Christmas brunch doesn’t have to be complicated.
Chances are, you’ll probably get up early on Christmas morning, so why not plan a beautiful Christmas brunch to share with your family? There’s nothing quite like the feeling when you wake up on Christmas morning, but wouldn’t it be better if you knew you had a hearty breakfast waiting for you? Whether you prefer a savory breakfast casserole, a sweet make-ahead pastry, or even a festive drink, you’re sure to find a special recipe here that your family will love.
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Of course, no one wants to spend the entire morning in the kitchen, but these easy-to-make brunch ideas for Christmas require little to no prep and are a serious time saver. Here are 20 Christmas brunch ideas that are sure to please.
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What Is a Typical Brunch Menu?
Most successful brunch menus have dishes that fall into one of five categories.
Eggs: fried or scrambled eggs, eggs Benedict, omelets, breakfast burritos, pizza or casseroles.
Bread: pancakes, waffles, French toast, breakfast sandwiches, or biscuits (with or without gravy).
Fruit: apples, melon, berries and fruit salad. Fruit can also be used as toppings for pancakes, waffles, French toast or even yogurt.
Pastries: cinnamon rolls, danish, donuts, banana bread, muffins, scones or coffee cake.
Alcohol: mimosas, bloody Marys, champagne.
Non-Alcoholic Beverages: coffee, cocoa, fruit juice, tea, sparkling water.
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What Is a Good Menu For Christmas Brunch?
When planning a brunch menu for Christmas morning, first decide if you want to serve it family style or as a buffet. From there, the best plan is to make sure you have a mixture of both sweet and savory dishes and for Christmas, adding in traditional holiday flavors is a must. Oh, and don’t forget the drinks! Here are some ideas:
gingerbread French toast casserole
egg and potato breakfast casserole
cranberry and orange scones
peppermint hot cocoa
wassil or mulled wine
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What Should I Serve For Hosting Brunch?
In my opinion, having a buffet at brunch is easiest for the host. Let your guests serve themselves so you aren’t trapped in the kitchen missing the fun.
No matter is you’re serving traditional foods like eggs, bacon and hash browns or more complex dishes like breakfast casseroles or quiche, be sure to serve a nice variety of dishes so your guests have plenty of choices.
If you want to serve pancakes or waffles, consider a baked French toast casserole instead. Some batter items will become mushy as they cool, and it is hard to make sure each person gets warm ones from the griddle.
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What’s The Most Popular Brunch Dish?
Ask any person this question, and each will probably have a different answer; but there is indeed one dish that reigns supreme when it comes to brunch popularity: French toast. So, if you’re planning a Christmas morning brunch, that is a surefire win!
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Start your holiday off right with the most important meal of the day and make some great memories while you’re at it.