Salted Caramel and Banana Breakfast Strata recipe

Christmas breakfast should be special, but that doesn’t mean it has to be difficult. We gathered our best Christmas breakfast recipes in one place, so whether you’re cooking for a few or a crowd, and whether you want something sweet or savory—and indulgent or healthy, for that matter—you’ll find the perfect celebration breakfast below. We included make-ahead options, and a couple hacks too.

These will give you fuel for opening scores of presents and watching all the Christmas movies your DVR has room for, and whether you opt for stratas or scones, you’ll win over the entire family (and have an instant pass on washing that sink full of dishes).

1. Egg, Cheese, and Chive Tartlets

egg, cheese, and chive tartlets


These open-faced breakfast tartlets have the enviable ability to be impressively elegant yet effortless to make, thanks to frozen puff-pastry shells. With their spruce-colored chives, sunny eggs, and (optional) crispy pancetta, they’ll look like edible presents at Christmas breakfast—and definitely impress any in-laws or other house guests you have. Get our Egg, Cheese, and Chive Tartlets recipe.

2. Enriched Polenta Porridge with Raspberries

polenta porridge recipe

Leela Cyd

After a month of holiday festivities filled with the likes of eggnog, roasts, and cookies galore, a fruit-filled breakfast will be a breath of fresh air. But don’t mistake healthier for boring: This hearty polenta porridge exemplifies hygge, and can be topped with whatever combo of fruit and nuts you like, but pistachios and raspberries are lovely, especially with the vanilla bean, lemon, and honey in the mix. Get the Enriched Polenta Porridge with Raspberries recipe.

3. Rabanada

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RECEITA das RABANADAS: 3 ovos inteiros 1/2 lata de leite condensado 1 xícara de leite 5 pães amanhecidos(fatias com espessura de 1 dedo,aproximadamente) 1 e 1/2 xícara de açúcar refinado para empanar(no final da receita) Canela em Pó a gosto(uso +/- 1 colher de sopa) Óleo para fritar Modo de fazer:Bata beeem os ovos,acrescente o leite condensado e o leite e bata mais.Corte os pães em fatias de aproximadamente 1 dedo de espessura.Mergulhe as fatias de pão na mistura…deixe mergulhado um tempinho,de forma que o pão absorva a mistura…Não pode deixar muito tempo,pra não amolecer o pão e não pode deixar pouco tempo,pra não ficar seca por dentro 😅.Escorra o excesso da mistura e coloque para fritar em óleo quente(Não pode ser muito quente,pra evitar que frite por fora e não cozinhe por dentro).Depois de dourar dos dois lados,retire do óleo,coloque sobre papel toalha e pra finalizar,passe,ainda quente,na mistura de açúcar e canela. Dicas:1-Você pode usar baunilha(gosto da fava…mas pode ser essência,se vc gostar)ou raspas de limão ou raspas de laranja para saborizar a mistura e dar um toque especial.2-Não use pouco óleo…use muito óleo(em pouco óleo,qdo vc coloca a rabanada,o óleo esfria,a rabanada absorve o óleo e ela fica encharcada…com muito óleo na panela,fica sequinha…crocante por fora e molhadinha por dentro).3-Se preferir,você pode assar as rabanadas,no forno,em forma untada ou na Air Fryer…fica diferente da fritura,mas fica gostosa também…E menos calórica 😅 É uma receita simples e bem fácil!Espero que vocês gostem!❤ . . #lojacachepot #Casacomafeto #delicadezasparapresentear #receitas #receitascachepot #receitasfaceis #receitafacil #receitasimples #rabanada #rabanadas #receitaderabanada

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In Brazil, rabanada, the country’s version of French toast, is served as a holiday dessert, not unlike pumpkin pie or Christmas pudding. Break Brazilian tradition and have it first thing in the morning; the cinnamon-sugar-coated, crispy-on-the-outside, custardy-on-the-inside treat will surely start your day off on the right foot. Get our Rabanada recipe.

Related Reading: 12 Perfect French Toast Recipes for Christmas Morning

4. Chocolate-Cinnamon “Babkallah”

Regardless of whether you’re celebrating the lighting of the menorah, the birth of Christ, or simply gingerbread latte season, we urge you to spring for this chocolate- and cinnamon-flecked loaf of goodness, a babka-challah hybrid that beats out the overhyped croissant-donut any day. Get the Chocolate-Cinnamon “Babkallah” recipe.

5. Gluten-Free Banana Blueberry Waffles

gluten free blueberry waffle recipe


Hosting house guests who are gluten intolerant? You’ll make them (and anyone who’s a breakfast lover, really) very, very happy when you serve waffles filled with bananas and blueberries. Get our Gluten-Free Banana Blueberry Waffles recipe.

6. Raspberry Matcha Muffins

raspberry matcha muffin recipe


Need a make-ahead option that happens to boast a super festive color combo? These matcha-infused muffins with fresh raspberries and black sesame seeds fit the bill. Using almond milk activates the nutrients in the green tea and means these are dairy free, of course. Get our Raspberry Matcha Muffins recipe.

7. Panettone Christmas Bread Pudding

Take bread pudding to festive heights by replacing plain white bread with a seasonal favorite, panettone, which is studded with candied citrus and raisins for a fruitcake-like flavor. Get the Panettone Christmas Bread Pudding recipe.

8. Ham and Cheese Scones

ham and cheese scone recipe


Rich, savory Black Forest ham and Gruyère cheese scones can be easily made ahead and baked the morning of for an indulgent holiday treat—or you can use some leftover ham from the night before and make them in the a.m. Get our Ham and Cheese Scones recipe.

Related Reading: What Is the Difference Between Scones and Biscuits?

9. Spinach Breakfast Strata

spicha strata recipe


With its layers of crusty bread, feta cheese, spinach, and herbs, this breakfast casserole is guaranteed to appeal to vegetarians and meat eaters alike. Get our Spinach Breakfast Strata recipe. (But if you want another way to use leftover ham, try our Ham, Cheese, and Mushroom Strata recipe.)

10. Eggnog French Toast

Eggnog French Toast recipe


Eggnog-drenched French toast not only adds a bit of the holidays to breakfast, but it also happens to be a really great way to use up all that leftover ‘nog. Get our Eggnog French Toast recipe.

11. Gluten-Free Cranberry-Pecan Muffins

gluten-free cranberry pecan muffins


Got half an hour? Then you have time to surprise loved ones with these seasonal fruit and nut muffins for breakfast. Bonus: Extras make ideal on-the-go snacks if you’re off to grandmother’s house (or back to work the next day). Get our Gluten-Free Cranberry-Pecan Muffins recipe.

12. Bacon Breakfast Ring

If you truly want Christmas brunch to impress, set aside some extra time to make your own yeasted bread and braid it into a holiday wreath with bacon, eggs, and cheese. If you don’t have time for that, though, use crescent roll dough for an equally easy (and cheesy) edible wreath. Get the Bacon Breakfast Ring recipe.

Related Reading: Easy Crescent Roll Recipe Hacks

13. Cheesy Sausage Breakfast Casserole

Make Ahead Cheesy Sausage Breakfast Casserole


This make-ahead breakfast casserole full of cheese and sage-flecked breakfast sausage is a crowd-pleaser and a cook-pleaser (due to its easygoing nature). Assemble it the night before and just pop it in the oven while you start opening presents. Get our Cheesy Sausage Breakfast Casserole recipe.

14. Healthy Open-Face Breakfast Sandwiches

healthy breakfast sandwich recipe


Christmas day can be a long one, especially if you have multiple houses to visit, so you might want something light and bright to kick off the marathon of jolliness. These open-face egg sandwiches with avocado, feta, olives, and garlicky sauteed greens feel special but won’t weigh you down or make you want to go right back to sleep, plus they’re a cinch to whip up. Get our Healthy Open-Face Breakfast Sandwiches recipe.

Related Reading: 15 Eye-Opening Breakfast Sandwiches

15. Salted Caramel Banana Breakfast Strata

Salted Caramel and Banana Breakfast Strata recipe


If you just want something wonderfully indulgent (before Jan. 1 ushers in a low-carb kick, perhaps), you could hardly do better than this gooey caramel and banana casserole. Add chunks of dark chocolate for extra decadence. Get our Salted Caramel Banana Breakfast Strata recipe.

For more tips, hacks, and recipes, check out our Ultimate Guide to Christmas and Holiday Entertaining Headquarters.

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