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Thanksgiving breakfast

Updated on June 23, 2016

Thanksgiving Breakfast

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches every year, most of us look forward to a day of enjoying family, food and fun. Of course it is a day for giving thanks, and appreciating what we have, and what we have been blessed with. This is about our family traditions for the beginning of the day, and the breakfast food for which we are also thankful!

Starting off right...with breakfast.

The day of feasting begins!

For my family, our tradition wasn't far from many. We stuff ourselves throughout the day, maybe catch a little football, and take the obligatory nap before dessert or snacking on leftovers. While always being a family that enjoyed it's food, Thanksgiving like many holidays always got off to a great start with breakfast. Not always a sit down affair with everyone due to the fact that arrivals were scattered throughout the morning, but Mom always made sure goodies were present and ready for the taking.

More like finger foods, there were a few standouts that always seem to make the menu. Since they could all be prepared in advance, it left more time in the morning to prep Mr. Gobbler and the plethora of culinary delights that were to follow later in the day. The following old family recipes cover 3 of my favorites. I hope you'll try them and enjoy them as much as we always have.

Scotch Eggs

Not for diets or watching cholesterol...but good!

While most of our family's cuisine was derived from the Key West Conchs on my mother's side of the family, this is one of the gems attributed to my father's side from across the pond. It's been a long time family favorite that always made it's appearance on holidays. Basically, it's a hard-boiled egg, smothered in sausage and then fried for an absolutely gastronomic delight!

As an interesting side note, these eggs are not from Scotland at all, but rather were invented in 1738 by a department store in London called Fortnum and Mason. In fact, they still sell them to this day.

Though originally intended to be a picnic food and eaten cold, the American tradition has been to eat them warm. Although we only seemed to have them on very special occasions they are also great for Sunday brunches, parties and tailgating! If you like eggs and sausage, this one's for you!

Scotch Eggs:

6 Hard-boiled eggs - well chilled

1 lb. of bulk sausage meat

2 tablespoons of finely chopped parsley

1/2-teaspoon of ground sage

1/4-teaspoon of pepper

1/4-cup of flour

2 eggs, beaten

1/2 to 3/4 cup of packaged bread crumbs

Vegetable oil for deep frying

Peel hard-boiled eggs.

Combine sausage, parsley, sage and pepper in a large mixing bowl, mixing well.

Divide meat mixture into six equal portions.

Press meat mixture around eggs with hands, keeping the oval shape.

Sprinkle eggs with flour, coating lightly on all sides. dip into beaten egg and then roll in bread crumbs.

Heat oil in deep fryer or heavy saucepan to 350 f. on deep-fat thermometer.

Cook one egg at a time for about 4 to 5 minutes or until well browned.

Drain on paper towelis, cool, refrigerate.

Note: Coat the egg with a little flour before applying sausage to help it stick. The prepared sausage is spicy enough for us as bought, so I do not add extra spices, but I do use seasoned bread crumbs.

Apple Coffee Cake

One of my grandmother's specialties from Key West.

This is an easy recipe to prepare in advance and travel with so it always made the family gatherings wherever they were. Simple but tasty, this moist and delicious cake is one that is enjoyed by all whether accompanied by coffee or not!

Apple Coffee Cake

Sift together:

3 cups flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

In a large bowl, mix together:

1 1/4 cups vegetable oil

2 cups sugar

2 eggs

1 tablespoon vanilla

Add oil mixture to flour mixture and mix well

(it will be stiff)

Add 3 cups (about 3 large) apple slices

1 cup chopped pecans

Bake in a 9" x 13" pan at 350 degrees F. for 1 hour.

Pumpkin Muffins

After all, 'Tis the season!

These delights were not only around for breakfast, but usually showed up for dinner along with the other rolls and baked goods. Although they were a staple during the fall and winter holidays, there's no reason these muffins can't be enjoyed year round.

Pumpkin Muffins

Sift together and set aside:

1-1/2 cups flour

1/2 cup sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

Cream 1/4 cup margarine

Add 1/2 cup of mashed pumpkin and mix.

Add 1 egg and beat well

Add 1/2 cup milk, stir into pumpkin mix

Add flour mixture and stir til blended.

Stir in 1/2 cup raisins.

Fill greased muffin tins or paper cups about 2/3 full.

Bake at 400 f. for 18 to 20 minutes.

After removing from oven sprinkle each muffin with 1/4 teaspoon sugar.

After breakfast

Now that the feeding frenzy has begun, it's on to the rest of the day and looking forward to a table full of food for the holiday feast. Every family has their own favorites there as well, and these pages are filled with traditional family recipes by many lensmasters. While the meal will most definitely be enjoyed by all, the moment is made more special by simply being together with family and loved ones where possible, and having the opportunity to express our heartfelt thanks for all of the wonders and blessings in our lives.

I hope you enjoy your breakfast and have a happy, healthy and most wondrous Thanksgiving. Savor the bounty that has been put before you, and remember the main reason for this gathering. When you do give your thanks, please remember the folks overseas that make this possible. For that, I'll say to you... thanks!

Some helpful breakfast ideas - Available now from Amazon

Looking for more ideas and options? This book of morning food will give you plenty of recipes to choose from covering muffins, coffee cakes and other breakfast staples. You're sure to be able to find your own tastes in comfort food for starting out your day!

Morning Food: Breakfasts, Brunches and More for Savoring the Best Part of the Day
Morning Food: Breakfasts, Brunches and More for Savoring the Best Part of the Day

This book of morning food features ideas and recipes for the best part of the day!


Some more breakfast ideas - Get the day off on a good start!

After all, it's the most important meal of the day, enjoy!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have to try the Scotch Eggs recipe. My they sound good right now. -- I would love to have breakfast at your house on Thanksgiving Day! Wow!

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      JoleneBelmain 5 years ago

      Those pumpkin muffins would be so delicious!! Thanks for sharing your recipes :)

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      goo2eyes lm 6 years ago

      sumptuous thanksgiving breakfast you are offering us.

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      EMangl 6 years ago

      since i don't celebrate thanksgiving, i take the usual breakfast:

      nothing :-)

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I'm so glad you published the recipe for Scotch Eggs, because I've only had them once and loved them. When I tried to duplicate I just made a mess. Thanks you so much. Blessed.

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      Julianne Gentile 6 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio, US

      Happy Thanksgiving!

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      My dear, I've not formulated a precise plan for this Thanksgiving ... how far away are you? What time is breakfast? What about the traditional dinner? Thank you for all of your warmth and kindnesses throughout the past year! May your day be blessed and overflowing with love and good cheer. ;)

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      burntchestnut 6 years ago

      The Scotch eggs sound interesting.

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      clemency lm 6 years ago

      Lovely lens, must give the apple coffee cake a try.

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      Tonie Cook 6 years ago from USA

      Thank you for making such a wonderful lens about Thanksgiving Breakfast. I would definitely try these simple recipes, and will bookmark them for future use. Also, a special thank you for your generous help by sharing your squid designs, without which, my Lens Like List would have never been built.

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      KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

      I'm going to make the apple coffee cake. I'll bet it smells heavenly too.

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      Treasures By Brenda 6 years ago from Canada

      Great idea -- we have similar traditions for breakfast.

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      JanieceTobey 7 years ago

      I came back to tell you that the Apple Coffee Cake is really good!! I'm taking it to a gathering later today, but cut a little piece this morning just to see how it is, and it's fabulous! I did add another tsp of cinnamon when I prepared it last night, simply because I like things very cinnamony, but other than that I followed your recipe exactly! Thanks so much for sharing it!!!

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      JanieceTobey 7 years ago

      I've got your apple coffee cake cooking in my oven right now! It LOOKS wonderful! Can't wait to have some tomorrow!

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      Clairwil LM 7 years ago

      The apple coffee cake looks delicious. Well done on an excellent lens.

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      JJNW 7 years ago from USA

      Yummy Yummy! We used to do sugary pastries until my daughter fainted from a blood sugar rush and drop! Now we are pretty dull and sensible!

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      julieannbrady 7 years ago

      Ah, make room for another squid at that breakfast table! Happy Thanksgiving my dear.

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      kimark421 7 years ago

      The Scotch eggs look fine, but I will take a chunk (not a slice) of that Apple Coffee Cake. Yummm. Great lens. Thanks!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I would have never thought of a Thanksgiving breakfast, but if this is what you are making this year, set another placemat! - Kathy

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      nice recipe! the baby is so cute!ü


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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I love Scotch Eggs. You should tell people that there is no Scotch in them before they get their hopes up. Well done.

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      Tony Payne 7 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Great ideas for a Thanksgiving breakfast, who would have ever thought of people from Key West eating Scotch Eggs for beakfast :) Usually in the UK they are more of a lunch or picnic food, but hey we also eat baked beans for any meal of the day. Whatever tastes good works for me anytime :) Wish I was there in Key West to sample a large plate of Conch Fritters, mmmmmmmmmmm... It's 2 years last weekend we were there, it was fantastic.

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      spritequeen lm 7 years ago

      LOVE Scotch Eggs! YUMMY! Thanks for a great idea!

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      Jimmie Lanley 7 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      I love breakfasts! These look like really good recipes too.

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      Robin S 7 years ago from USA

      Delicious suggestions! (I was taken aback by your intro photo though...LOL)

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      Wanda Fitzgerald 7 years ago from Central Florida

      I am usually cooking early in the morning for the afternoon feast. This looks like a fun tradition and I'm a Floridian so I appreciate the Key West influences. Your lens is squid angel blessed.

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      julieannbrady 7 years ago

      I'm thinking THIS year in particular that my Thanksgiving breakfast will be a moment of huge THANKS! And, TY too!

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      Gamganny 7 years ago

      I have to make the Scottish Eggs, it sounds so great. Blessed by an Anel.

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      julieannbrady 7 years ago

      Actually we don't have any special breakfast for this day as we save ourselves for the main course that comes around mid-day.

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      Bambi Watson 8 years ago

      Delightful & Blessed!

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      RinchenChodron 8 years ago

      Is that a picture of your own little turkey? Nice job.

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      Dianne Loomos 8 years ago

      I've read about those Scotch eggs before but have not been brave enough to try them. Lensrolled to my Thanksgiving breakfast lens, Cheese Salsa Crustless Quiche.

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      LittleRedHen 8 years ago

      I always enjoy your writtings as ones like this bring back so many wonderful memories. It is not money that makes us rich, but the closeness of family and the knowing that the traditions of family get-togethers made an impression on the younger ones and that they will be carried on for years. May your Thanksgiving table be filled with wonderful food and be surrounded with love and laughter.

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      Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

      Beautifully done & blessed!

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      WindyWintersHubs 8 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Great Recipes and a Delightful Story. I haven't tried Scotch Eggs but they do look tasty. I'm the one preparing the turkey dinner from top to bottom at my home. If we are at my parents for dad prepares the turkey for the oven and mom makes the stuffing. Have a Happy Thanksgiving. Good Luck with the Contest. This Lens is a Winner! :)

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      MegLeighT 8 years ago

      YUM! Thanks for posting the Scotch Egg recipe. Jim and I were at a British pub the other night and ordered some. I said I wanted the recipe. Last time I was down and you guys made them I didn't get to eat them. We left them in the car with Jaco and that was the last we saw them. Lucky dog! (He slept in another room that night!)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I've never had Scotch Eggs but they sure sound great. Good luck on the contest. Blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Great story and even greater recipes. I had the pleasure of enjoying the apple coffee cake last night after the photo shoot. I have a great chef and writer all bundeled up in one. The apple does not fall far from the tree.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Wonderful lens! I sure am hungry now and would love a Scotch Egg and some Apple Coffee Cake. Reading this lens reminds of the many wonderful holidays our family has shared over the years and the many more I hope we will share. Such great memories to have. Great job Dad! Love you!