Christmas Dinner/Brunch/Whatever

So I’m trying to figure out what to make for Christmas Day brunch. In previous years I’ve done a spiral ham, spinach and gruyere strata, potatoes, a variety of muffins/scones, carmelized squash and apples, and a salad. But D. seems to be a little bored with this lineup so I’m trying to figure out some other options. For sake of ease I’ll probably still do a ham. And I’d like to do an egg dish, but maybe something different. Fritatta? I’m thinking of trying these Carmelized Onion and Blue Cheese Tarts, maybe. I need some ideas. Everything just seems so boring, or else way too much work. I don’t know… I need to dig out my cooking magazines and hope for some inspiration, I think. What will you all be making?

7 thoughts to “Christmas Dinner/Brunch/Whatever”

  1. I’m taking a break this year on cooking for Christmas! I worked too hard last year. One of things I have been making for brunch with friends lately is baked french toast with berries. I think it is a Cooking Light recipe. If you are interested, I’ll look it up for you. Everyone raves about it.

  2. I roasted butternut squash and fennel together for Thanksgiving (bite-sized pieces) and it was a huge hit… both things people are not sure they like, but more of that was eaten than the stuffing.

  3. That’s one of the downsides of traveling for christmas; I don’t really do much cooking. I usually pull out all the stops for Thanksgiving, then sit back and let everyone else do the work for Xmas. So I’m a little sad this year. The baked french toast with berries sounds great though. I suppose I could make a coffee cake or something. One thing I love is that my stepmother always makes strata (a baked egg, bread, veggie, and sausage casserole thing) for us to munch on Christmas morning. Very hearty, yummy, and easy to prepare a day ahead.

  4. That sounds like *so* much fun! I *love* brunch foods. I second what Jess said … the lemon-blueberry combination is amazing! You could always make some yummy scones or something, too (Tyler Florence has an awesome blueberry scones recipe on Food TV’s website ~ you could throw in some lemon zest and make a lemon glaze for them!). I recently made a delicious egg/sausage/cheese casserole for us ~ let me know if you want the recipe. Coffee cake is always good … as are muffins. You could even do the egg/cheese/sausage casserole in muffin cups so it’s more of a finger food. Let us know what you decide on!

  5. I second was Lisanne said ~ coffee cake and the egg/sausage/cheese casserole. We call it “breakfast casserole” and it’s always a HUGE hit on X-mas morning.

  6. Last year we had waffles, whipped topping and fruit. We even bought the waffles to make it easier. This year we might actually cook them, but I think we’ll have the same. It’s a treat, but not too much work as we’ll be making the big tofurky dinner for later.

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