I can’t believe it, but it’s getting to be that time of year again. Now, if you ask my other three co-founders how long they have been counting down to the very minute they can decorate for the holidays, you would promptly get very exact answers. Since I’m the least enthusiastic of us about all things seasonal holidays, it came as quite a surprise that I’m actually the first one of us publishing a holiday themed post this year. I wanted to put together a post for my fellow
Scrooges planners who see the holidays as that special time of year you usually spend slaving over a hot stove for two-thirds of your day in order to feed everyone visiting from near and far, whilst also accommodating all their varied schedules and diet preferences. Really, I’m just trying to buy you time to brush your teeth at your leisure in the morning instead of stumbling into the kitchen three hours before the rest of the house is awake to chop veggies for omelets, cook bacon and sausage (links and patties!), flip pancakes, chop fruit and haul out the waffle iron to meet everyone’s culinary requests. The goal is for you to have a list of various recipes you can make ahead of everyone’s arrival and have waiting in the fridge, crockpot or freezer, ready for anyone to eat at a moment’s notice, faster than you can brew a 10 oz. coffee from the Keurig. Enjoy family time like everyone else (at least in the morning) with these Make Ahead Breakfast Buffet Recipes for the Holidays!
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I don’t know how you live your life, but my motto in the morning is: “But first, Coffee…” If you’re like me, then you might just want to make a great big carafe of iced coffee so it’s already made when you get up and all you have to do is pour out a glass. But try to keep your carafe hidden from visitors and only pour your cup when nobody is looking. Because once they taste it, you’ll be having to make a new jug every day. I say that with confidence because this is my own recipe and my second most popular blog post of all time. It’s so easy to make and even easier to just pour in a glass first thing in the morning. This is for my mamas who can barely put in their contacts without caffeine. I hear you girl, and I’m here for you. Go get the recipe for my Perfectly Simple and All Natural Iced Coffee. Bonus points because it tastes just as delicious hot as it does iced. And if you’re a basic PSL lady, I hear you can add just a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon to get your Starbucks fix.
Do you have a picky eater in the house? Maybe a niece or even your own kid that looks skeptically at chocolate chip pancakes, eggs benedict or turkey hash and opts for dry cereal instead? Well, you can certainly have cereal on hand, but you might really impress them with a simple and beautiful offering like this Fruit Salad with Honey Lemon Dressing. Jazz it up even more and add a little protein to their diet with a little raw honey drizzled over greek yogurt, plus crunchy toppings to make a Berry Parfait.
Do you have any Oprah’s in the house? You know, the ones that yell at family members while grabbing the last three dinner roles, “I LOVE BREAD”. I
may definitely fall into this category. I could happily eat half a loaf of potato bread toasted with butter and jam every day for the rest of my life. But to keep from buying ten loaves of bread when us carb lovers come to visit, maybe you should make ahead a few batches of delicious Pumpkin Cranberry Bread or even Cheddar Bacon & Chive Muffins. You could make the dough well ahead of time and freeze, then defrost and bake the night before you want to serve them. They should keep in an airtight container for several days.
Like any mom, I positively love a good breakfast casserole (sometimes even for dinner). My all time favorite is Betty Crocker’s Impossibly Easy Breakfast Bake because it tastes like a casserole sized sausage ball. But in the interest of mixing things up, I wanted to find some other great looking casseroles to try out this year. They all seem to be versions of a baked french toast, where you assemble all the ingredients (bread, milk, eggs and add-ins) the evening before, then let them soak in the fridge overnight before popping them in the oven to bake for an hour the next morning. Shown below left to right are the Cheesy Overnight Sausage Breakfast Casserole, the Streusel Topped Blueberry French Toast Casserole, and the Overnight Ham, Egg, and Cheese Monkey Bread. If your family is the type that wants to eat immediately upon getting up, you could put it all together in a programmable crockpot to cook on low for four hours, then it will automatically switch to “keep warm” until everybody is up and wants to eat.
Well ladies and gentleman, that’s about it. I can’t think of anything else your varied family members may want to eat for breakfast, whether they get up with the sun or roll out of bed just before noon. Either way, their first meal of the day will be all ready for them and you get to
sleep in brush your teeth without everybody waiting around for you to make their meal. Whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving or Christmas (or even both), you can rest easy. Because you deserve to enjoy all that quirkiness your family has to offer from the kitchen table rather than the stove!
I want to thank all the lovely bloggers from The Seasoned Mom, Imperfect Adventures, Rhythms of Play, and Savory Nothings for letting me use their gorgeous pictures and suggest their great make ahead breakfast buffet recipes. Please go show all those ladies some love and check out all of their other delicious offerings!