From twists on traditional favorites like in Baked French Toast Sticks with Orange Maple Syrup and Cinnamon-Almond Olive Oil Cake to elegant egg dishes including Champagne Baked Eggs with Spinach and Crispy Ham and Tortilla Breakfast Strata with Sausage and Green Chiles, I have awesome and easy Chirstmas brunch ideas 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 is marvelous with fresh herbs and a hint of nutmeg.
Portobello and Broccoli Quiche with Tempeh is a hearty vegetarian option.
Mushroom and Gruyère Quiche is absolutely divine with a robust mix of mushrooms.
Jerusalem Artichoke and Parmesan Tart is seasoned with nutmeg and thyme.
Potato Leek Frittata is excellent with Parmigiano-Reggiano and extra virgin olive oil.
Vegan Harvest Vegetable Tart 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 (gluten free)
Round out your brunch with a seasonal fruit salad made with oranges, grapefruit and tangerines. Or try our Orange Ginger Salad. 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 or a steaming mug of Mexican Hot Cocoa. If you love a good mimosa, check out these delicious alternatives — Cardamom-Carrot Sparkling Cocktails and Honeyed Beet Sparklers.
What’s your favorite brunch recipe during the holidays? Share it in the comments section.