After the gifts are unwrapped, everyone’s bound to be hungry. You were probably woken up at some insanely early hour by your darling children and really don’t feel like cooking a gourmet meal for everyone. Never fear! You can still have a delicious breakfast without spending hours in the kitchen making it all happen. Breakfast is one of the hardest meals to make for me because getting everything done at just the right time so it’s all hot together can be so tricky. Here are some ideas to help everyone have a tasty meal before they take a nap. And you can always follow my Christmas Ideas board on Pinterest as well as my Recipes to Try and Recipes to Try: Breakfast. They’ll all be ready just in time for you to curl up and watch the Disney Christmas parade before taking a nap.
Make Ahead Dishes
Lots of casseroles and dishes can be made the night before. When you get up, pop them into the oven and they can cook away while you’re opening gifts. That way when you’re done, the food will be too! Multitasking at it’s finest. Egg casseroles, french toast bakes, cheesy hashbrown potatoes, and cinnamon rolls can all be made the evening before and baked in the morning. Throw together these delicious muffins (or these ones you can make and freeze!) from Whitney at Beauty in the Mess the night before so they’re ready to munch on while you’re unwrapping gifts. Or try these chocolate cherry scones from Michelle at Honest and Truly. Save some space in the fridge and make these cranberry sauce muffins from Kalisha at Kalisha Blair with the leftovers from your holiday dinner. Try these cherry turnovers from Elaina at The Rising Spoon. You can make them ahead and store them in the fridge or even freeze them.
Slow Cooker Options
Depending on when you go to sleep on Christmas Eve and when you plan on waking up on Christmas morning, you might be able to get your cooking done while you sleep. (Please use caution. Yes lots of things are plugged in overnight in your house all the time, but just be careful.) Jenny from Penny Pincher Jenny has a great recipe for slow cooker cinnamon rolls.
There’s nothing wrong with taking a break from the action to spend some time in the kitchen making breakfast. Pancakes, waffles, and french toast are all great choices and things your family will enjoy. Consider putting a little holiday spin on them. Add some peppermint extract or cinnamon to the batter like Whitney from Beauty in the Mess did with these hazelnut waffles or creme brulee french toast. Or this apple pancake from Michelle at Honest and Truly. This egg nog french toast from Chrissy at Snacking in Sneakers would be delicious as well. Jenny from Penny Pincher Jenny has got a yummy breakfast casserole that’s quick and easy to put together as does Elaina from The Rising Spoon. Whitney from Beauty in the Mess has a sweet breakfast cake that would be a perfect addition. Monkey bread is one of the kid’s favorite breakfasts. Try this recipe from Michelle at Honest and Truly. You can pop it in the over and it’ll be ready by the time everyone’s done opening their gifts.