Christmas morning is a time for family, not for toiling in the kitchen, but that doesn't mean your first meal of the day can't be holiday-worthy. Start the holiday off on a stress-free note with these extra special make-ahead and super-quick breakfast dishes. Some of them are also great for brunch.
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Christmas Breakfast Casserole
Filled with eggs, potato puffs, ham, bacon, and cheese, this Christmas breakfast casserole is a whole meal all on its own. Mix everything up the night before, cover, and stash in the fridge. Pop it in the oven when you wake up, and you'll have a hot dish to serve in no time. Serve with make-ahead biscuits for an extra special—and filling—meal.
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Swedish Tea Ring
A Swedish tea ring is like one giant cinnamon roll, beautifully stuffed with dried fruit and nuts. You can make this recipe a day or two in advance and bake it on Christmas morning, or eat at room temperature with steaming cups of coffee as you sit by the tree.
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Pepper, Shallot, and Mushroom Frittata
Frittatas are somewhere in between a baked omelet and a crustless quiche, and they come together lightning fast. Add a little crumbled, cooked sausage or bacon if you want extra protein, or top this pepper, shallot, and mushroom frittata with a big sprinkle of cheddar or Parmesan cheese.
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Mock Cheese Soufflé
Imitate the texture and flavor of a cheese soufflé with simple white bread, eggs, milk, and cheese. Sharp cheddar or another flavorful, melty cheese is best, and the mock cheese soufflé only gets better when it rests overnight. Simply bake in the morning for a warm, savory treat.Continue to 5 of 20 below.
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Sausage Cheddar Biscuits
Instead of shaping and cutting individual sausage sandwiches, this sausage cheddar biscuits recipe has the fillings mixed right in. You can whip it together in less than 20 minutes and store it in the fridge until Christmas morning. Pop it in the oven and you've got an easy, no-mess breakfast that everyone will love.
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This delicate cranberry bread, studded with pecans and lemon zest, is a bright and fruity addition to breakfast and brunch. It's best made a day ahead to allow the flavors to develop, which is perfect for do-ahead breakfast preparation.
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Crock Pot Cinnamon Rolls
Don't bother cranking up the oven—these cinnamon rolls cook to tender, spiced perfection in a slow cooker. You can prepare these a couple of different ways to make your morning easier: Get the dough ready the night before and let it rise in the fridge overnight before rolling it out and cooking it while you open presents. Or prepare it in the morning, rolling the dough and chilling it before cooking.
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Bacon, Egg and Cheese Crescent Rolls
Roll up these beautiful bacon, egg, and cheese crescent rolls with loved ones on Christmas Eve, assemble them on a tray and pop them in the oven when you wake up. They're a hot, tender, and delicious all-in-one breakfast. You don't even need a plate.Continue to 9 of 20 below.
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Instant Pot Breakfast Casserole
Using the Instant Pot is a perfect solution when your oven is filled with breakfast baked goods. This breakfast casserole combines all the favorite savory morning ingredients like bacon, cheese, eggs, hash browns, peppers, and onions, and because it's cooked in a springform pan, is pretty enough for the holiday.
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Broccoli and Ham Quiche With Tomatoes
Quiche is equally good at room temperature as it is served hot, making this broccoli and ham quiche with tomatoes an ideal make-ahead dish. Bake the night before and reheat, or enjoy as is. The green broccoli and red tomatoes make this egg dish especially festive.
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Overnight French Toast Casserole
A decadent overnight French toast casserole is perfect for a busy holiday morning. Assemble it the night before, cover, and chill. Bake in the morning for a fast and easy breakfast that's warm and satisfying. Don't forget the syrup, or serve with cranberry sauce to match the occasion.
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Instant Pot Grits
Christmas morning is always a busy time, making the Instant Pot a great tool. Instead of standing over a hot pot and stirring bubbling grits, cook them in the pressure cooker. While the Instant Pot grits cook, you'll have time to prep other dishes.Continue to 13 of 20 below.
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Homemade Strawberry Poptarts
Individually sized and full of fruity flavor, homemade strawberry toaster pastries are a real treat. You can make them the night before and eat as is or prep the dough the night before and stash in the fridge. Let it warm up a bit on the counter before rolling out and baking on Christmas morning. Use red and green sprinkles to give the tops a festive holiday look.
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Buttermilk Biscuits and Gravy
Buttermilk biscuits and gravy are the ultimate Southern comfort food. Prepare the dish ahead of time and store in the fridge, reheating just before serving. The fluffy texture of the biscuits soak up the meaty, peppery gravy.
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Quick and Easy Cinnamon Rolls
Quick and easy cinnamon rolls are always a family favorite. Make the dough and roll them ahead of time and store in the fridge. Come morning, all you'll have to do is toss the tray in the oven. No one can resist the ooey, gooey texture, warm cinnamon spice, and sweet icing.
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Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish
This blueberry cream cheese Danish looks like it's a lot of work, but it comes together in a flash thanks to frozen puff pastry. Make up a batch the night before for an instant breakfast, or have them ready fresh in about 30 minutes. Replace the blueberries if desired with raspberries, cherries, or blackberries, or use a mix of your favorites.Continue to 17 of 20 below.
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Make a breakfast worthy of a holiday morning with a tender crab quiche filled with crabmeat and Swiss cheese. Bake the day before and serve at room temperature or warmed with a side of fresh fruit or a cup of warm cider.
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Cranberry Orange Bread With Orange Icing
The combo of cranberry, orange, and pecans makes this tender quick bread holiday-worthy. Make and cool the loaf the night before and ice it that night or the next morning before serving. Because it's so moist, this cranberry orange bread with orange icing will taste just as good the next day.
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Packed with flavorful sausage and melty cheese, this bread can be made entirely ahead of time. It's especially quick to assemble if you use store-bought dough. Reheat this sausage bread in the oven when you're ready to eat or serve it at room temperature.
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Pumpkin Oat Muffins With Dates
Pumpkin season isn't over after Thanksgiving ends. These moist pumpkin oat muffins with dates are studded with chewy, sweet dates and topped with a crispy, spiced topping. Make them the night before and reheat in the oven or microwave, or have them ready start to finish in a little over half an hour.