Christmas breakfast is a time for hearty but easy. Something that can practically make itself while coffee and presents get the first attention of the day. The baked egg casserole fits this bill nicely, you know the one that you make the night before and put into the oven cold. I add some Cranberry Scones – made from a mix – to round out the morning. So, everyone gets a full tummy, and can manage with a light snack to wait for the main dinner served around 4 pm. Setting a pretty breakfast table makes the meal special.
Breakfast is on the pub table and starts with the green placemats and my casual Christmas plates. Each one is different, with Peace, Joy, Love, and Hope. The motifs on the plates are all different too with a tree, sleigh, stocking and a gift.
I found these black paper napkins at the thrift store, still in cellophane. They are black with green trees and a cardinal on the top. They go perfectly with the black background plates.
One thing I like to do is use my Christmas spreaders for knives at the breakfast table. They do a fine job of spreading butter and I get to actually use them.
Juice glasses and my china coffee mugs complete the settings.
I put a small tree in the center, and surrounded it with sparkly little birdhouses.
It sits on my Hexagonal Christmas Table Topper, pattern on that post.
I added two little Santa Claus figures I found at the thrift store this year.
Aren’t they cute? They are different from the Santas I found last year, and I still do not know where those came from. Remember these guys I found at two different stores? The best lead was maybe Hobby Lobby, but I have not been able to confirm that.
Anyway, back to breakfast! We usually sneak into the stockings while the egg and sausage casserole is baking.
There are plenty of recipes on the internet, just do a search for Breakfast Casserole. I usually make a small casserole just for us, and I’ll be making mine tonight. The quantities are variable, and it doesn’t matter too much if you have a bit more or less of this or that. I saute onions and mushrooms with half of a roll of sausage until done and drain. Combine with with 3-4 slices of bread cut into cubes, and 1/2 cup of grated cheese – I use a combination of cheddar and mozarella. Put in a casserole dish sprayed with cooking spray. Then beat 2 eggs with a bit of half-and-half, salt and pepper to taste, and pour over. Top with a little more cheese. Let it sit overnight covered with plastic wrap in the refrigerator. In the morning, uncover and place the casserole in a cold oven. Turn on the oven, and heat to 350 degrees. Bake casserole about 45 minutes total, or until puffed and golden brown. Then, tent with foil while you turn up the oven heat and bake some scones or biscuits to go with it.
What do you like to have for breakfast on a holiday morning?