As much as I love to cook, there are a million other things that I’d rather be doing on Christmas morning. Unwrapping gifts. Drinking hot cocoa. Watching my nieces terrorize my 9-month-old son with a singing, dancing Snoopy doll.
Ah, the holidays.
So to help you enjoy the morning and avoid getting tied down in the kitchen, I’ve rounded up six make-ahead breakfast recipes that are holiday-worthy, perfect for feeding a crowd, and almost as exciting as as the presents under the tree. Almost.
Top: Make-Ahead Egg Casserole | Chef Sous Chef
I love a good overnight French toast. It’s easier and (in my opinion) tastier than any traditional version. Plus, less time manning the stovetop means more time watching the under-tree festivities. Thanks to Jessi of Jessi’s Kitchen for this awesome-looking Make-Ahead French Toast with Pecan Praline Topping.
It may look fancy, but this gorgeous Easy Spinach Ricotta Quiche at The Iron You keeps it simple with 5 ingredients and 10 minutes of prep. Bake it the night before, then pop it in the oven for a quick warm-up on Christmas morning. Plus, this can totally count as your leafy greens for the day, right?
These Veggie Packed Make-Ahead Breakfast Sandwiches at Budget Bytes make awesome everyday back pocket breakfasts, but I think they’d be a great addition to the Christmas buffet too. Easy to hold and packed with veggies? We’re sold. The perfect thing to nosh on at the break of dawn when the kids wake you up for gift opening.
Holiday fare can get pretty heavy, and while I love my butter and bacon as much as the next person, I like to break it up with a little fiber and complex carbs. So I’m digging this Apple and Maple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal at The Naked Kitchen, which is healthy while still bringing the festive, wintery flavors we love.
Okay, hear me out on this one: Pop Tarts may not be your jam taste-wise or nutritionally speaking, but imagine them with real pastry and homemade brown sugar filling. Pretty magical, right? Thanks to Sally’s Baking Addiction and this recipe for Homemade Frosted Brown Sugar Pop Tarts that can be real. A childhood favorite redeemed: Just what I want from Santa.
I lived in Canada for three years and can say this for sure: they know how to make a hearty breakfast. Maybe it’s the cold or the prevalence of dairy farmers, but either way, this Make-Ahead Egg Casserole at Chef Sous Chef looks like it’ll keep the family going all day. Whether you’re riding on a one horse open sleigh or watching A Christmas Story for the gazillionth time.