10 Delicious Christmas Breakfast and Brunch Recipes

Breakfast Casserole, Gingerbread Pancakes, and More!

November 30, 2020
Stuffed French Toast
Becky Luigart-Stayner

When planning for Christmas, we may not think much about breakfast. And yet when the big day arrives, it’s so nice to wake up to something special—nourishing but not overwhelming. Here are 10 of our favorite Christmas breakfast and brunch recipes!

Most of the following recipes take about 30 minutes to prepare and another hour to cook.

  • The oven hash, casserole, and strata are assembled the day before, refrigerated, and baked the next morning.
  • The quiche and salmon in pastry are baked ahead and served the next day, reheated in the oven if you wish.

You can bake most of the above recipes in Pyrex (heat-tempered glass) or ceramic dishes. Remove them from the refrigerator and let them sit at room temperature for about 20 to 30 minutes to reduce the possibility of breakage from the sudden change in temperature when you bake or reheat them.

Best of all, they won’t fill the sink with pots and pans just when you want to wash cranberries, and they won’t monopolize the stovetop when you need it for something else.

10 Christmas Breakfast and Brunch Recipes

Christmas Breakfast Casserole
Eggs, sausage, bread and cheese in one dish! Just mix up the ingredients the night before, then leave a note for the first person up to put it in the oven. By the time everyone is up and coffee is made, breakfast will be ready.

Stuffed French Toast 
This stuffed French toast makes for a hearty breakfast with protein or fruit filling! Mix it up for an extra special morning.

Stuffed French toast. Photo by Becky Luigart-Stayner
Photo credit: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Challah-Mushroom Strata 
Strata, an old-fashioned layered bread dish, is making a comeback. It’s a great way to feed a crowd on a busy holiday morning. This recipe has been adapted from The New York Times version of the Savory Strata served at the Café Beaujolais in Mendocino, California. Challah bread makes it extra special, but you can use any good white or whole-wheat bread as well.

Oven-Baked Hash 
Here is a great way to cook “home fries” for a crowd without using the stovetop. You can do everything the day before serving but bake it.

Spinach-Mushroom Quiche 
Quiche is always welcome for a luncheon or light supper. Some crusty bread and a mixed green salad are perfect accompaniments.

Credit: Rosalinda Musucchi/Shutterstock

Gingerbread Pancakes With Whipped Cream 
How about waking up with the scent of Christmas? No one will forget about the experience of gingerbread pancakes!

Fancy Crepes With Berries in Grand Marnier Syrup 
Delicious crepes with fresh fruit—great for impressing guests or simply indulging for the holiday!

Photo credit: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Salmon Fillet in Pastry 
This elegant dish is a simplified version of a traditional Scandinavian fish pie. Arrange it on a bed of fresh dill, garnish with lemon and orange slices, and slice diagonally. Serve with rye crisp, thinly sliced cucumbers, and grapefruit halves.

Photo credit: www.laclassedecuisine.com

Glazed Lemon Cream Scones 
These lemon scones are absolutely delectable. The perfect breakfast pastry is here!

Photo credit: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Crab Scramble 
“Decidedly rich, but a favorite with all our guests. Not only a breakfast dish but wonderful for brunch with salad and French bread.” – The Inn on Sea Street, Hyannis, Massachusetts.

Credit: Mshev/Shutterstock

And here is a bonus recipe… just because you’ve got to love sticky buns!

Pecan Sticky Buns 
The recipe looks intimidating, but these classic sticky buns that are well worth the effort!

Photo credit: Becky Luigart-Stayner

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We hope some of these recipes appeal to you! Our mouths are still watering from the sticky bun picture. What’s your favorite holiday breakfast or brunch dish? Tell us in the comments below!


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Christmas Morning

The tradition in our family goes back at least three generations and is certainly unusual and not for everyone. That is Oyster Stew. It's served to those who want it along with a Sour Cream Coffee Cake and an Egg and Sausage Strata.

In my house...

the Pillsbury Dough Boy supplies Christmas breakfast - Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese icing, and a bottle of Champagne. Merry Christmas!