Don't tell, but we here at Kitchn love a good holiday brunch almost as much as we love the glitzy cocktail parties this time of year. Maybe more. I mean, when else do you get to pile your plate with not only a scoop of cheesy ham casserole and sliver of quiche but also a slice of buttery holiday cake and a mini sticky bun or two? It's the best.
From the aforementioned ham casserole to an eggnog pudding you can have for breakfast, here are 10 of our favorite brunch recipes to feed a crowd.
Mixed together with bread, pancetta, Gruyere, and eggs, make this casserole a day in advance, so all that's left to do in the morning is pop it in the oven.
This hearty make-ahead strata is our seasonal take on the classic ham and cheese breakfast casserole. Laced with Black Forest ham and nutty Gruyère, and built on a foundation of pumpernickel and sourdough bread, this version uses spicy mustard to give the eggs a zippy boost.
Festive eggnog bread pudding is equally tasty at room temperature or straight from the oven, so it will satisfy both the early risers and late sleepers in your crowd.
I can hardly remember a Christmas breakfast when an Entenmann's cheese danish was not present. These days I make my own especially when hosting a holiday brunch. It's a bit of work, but worth every second.
Sugar buns are a stunning morning treat, with layers of rich, flaky puff pastry dough swirled with a fragrant sugar mixture and coated in warm butter and sparkling sugar. Consider them the ideal pastry for a fast-and-fancy holiday brunch treat.
Here's a quiche just about everyone can eat. Without the milk and eggs, this sweet potato- and spinach-flecked quiche still manages to be custardy and rich — and because there is no crust to worry about it, it couldn't be easier to throw together.
Want to make your breakfast casserole totally memorable? No no further than a wedge of Brie. Sprinkled throughout the strata, it creates a rich and gooey "sauce" for sautéed mushrooms and custard-soaked bread, as it cooks.
Lean on the season's abundance of sweet, ripe oranges to make this French toast casserole the hero of your holiday brunch. Cubes of brioche take the place of slices, and they're infused with the bright-sweet aroma of orange sugar to amp up the citrus flavor.
Go ahead, bring some gingerbread to the breakfast table! These holiday-worthy gingerbread muffins boast really subtle warm spices and just the right amount of dark sweetness.
Round out the brunch spread with a seasonal fruit salad that just as hearty as it is fresh. Pick your grain of choice, along with the best-looking fruit at the store, then some fresh herbs and quick gloss of a sweet-tart dressing bring it together. It's all made ahead and just needs a last-minute toss together.