One of my favorite mornings of the year is Christmas morning. Waking up to the magic of the holiday with loved ones around and anticipation of a whole day of celebration is truly special. If you are hosting guests for the first time or even spending Christmas morning with a small group, it does feel like something a little fancier is required for breakfast. Fancier does not need to mean time-consuming. I pulled together a list of sweet and savory dishes. All of them are simple enough that you can either make them ahead, or very quickly once every awakes on Christmas morning. Some are classic recipes, while others are a little more of a “gourmet” twist on something you would eat on an average weekend. If you have any other ideas or favorites, comment below! I would love to read.
You really can make your own homemade cinnamon rolls. Use this recipe from Handle the Heat and they’ll be ready in just one hour!
Chocolate Chip Almond Waffles from What’s Gaby Cooking are made with almond milk and sound 100% delicious.
I love keeping muffins in a baggie in the freezer so anyone can toss one in the microwave for 15 seconds and enjoy. Let guests know they are ready to be enjoyed and you have one less thing to worry about in the morning. How about the Barefoot Contessa’s classic Blueberry Muffins?
My family always has a batch of these caramel rolls at big gatherings. They are inexpensive, easy and actually get better the next day. They are made with store-bought biscuits, saving you any extra hassle.
A lovely twist on classic pancakes: lemon poppy seed pancakes from Joy the Baker. Make the batter the night before and all you’ll have to do is warm up the griddle and get cooking — mimosa or coffee in hand.
This make-ahead strata with Gruyère and parmesan cheese from Smitten Kitchen looks stunning. A strata is basically just an egg bake with bread and cheese. When you use the fancy title at breakfast, all the family will be impressed.
Omelets for more than a few people would be time-consuming on Christmas morning. Instead, try this Baked Denver Omelet with ham and peppers.
When the Pioneer Woman tells you how to make potatoes for 12 people, you listen. That sounds demanding, but honestly this woman is known for cooking for a crowd. If you’re feeding a big group, these tots will be perfect alongside some eggs of your choosing.
Quiche is like a scrambled egg pie. I promise, using store-bought pie crust will taste just as delicious on Christmas morning. Add any meat or veggies you have in the fridge and you’ll be set!
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