A holiday morning is, if nothing else, an excuse to eat a fabulous brunch. In my family, the ultimate Christmas morning breakfast must include my mom's cinnamon rolls. In my own adult household, I haven't quite settled on my own tradition yet (although these extra-spicy cinnamon rolls are also a favorite).
But one thing I won't be doing is cooking on Christmas morning itself. A good holiday brunch recipe is, invariably, make-ahead. Here are five brunch recipes that will let you satisfy and delight your holiday buddies while letting you relax in your jammies and enjoy opening your presents.
I'm a particularly big fan of this blueberry cheesecake breakfast bake, a pick from the newly updated edition of my casserole cookbook. It's surprisingly restrained in sweetness, but toasted and golden and rich from the cream cheese pockets.
If your tastes lean more savory, certainly go for the slow cooker casserole, an ingenious way to wake up to a hot breakfast on Christmas morning. Turn on the slow cooker after you fill stockings and just before you go to bed, and it will be ready for even the earliest-rising Christmas elf.