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What's for Christmas Breakfast?

  • roxlet Dec 24, 2013 09:31 AM
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I'm trying to figure out what we should have. My son requested donuts, and my husband's response was, "Donuts? If you have to make something sweet, it should be cinnamon rolls, but what happened to the smoked salmon eggs Benedict I thought we were having?"

So, what to have for Christmas breakfast?

What's for breakfast tomorrow in your house?

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  1. We have pretty much the same thing every year. Homemade cinnamon rolls, lightly scrambled eggs or omelets and jimmy dean pure pork sausage (spicy and sweet). Mimosas and coffee for us, hot cocoa for the boy.

    (though I would LOVE to have smoked salmon eggs bennie-sounds divine!)

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    1. re: foodieX2

      It is

       
      1. re: rjbh20

        Yup, that's it. I told my son I would make him donuts another morning.

      2. re: foodieX2

        I have to say they came out quite good this year!

         
        1. re: foodieX2

          Lovely!

      3. Croissants (supermarket) + raspberry jam (farmers market).

        In the early years of our marriage (back in the days of steam powered radio), before the Big Family Lunch became a yearly tradition, we would have the meal in the evening. Then we would have a big breakfast - the full fried breakfast, or steak and eggs. I miss it - croissants are not a patch on sausage, bacon, black pudding, mushrooms, fried bread, and eggs.

        1. We're heading to the VA hospital to do Christmas carols so we'll just enjoy the King Arthur bacon cheddar chive scones http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipe... before we start the fa la la la las.

          (I've never tried this recipe--if you have feedback about this or a different savory scone that you love, I'd be happy to hear about it.)

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          1. re: miss louella

            As the daughter of a retired officer, I thank you bringing your holiday cheer to the Vets, I'm sure they appreciate is as well. The scones sound great. I don't usually like sweet breakfast foods, but I think that'd be right up my alley.

            1. re: fldhkybnva

              Aw, you're sweet fldhkybnva (quite a fingerful!). I will report back on how the scones taste--I'll be mixing them up barely caffeinated, so that's a real test. It's my very great pleasure to try to entertain the Vets--and if my voice doesn't work, there's always my vice. ;-)

              ETA: I'm about 100, so I hope you know I meant the winky eye.

          2. I fix a soak-overnight-in-the-fridge French toast (pop into the oven Xmas morning; serve with berries and whipped cream and a large side of bacon.

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            1. re: Michelly

              What's your recipe for overnight French toast? I have given up on french toast and pancakes but SO loves them so I still attempt every now and again.

              1. re: fldhkybnva

                My wife does an oven French toast that is frequently requested. Don't have specifics but sliced French bread is soaked over night in an egg half and half mixture. A topping of chopped nuts and brown sugar is spread on top before baking. There are plenty of recipes and variations on the web. I bet Michellys recipe is similar to my wife's

            2. That's a good question. I don't cook breakfast other than toasting a bagel or English muffin or possibly bacon and egg on said bread product.

              My guess is an English muffin for me tomorrow morning. I filled my husband's stocking with different flavors of SPAM (his favorite), so he will probably make himself scrambled eggs and spam.

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              1. re: Njchicaa

                Love the spam-in-the-stocking! My husband gets various food stuffs too. Nothing better.

                1. re: foodieX2

                  LOL--I had visions of Spam out of the can, jammed into the toe of the stocking!

                  1. re: foodieX2

                    Love the husband making his own breakfast! Husband usually gets the first installment of Zingerman's bacon of the month, and I usually get stuck making it, and worse than that, cleaning up!

                    1. re: Shrinkrap

                      Does he like the bacon of the month? I've pondered it for SO.

                      1. re: fldhkybnva

                        He LOVES bacon, and the two of us split the whole pound! We have liked some of the offerings better than others, but overall, it's fun. This year I joined their "Food Explorers" club.

                2. Smoked salmon, bialys, eggs.

                  1. Chocolate and almond stuffed croissants from trader joe's freezer section and copious amounts of coffee.

                    1. Mimosas ~ Bloody Mary ~ Morning Rolls with pecans. ~ Sausage Balls ~ Fresh yard eggs scrambled for those that want. ~ Coffee & Chicory.

                      1. We just had this debate: eat out or stay home. One year, for various screw-ups, we ended up at Denny's for Christmas breakfast. I went in, grumbling the whole time. The place was empty. We had an older waitress who sang Christmas carols and was amazingly cheery, given she was working at Denny's on Christmas morning. We ended up having a great time (albeit with mediocre food), and we tipped her extravagantly.

                        So, we talked about Denny's again for tomorrow, but we've settled on homemade latkes instead. May break open the Proseco early!

                        Growing up, my Dad demanded that we had a full breakfast before opening the 1st gift. You've never seen kids wolf down eggs, potatoes, bacon and toast so fast! Good memories.

                        1. Scrambled eggs, hot Italian sausage, roasted red & sweet potatoes, marionberry & cream cheese danishes, OJ, coffee. Enjoy your holiday!

                          1. Homemade cinnamon pecan rolls, fresh fruit platter, tons of strong coffee, mimosas if i remember to buy prosecco today...

                            1. Cereal and yogurt and tea. Exciting stuff! But my husband and I are both off work for the first time since we've been together so I'm pretty excited actually :)

                              1. Toast and strawberry jam. With my touchy tummy, I am holding out for the main event.

                                1. I stopped by our favorite local bakery for croissants and scones. We will have those with lots of coffee (unless the baby let's us sleep tonight as our Xmas gift from him!), scrambled eggs with cottage cheese, bacon, chicken apple sausage and smoked salmon.
                                  Probably not all three proteins, but who knows, it's Xmas!

                                  1. Wow - I thought I knew we'd be having Pineapple upside down muffins - a very festive-looking recipe and reasonably easy to make. But just I happen to have on hand all the ingredients for smoked salmon eggs benedict and that sounds AWESOME.

                                    Decisions, decisions.

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                                    1. re: MidwesternerTT

                                      Go for the smoked salmon eggs Benedict!

                                      1. re: roxlet

                                        We did and enjoyed them before opening gifts, although the extra-lemony hollandaise I make for vegetables was a tad tart for the salmon/eggs combo. It turns out a substantial breakfast was essential, since the planned ham steak mid-day dinner menu has now become an eveniing meal menu. Just us two today, no guests or group events. My gift was a construction project - a new EXTERNAL VENTING hood for our gas stove. Work started at 9 AM and as of 2 PM the hood is over the stove and final ducting to connect to the kitchen vent chimney (which was added a year ago when we had a new roof put on) is next.

                                    2. Apple-cinnamon rolls. I am about to put some chopped cranberries in part of them -- don't know if that is really a good idea or not.

                                      Bacon, eggs, coffee, mimosas.

                                      1. For various reasons, our traditional Christmas breakfast must include: fresh orange supremes (no membrane or pith) NJ-diner-style home fried potatoes with onions, soft scrambled eggs mixed with cheddar cheese (eggs are fresh from our own chickens), Canadian bacon, and toast made from homemade English Toasting Bread (butter and homemade blueberry jam on the side). It is just what we do, and everybody would be disappointed if I tried to change it. I also make homemade Cinnamon rolls that are eaten either before breakfast/while opening presents or as a snack to hold people over until dinner, which is usually about 4:00 pm.

                                        1. Cheerios. For the toddler.

                                          Banana cinnamon rolls with cream cheese glaze and coffee for us.

                                          1. Does Christmas Eve brunch count? Our kids and grandkids came over this morning and we had two different quiches that I'd cooked and frozen a couple of weeks ago. Also a terrific winter fruit salad http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/fo...

                                            A TJs out of a box coffee cake and good rosemary foccacia.

                                            For Christmas morning breakfast we're heading in San Francisco for dim sum :)

                                             
                                             
                                             
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                                            1. re: c oliver

                                              We go to SF the day after. Where do you go for dim sum?

                                              1. re: Shrinkrap

                                                Our fave for some years now is House of Banquet on Clement at 10th, I believe.

                                                http://www1.beyondmenu.com/22114/san-...

                                                Big dim sum for two has never cracked $20.

                                                1. re: c oliver

                                                  Thanks!

                                                  1. re: c oliver

                                                    Just back. Had two orders of chicken feet (the best ever!), two orders of pork and vegetable stuffed bean curd wrappers, one of spare ribs. The spare ribs were super tender. The total was $15 pretip.

                                                    Two pix show the dining room at 9 and at 10 :) And the other two are the chicken feet before and after!

                                                     
                                                     
                                                     
                                                     
                                              2. Christmas breakfast has a new face when I'm home and not at my parents for the holiday. Breakfast will be the usual - eggs. However, for the holiday I like to make them special (i.e. increase the calories) and serve with several other dishes on the side. My usual morning eggs are a hefty dose of egg white with a couple whole eggs, for Christmas I switch the ratio and add sausage and lots of cheese. The other nibbles include brunch-y assortment - cinnamon rolls, bagels, smoked salmon, fruit, cheese, and salami. Also for some reason, SO and I usually enjoy a shrimp ring.

                                                The usual breakfast at my parents' house was always made by my grandmother - scrambled eggs, fried pork chops with gravy, biscuits, bacon, and toast. My mom would add bagels, cream cheese, capers and lox.

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                                                1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                  What's a "shrimp ring"?

                                                  1. re: c oliver

                                                    The very cliche and less than fancy steamed shrimp on the plastic ring sold at many grocery stores, often frozen, but also fresh. It's so easy to make shrimp cocktail at home but something about the store bought shrimp ring that feels different.

                                                     
                                                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                      Ah, now I know what you mean. Have you ever had the shrimp cocktail at Costco? It's really tasty.

                                                      1. re: c oliver

                                                        Actually, I have that's sort of how I started eating them. A good single bachelor friend lived on packaged chips and dips from Costco, as well as the shrimp ring. When I would visit, it was the only thing I remotely wanted to eat :)

                                                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                          Well, it's not in a "ring" there. Just over with the ready to eat things, by the meats.

                                                2. I can't find any place current to drop this so I'll do it here :) Our Christmas Eve dinner for two, but it could be breakfast also, was lox, domestic caviar, creme fraiche, minced red onion, capers and lemon wedges. Oh, and of course, sparkling wine. Just perfect after a busy few hours with the grandkids :)

                                                   
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                                                  1. re: c oliver

                                                    c oliver - Sounds decadent whether for dinner or breakfast. Current WFD thread is here http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/928961

                                                    1. re: MidwesternerTT

                                                      No offense intended to anyone, but I just can't stand the WFD threads. I'm chatty but not THAT chatty :)

                                                      It was decadent but not crazy expensive thanks to Costco.

                                                  2. Bacon, egg and cheese on a hard roll...typical breakfast in CT. Might have sausage parties instead of bacon.

                                                    1. poached eggs, shrimp civeche, and broiled cheese on cuban bread.

                                                      1. for adults--whatever fancies your palate. Just heat up some hot cocoa, donuts or even Christmas cookies for the kiddies--they aren't interested in food--let them go at the presents. Perhaps after the "gifting" the kids will want something more traditional. But, who cares. One day a year that they can go without specific nutrition or tradition. They'll eat the turkey, ham, sweet potatoes, stuffing, etc. for dinner after an early, exhaustive day playing with new toys.
                                                        stop stressing and eat the dressing. FoiGras

                                                        1. Nothing! I'm saving those calories for Christmas dinner!! Everyone else's breakfasts sound very tasty, though!

                                                          1. Laphroaig 25, neat, with PB&J.

                                                            1. Nothing fancy, I hate getting up early enough for fancy breakfast. I'll make oven bacon tonight, and we'll probably have scrambled eggs. Usually my mom pops some cinnamon rolls (the premade kind in the tube) in the oven too, so the house smells nice when we are opening presents.

                                                              1. Finnish oven pancake (Dutch baby, pannukakku) with a squeeze of fresh lemon, then topped with lingonberries and maple syrup from back home. Thick cut bacon on the side, orange juice, and lots of coffee.

                                                                1. Yeasted brown butter waffles, can't wait to try them!

                                                                  http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

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                                                                  1. re: BobbieSue

                                                                    I love these!

                                                                  2. Our traditional Christmas breakfast is my husband's delicious popovers - made with eggs and milk from local farms. These are served with assorted jams (quince, plum, strawberry) that I canned earlier this year. Happy holidays everyone!

                                                                    1. I made some pretty awesome biscuits this morning.
                                                                      I called mine "Worlds collide" since my family traditionally has kolbassa and eggs on Christmas morning and Mrs. Sippi is, as most already know, from the south. So with that my biscuit had plenty of butter, egg, fried kolbassa and pimento cheese. It was awesome.

                                                                      DT

                                                                       
                                                                       
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                                                                      1. re: Davwud

                                                                        Merry Xmas to you and Mrs.Sippi!

                                                                      2. Baked huevos rancheros with guacamole and salsa, and stollen bites.

                                                                        1. Pastrami smoked salmon and smoked sable with NYC bagels and scallion cream cheese bought at Barney Greengrass in NYC en route to Philadelphia!

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                                                                          1. re: Debrouillard

                                                                            What is pastrami smoked salmon please? We'll be in NYC for a couple of weeks in Feburary. SO looking forward to this meal - over and over again. And we will bring home a couple of dozen bagels.

                                                                            1. re: c oliver

                                                                              Its smoked smoked salmon that has been rubbed with black pepper, brown sugar, coriander, paprika and other traditional pastrami spices, leaving the salmon with beautiful dark crust around the edges. Its delicious. Barney Greengrass version is exceptional (sourced from Acme smoked fish I think). They are most famous for their sturgeon but I am partial to their salmon and sable. This place is an NYC institution and I highly recommend a visit. Russ and Daughters on the lower east side has an even bigger selection of smoked fish but Greengrass has better bagels and a classic dining room where you can eat in. Really good fresh sqeezed OJ too. Its the quintessential NYC breakfast in my opinion.

                                                                              http://www.barneygreengrass.com/restM...

                                                                              1. re: Debrouillard

                                                                                Oh, we've been there. Our friend's apartment is at CPW and 101st Street! We'll have to try that. Sounds scrumptious. Thanks for elaborating.

                                                                            2. re: Debrouillard

                                                                              This is what I want now, darnit.
                                                                              May need to make this happen for New Years.
                                                                              Merry Christmas!!!

                                                                            3. Sounds familiar. We had a crying toddler from around 5 am until 10 so I baked the refrigerator cinnamon rolls and we toasted with coffee as we opened our gifts and he napped. Probably molars or just too much excitement.
                                                                              Hopefully the smoked salmon will be eaten on toast with bubbly drinks when the little darling wakes up.

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                                                                              1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                Merry Christmas to you and yours, especially the little darling.
                                                                                Five hours of crying, huh? They do that? I'm scared.

                                                                                1. re: rabaja

                                                                                  Our now two year old granddaughter screamed almost constantly for the first five months of her life :( But yesterday with both toddlers here we were able to time our meal for before their afternoon naps. And our dinner on Friday will be an early one so they get to bed on time. Ideal? No. But so worth it.

                                                                                  1. re: c oliver

                                                                                    I hear you, we are imploring my parents to sit by 5pm today do that we can get home and get our six month old to bed at a reasonable hour. They are always late with everything, but I know they will try.
                                                                                    So far this kid has been good to us, easy even. -I hate to say that out loud.
                                                                                    I know hours of screaming must be in our future though and I do believe teething is around the corner.
                                                                                    My family is all together this year, for the first time in four years, possibly five. Four grand kids will be around the table, running the show I am sure. We can't wait.

                                                                                    1. re: rabaja

                                                                                      Sounds like crazy fun! I'm doing coq au vin so I can do almost everything the day before. It's just not fair to cause little ones grief when a little planning can make it easy(er).

                                                                                2. re: Berheenia

                                                                                  Haha. Santa must bring out the teeth. Our 9 month old who usually sleeps 12 hours was up all night crying and spiking a temp. We finally hauled him into our bed and he spent the wee hours stroking my beard and sucking his thumb. Best Christmas ever ironically.

                                                                                  We had smoked salmon, bialys and eggs as planned for breakfast, and just finished off and epic raclette for dinner.

                                                                                  We treated my son to some Tylenol at bedtime. Dad is topping it all off with some (more) scotch.

                                                                                  1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                    To follow up today the real toddler is back. Slept until 8:30 with no crying. Sunny little man again! But yesterday was a looong one.

                                                                                  2. BIL made a delicious leek and sausage strata with tons of cheese. Very satisfying. Nut patties to finish. Yum!

                                                                                    1. Duck heart, duck liver & salmon belly will be seared in a hot pan and will pretty much go straight into my belly. My man just now had some leftover crabmeat maison from last night's feast.

                                                                                      1. As planned, smoked salmon Egg Benedict with duck fat hash browns. And Champagne.

                                                                                         
                                                                                         
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                                                                                        1. re: rjbh20

                                                                                          So delicious!

                                                                                        2. Nothing fancy as we are having an early dinner. Poached eggs with toast soldiers and an orange.

                                                                                          Hope you went for the smoked salmon Benedict.....yum!!

                                                                                          1. Scrambled eggs, bacon, and cinnamon rolls with cream cheese icing. I parcooked the bacon in the oven and froze it, and did the same with the cinnamon rolls. Fixing breakfast was as simple as giving the bacon the final few minutes under the broiler, heating/icing the rolls, and scrambling the eggs.

                                                                                            I sing two services on Christmas Eve, and I'm always the first one up on Christmas morning. This pre-prepped version really worked for me, and I'll definitely do it again!

                                                                                            1. This year we went smaller..... cinnamon rolls [Flour's Sticky Buns], brioche, Karl's Sausage Kitchen bacon, Harrington sausage, scrambled eggs with coffee, orange juice, and milk.

                                                                                              To be honest, the sticky buns are the star.

                                                                                              p.s. and I had an English muffin since I don't do that much sugar.

                                                                                              1. We totally changed up our schedule this year with a roast beef dinner after church on Christmas Eve, a trip to Gramma's in New Braunfels for Christmas Day lunch, and breakfast for dinner on Christmas, back here in Austin. Sausage patties, home made English muffins, and eggs to order then sitting by the fire exchanging gifts. All in all I much preferred the rhythm of it to the usual Christmas breakfast amid wrapping paper.

                                                                                                1. Tamales with poached eggs and taco shop hot sauce. Delicious!

                                                                                                  1. Hard to say. Either some chopped up duck meat topped with some crispy skin, or scrambled eggs with maple-glazed bacon, or leftover crabmeat maison.... or Greek yogurt with pomegranate?

                                                                                                    I honestly don't know. Still full from the last two days of eatings :-D

                                                                                                    1. It was just my mother and I this year,,
                                                                                                      and we had a full day of cooking ahead! Mimosas, coffee, grapefruit, raspberry scones (from a bakery my mother likes)
                                                                                                      and peameal bacon. Carried us through present opening. ..

                                                                                                      1. We always have a sort of breakfast of little bites. This year it was pickled herring with an equal amount of diced boiled eggs in sour cream and much dill, with some dark rye toast, salmon roe (our favorite caviar), a smoked trout to be pried off the bone, various gluten-free crackers for the abstainer, grandma's fabulous candied fruitcake (mostly pecans and rum), salami and cheeses. No wine this year, we historically always drank prosecco but a family member attending has just begun a struggle for sobriety so we left it out this time and stuck to coffee and sweet apple cider mulled with cinnamon. I sort of missed the prosecco, but it was okay and certainly worth it to support our beloved.

                                                                                                        The youngest nephew present (2 yrs) has become enthralled with plating food, so he continually filled a little plate, marched three feet, and it slid off onto the carpet. Which caused distress in his mother and delight in my toy dog :) a happy time, always.

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                                                                                                        1. re: Teague

                                                                                                          I could get behind a fruitcake made mainly of pecans and rum! Is there a recipe you could share?

                                                                                                          1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                            10 oz dried, candied pineapple.
                                                                                                            Cover with coconut rum, let it rehydrate for a few days.
                                                                                                            Drain pineapple, reserve sugary rum
                                                                                                            Chop pineapple roughly, 1/2 inch dice.
                                                                                                            Chop 1 1/4 lb pitted dates roughly (1/2 inch dice)
                                                                                                            1 lb candied cherries, the bright red and green kind
                                                                                                            Put all these in a bowl - a big one, i use a big wide stock pot.
                                                                                                            Sift flour, measure 2 c, sift again into a bowl.
                                                                                                            Add 2 t baking powder, 1/2 t salt, mix flour baking pwdr & salt
                                                                                                            Pour flour over chopped fruit, mix up well so all fruit is covered.
                                                                                                            Meanwhile, beat 4 eggs until light. Add 1 c. white sugar and beat until dissolved.
                                                                                                            Add eggs/sugar to fruit, mix up.
                                                                                                            Add 2 lbs pecan halves (or walnuts, it's more bitter with these). Mix fruit and nuts well. This will get extremely sticky
                                                                                                            Line four 2-lb pans with greased parchment paper. I use crisco, or coconut oil. 3x8, 4x8, something like that. The aluminum pans sold in the grocery store are 3x8 ish lately.
                                                                                                            Divide fruitcake mix into the four pans. Grease up your hands and a soft spatula, and press fruitcake mixture down so it's solid with no big holes.
                                                                                                            Bake at 275 for 1 1/4 hr, about, until a toothpick comes out clean and they are golden brown.
                                                                                                            Cool in pans for a while, turn out, cool on rack till not hot. Put on solid surface and stab with an icepick or small knife, all over.
                                                                                                            Drizzle on at least 2 T per fruitcake of reserved coconut rum/pineapple marinade.
                                                                                                            Wrap in plastic, store in fridge for a week. Unwrap and add some more rum if you see fit. They slice better if they sit for a week or two absorbing rum.
                                                                                                            Give to your most beloved friends and family.

                                                                                                            1. re: Teague

                                                                                                              Oh, I am definitely going to make that. Have you ever baked it in just one pan, such as a Bundt or long Pullman? If so, how much time did it have to remain in the oven? TIA.

                                                                                                              1. re: Wtg2Retire

                                                                                                                I never have done this, so am not sure. Grandma's original recipe says, in a ring pan or four loaf pans. But not sure if the time for baking would be the same. Though you'd think a ring pan would not be that different, since all sides are exposed to heat and the cake isn't really thicker.

                                                                                                                1. re: Teague

                                                                                                                  Thank you so much for the answer. I plan on getting the ingredients today and making this for a little later in the year. It sounds so, so, so good.

                                                                                                            2. re: roxlet

                                                                                                              Here's a pic of this year's fruitcake

                                                                                                               
                                                                                                              1. re: Teague

                                                                                                                Thanks so much!

                                                                                                          2. Just saw this, we had plans for chocolate croissants from Williams Sonoma, but they didn't rise correctly, so the plan B was a Cranberry Coffee cake, but uninvited ants made that a no go, so a quick run to the Safeway, (thank goodness they have Christmas hours), yielded English Muffins to go with a hastily assembled fritata to go with our pre-planned chicken apple sausage and duck fat cottage fried potatoes, (which were awesome if IDSSOM.
                                                                                                            So, there was a lot of drama to put it together, but it did come out well and was very satisfying.
                                                                                                            Mimosas didn't hurt either.

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                                                                                                            1. re: KatoK

                                                                                                              We had coddled eggs with hot sauce, double smoked (streaky) bacon, potato skins with cheddar and minced green onions, and sliced avocados. And of course a Mandarin orange!

                                                                                                            2. Who wants to cook on Christmas Morning? Grandma's recipe for coffee cake is baked the day of Christmas Eve and that and orange juice and/or coffee is what we have Christmas Morning. Depending on whether our main holiday meal is Christmas Eve or Christmas dinner determines lunch.

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                                                                                                              1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                                                                As you can tell from this posts LOTS of people want to cook on Christmas morning. Why would you ask when clearly we do? I haven't read a single one of us complaining about it either. Baffles me.

                                                                                                                1. re: foodieX2

                                                                                                                  I believe KM was speaking rhetorically. And for himself. Since we went out for dim sum, I can certainly identify :)

                                                                                                                  1. re: c oliver

                                                                                                                    thank you for interpreting correctly c. as for foodieX2, what I read is what lots of people like to EAT on Christmas morning. No, I didn't hear anyone complaining, but I also didn't read anyone saying - "I love standing in front of the stove frying bacon and scrambling eggs while my family sits in front of the new TV santa brought playing Wii. Nothing gives me more pleasure than that."

                                                                                                                    1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                                                                      I was happier asking for another order of chicken feet :)

                                                                                                                      1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                                                                        Agreed! if my family was that selfish I wouldn't be happy cooking either.

                                                                                                                        1. re: foodieX2

                                                                                                                          Like everyone on this thread, I enjoy providing my family (and myself) things everyone likes to eat. That often requires spending time cooking and unfortunately away from them and some parts of the holiday. However I certainly don't expect them to drop what they're doing, whether it be playing with gifts or anything else to keep me company, as I would consider that the height of selfishness on my part. I have one niece who is very helpful in the kitchen, and she usually asks to cook with me. It is a special holiday memory for her and I. I damn well hope everyone else is enjoying the gift du jour or doing whatever they enjoy on the holidays, as long as it's hopefully not getting in the way and bothered me in the kitchen. My 3 year-old does periodic drive-bys for a kiss, which is greatly appreciated and the dog is always waiting just out of harms way making sure no food needs to be cleaned up.

                                                                                                                          I can certainly understand not wanting to cook on Christmas morning, we do keep that meal somewant minimal compared to others around the holidays. Prebaking something for Christmas morning actually sounds like a great idea to consider

                                                                                                                    2. re: foodieX2

                                                                                                                      I complained. Sort of.

                                                                                                                  2. I had potted shrimp, melba toast, rockmelon (cantaloupe) and champagne.

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                                                                                                                    1. re: ultimatepotato

                                                                                                                      V. cool to know that cantaloupe is rock melon when it's at home in England.

                                                                                                                      1. re: grayelf

                                                                                                                        I'm afraid I've steered you wrong there by using my Kiwi-isms - it's also Cantaloupe in the UK. Rockmelon is New Zealandish (and Australian too I think) for Cantaloupe.

                                                                                                                      2. re: ultimatepotato

                                                                                                                        My MIL always goes a bit overboard, but in a good way. There were several types of smoked and cured fish, creamy scrambled eggs, 3 types of crusty bread, jams and salsas, mimosas and coffee. It's a delicious, though protein heavy, way to greet Christmas day.

                                                                                                                      3. I made orange butter coffee cake, it's a tradition.

                                                                                                                        1. FWIW roxlet, I too would have loved some homemade donuts for Christmas morning!

                                                                                                                          That said, it must have been "partner's choice" year in 2013 as mr bc selected our Christmas Breakfast dish (a first I think!).

                                                                                                                          With guests to feed I wanted a make-ahead dish and after agreeing on a strata, I left mr bc with my EYB list of strata recipes. What I love about letting someone else choose is often you end up with something you'd never have selected (or even considered) on your own. That was the case in this instance as mr bc's dish of choice was a:

                                                                                                                          LEEK, SUN-DRIED TOMATO AND BRIE STRATA

                                                                                                                          from The Good Egg, a cookbook that will now enjoy a much more prominent place on my shelves.

                                                                                                                          As you might suspect, the dish was outrageously rich but it was also delicious. The leeks were plentiful and sensational. The sun-dried tomatoes added a nice textural and colourful element though mr bc said he felt bacon would have been even better in the dish.

                                                                                                                          Overall it was a nice change of pace, worked well with our Prosecco and it was a dish I'd make again. Our guests asked for the recipe and even took the time to write it out since the power was out at the time and photocopying wasn't an option!

                                                                                                                          Here's a couple of (crappy quality) photos below:

                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                          4 Replies
                                                                                                                          1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                            Oh no BC.. you lost your power in the storm? How did you bake it? A friend who had no power in Pickering used his gas BBQ to cook everything...

                                                                                                                            1. re: rstuart

                                                                                                                              We did lose power rstuart. Fortunately we had it back on Christmas day but the following day we lost it again and it was then that our guest wanted to get a copy of the recipe. Yesterday was the first day we didn't lose power at all since the storm.

                                                                                                                              Our longest outage was about 36 hours. Like your friend, we made good use of the BBQ. I also have a butane burner that I use indoors. That really helped with meal prep. since it definitely wasn't pleasant going outside. How about you rstuart, did you lose power/have any cooking challenges to overcome?

                                                                                                                              1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                Did you have to throw away any food? That is another big problem with power loss. No, I was very lucky here in downtown TO and did not lose power.. and managed to get my flight to Ottawa as well. I think that not having coffee would be one of my biggest challenges!
                                                                                                                                I'm very impressed that you rose to the occasion, and with guests to boot!

                                                                                                                                1. re: rstuart

                                                                                                                                  Thanks rstuart, no food lost. Thankfully our freezers were full. I put bags of ice in the fridges to keep the contents icy cold and we made it through with no issue. The big blackout a few summers ago taught me a lot of good lessons so we were well prepared this time.

                                                                                                                                  As for coffee, I have an old stovetop coffee pot so we could perk coffee on my butane burner. We normally wouldn't have had any ground coffee in the house since we grind our beans as we go or, use our Nespresso machine but fortuitously someone at work had just gifted me with a bag of ground Blue Mountain coffee from their recent vacation in Jamaica so we even had that covered. We felt very lucky indeed and my heart goes out to all those folks still without power.

                                                                                                                                  I'm so glad you weren't impacted rstuart, that's amazing that you even were able to get your flight. Good for you!

                                                                                                                          2. We do some sort of breakfast casserole that is assembled the night before and baked while people are trickling down to open presents. Also English muffins and/or cinnamon rolls for those who want them. This year I made a strata with whole wheat challah cubes, turkey sausage and spinach.