Holiday Special – Christmas Brunch

Throughout December I’m sharing different menus to help you create beautiful feasts for the holidays. You can find helpful hints and a beautiful Mediterranean menu and recipes for a fabulous cocktail party. I’ve put together seven fun plates for a Feast of Seven Fishes Tapas Party. Then again, maybe you’re serving turkey for Christmas? Well, I’ve got a great menu for you. And if you’d rather go with roast beast? I’ve got you covered with a delicious menu for beef or pork tenderloin.

But today … it’s all about Christmas Brunch.

Whether you have a long, lazy morning in bed followed by a leisurely coffee and a few presents or rise before dawn with over-excited little ones … brunch is a great alternative to a big Christmas dinner. Especially, if you cooked up a huge feast on Christmas Eve.

Keep it very casual. Let everyone stay in their pajamas … all day if they like. Serve the food buffet style and relax. There is no need to hurry.

Start with a toast to Santa and your good fortune with a colorful Mango Sparkle. There are two versions, one with and one without alcohol. If you need something cozy, warm up with a mug of Mulled Cider.

Hopefully, you’ve got a good bakery or bagelry nearby, there is nothing better than bagels and lox. (No one said you had to make everything from scratch.) It will only take a few minutes to create a beautiful platter of smoked salmon, capers, red onions and a small bowl of cream cheese. (Don’t forget to soak the onions in cold water for several hours or overnight to take the bite out!)

If you want to get fancy … A beautiful Asparagus & Goat Cheese Tart will make a delicious addition to your party. Unless you’re looking for something a little heartier like Spinach & Ricotta Pie. If you’ve got a small group, Brie & Sundried Tomato Omelets are a great choice. Don’t forget to make up a batch of Baked French Toast. This yummy casserole is perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth.

But if you’ve got a crowd, forget the individual omelets and whip up a big batch of Scrambled Eggs. If you like, dress up the eggs with some grated cheddar or crumbled goat cheese and a few chopped chives. Who doesn’t like cheesy eggs? With a strip or two of crispy bacon and/or a few sausage links, you’ve got everyone’s favorite breakfast feast!

Large or small crowd and especially for a late brunch, I like to add a simple Salad and some fresh fruit to the buffet table.

Complete your feast with a sweet treat. Don’t hesitate to pick up muffins and scones at the bakery. You’ve got a lot going on. However, if you were born to bake, try a batch of my Ginger Scones or an Apple Crumb Cake. For something creamy and sweet, give my Honeyed Apricots with Creamy Yogurt a try.

For a complete list of and links to all the recipes on this blog Click Here!!

What are you cooking for Christmas? I’d love to hear from you! Let’s get a conversation going. To make a comment, just click on Comments below.

Want more? Click here for more seasonal menus! In addition, I hope that you will take a minute to learn about my philanthropic project Eat Well-Do Good. © Susan W. Nye, 2011

4 thoughts on “Holiday Special – Christmas Brunch

  1. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family, Susan! I’m planning to do a nice breakfast for my husband and son tomorrow morning. I’ve got my eye on your Asparagus and Goat Cheese Tart and the Spinach Ricotta Pie. Both sound fantastic!


  2. Christmas morning is work time for the cooks. We don’t allow guests (including my brother and sister-in-law) in the house until afternoon, so no cozy Christmas brunches here. I am thinking about making a pan of cinnamon rolls on Christmas Eve morning, which will give us a festive breakfast for a few days. Usually, we just have coffee and hot cereal and start sauteeing and stuffing the bird. We’ll have a repeat of our Thanksgiving menu with extra desserts: extra guests means extra pies, so we’ll have cherry, mince, and peanut pie (my sister-in-law’s specialty).


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