Christmas Challenge #18: Lock down your breakfast menu.


Advent Calendar, Christmas / Thursday, December 18th, 2014

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It’s Christmas morning! The presents have been opened. The stocking are unstuffed. And now it’s time for the Most Wonderful Breakfast of the Year.

No pressure.

To help that dream along, today’s challenge is to lock down your breakfast menu.

Here are 12 of our favorite breakfast recipes, just in case you need a little inspiration. Most can be made ahead, so come Christmas morning, you’ll have breakfast in the bag like Santa:

  1. Christmas Breakfast Casserole. This sausage, egg and cheese casserole has about half the eggs of most, so you get the full flavor of the sausage and all of that crusty cheese. Plus, you leave it in the fridge overnight before you bake it. Winner.
  2. Overnight French Toast Casserole. It doesn’t even need the syrup. And I love syrup.
  3. Peppery Bacon and Cheddar Scones. One of Jeff’s all-time favorites.
  4. Nigella Lawson’s Christmas Morning Muffins. They’re made with clementine juice, dried cranberries and chocolate chips. Easy and delicious.
  5. Cherry-Cream Cheese Coffee Cake. A buttery, almond-scented cake topped with layers of cream cheese, cherry pie filling, streusel and slivered almonds. Bonus points for being so pretty.
  6. Monkey Bread. OK, you can’t eat canned biscuits covered in butter and cinnamon-sugar every day, but look! It even LOOKS like a wreath!
  7. Panettone Bread Pudding. Especially decadent with the warm amaretto sauce.
  8. Sour Cream Coffee Cake with Brown Sugar-Pecan Streusel. A Barefoot Contessa recipe, so you know it’s amazing.
  9. Hashbrown Casserole. The Universal Breakfast Side.
  10. Double-Cheddar Holiday Biscuits. If the Three Wise Men had been Three Southern Women, they’d have brought a tube of Boudreaux’s Butt Paste and some of these biscuits.
  11.  Orange Yogurt with Honey and Pecans. Citrus is delicious this time of year, and it’s nice to have something healthier on the table.
  12. Strawberry Pretzel Salad. Most people make it for Easter, but it’s red, so it totally passes my Christmas test.

Selected Christmas TV:

  • The Santa Clause (6:30pm/5:30c, ABC Family)
  • The iHeart Radio Jingle Ball 2014 (8pm/7c, CW)
  • Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure (8pm/7c, Disney)
  • A Christmas Carol (1938) (8pm/7c, TCM)
  • Miracle on 34th Street (1947) (8pm/7c and 10:15pm/9:15c, AMC)
  • Fred Clause (8:30pm/7:30c, ABC Family)
  • Scrooge (1970) (9:15pm/8:15c, TCM)
  • Santa Sent Me to the ER (11pm/10c, TLC)