Holiday Hosting: 10 Fantastic Christmas Brunch Recipes
Brunch is a great choice for entertaining around the holidays. Not only is it festive, but many of the dishes can be made in advance. Setting up a buffet-style meal keeps guests mobile and ready to socialize, and as an added bonus, with the feast laid out in front of them, they can pick and choose their favorites!
To pull off a great brunch, you want to choose a variety of dishes that straddle breakfast and lunch. Offer up a few morning-style main courses (stratas, French toast bakes) as well as lunch-y choices like roast beef and baked salmon. Fill in the gaps with festive holiday breads (our cherry Christmas coffee bread is outstanding, as are the cinnamon rolls below), drinks (spiced cider, anyone?), and finish with dessert. (Our suggestion? A showstopper of a royal Christmas cake.)
We’ve picked 10 brunch dishes designed to jump-start your imagination, but the best part about brunch is that there are very few rules. It’s not breakfast, it’s not lunch — it’s just delicious.
Everyone goes wild for cinnamon rolls, and — bonus! — these can be made the day ahead.
Broccoli and ham lend a festive appearance to this easy-to-make strata.
Hot spiced cider is a perennial favorite and goes well with all sorts of dishes.
Turning French toast into a casserole makes it much less fussy to prepare.
A rib roast is an excellent choice for brunch — guests can make sandwiches or eat the tender slices as-is.
This whimsical coffee bread not only tastes great, it makes for a festive addition to your spread.
This one-dish meal is a great main course for a casual brunch.
Elegant mustard-topped salmon is simpler to prepare than you might imagine.
Classic blueberry muffins — can anyone resist them?
Even brunch needs a sweet ending, and this gorgeous cake fits the bill.
Make it a morning to remember with more great Christmas breakfast and brunch ideas!