10 Delicious Christmas Breakfast and Brunch Recipes

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Breakfast Casserole, Gingerbread Pancakes, and More!

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When planning for Christmas, we may not think much about breakfast. And yet, when the big day arrives, it’s so lovely to wake up to something special. From gingerbread pancakes to an egg, sausage, and cheese casserole you mix up the night before, here are the 10 BEST Christmas breakfast ideas!

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

1. Sausage and Egg 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.

Sausage and Egg Breakfast Casserole
Credit: Mikeledray/Shutterstock

2. 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
Stuffed French Toast 
Photo credit: Becky Luigart-Stayner

3. Anything-Goes Strata

A strata is a type of puffed-up egg casserole made with bread. It’s great because you can prepare ahead, plus almost any ingredient, such as crumbled bacon or shrimp, and sauteed mushrooms or leeks or onions.

Anything-Goes Strata
Credit: AS Food studio/shutterstock

4. 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 except for baking it.

5. Christmas Granola

This granola with dried berries and cherries is excellent in a parfait cup layered with yogurt; serve as a side to an egg dish. Or, serve alone in a cereal bowl with milk or yogurt. 

Christmas Granola

6. Spinach-Mushroom Quiche 

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

Spinach-Mushroom Quiche 
Credit: Rosalinda Musucchi/Shutterstock

7. Gingerbread Pancakes With Whipped Cream 

How about waking up with the scent of Christmas? No one will forget about the experience of gingerbread pancakes!

8. Crepes With Berries in Grand Marnier Syrup 

Delicious crepes with fresh fruit—great for impressing guests or simply indulging for the holiday!

Crepes With Berries in Grand Marnier Syrup 
Photo credit: Becky Luigart-Stayner

9. 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.

Salmon Fillet in Pastry 
Photo credit: www.laclassedecuisine.com

10. Glazed Lemon Cream Scones 

These lemon scones are delectable. The perfect breakfast pastry is here!

Glazed Lemon Cream Scones 
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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Catherine Boeckmann

Catherine Boeckmann loves nature, stargazing, and gardening so it’s not surprising that she and The Old Farmer’s Almanac found each other. She leads digital content for the Almanac website, and is also a certified master gardener in the state of Indiana. Read More from Catherine Boeckmann

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