenny Xu

Dorm baker and connoisseur of digestive biscuits.


Margaret R. July 4, 2015
You habe doing a great and wonderful, jpb! Keep the good work and kee doing! You make doing, great, recipes for us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The Lord bless, you alll!
David June 11, 2015
I think you did a wonderful job here and I sincerely appreciate your effort. Geographical/administrative faux pas are NOT an issue. Thank you!
Ana L. June 7, 2015
Pan con Tomate is typical from Spain, and Spain is in Europe, not America
Sharon May 31, 2015
Ceviche for breakfast? Gee, that might be a little rough on the tummy first thing in the morning. Ya' think?
priya May 28, 2015
Aloo parantha, yes. Rosemary? I would say that's new, not traditional. But I do love the roundup! !
Ryan M. May 27, 2015
Love this round up of recipes. We always put together breakfast for the team - these are good additions to spice things up!
jess Y. May 27, 2015
Ceviche is eaten for lunch never for breakfast!
and the one here is completely different from the original in Peru.
The most simple the most tasty, that is the real ceviche.
By the way, I am peruvian.
Jenny X. May 27, 2015
Ah, good to know! I can't even remember where I heard that it's a breakfast dish anymore, but thanks for setting it straight :)
Hermione May 26, 2015
You should have some Scandinavian recipes too, I used to love eating Skolebrod for breakfast when I lived in Norway
Jenny X. May 27, 2015
I just googled Skolebrod. It looks glorious.
catalinalacruz May 25, 2015
Such a little quibble, I almost feel badly bringing this up, but Chilaquiles are very Mexican, and Mexico is not in South America. It's in North America. Let's give our continent its proper due for coming up with a great breakfast dish! The word "chilaquile" is from the Nahuatl language of Mexico. Chilaquiles are also wonderful with a green salsa, instead of red.
Jenny X. May 27, 2015
You're so right! It's not a quibble at all, I just need to brush up on my geography :)