Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Ideas for the best morning of the year: Christmas Breakfast!

Christmas morning breakfast is the Grand Entrance to the best day of the year.  It's that ONE morning of the year where the magic in the air takes us away from the everyday and into a storybook.

All my boys enjoying a Christmas morning breakfast 
at my parent's home on a Christmas past.

Making breakfast special on Christmas morning is one of my loves.


Traditions are often used for this meal!  We have a tradition of homemade cinnamon rolls with homemade cream cheese frosting on this breakfast.  A lot of people share this tradition!  I make them a day or two in advance and freeze until Christmas.  

Another Christmas breakfast tradition I started when I got married 
was taping hidden lotto tickets under our breakfast plates 
for everyone to scratch off when they clean their plate. 

lotto tickets waiting to be taped underneath breakfast plates

My mom prepares an egg casserole for Christmas morning.  
It makes the house smell divine and is a super start to our day.  
Serving breakfast casseroles is also a tradition that a lot of people share!  
I found a gem on Pinterest with a resource of 34 Christmas breakfast casseroles!

Those are just a handful of our Christmas breakfast traditions.  
I would LOVE to know some of yours!

Now I have some new ideas as you sit down to the table...

We had a December breakfast last week that 
I think would be IDEAL for Christmas morning.  

These baby crustless tarts were
dotted with RED & GREEN for the holiday.
Red Peppadews and green onions

I recently discovered Peppadew peppers at our local grocery store's fresh pepper and olive bar.  They are from South Africa and have a mildly sweet flavor.  These peppers are often served as appetizers, stuffed with goat cheese.  I wanted to use them in our egg tarts to add some holiday color to our meal.

I made crustless tarts, but you can easily prepare them with a thin bottom crust as well.  Mix 1 cup skim milk into 5-6  beaten eggs.  Add chopped green onions, chopped Peppadew peppers, shredded Havarti cheese,  a few drops of Green Tabasco, salt, pepper, and garlic salt.  Bake at 375 F until eggs are firm throughout.

Tarts are an excellent option for Christmas morning breakfast because they can be served at room temperature so you can prepare them ahead and save time in the kitchen on the best morning of the year!

Jam Pastry Straws make the perfect pair with egg tarts!  I found these beautiful straws on....(you know it!)....Pinterest!

These are extra simple to make.
Puff pastry spread with raspberry jam 
with power sugar snowed over the top! 
Visit the Pinterest link for the full HOW TO.

A little bit of holiday breakfast is served 
on a cold December day.

These are just a handful of some of our
Christmas morning breakfast traditions
and some new ideas too.  
You can also see the fresh fruit and veggie wreaths
I posted earlier this month for holiday brunch table styling.

  I would love to know some of YOUR 
special traditions too.  

Only a few more days until we ALL wake up 
to our own special smells of holiday breakfasts. 
Happy Christmastime!

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Barbara F. said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family. Your Christmas breakfast traditions are wonderful! Everything looks just beautiful and very delicious. xo

Laura at Ms. Smartie Pants said...

You have some really yummy looking foods here. I found a recipe a couple of years ago on a blog for Blueberry Buckle, it was delicious! We picked fresh berries this summer so I am really looking forward to making it with them. Merry Christmas to you all!

caveman said...

Mmmmmm, jam pastry straws. May we have some more of those, please?

Pamela Gordon said...

What a yummy breakfast! Love the tarts.

Heather at Farm to Fork said...

I love your post! Christmas breakfast is very near and dear to my heart and I love the way you wrote about it. The lotto tickets are so fun and your food looks AMAZING!

Kelly Miller said...

Those tarts look amazing!

We have orange juice, blueberry muffins, and scrambled eggs every Christmas morning since I was a kid. I rarely eat that exact combination on any other morning!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

It all looks yummy! I love the yellow rose tea cup, I collect yellow rose teacups!

Merry Christmas!


A Sense of Design said...

Darn...I was hoping there was a recipe for those cinamon scrolls!!! they look great!

CJ Foss said...

Christmas breakfast is a tradition that I am honored to get to carry out for my dear family. Your crustless tarts and cinnamon rolls may have to debut this year at my house! I usually serve a strata but traditions need to change up from time to time. Thanks for sharing your secrets. Merry Christmas. ~CJ

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

CHRISTmas Blessings from my mountain top to your home…May it be the best one ever..Hugs and Love Gloria.

Unknown said...

Just beautiful!! Those jam pastry straws look delish. I'm still trying to decide what I'll make this year - I usually do some sort of scones, but don't know if I'll be up for that.

jaquelyn {mama thoughts} said...

These are some great ideas! For some reason we never did Christmas breakfast growing up...maybe my mom gave up because we were always too excited to eat? ;) Since I'm married now, my husband & I will be enjoying coffee & cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning. Hurray! :)

Alycia Nichols said...

I've never thought to put peppadews in my breakfast tart or quiche, but it makes sense! It adds beautiful color and flavor, and it's perfect for the holiday season. I could eat those things one after the other...they taste SO good! Best wishes to you and all your boys for a wonderful Christmas...breakfast and beyond!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

What a yummy breakfast! We grew up with an Italian Christmas eve dinner -- followed by midnight mass....coming home and opening gifts with my grandmother's fruitcake and wine. In the morning everyone would sleep in and I would fix a special breakfast of eggs and cheese for the dogs. When I married we tried to hit both of our parents homes for Christmas eve -- and I fixed breakfast casserole for our family and anybody who wanted to drop by. I guess I got my early start with Christmas breakfasts fixing them for the dogs! Now our daughter has taken over that tradition.

The Arizona Russums said...

those pastry straws look amazing! my family always eats "stirts" on chrismas morning which is a restaurant from my great-grandmother. it's basically cooked and chopped up dough with cinnamon and sugar all over it. yum!