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Christmas Breakfast Ideas
Christmas breakfast ideas are everywhere this time of year and choosing between them can be difficult. Christmas Day is an exciting, busy holiday and all too often breakfast become lost in the sea of wrapping paper, ribbon, and treats that are in such generous supply.
Tips for the Perfect Christmas Breakfast
Keep it easy and simple. The more complex your dishes are the more time away from the family you will have to take, and that's no fun.
Make as much ahead of time as you can. You want to be taking pictures and opening gifts with your loved ones not chopping pecans and rolling dough. When you are creating your Christmas breakfast menu think of things that can be made ahead and then served buffet style without worry. Think of how your family celebrates and how the morning goes and make plans that flow with those traditions rather than fighting them.
While it is important to be eco-minded consider using disposable plates so that the kitchen is not a mess. Especially if you are cooking a big midday meal you don't want a lot of dishes to do.
Plain toast is not so plain when there are unusual and delicious toppings to put on it. COnsider honey butter, maple butter, or other flavored butters along with jams and jelly.
Easy Christmas Breakfast Ideas
If you are short on time (and most people are this time of year) you can still create a fabulous and easy breakfast buffet.
Fruit and Breads
Make a plate of fresh fruit that includes grapes, bananas, and pineapple and serve it with a cream cheese dip. Add several artisan breads from the bakery like:
- Cinnamon Bread
- English Muffins
Serve an orange spritzer, a glass half filled with orange juice and then filled the rest of the way with club soda.
Arrange a variety of bagels on the buffet table with cream cheese, thinly sliced smoked meats, and flavored butters to spread on them. Keep a toaster nearby so that they can be eaten crispy and hot. Have hot coffee ready with cream and sugar on the side.
Buy the small appetizer quiches at your local Sam's or Costco and warm them up in the oven. Serve them with donut holes, grapes, and other small finger foods. Serve with mugs of cocoa.
Make Ahead Breakfast Recipes
If you have a little bit of time it doesn't take much to throw together some muffins or a quick bread. Muffins are perfect for wrapping and putting in stockings for those early risers who will sneak a peek at the gifts before anyone else gets up. At least you know they ate something good for them.
You don't have to skip having a good breakfast just because it is a holiday. With a little planning you can enjoy Christmas and serve a holiday feast.
Keep in mind that one day of not eating a healthy breakfast isn't going to hurt anyone. While it is a great idea to have healthy items on hand don't be too concerned if your kids live on candy canes and Christmas cookies for the day. The most important thing is a stress free day spent with family and friends.