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Whatcha making for Christmas morning B'fast?

I've got some Devonshire cream I need to use, so I'll probably make some scones, but at a loss for the protein part of the meal. The two us us'll be having a rib roast for dinner, so I'd like to make something "light."

What are you making? I might steal an idea or two!

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    1. Smoked salmon is always nice and 'light'... you could serve the salmon with savoury scones.

      At my house my mom makes phyllo rolls that have scrambled eggs, herbs, green onions and bacon or ham in them. They almost look like little spring rolls. Served with a variety of 'sauces', they're great.
      It's a dish she can make ahead of time and freeze, then bake them on Christmas morning.
      We also have mimosas, fruit salad, coffee cake, toast/breads, tea and coffee, etc.

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      1. re: thenurse

        Would you have a recipe or general instructions for the phyllo rolls? They sound great!

        1. re: thenurse

          These sound delicious! Does she use frozen phyllo?

          1. re: melissad

            She uses thawed, frozen phyllo. From her description, she lightly scrambles the eggs so that they're almost cooked, but still wet and a little runny. She then mixes in diced ham, some cheese (any kind), green onions and/or herbs. Each one is rolled in a buttered phyllo sheet that is rolled in half, then the corners tucked in. You can freeze them at this point, then bake while still frozen, probably for about 20+minutes at 350F. I've never made them, I just hear about them all the time and perhaps should listen some more!
            They're great with all sorts of sauces: catsup, chutney, relishes... each person has their favorite.

        2. Left over Christmas cookies.

          1. Nothing light about what I'm planning: sausage/potato/cheese casserole, biscuits with honey, coffee. Sounds delish but should be enough fat and calories for a month.

            1. Scrambled eggs, fat breakfast sausages and Old Fashioned country bacon from Burger's Smokehouse, baked apples and pears that were part of a Harry & David gift package, locally produced apple, banana nut and blueberry muffins, sweet butter, orange juice and coffee.

              1. My mom always makes a bastardized version of huevos rancheros: a crispy tortilla topped with turkey chili, a fried egg, cheddar cheese and lots of salsa. Couldn't be less authentic but couldn't be tastier!

                1. Scrambled eggs made with heavy cream, sausage patties and links, bacon, & baked ham. hash browns. Cinnamon sweet rolls with frosting, waffles. fruit salad.

                  Mimosas, and some tequilla sunrises...

                  Merry Christmas.

                    1. Harringrton's Bacon
                      Country Ham
                      eggs to order
                      fresh hot biscuits

                      There are only the 2 of us and that should hold us until 7PM or so when we have dinner.

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                      1. re: Candy

                        Add Meyer lemon curd to that menu I just made a batch and it is divine. It will be fantastic of freah hot biscuits made with lard and White Lily flour.

                      2. Eggs Benny and Mimosas! I like to pre-clog my arteries so the prime rib at dinner goes down easier!

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                        1. re: JennaL

                          Ha! We're the same way at my house. We're having eggs Benedict, hash browns, maybe some bacon, mimosas and some fruit, all before the prime rib dinner later that afternoon.

                          1. re: SarahEats

                            Double Ha!
                            That's my exact day too. Eggs Bennie, mimosas and prime rib for dinner.

                            Adding this Orange Grapefruit salad to breakfast for the pretense of eating healthy.


                            1. re: Mila

                              mmmm, yes, my mom does insist on the grapefruit beginning, because so long as you start the day with fruit that makes the rest of the day's gluttony ok!

                              Is that recipe from Ricardo's show?

                              1. re: JennaL

                                Yes it from Ricardo. It's a suprisingly good show too. He uses local ingredients and has some Quebecois flair.

                            2. re: SarahEats

                              This fits our Xmas eating day exactly. We've done Eggs Benedict for 25 or more years for Xmas breakfast. Guess you'd call that a tradition. Same for prime rib later in the day.

                          2. Malted Belgian waffles with fresh whipped cream, applewood smoked bacon, fresh strawberries and Bloody Marys.

                            1. Nothing is lighter then a bowl of mix fruits (apples, pears, pomegranates, orange slices, or whatever you can find at the store). I think this would be a lovely light touch with the scones. Fresh whipped cream is always optional.

                              1. We don't celebrate Xmas, but it's a big family day for us. Planning a breakfast strata I can make the day before and make when my kids (teenagers!) wake up, so it will be more like brunch. Heavily grease a 9X13 baking dish with butter, layer thick slices of challah or French bread, not the Wonder bread, big spoonfuls of cream cheese mixed with cinnamon & sugar and repeat. Sprinkle with raisins or dried cranberries or other combo of dried fruit. Make custard with 4 eggs beaten with 2 cups of milk, 1/2 & 1/2 or cream, depending on how decadent you feel. Pour custard over bread and poke around to ensure all is covered. Cover with plastic wrap, let sit overnight in fridge to absorb. Bake at 350 for about 30-40 minutes.

                                1. eggs benedict with ham left over from the night before. Oh, and lots and lots of tea. Then champagne as soon as my mother and I can get my dad to turn his back!

                                  1. I think I've just been recruited to make sourdough waffles and preserve stuffed French Toast. I'll be dragging my waffle iron and other acoutrements over to my folks' place the night before (my mom will be responsible for Christmas dinner).

                                    1. Huge cinnamon rolls & OJ.

                                      1. Traditional in our family is to light the fireplace, spread a flannel blanket down, turn on the Christmas music and have a picnic. This year we are planning on enjoying

                                        Pom and Mint Belinis for the adults
                                        Hot cocoa for the kids
                                        Hot ham & cheese rollups
                                        Hash browns
                                        Fresh fruit salad

                                        then we pop in It's A Wonderful Life until it's time to get to the inlaws.

                                        HAPPY HOLIDAYS ALL!

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                                        1. re: HillJ

                                          I *love* the idea of a fireside Christmas picnic breakfast. Not sure it would work at my folks' house, but when Christmas moves to our place (i.e. when grandchildren arrive) that sounds like a great tradition to start.

                                          1. re: Procrastibaker

                                            Hi Pro..no reason to wait...fireside picnics for two...is how this whole tradition started {wink}

                                        2. Definitely Eggs Benedict, Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice, and a couple bottles of Champagne. But not necessarily in that order.

                                          1. Not much opened in florida on xmas morning.

                                            So our traditional xmas b'fast is some bagels and lox (novey of course), some creamed herring, smoked sable, a big glass of OJ and of course the huge mug of steaming coffee.

                                            1. I'm conflicted between a light breakfast of blueberry cream biscuits dribbled with honey. Or a really hearty hot-smoked salmon and potato strata which will leave both of us stuffed for the rest of the day. It'll probably be a last-minute decision when we're both up Christmas morning.

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                                              1. re: cheryl_h

                                                Please share your strata recipe--sounds really good. Thanks.

                                                1. re: Marion Morgenthal

                                                  Happy to oblige:


                                                  They call it a "breakfast casserole" but it's a strata with hot-smoked salmon, potatoes, bread and an egg and dairy custard. We have some salmon which would be really good in this dish.

                                              2. We always have pancakes and turkey gravy.

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                                                1. re: Amuse Bouches

                                                  Pancakes with turkey gravy? I've never heard of that!


                                                  1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                    Family tradition. And it's delicious. We make Swedish style pancakes with no extra sugar, and eat with a lot of pepper. Think of it as biscuits and gravy the cowboy way -- you can cook it over a campfire.

                                                2. Coffee, coffee, coffee, Sour cream coffee cake, bacon, scrambled eggs with goat cheese and proscuitto and OJ for my pootie pie and grapefruit juice for me.

                                                  1. Tradition (and ease) dictates the "Complete Breakfast." An old family recipe - it's a delicious make ahead egg dish that we pop in the oven christmas morning. It can be made with any kind of meat, bacon, sausage, or canadian bacon.

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                                                    1. re: Meg

                                                      Can you give me some more details on this...it sounds perfect for us!

                                                      1. re: LaLa

                                                        This is a variation on what Meg describes:

                                                        Brie and Sausage Breakfast Casserole
                                                        Makes 8-10 servings
                                                        Prep. 20 min. Chill 8 hrs. Bake 50 min.
                                                        1 8oz. round Brie
                                                        1lb. ground hot pork sausage
                                                        6 white bread slices
                                                        1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
                                                        7 large eggs, divided
                                                        3 cups whipping cream, divided
                                                        1 tsp seasoned salt
                                                        1 tsp dry mustard
                                                        Garnish: chopped green onions

                                                        Trim and discard top of Brie.
                                                        Cut cheese into cubes, set aside.
                                                        Cook sausage in large skillet over-high heat, stirring until crumbled and
                                                        no longer pink.
                                                        Cut crusts from bread, and place crusts evenly in bottom of a lightly
                                                        greased 13 by 9 in.baking dish. Layer evenly with bread slices, sausage,
                                                        Brie and grated Parmesan cheese.
                                                        Whisk together 5 eggs, 2 cups whipping cream, and next 4 ingredients; pour
                                                        evenly over cheeses. Cover and chill 8 hours.
                                                        Whisk together remaining 2 eggs and 1 cup whipping cream;pour evenly over
                                                        chilled mixture.
                                                        Bake at 350 degrees for 50 min. or until set. Garnish, if desired.

                                                    2. Leftover crab from the night before, folded into scrambled eggs. Used to follow the bloody mary's we sipped while opening presents, but in the last year or two we've made the switch to coffee and lot's of it.
                                                      Must have something to do with all that Champagne during the Christmas Eve Crab Fest...

                                                      1. Dried cherry and white chocolate scones to eat during present opening at my parents' place. Juice, probably a decaf cappucino (I love my Dad and his machines).

                                                        1. We always have scrambled eggs, and my mom's coffee cake, which is amazing. And sometimes some sort of meat (bacon / sausage) for the non-veg*n family members.

                                                          1. I'm envious of you all, I'll be eating a pbj sandwich with my coffee at work.

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                                                            1. re: Old Red

                                                              Now that's just wrong! You come on here to NC and we'll give you some coffee cake and eggs!

                                                              1. re: Old Red

                                                                Yeah, me too. We'll be eating Continental Breakfast at Super 8 Christmas morning. We don't arrive at our destination till midafternoon, probably just in time to enjoy a glass of wine before dinner.

                                                              2. Looks like we are having:

                                                                Scottish Kippers
                                                                Eggs Baked Tomatoes with Bacon and Parmesan

                                                                That's a pretty traditional breakfast for my family. I have a friend who eats raw garlic for breakfast on Christmas--it's her family tradition!

                                                                1. Swedish Pancakes! I do the traditional small ones, 7 little indents in a cast iron pan & Dad does big crepe style ones. It takes us both to feed the crowd!

                                                                  1. My son is coming home this year and asked specifically for his favorite Christmast breakfast.....french toast (made with San Francisco Sourdough, a splash of Grand Marnier, grated orange peel and a bit of nutmeg...soaked overnight...fried in butter and served with maple syrup), grilled ham, fresh oj and coffee.

                                                                    1. Hawaiian Royales, char sue, portuguese sausage, onions, green onions in an open face omelet over a plate full of rice. Add a little teriyaki or soy sauce over the top. Puts everyone right back to sleep, but at least they aren't bugging me for lunch later on.

                                                                      Alternatively, for those looking to function sometime in the day, ricotta pancakes, bacon and fresh fruit.

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                                                                      1. re: Scrapironchef

                                                                        That sounds like my kind of breakfast! What are Hawaiian Royales?

                                                                      2. You can't go wrong with poached eggs. I'd stay away from the hollandaise, though, if you're in the mood for light.

                                                                        1. We always have a slow breakfast while we open stockings at the table. We have scrambled cheesey eggs with sour coffee cake and Niman Ranch bacon, glazed in maple syrup. My kids are so impatient to get to their gifts under the tree that they never eat. They pick at it hours after we serve it,cold or nuked in the microwave.

                                                                          1. Grand Marnier French Toast
                                                                            Mushroom, Shallot, & Gruyere Quiche
                                                                            Bagels w/Smoked Salmon and the fixin's
                                                                            Cranberry, Pecan Tart
                                                                            Fresh Fruit

                                                                            27 people comin' over......let the food coma begin!

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                                                                            1. re: stacylyn

                                                                              Grand Marnier French Toast recipe please. Sounds wonderful!

                                                                              1. re: Rubee

                                                                                Grand Marnier French Toast (my adaptation from a little Inn in Virginia!)

                                                                                8 tbsps butter
                                                                                1 cup packed brown sugar
                                                                                2 tbsps corn syrup
                                                                                1 large loaf of Hallah bread
                                                                                5 large eggs
                                                                                1 1/2 cups half and half
                                                                                1 tbsp vanilla
                                                                                1 tbsp Grand Marnier
                                                                                1/4 tsp salt
                                                                                1/2 tsp cinnamon

                                                                                Melt butter with the brown sugar and corn syrup over medium heat, stirring until smooth. Pour into a 13X9 pyrex. Cut bread into thick slices, and lay them in a single layer in brown sugar mixture (you need to squeeze them in!).

                                                                                Whisk together eggs, half and half, vanilla, Grand Marnier, cinnamon, and salt. Pour over bread. Cover and refrig. overnight.

                                                                                In the morning, bring the bread mixture back to room temp. Bake at 350, uncovered until it puffs a bit and is a golden brown, about 35 minutes.

                                                                                Really yummy!!

                                                                                1. re: stacylyn

                                                                                  Thanks so much. Can't wait to try it!

                                                                                  1. re: stacylyn

                                                                                    What options are out there if you don't have Grand Marnier?

                                                                              2. Oooh, we are having pastries sent up by my Danish MIL from a yummy Danish bakery in Atlanta (who knew?). Kringle, krenze (sp?) logs, etc.

                                                                                1. Our tradition is Orange Danish, sausage, scrambled eggs, and coffee. One year, I worked really hard to make homemade orange rolls...they were great...but my family likes the Pillsbury ones better. *sigh* So that's our tradition. Actually, it's kind of nice to just open the tube and pop the rolls in the oven in the midst of everything else going on!


                                                                                  1. For about 15 years, I've made this super-rich and easy fruited oatmeal. This is my first Christmas with my new boyfriend--I hope he likes it!

                                                                                    CHRISTMAS MORNING OATMEAL

                                                                                    2 cups organic rolled oats
                                                                                    2 cups milk
                                                                                    1 cup heavy cream
                                                                                    3-4 tablespoons unsalted butter
                                                                                    1/4 cup dried cranberries (or cherries)
                                                                                    1/4 cup dried blueberries
                                                                                    1/4 cup raisins
                                                                                    1/2 teaspoon salt
                                                                                    2 teaspoons good vanilla extract

                                                                                    Put everything except the vanilla in a large saucepan.

                                                                                    Over medium heat, bring to a gentle boil, stirring occasionally. Simmer 5-6 minutes, uncovered, stirring often.

                                                                                    Stir in the vanilla, and serve with dark brown or maple sugar and milk or half-and-half. Another little pat of butter? Why not? Some people even put a small scoop of vanilla ice cream on their oatmeal!

                                                                                    This makes 2 ample servings, but 1 serving could be refrigerated, covered tightly, and reheated in a microwave oven the following morning.

                                                                                    1. Breakfast strata with veneziana (like pannetone, without the candied fruit, an orange and vanilla scented, egg yolk and butter rich bread, cubed and dried), chicken and apple sausage and mushrooms, and probably cafe latte. The strata is made the night before and baked in the morning. I leave the involved cooking for dinner, much easier.

                                                                                      1. Christmas dinner's early - I'm microwaving a hotdog and gettin' on with the dinner prep.

                                                                                        1. Oh man, all that stuff sounds so good.

                                                                                          I'm Canadian and my wife is southern. This year Christmas day will be spent in Canada. I thought it only fitting that I make her a truly southern breakfast delight.
                                                                                          Biscuits and Gravy.
                                                                                          It also helped that there is another thread on it and I got a hankerin' for it.


                                                                                          1. i am making a breakfast casserole that I can put together tonight before midnight mass -- challah, eggs, sausage, cheese. Bake it in the morning, served with scones, coffee and mimosas. Then I start dinner prep...

                                                                                            1. Christmas breakfast comes between opening the stocking presents and the tree presents, so it must be fast, down and dirty. We always have a bowl of satsumas, a huge pile of thick-sliced bacon from a local smokehouse, and whatever bread I've produced, this year a chocolate babka, with last summer's jam. Maybe also a crumb cake because it's fast and easy and can be prepped the night before then popped in the oven while stocking madness is going on. In addition, there's grapefruit juice and plenty of coffee with (plenty of)kahlua, hot chocolate for those who prefer it. Merry Christmas everyone!

                                                                                              1. fresh orange juice, challah french toast with berries, capirniahs and good strong brewed coffee (French roast)
                                                                                                HAPPY HOLIDAYS

                                                                                                1. Kind of eclectic:

                                                                                                  Fruit salad with raspberries, orange slices, satsuma slices, pears, strawberries

                                                                                                  Smoked salmon Frittata

                                                                                                  Chicken mole tamales

                                                                                                  Toasted whole grain bread from Europane with melted brie

                                                                                                  Chocolate cherry bread with butter or cream cheese

                                                                                                  Sparkling fruit juice (pomegranite, apple)

                                                                                                  1. Bacon,Green Onion & Ham Strata
                                                                                                    Hot Chocolate/Mochas w/ Homemade Mallows

                                                                                                    Then we move on to dinner for 25...

                                                                                                    1. Champagne, always. This year, I may make my latkes for Christmas morning and add some smoked salmon and creme fraiche to the usual applesauce and sour cream accompaniment, since hubby will be working the first night of Hannukah. A his+hers holiday breakfast. Otherwise, I'll make some kind of strata. More champagne.

                                                                                                      1. Every year is coffee and Irish Cream to start, Mimosas to follow. Some years we add some wonderful double smoked bacon from a local meat joint, and a candy cane shaped coffee cake that's really a cheese/almond danish. Some years its eggs benedict with king crab if the weather is good enough to go fishing. But thinking about changing it up to have breakfast pizza this year....but then again...maybe I'll keep with tradition

                                                                                                        1. And let me just say how lovely it is that champagne appears so frequently in these holiday posts. Its my favorite, go to drink of choice so I drink it regularly but break out my "stash" during the holidays. Nice to see I'm in good company. Happy Holidays and bring on the bubbly!