Christmas Breakfast and Brunch Recipes

Tumbling out of bed in the wee hours of Christmas morning means that by the time all of the gifts are opened, most of the family has worked up an impressive appetite. Refuel for the day ahead by serving up a traditional Christmas breakfast. With just a little planning, you can do most of the menu as a make-ahead, so you can give your loved ones a delicious spread on this iconic holiday morning -- streusel <a href="/recipes/breakfast-brunch/bread-pastry/coffee-cake/">coffee cake</a>, a cheesy sausage and egg breakfast <a href="/recipes/breakfast-brunch/casseroles/">casserole</a> or a <a href="/recipes/breakfast-brunch/potatoes/hash-browns/">hash-brown</a> strata -- without any early morning stress. Just wade through the discarded wrapping paper, pour yourself a cup of coffee, and enjoy.

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Orange-Honey Sweet Rolls

From Midwest Living

The recipe for these hearty rolls comes from Jean Hixson of the Kansas Wheat Commission. They¿ll keep in an airtight container for a couple days, or you can freeze them (unfrosted) for up to 2 months. They¿re best served warm, so when ready to eat, wrap the frozen cinnamon rolls in foil and bake about 25 minutes in a 300° oven. Frost as directed.

Orange-Honey Sweet Rolls

Potato-Thyme Frittata

From Midwest Living

This flavorful frittata can be a simple brunch or weeknight supper dish; if you don't have fresh thyme, just substitute dried. The recipe comes from Urban Roots Farm in Springfield, Missouri.

Potato-Thyme Frittata

Apple Pumpkin Sunflower Bread

From Midwest Living

We packed a bushel of fall flavor into this homey loaf: pumpkin, apple, nuts and spices. A generous half-cup of boiled cider adds unmistakably fruity zing, but you can substitute any apple-flavor liquid. You can make boiled cider yourself using the recipe on our site, or purchase it at specialty food stores or online.

Apple Pumpkin Sunflower Bread

Sweet Potato-Cranberry Cake

From Midwest Living

Chocolate and sweet potato batters are swirled together to make this moist, tender spice cake from Patricia Polley of Columbus, Ohio. Wrap and store the cooled cake overnight for easier slicing. (It¿s a great alternative to coffee cake for brunches.)

Sweet Potato-Cranberry Cake

Fruit-Filled Crepes

From EatingWell

This dessert or special brunch dish is great for entertaining because it can be made in advance and popped in the oven just before serving. Strawberry-rhubarb filling is a lovely salute to the season and is also delicious as a topping for ice cream.

Fruit-Filled Crepes

Blueberry-Maple Muffins

From EatingWell

Whole-wheat flour and flaxseeds give these maple syrup-sweetened blueberry muffins a delicious, nutty flavor. Compared to a traditional version of the recipe, they have four times the dietary fiber and substitute healthful monounsaturated fat (canola oil) for saturated fat (butter).

Blueberry-Maple Muffins

Pocket Eggs with Soy-Sesame Sauce

From EatingWell

In Wuhan, this is a common way of cooking eggs, which were hard to come by during the Chinese Cultural Revolution, when food was tightly rationed. Serve warm over rice or noodles.

Pocket Eggs with Soy-Sesame Sauce

Lemon-Raspberry Muffins

From EatingWell

The secret to the sparkling flavor of these delicately crumbed muffins is the strips of lemon zest finely ground into the sugar. Enjoy the muffins warm right from the oven.

Lemon-Raspberry Muffins

Maple-Nut Granola

From EatingWell

We love the maple-nut flavor combination of this heart-healthy granola, but feel free to substitute your favorite nuts or dried fruit for your own custom blend.

Maple-Nut Granola

Blueberry-Pecan Pancake Mix

From EatingWell

Say goodbye to frozen pancakes or box mixes: dried blueberries give this pancake mix rich blueberry flavor and the pecans liven up the texture with a bit of crunch.

Blueberry-Pecan Pancake Mix

Honey Oat Quick Bread

From EatingWell

This honey-oat bread has a pleasant flavor and divinely moist, tender crumb. It requires minimal mixing and cleanup, calls for ingredients usually stocked in the pantry, and is tasty yet healthful.

Honey Oat Quick Bread

Grapefruit Brulee

From EatingWell

Here's a simple dessert, a fit cure for wintertime blues. Simply broil the grapefruit slices until warm and irresistible. Follow them up with a strong cup of aromatic jasmine or Earl Grey tea.

Grapefruit Brulee

Quick Breakfast Taco

From EatingWell

A smaller cousin of the breakfast burrito, the breakfast taco made with reduced-fat Cheddar and egg substitute is a satisfying and healthy breakfast option.

Quick Breakfast Taco

Baked Apple-Cinnamon French Toast

From EatingWell

This baked apple-cinnamon French toast can be prepared in advance and then simply popped in the oven for a leisurely and luxurious weekend morning. By using nonfat instead of whole milk and eliminating the egg yolks, the calories are cut by half and the fat is reduced by nearly 80 percent in our griddle-free version.

Baked Apple-Cinnamon French Toast

Creamy Wheat Berry Hot Cereal

From EatingWell

This warming whole-grain porridge pairs cooked wheat berries with rolled oats, fruit and nuts for a filling, fiber-rich breakfast. Using a microwave makes preparation speedy, especially if you've thawed frozen cooked wheat berries overnight in the refrigerator.

Creamy Wheat Berry Hot Cereal

Cardamom-Crumb Coffee Cake

From EatingWell

Cardamom's distinctive floral and spice aroma makes for a delicious and unique coffee cake. A member of the ginger family, it is widely used in the baking of Scandinavia and the dishes of Eastern India. If you prefer to go more traditional, cinnamon also works wonderfully in this cake.

Cardamom-Crumb Coffee Cake

Cheesy Polenta & Egg Casserole

From EatingWell

This memorable brunch centerpiece is rich with cheesy polenta, crumbled sausage and baked eggs.

Cheesy Polenta & Egg Casserole

Ham & Swiss Rosti

From EatingWell

Rosti is a traditional Swiss potato pancake typically served as a side dish but we added ham and cheese to transform it into an easy weeknight supper. Enjoy with steamed asparagus and chunky applesauce on the side.

Ham & Swiss Rosti

Blueberry-Coconut-Macadamia Muffins

From EatingWell

The one-two punch of coconut and macadamia nuts in this luxurious muffin will make you think you're having your morning coffee in Hawaii. Drizzle with honey for an added touch of sweetness.

Blueberry-Coconut-Macadamia Muffins

Scallion Flat Breads

From EatingWell

Based on the traditional fried northern Chinese scallion pancake, these thin, flaky flat breads are delicious torn and dipped in yogurt or used to wrap grilled meats. They are also less oily than the classic version and require less prep time.

Scallion Flat Breads

Eggs Italiano

From EatingWell

This sophisticated take on Eggs Benedict swaps a full-flavored, chunky vegetable medley for Canadian bacon and hollandaise sauce. Add whole-wheat English muffins and poached eggs and this combo makes a lovely brunch or an elegant light supper when served with a salad.

Eggs Italiano

Artichoke-Scrambled Eggs Benedict

From EatingWell

Roasted artichoke bottoms stand in for English muffins in this quick yet elegant supper. Substitute roasted mushrooms for the pancetta for a vegetarian option. Serve with roasted new potatoes or a tossed salad.

Artichoke-Scrambled Eggs Benedict

Spanish Tortilla

From EatingWell

Don't confuse this with the flour or corn tortillas you use to make wraps. A Spanish tortilla is a potato-and-egg omelet found on numerous menus throughout Spain. Traditionally these are cooked in heaps of olive oil. Our version uses less oil, so it's lower in calories, and if you use precooked diced potatoes, it's faster too.

Spanish Tortilla

Polenta Biscotti

From EatingWell

Delightful with fruit, these crisp golden slices also make a charming partner for a morning caffe latte.

Polenta Biscotti

Pear & Blue Cheese Flatbread

From EatingWell

The classic combination of pears, walnuts and blue cheese isn't just for salad. Toss the same ingredients onto purchased whole-wheat pizza dough and make your own gourmet flatbread at home. Any type of ripe, firm pear will work - red pears look great.

Pear & Blue Cheese Flatbread

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