30 Breakfast Ideas to Make Your 2020 Christmas Morning the Best Ever
While the best thing about Christmas morning is definitely the presents, the second best thing has to be the food! Even though Christmas celebrations might be a little smaller this year, there's no need to socially distance from a delicious breakfast spread. Get into the festive spirit by whipping up a variety of these breakfast casseroles, muffins, quick breads, and more.
Creamy Brioche and Egg Bake
This stand alone breakfast dish is an upgrade from the usual breakfast casserole. Baking eggs in brioche and heavy cream allows for perfectly set, soft, and runny eggs. Fresh herbs and rich egg and meaty sausage flavors round out this bake and give it irresistible texture. Ask for brioche at your local grocery store or bakery and they are sure to have it.
Raspberry and Cream Cheese Danish Roll
Make holiday mornings even more special with this raspberry danish. Tender, golden dough filled with fruity jam enriched with cream cheese creates the perfect pastry to serve family and friends. Master the jelly roll technique by following the steps in this simple recipe.
Sweet Potato and Sausage Strata
Save time in the kitchen on Christmas morning by prepping this dish ahead of time. Bring it to room temperature before baking so it will reheat evenly.
Sticky Cinnamon Roll Babka Buns
If you're looking for decadence, you're in the right place. Though the dough requires multiple steps, the result is a bun that is sweeter, stickier, and more gooey than any bun you've had before. Our chefs joke about wanting to take a nap after experiencing the richness of this dessert. Saigon cinnamon is recommended for a stronger spicy-sweet flavor, but regular cinnamon can be easily substituted. Serve with coffee at brunch or as an afternoon treat.
Christmas Morning Cinnamon Rolls
Praline Cream-Beignet Tower
Slab Quiche with Spinach, Goat Cheese, and Caramelized Onions
My favorite way to entertain is to invite a bunch of friends over and lay everything out on the dining table: vegetables, pasta, quiche, breads, grains—you name it. I put out plates and forks and decorate the table with candles and cute seasonal vegetables—baby pumpkins and bouquets of sage in the fall, bunches of mint and carrots in the spring, bowlfuls of citrus fruit in the winter, and little fairytale eggplant or bright red cherry tomatoes in the summer. It’s casual and fun, and encourages everyone to eat, drink, and socialize at will. Quiche is an ideal player for this kind of setup—it can be served warm or at room temperature and is just as happy on a brunch spread as it is at dinner or in the afternoon with tea.
Vegetable and Goat Cheese Frittata
A veggie-loaded frittata is a great way to use up produce odds and ends. Broccoli is an excellent addition here: The florets poke through the egg mixture and become delightfully frizzled in the oven. Look for refrigerated pico de gallo in the prepared produce section of the supermarket. You can also fold the pico into the egg mixture before cooking; simply drain off the excess liquid first. Serve with a simple salad made with the remaining arugula you bought.
Smoky Sausage-and-Grits Casserole
You can assemble this up to four days ahead, and keep in the fridge; then let it stand at room temp for 30 minutes before baking.
Decadent Chai Latte
Cheesy Sausage-and-Croissant Casserole
Cream Cheese Pastries
Pam Lolley, Test Kitchen recipe developer, found this recipe in an old issue of Southern Living and was making this family favorite long before joining the staff in 2003.
Double-Berry French Toast Casserole
Holiday Ham with Apricot Glaze
Festive Fresh Fruit Salad with Mint-Lime Simple Syrup
This colorful fruit salad features fresh strawberries, kiwi, grapes, and raspberries. The Mint-Lime Simple Syrup may be kept in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks. Use leftovers in cocktails and to sweeten iced tea. Or spoon it over any fresh fruit.
Blueberry-Sour Cream Muffins
Sausage and Cheese Breakfast Casserole
Prep this the night before for an easy breakfast or brunch. Find turkey sausage in the freezer section of the supermarket with other breakfast meats.
Spicy Chorizo and Lima-Bean Scramble
Cinnamon-Sugar Doughnut Bites
Sweet Potato Pancakes
Buckwheat Gingerbread Muffins
Earthy buckwheat is blended with ginger, spices, molasses, and toasty-tasting brown rice flour to make an unexpectedly light muffin that's great with sour cream or butter. Be scrupulous in your timing with the food processor; overprocessing buckwheat flour can make the muffins mushy.
The Original "Pam-Cakes"
Some people toast special occasions with Champagne, but at Southern Living, they often celebrate with "Pam-cakes." Developed by the Southern Living Test Kitchen's Pam Lolley, these flapjacks are deceptively light, unbelievably fluffy, and impossible to resist.
End your morning with this decadent Chocolate Latte. Don't forget the whipped cream!
Any Flavor Buttermilk Coffee Cake
Customize your topping with any fruit-nut combo. We like plum preserves, sliced plums, and almonds, or strawberry jam, sliced strawberries, and pecans.
Spiced Caramel Cider
How to Make Overnight Caramel French Toast
This decadent French toast with caramel gets lightened, but without losing the rich flavor everyone loves.
Sausage, Vegetable and Egg Scramble
Keep it simple with a great breakfast of scrambled eggs, sausage, and veggies.
Ham and Gruyère Belgian Waffles with Sautéed Pears
While traditional Belgian waffles are made with yeast, we use beaten egg whites to give these salty-sweet waffles their light, airy texture and crispy exterior. For freezing and heating instructions, see below.
Coffee and Brown Sugar Bacon
Mini Apple Cider Pound Cakes
Finish the cakes with one of the three toppings: Streusel Topping, Bourbon Glaze, or Lemon-Sugar Glaze. You'll want to toss together the Streusel Topping before you start baking, but both glazes can be prepped while the cakes cool.