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When we wake up on Christmas morning, it's all about the presents. But after the gifts are unwrapped, it's time for the real highlight of the morning: a blockbuster breakfast or brunch. Here are some sweet and savory suggestions to help make your Christmas celebration extra special, with recommendations for every taste and dietary need.
No special holiday breakfast is complete without bacon! Make your holiday brunch an instant classic with delicious, slow-smoked Smithfield Bacon.
Make Ahead Casseroles
Do the prep the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature is stirring. OK, well, maybe you're stirring a little bit in the kitchen. Go ahead and pour an eggnog to keep the mood festive.
"This is a very unique breakfast dish. Good for any holiday breakfast or brunch, it's filled with the fresh taste of blueberries, and covered with a rich blueberry sauce to make it a one of a kind," says KARAN1946.
"Easy to put together the night before, then pop in the oven in the morning for a hot, delicious coffee cake," says It's A New Day.
"My mom has always made this for us on Christmas morning, and since we only have it once a year it makes it even better," says M.K. Meredith. "It is so delicious, and everyone enjoys it! When I double the recipe I use 1 pound regular sausage and 1 pound sage sausage."
"Overnight Eggs Benedict! Easy to make ahead, perfect for brunch or a special occasion or overnight house guests," says alycimo.
This ham, egg, and cheese breakfast casserole is perfect for Christmas morning! Make it ahead for an easy holiday breakfast. "This casserole was delicious," says javacakes. "I added green and red peppers. After all, it is a Christmas casserole!"
"These are easy and very good! They can be made and then cooked in the morning and make great hot rolls for special mornings (like Christmas or Easter)," says ERIBERRY. "I have had a lot of compliments on these. Everyone will think that you got up very early to make these rolls because they are hot in the morning!"
Thinking Outside the Box
Wanna shake things up a little bit? How about showcasing some popular global creations? Nothing too ground-breaking, just a little shakshuka, the colorful North African egg dish. Maybe a round of breakfast tacos, some pizza to start the day.
"This North African one-dish-meal is so fast, easy, and delicious," says Chef John. "Be sure to cook your sauce until the veggies are nice and soft and sweet. Once the eggs go in, you can finish covered on the stove, or just pop the pan into a hot oven until they cook to your liking."
"Quick, easy, and delicious! I learned this recipe from many years of eating with the Mexican cooks at my restaurant," says BEARNESTA. "They like to sneak in breakfast before we open. I've grown to LOVE this breakfast. If you like spicy food, you will love this."
"Sausage, eggs, crescent rolls, and cheese snuggle down in a casserole, chill overnight, and bake in the morning," says Womanmarine. "It's a great dish for a holiday brunch."
Gingerbread gets the toast treatment! "An easy-to-make gingerbread-flavored French toast that gives you that warm, fuzzy holiday feeling," says jessica. "Serve with butter and syrup or brown sugar."
Bacon-stuffed potato dumplings from Sweden. "Serve with lots of butter and sour cream," says Bud.
Special Dietary Requirements
These days, it's pretty common for someone who's sitting down at your table to have food issues, whether it's an allergy or a sensitivity. These recipes make those concerns easy to accommodate. Everybody's happy.
A blend of sorghum, millet, and tapioca flours gives these flaky, buttery biscuits whole-grain heft. "You would never know these are gluten-free!," says 4pumpkins.
"Being new to a gluten-free diet can be frustrating, but it doesn't mean you have to avoid the foods you enjoy," says Gen. "Made with sweet sorghum flour and tapioca starch, these waffles are nice and crispy on the outside, light and fluffy inside! Instead of regular syrup, top with apple butter, Greek yogurt, or berries. My husband and son love peanut butter on their waffles."
"A grain-free alternative to one of our favorite breakfast dishes, it's quick and easy to make and delicious," says Angela Sackett. "It's perfect for those with gluten intolerance or following a grain-free or paleo lifestyle. Sprinkle with finely chopped, toasted nuts (we love hazelnuts!)."
"I make this quiche without eggs. The tofu gives it a good texture," says CookingForDummies. "I've brought it to potlucks where friends aren't vegetarian...no one ever knew! It is always a hit!"
Cooking for a Crowd
Let's say you've got the whole crew crashing at your pad. Well, these time-honored classics are sure to be a hit with Mom and Dad and the kiddos and the in-laws and everyone else who shows up. Because sharing is caring.
"This is the way to get crisp bacon without having to constantly turn it, watch over it, or get burnt by splatters of grease," says JOYCE. "It 'fries' up flat and doesn't curl, which looks great beside a breakfast plate of eggs, and makes BLT sandwiches much easier. Very nice when feeding a family or crowd."
17. Spinach Brownies
"They look like brownies, but they're not sweet," says BOWLINGNUT "A wonderful way to have spinach. Two 10 ounce packages frozen spinach, cooked, may be substituted for fresh."
"These small, delicious sandwiches are perfect for any party," says LisaT. "They are so good that even the pickiest of eaters will eat these."
19. Coconut Granola
"A quick, easy, and very delicious recipe that can be eaten for cold cereal, topping on yogurt or even for a snack," says Molly T.. "Because it does a better job than honey, I use part maltose syrup (purchased at Asian markets) to help bind the ingredients together instead of using all honey. Virgin coconut oil has many healthy properties and enhances the taste of the granola, but if that cannot be found, you can substitute it with any other oil. Enjoy!"
"Perfect for brunch, this beautiful braid is filled with eggs, ham, and cheese," says tiberlady. "Using refrigerated crescent rolls makes it a snap to prepare."