On Christmas morning, it's hard to know what folks will anticipate more...opening presents or sitting down to the breath-taking breakfast pictured at right!
An early-day Yuletide gathering is easy when you make Fruit Salad with Citrus Yogurt Sauce and Mini Cherry Muffins. That's because both of these dishes can be prepared the night before.
And with the flurry of the day's activity, folks won't have to scramble to prepare Cheese and Sausage Strudels. See the make-ahead features for this recipe.
So make mugs of your favorite hot chocolate and call your hungry clan to the table on Christmas morning with this bright-eyed brunch!
Christmas Morning Brunch Recipes
Fruit Salad with Citrus Yogurt Sauce
Making this Fruit Salad with Citrus Yogurt Sauce the night before gives me one less thing to think about during the rush of gift opening on Christmas morning. —Wanda Peterson, Lindsay, Ontario
Mini Cherry Muffins
These pretty Mini Cherry Muffins from our Test Kitchen are perfect for Christmas morning. Make them the night before and keep on the counter in an air tight container. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Cheese and Sausage Strudels
Instead of a typical egg bake, out Test Kitchen home economists came up with these elegant Cheese and Sausage Strudels. Each phyllo dough strudel features a flavorful cheese sauce and hearty pork sausage. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Egg 'n' Pepperoni Bundles
My family calls these "one more gift to open" because it's the last present they unwrap on Christmas morning. Everyone's mouth waters when they bite into these delicious Egg 'n' Pepperoni Bundles loaded with great ingredients. —Helen Meadows, Trout Creek, Montana
Fluffy French Toast
My family can't wait for golden slices of this Fluffy French Toast to come off the griddle. We prefer the homemade Molasses syrup to any store-bought variety. —Julie Sterchi, Flora, Illinois
Asparagus Cheese Quiche
The fluffy texture of this Asparagus Cheese Quiche practically melts in your mouth! The green asparagus and red tomatoes on top make this a natural for the holidays. —Sheryl Long, Lincolnton, North Carolina
This recipe proves that simple ingredients oftentimes result in the best-tasting dishes. These Bacon Popovers are a nice change from ordinary toast or muffins. —Donna Gaston, Coplay, Pennsylvania
Warm Spiced Citrus Punch
I serve this Warm Spiced Citrus Punch every year during the holidays. It's one of my most requested recipes. It can be doubled if you're entertaining a larger group. —Edie DeSpain, Logan, Utah
Coffee Ripple Coffee Cake
I love presenting oven-fresh coffee cakes to the guests in our bed and breakfast. This moist Coffee Ripple Coffee Cake recipe really has coffee in it! —Sandy Znetko, Flagstaff, Arizona
Refrigerated pie pastry gives me a head start in this wonderful Artichoke Tartlets recipe. You can also serve these bite-size quiches as a special appetizer. —Kelly Thornberry, La Porte, Indiana
Spinach Egg Bake
This potluck pleaser showcases mouth-watering Wisconsin cheddar cheese. I first made this Spinach Egg Bake for an after-church breakfast. The big pan disappeared in a hurry! —Genny Derer, Madison, Wisconsin
Secrets To Speedy Strudels
Cheese and Sausage Strudels have several make-ahead features.
The night before, prepare the cheese sauce as directed; cool, cover and refrigerate. Reheat in a saucepan over low heat before combining with the sausage mixture.
Early in the morning, finish assembling the strudels. Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate for up to 2 hours before baking as directed.
Success with popovers is easy with these tips:
- In order for popovers to reach the maximum height while baking, all ingredients should be brought to room temperature before mixing.
- Place the oven rack in the lowest position.
- Generously grease the popover pan cups.
- Don't open the oven door while baking or the popovers will fall.
After removing popovers from the oven, prick the tops with the point of a sharp knife, allowing steam to escape.