From twists on traditional favorites like in Baked French Toast Sticks with Orange Maple Syrup opens in a new tab and Cinnamon-Almond Olive Oil Cake opens in a new tab to elegant egg dishes including Champagne Baked Eggs with Spinach and Crispy Ham opens in a new tab and Tortilla Breakfast Strata with Sausage and Green Chiles opens in a new tab, I have awesome and easy Chirstmas brunch ideas opens in a new tab to help you welcome your guests to the table this holiday.
If you have a busy schedule that doesn’t include stopping for a midday meal, you’ll want a hearty brunch with protein to keep you going. Here are some our my favorites:
Goat Cheese and Leek Quiche opens in a new tab is marvelous with fresh herbs and a hint of nutmeg.
Portobello and Broccoli Quiche with Tempeh opens in a new tab is a hearty vegetarian option.
Mushroom and Gruyère Quiche opens in a new tab is absolutely divine with a robust mix of mushrooms.
Jerusalem Artichoke and Parmesan Tart opens in a new tab is seasoned with nutmeg and thyme.
Potato Leek Frittata opens in a new tab is excellent with Parmigiano-Reggiano and extra virgin olive oil.
Onion, Bacon and Butternut Tart opens in a new tab and Bacon and Leek Tart opens in a new tab are seasonal delights.
Vegan Harvest Vegetable Tart opens in a new tab is filling with mushrooms, quinoa and leeks.
Breads and biscuits, pancakes and waffles, muffins and coffee cake are warming and filling, especially when made with whole grains. You can substitute all-purpose flour with some or all whole wheat pastry and white whole wheat flour with good results. Some unique ideas include:
Apple Walnut Pancakes opens in a new tab (gluten free)
Round out your brunch with a seasonal fruit salad made with oranges, grapefruit and tangerines. Or try our Orange Ginger Salad opens in a new tab. Additional seasonal favorites include pomegranate seeds, dried figs and cranberries, roasted nuts and pumpkin seeds and fresh yogurt, cheese or cottage cheese.
A memorable beverage can also make a meal. Try a relaxing cup of orange, cinnamon and clove-spiked Russian Tea opens in a new tab or a steaming mug of Mexican Hot Cocoa opens in a new tab. If you love a good mimosa, check out these delicious alternatives — Cardamom-Carrot Sparkling Cocktails opens in a new tab and Honeyed Beet Sparklers opens in a new tab.
What’s your favorite brunch recipe during the holidays? Share it in the comments section.