It's no secret we love a good brunch any day of the year. Make one on (or around) Christmas extra special with holiday-inspired brunch recipes. Whether you forgo Christmas dinner altogether or need to serve a group of overnight guests, this brunch menu will make the perfect complement to a crackling fire and presents on Christmas morning.
Appetizer: Cornmeal Cakes with Berry-Fig Chutney
Heat up the griddle and start flipping! These simple cornmeal cakes get fancied-up with spreadable cheese (try goat cheese, Boursin, or Brie) and a chutney that includes figs, honey, and thyme. Top each cake with fresh berries and a sprig of mint for party-ready presentation.
Multitasking Tip: As you griddle up more batches of cornmeal cakes, keep the cooked ones warm. Here's how:
- Preheat oven to 225°F.
- Set a wire rack on a sheet pan, then evenly distribute cooked cakes in a single layer on the wire rack.
- Place the prepared pan in the oven until it's time to serve.
Get the recipe: Cornmeal Cakes with Berry-Fig Chutney
Fruit Side Dish: Maple-Glazed Baked Apples
Baked apples are a fall and winter favorite. This five-ingredient recipe takes the classic to the next level with plenty of sweet maple and cinnamon flavor. The trick to evenly spiced goodness throughout is coring the apples, then inserting a cinnamon stick into each before baking.
Ingredient Info: For the best results, opt for crisp apples (like Jonathan, Jonagold, or Winesap) rather than apples with a softer texture (like Red Delicious or Golden Delicious).
Get the recipe: Maple-Glazed Baked Apples
Before you preheat your oven, check out our easy step-by-step instructions for making your best-ever batch of baked apples.
Bread: Fruit and Walnut Bread Bars
This twist on traditional fruitcake is still packed with all the dried fruit you want, but none of the heaviness. Try a blend of dried raspberries, figs, and cherries for a seasonal color scheme.
This recipe makes 32 bars—enough to serve a big crowd at your next holiday function! Or save some for later and enjoy them yourself after brunch.
Get the recipe: Fruit and Walnut Bread Bars
Entree: Bacon, Potato, and Kale Frittata
It's not brunch without bacon and eggs! Serve them in a different way this holiday with a frittata studded with colorful red potatoes and kale. Use your broiler for this recipe to ensure a crispy browned edge.
You can also try these tasty flavor combos:
- Sausage + Bean
- Asparagus + Crab
- Sweet Pepper + Ham
- Roasted Red Pepper + Smoked Salmon
- Green Chiles + Chicken
- Spinach + Tomato
- Artichokes + Red Onion
- Sweet Potato + Spinach
Get the recipe: Bacon, Potato, and Kale Frittata
Dessert: Cinnamon Roll Bread Pudding
Combine one indulgent breakfast favorite (cinnamon rolls) with a dessert delight (bread pudding) for a treat that will get everyone talking.
Cinnamon roll pieces act as the "bread" layer in this dreamy dessert. And since it's a holiday, serve these parfaits gooey and warm, top with a hearty dollop of whipped cream, and drizzle with a caramel rum sauce.
Get the recipe: Cinnamon Roll Bread Pudding with Caramel Rum Sauce
While the recipe calls for starting with purchased cinnamon rolls, you can also start from scratch. Here's how to make DIY sweet rolls.
Drink: Strawberry and Sage Shrub
Move over, mimosas. Christmastime calls for something a little more special. Try a shrub—a mixture of fruit, vinegar, herbs, and spices that acts as a starter for a totally modern cocktail.
This fizzy holiday drink still uses champagne as the mixer, but gets its flavor from strawberries, lemon, sage, and honey. You can make the strawberry blend up to three days in advance, so all you have to do at brunch is pop the bubbly and say your toast!
Get the recipe: Strawberry and Sage Shrub