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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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.

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. 

Breakfast Casserole with Bacon

Rating: 3.44 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.

Baked French Toast

Rating: 3.44 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.

Panettone

Rating: 3.01 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.

Hash-Brown Casserole

Rating: 3.21 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.

Christmas Morning Breakfast Bake

Rating: 3.49 stars 405
This luscious breakfast fits the bill and, best of all, will satisfy adults and kids alike. Brew a big pot of coffee: It's a meal your guests will want to linger over.

Gingerbread Waffles

Rating: 3.6 stars 62
No ordinary breakfast, gingerbread waffles are an easy indulgence and best served with tangy sour cream and tart lingonberry preserves -- although, truth be told, they're delicious with any type of berry jam. For a special touch, use a heart-shape waffle iron.

Make-Ahead Bloody Mary Mix

Rating: 4.29 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).

Persimmon and Brie Crostini

These little toasts make a delectable Thanksgiving appetizer. Be sure to use Fuyu persimmons -- they should be ripe but sliceable.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Christmas Breakfast Recipes That Will Make for a Merry Holiday Morning
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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.
Gingerbread Pancakes
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To welcome the cooler mornings of autumn, make pancakes sweetened with molasses and flavored with warming gingerbread spices.