Now that I have kids, breakfast has become my favorite meal of Christmas day. I want it to feel special–a quiet, cozy time to wind down after a whirlwind of gift opening and before a whirlwind of family–but making a special Christmas breakfast can feel like a serious chore. Who wants to be in the kitchen while everyone else is opening presents?Enter make-ahead Christmas day brunch recipes.
These seven Christmas breakfast recipes can all be made, or at least prepped, ahead of time. Do the work the night before, pop a delicious breakfast in the oven, and spend the morning with your family. It’s the best gift you can give yourself and definitely a step up from bagels and cream cheese. –Stacie
Up the ante on toast and eggs with these Feta and Chive Sour Cream Scones (above) from lovely Joy the Baker. Bake these babies on Christmas Eve and then, on Christmas morning, quick fry some eggs to serve on top.
Martha Stewart serves up a one-bite take on toast and eggs with these Bacon, Egg and Toast Cups. How cute are these? Roll the bread and fry the bacon the night before. Assemble and bake on Christmas morning. Don’t eat bacon? Skip it and they will still come out super delish.
Cheesy hash browns and sausage? Yes, please! I love this sassy Sausage and Hash Brown Breakfast Bake from Willow Bird Baking. It’s got a slight heat that I know my family will love. If you’re not so sure about spice, skip the jalapeño and use sweet sausage for a mild version.
Vegetarians rejoice: not every great make-ahead egg dish calls for bacon or sausage. This Spinach and Cheese Strata is my go-to vegetarian, make-ahead brunch dish that even non-vegetarians love. It’s seriously hard not to post and repost this over and over again on One Hungry Mama. I make this dish that frequently.
Seeking something a little healthier, but just as delicious? Look no further than this Olive Oil and Maple Granola by Nekisia Davis on Food52. If you’ve had the pleasure of tasting Nekisia’s small batch Early Bird Granola, you know the genius that is this recipe. It’s simply the best granola I’ve ever eaten. Layer this deliciousness with yogurt or just serve with milk.
If your family has a sweet tooth, bookmark this make-ahead Pumpkin French Toast Bake from the Minimalist Baker. So simple, and bonus: you can start and end the day with pumpkin pie flavor. Now that’s a day of holiday eats.
Last but not least, I want to recommend this gorgeous vegan and gluten-free Pear and Cranberry Baked Oatmeal from Kitchen Apparel. The recipe, inspired by one of my favorite vegetarian cookbooks, calls specifically for Forelle pears, but any kind will do. If you don’t have a pantry full of the vegan and gluten-friendly ingredients that this recipe calls for and can use milk, sugar and eggs, do so. This recipe is definitely not just for families on special diets. Yum.