Christmas Brunch Recipes

You'll find recipes here that honor the classics, like eggs Benedict, French toast and cinnamon-streusel coffee cake, and others that offer up tradition with a twist, like bacon, egg and toast cups, gingerbread waffles and shiitake mushroom and cheese frittata.

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Breakfast Casserole with Bacon

Rating: 3.5 stars 156
Like quiche, this savory dish has a custard filling; using frozen puff pastry instead of traditional pie dough makes it even simpler to prepare. This time-saving recipe is perfect for brunch.

Apple-Caramel French Toast

Need a make-ahead breakfast for the family or for overnight guests? Assemble this caramelized-apple-and-challah casserole the day before, and simply ferry it from fridge to oven in the morning. Pro tip: while the casserole is resting, crank up the oven temperature and make this mess-free bacon to go on the side. 

Broccoli-Cheddar Hash-Brown Casserole

This casserole is a riff on a Swiss rosti. It tastes like a loaded baked potato and has the crispness of hash browns.

Baked French Toast

Rating: 3.5 stars 630
Thick brioche slices soak up the batter, while sugared pecans lend a caramelized crunch to this make-ahead baked French toast recipe to feed a hungry breakfast or brunch crowd.

Hash-Brown Casserole

Rating: 3 stars 52
Adding Cubanelles -- a type of sweet pepper -- brings mild heat to this breakfast-perfect hash brown casserole.

Jewish-Deli Strata

Our Jewish-Deli strata features garnishes like capers, red onion, and lemon add freshness to this bagels-and-lox-inspired strata.

Panettone

Rating: 3 stars 70
Panattone is an Italian sweet bread that will become a staple in your home. 

Panettone French Toast Casserole

Got leftover panettone? Lucky you! The traditional Italian Christmas bread makes an excellent base for a breakfast casserole. All it needs is a soak in spiced custard and a turn in the oven.

Yeasted Cheese-and-Sour-Cherry Coffee Cake

Rating: 4 stars 119
In a nod to the cheese Danish, this coiled loaf contains swirls of cream cheese and cherries.

Stollen

Rating: 4 stars 15
German stollen is dense bread that is traditionally oblong, like a swaddled baby. In this version, from Martha's mother, the dough is braided, letting icing pool in the loaf's crevices.

Christopsomo

Rating: 4 stars 23
A Greek Christmas tradition, Christopsomo translates as "bread of Christ." Some families decorate the bread with a cross or "X." The letter "X" is the first letter in the Greek word for Christ and was used as an early abbreviation. Hence "Xmas."

Make-Ahead Bloody Mary Mix

Rating: 4.5 stars 7
For this big-batch drink, mix everything but the vodka together ahead of time and allow the flavors to mingle. Let guests customize their Bloody Marys with black pepper and skewers with caperberries, okra, pickled onions, and lemon (Make the garnish a day in advance if you like).
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Inspiration and Ideas

Hosting a Special Holiday Brunch? These Are the Recipes You Need
Welcome Christmas, the New Year, or any festive day with a delicious, special brunch. You'll find many of your morning favorites here—along with a few surprises—including egg dishes, pancakes, waffles, and the most irresistible baked goods.
Hosting a Special Holiday Brunch? These Are the Recipes You Need
Welcome Christmas, the New Year, or any festive day with a delicious, special brunch. You'll find many of your morning favorites here—along with a few surprises—including egg dishes, pancakes, waffles, and the most irresistible baked goods.
Mark's Pecan Rolls
Rating: 3.5 stars 44

As part of our Best Bakers series, Mark McGough shared his recipe for pecan rolls.