17 Extra-Special Christmas Brunch Recipes

Christmas dinner may steal the show, but you can make Christmas brunch just as memorable.

Unwrapping presents may be the main event on Christmas morning. But a delicious brunch—best enjoyed in PJs—also brings merriment to the morning. Whether you like sweet (extra syrup, please!) or savory (ham and cheese are a dream team), here are 17 brunch recipes that feel just right for Christmas morning.

1

Muffin Tin Quiches With Smoked Gouda and Ham

quiches with smoked gouda and ham on muffin tin with dish cloth and dried chili peppers
Waterbury Publications, Inc.

Your muffin tins are multi-taskers. Not only can they bake your favorite muffins, but they can also make individual quiches to wow your brunch crowd. This recipe is especially great for Christmas morning because you can dice up some leftover ham from a Christmas Eve dinner, then mix in broccoli and diced potatoes. A generous serving of Gouda gives them a creamy, buttery bite.

Get our recipe for Muffin Tin Quiches With Smoked Gouda and Ham. 

2

Chocolate Cherry Bread Pudding with Pistachios

chocolate cherry bread pudding with pistachios in baking tray with spoon
Waterbury Publications, Inc.

Psst, this bread pudding recipe with chocolate and sweet cherries may look and taste like dessert, but it's just as great as a brunch dish. It's the perfect dish to bring to a holiday brunch or to have on hand for guests.

Get our recipe for Chocolate Cherry Bread Pudding with Pistachios. 

3

Red and Green Breakfast Salad

red and green breakfast salad in bowls with eggs and oil
Waterbury Publications, Inc.

Need a healthy salad to power you through an afternoon of assembling those Christmas gifts? This quinoa salad is bidding for a spot at your brunch table on Christmas morning—it has red and green ingredients, like asparagus, kale, and tomatoes. And it counts as breakfast because it's got a runny egg on top.

Get our recipe for Red and Green Breakfast Salad. 

4

Breakfast Casserole

mushroom kale and caramelized onion keto breakfast casserole
Beth Lipton/ Eat This, Not That!

For a delicious brunch, bake this flavor-packed and filling breakfast casserole that's made with caramelized onions, baby kale, and mushrooms.

Get our recipe for Breakfast Casserole. 

5

Eggnog French Toast Bake

eggnog french toast bake in white bowl
A Pretty Life in the Suburbs

Creamy, decadent, and spiced with nutmeg, eggnog is so rich it's probably a good thing we're only treated to it during the holiday season. But because it's a limited-time treat, and because Christmas only happens once a year, why not indulge while it's here?

This French toast recipe will remind you of bread pudding, but it's especially on-brand for the holidays because it's made with eggnog and spiced with cinnamon. You can prep it overnight so it's ready to bake in the morning, then drizzle it with a homemade caramel sauce.

Get the recipe from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs.

6

Cinnamon Rolls

cinnamon rolls with frosting in baking pan
Courtesy of Ambitious Kitchen

Skip the cinnamon rolls compressed in a can and go big this year with these homemade fluffy cinnamon rolls. They're glazed with a vanilla cream cheese and filled with brown sugar and cinnamon. Make two pans of this heavenly breakfast pastry; they'll disappear quickly.

Get the recipe from Ambitious Kitchen.

7

Charcuterie Brunch Boards

charcuterie board cheese baguette salami proscuitto
How Sweet Eats

Here's a genius idea: Make a charcuterie board for brunch on Christmas morning so that your family and guests can wander in and out of the kitchen, enjoying a completely customizable and leisurely breakfast.

Easy-to-assemble, you can put your favorite brunch staples on the board. The possibilities are endless, but you can start with cheeses, hard-boiled eggs, sliced ham, waffles, fruit, vegetables, and more.

Get the recipe from How Sweet Eats. 

8

Crustless Quiche

crustless veggie quiche recipe
Sally's Baking Addiction

Quick-to-make quiches are perfect for the holidays because you can begin with a base of eggs, milk, and cheese, and then get inventive from there and use up what's in your fridge. Leftover ham from Christmas Eve dinner? Toss it in! Asparagus? Why not! Cubed potatoes, broccoli, and diced onions are all fair game, too.

This brunch idea earns bonus points because quiches and casseroles can serve a crowd and bake in under an hour.

Get the recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction.

9

Roasted Breakfast Potatoes

roasted breakfast potatoes on plate
Show Me the Yummy

A one-pan wonder, you can smother potatoes in butter, sprinkle on some spices, and roast them with other veggies like onions and peppers for a hearty side dish to go along with eggs. Follow this recipe for crispy-on-the-outside, fluffy-on-the-inside roasted taters.

Get the recipe from Show Me the Yummy. 

RELATED: 100+ healthy breakfast ideas that help you lose weight and stay slim.

10

Spinach and Goat Cheese Quiche

spinach and goat cheese quiche in baking dish
Ambitious Kitchen

Eating all of your veggies is made easy with this delicious quiche. For starters, a sliced sweet potato makes up the crust (genius, right?) and then the quiche is filled with jalapenos, white onions, and Roma tomatoes. Goat cheese melts on top, giving this dish a perfect kick.

Get the recipe from Ambitious Kitchen. 

11

Overnight Syrup on the Bottom French Toast

french toast slices in baking dish with syrup
Averie Cooks

For those who don't skimp on the syrup, this recipe is designed for you. You'll start by making a homemade syrup (it's easy!) and then spread it on the bottom of a casserole dish and layer it with challah bread. It's pre-assembled, so all you need to do on Christmas morning is pop it in the oven and then dust it with some cinnamon sugar.

Get the recipe from Averie Cooks.

12

Gingerbread Pancakes

gingerbread molasses pancakes on plates with butter and syrup
Averie Cooks

Save plain ol' pancakes the rest of the year. These fluffy pancakes taste a lot like gingerbread cookies, and they're drenched with a ginger molasses syrup, which feels like they'd be North Pole-approved. The recipe calls for spices like ginger, allspice, nutmeg, and cloves, so just imagine the aroma swirling in your kitchen.

Get the recipe from Averie Cooks. 

13

Pancake Board

pancake board with berries chocolate chips syrup eggs bacon
The Baker Mama

Create a build-your-own pancake station on Christmas morning, with toppings like strawberries, bananas, and chocolate chips. Crispy bacon and a skillet of scrambled eggs can be added to the Instagram-ready breakfast board to round out the meal.

Get the recipe from The Baker Mama.

14

Glazed Gingerbread Donuts

gingerbread donuts with icing and sprinkles on cooling rack
A Kitchen Addiction

Homemade donuts are surprisingly easy to make. These cakey gingerbread donuts could be eaten as is or sweetened a homemade icing (also simple to make!) and topped with red and green sprinkles. Make them the night before so you can leave one out for Santa.

Get the recipe from A Kitchen Addiction.

15

Easy Vegetable Egg Bake

vegetable egg bake on white plate with fork
A Kitchen Addiction

If you're feeling like you need a break from all the sugary sweets, this delicious egg bake is loaded with a rainbow of veggies, like tomatoes, spinach, and bell peppers. And it's easy to make, which is great if you want to be gathered with family and friends, rather than busy in the kitchen. Sprinkle on some cheese once it's halfway baked and then garnish with cilantro for extra flavor.

Get the recipe from A Kitchen Addiction.

16

Scrambled Tofu Breakfast Burrito

vegan breakfast burritos with tofu and vegetables
Minimalist Baker

Hosting brunch and have some vegan guests? Whip up this plant-based recipe. These vegan breakfast burritos are stuffed with scrambled tofu and loads of roasted veggies, plus avocado. They're smoky and flavorful, and you can make a big batch of them and freeze the leftovers.

Get the recipe from Minimalist Baker.

17

Herb and Cheese Popovers

basket of herb and cheese popovers
Whats Gaby Cooking

The star of this savory popover recipe is Parrano cheese, which is smooth and creamy like Gouda but has nutty flavors like Parmesan. The popovers are seasoned with Italian herbs and can bake in just around 30 minutes.

Get the recipe from What's Gaby Cooking.

Now that brunch is covered, what are you having for Christmas dinner?

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