Christmas is almost here. The stress and excitement are reaching a crescendo. When the big day arrives I want to spend the morning with my children, not in the kitchen. In fact, I don’t like to cook at all on Christmas. It’s one of only 3 days of the year I take a day off from cooking. So I make breakfast the night before and pop it in the oven first thing in the morning. Here are some ideas for easy breakfasts you can make at home for your family on Christmas, or any day.
Welcome to another Food Finances Friday Feature written by my beloved husband and our family’s self-designated chef.
He takes 3 days a year off from cooking: Father’s Day, his birthday, and Christmas.
This year, we are hosting Christmas breakfast for my father and Christmas dinner for both our maternal families. This has thrown a wrench into his no-cooking plans. So we have gotten creative and planned menus around foods that can be prepared a day ahead of time.
We’ve previously written about our dinner plans in How to Host a Stress-Free Dinner. Here are suggestions for a Stress-Free Homemade Breakfast:
We’ve made this dish the past three years for Christmas. The Debt Shrink prefers meatless meals. So the first time I made this dish I did so without the ham. But it needed a little something extra. Her father and I love ham. So the next year, she was out-voted.
- 1 package frozen hash browns (24 oz)
- 16 oz cubed ham steak
- 8 oz sharp cheddar cheese
- 1 medium onion
- 12 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- Chives (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Spray 13 x 9 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
- Put frozen potatoes, ham, onion and cheese to a large bowl. Mix together and pour into baking dish.
- Whisk eggs, milk, salt, and pepper (I use the same bowl).
- Pour eggs over the potatoes and pat down with the back of a spoon.
- Bake uncovered for one hour or until the center is set and the sides are golden brown.
- Garnish with chopped chives
This is how I make it, but there can be an infinite number of ways to make it your own. Add anything you would to and omelet and it would probably taste great!
If you like hot cocoa on a cold morning but don’t like to open a bunch of little packets, try Alton Brown’s Hot Cocoa. You probably have most of the ingredients in your pantry already!
For the more adventurous baker, I suggest Mr. Brown’s Overnight Cinnamon Rolls. While this recipe looks very intimidating, even an occasional baker can make these amazing treats.
Make the day before and refrigerate overnight for an easy pop in the oven in the morning.
If you don’t mind cooking but still like easy 30 minute meals. This recipe for Easy Breakfast Muffins from Genius Kitchen is super easy and hand held.
It is very similar to my breakfast casserole but is more biscuit like. I suggest swapping out the ham with some bacon.
For those that don’t like a big heavy breakfast, here is a light and quick recipe for Orange Breakfast Crescents. This recipe from chefalli.com uses refrigerated crescent rolls and only takes 15 minutes to bake.
Biscuits and Gravy
Speaking of big heavy breakfasts. I recently came across this super easy three ingredient Sausage Gravy recipe from Claire Lower at lifehacker.com.
All you need is 1 pound of your favorite breakfast sausage meat (not patties or links), 1/3 cup flour, and 2 1/2 – 3 cups whole milk.
Christmas breakfast has always been my favorite part of the day. The excitement of the little ones and the long day ahead, make a good meal very important. If you set down for a formal meal or just shove whatever you can into their little mouths between playing, something on this list will have you covered. Whether you make breakfast the night before or cook the day of, I hope everyone has a great Christmas morning with one of these quick and easy breakfasts. Or any other time of the year!
What are your favorite recipes for easy-to-make homemade breakfasts?