Christmas Breakfast Dishes That Will Make The Morning Memorable

When most people wake up Christmas morning, it’s all about the presents. After the gifts are unwrapped, breakfast or brunch follows. But that meal might pose a challenge when there are picky eaters in the family, or if Grandma is eating gluten-free, or when the kids just want to devour leftover pizza. So, here are some sweet and savory suggestions to help make your celebration extra special, no matter who shows up to the table.

For the carbo loaders… because you can always take a post-breakfast nap

Crepes can go sweet or savory on the Christmas breakfast table.

Crepes can go sweet or savory on the Christmas breakfast table.

Crepes filled with fruit or topped with syrup are pancake’s classy French cousin. This recipe gets raves because it’s quick to pull together, using ingredients most people have on hand.

Make Ahead Sour Cream Coffee Cake is not caffeinated, so the kiddos can eat it, too. Combine ingredients the night before and pop it in the oven to bake while the presents are being unwrapped.

Make Ahead French Toast will make the morning merry and bright thanks to the tart blueberries. (Frozen or canned works as well as fresh in this popular recipe.)

For the casserole loving crowd… and who doesn’t fit that mold?

Sausage adds extra richness. Photo by mis7up

Sausage adds extra richness. Photo by mis7up

Southern Grits Casserole seems so right if you’re craving creamy and cheesy. The cook who created this masterpiece suggests keeping it warm in a slow cooker.

Hash Brown Brunch Casserole is always a crowd fave, and so easy to pull together. “A hearty bacon, egg, and hash brown casserole for the bacon lover in all of us. Feel free to use turkey bacon rather than pork!” recommends recipe author T1INA.

Christmas Breakfast Sausage Casserole could even be called savory bread pudding, it’s another one that’s easy to make ahead. This one’s even better if you double it and add some sage sausage, says M.K. Meredith, who shared her mother’s recipe.

For those craving global flavors… because tacos and pizza and shakshuka for breakfast are awesome

Chef John's version can be finished on the stove top or in the oven.

Chef John’s version can be finished on the stove top or in the oven.

Shakshuka is a North African baked egg dish that gets bonus points for featuring brilliant Christmas colors when you garnish with chopped parsley.

Authentic Mexican Breakfast Tacos serve up that winning combo of eggs, tortillas and cheese.  “I learned this recipe from many years of eating with the Mexican cooks at my restaurant. They like to sneak in breakfast before we open,” said BEARNESTA, who shared this highly rated creation.

Christmas Breakfast Pizza feels like you’re getting another gift, and will have you wondering why you don’t eat pizza for breakfast more often. Recipe author Nancy Denenny recommends putting it together the night before and baking this pie in the morning.

Gluten- and dairy-free… because more people are eating that way

Sorghum flour is the key ingredient in these gluten-free waffles. Photo by thoren21

Sorghum flour is the key ingredient in these gluten-free waffles. Photo by thoren21

Gluten-free waffles get their light, fluffy texture from whipped egg whites. The author of this 5-star recipe serves up this tip: “You can add 1-2 teaspoons of cinnamon for extra flavor.”

Grain-free Dutch Babies are perfect for Paleo Diet fans. For a crunchy finish to this puffy pancake, sprinkle with chopped nuts.

And as a final parting gift, how about a heaping helping of Bacon For The Family?

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