There’s nothing like easing into Christmas morning with a cup of hot coffee and the aromas of a special brunch wafting from the kitchen. But if you haven’t already planned that meal, don’t worry. There are plenty of recipes that you can still pull together for tomorrow’s mid-morning feast.
Oatmeal Pancakes with Blackberry Crush: Oats add great flavor, texture and a little nutritional boost to almost any baked good, including these plump, tender pancakes.
Overnight French Toast Casserole: Assemble this decadent casserole before you go to bed tonight, and it’ll be an easy centerpiece to your Christmas brunch.
Cranberry-Orange Compote: This easy compote is a perfect holiday topping for french toast or pancakes.
Southwestern Hash: Ellie’s healthy hash is a flavorful and hearty accompaniment to eggs.
Perfect Scrambled Eggs: Creamy scrambled eggs are always a treat. Find out the secrets to getting them just right every time from Michael Symon.
Hot Chocolate with Peppermint Schnapps: For a non-alcoholic peppermint hot chocolate, just add a few drops of peppermint oil, or simply garnish a cup of hot cocoa with a peppermint stick.
Cranberry-Raspberry Upside Down Cake: This beautiful cake is a festive addition to the Christmas table. With a heaping amount of fruit, it counts as a brunch item!
Christmas is nearly upon us, so let’s celebrate everyone’s favorite snow-filled holiday with a tribute to the famous cookie hound, Santa Claus. Here are some cool foods inspired by good ole Saint Nick.
Gallery: Santa Claus-inspired Food
The holidays are all about eating, spending time with family and then avoiding said family by going to the movies alone. These holiday movies often show off gratuitous amounts of food. Here is some of the most succulent and inviting — and just plain weird — food to appear in seasonal flicks. Try not to drool.
Gallery: Famous Christmas Movie Scenes
When I was a kid, every Christmas morning’s fast was broken with quiche. It was just my mom’s special holiday thing. She’d load up a frozen, compression-molded pie crust with ham and cheese for us, peppers and onions for her, and we’d open presents while it baked away. It was no Thomas Keller-esque creation, nor was it trying to be.
It was actually a brilliant strategy on her part. A simple, self-contained breakfast that could be prepped ahead of time made the frenzy of the morning a bit more manageable. It also became a holiday tradition, the memory of which is still evoked today. The sight of our glimmering Christmas tree and the smell of cooking ham, peppers and eggs bring me back to the magic of a holiday morning — when the world seems to stop for a few hours and we all just revel in being together. It’s what food, family and the holidays are all about.
A little cook’s note: You could certainly put all of these frittata fillings into a pie shell and bake them off as a quiche, but I prefer to hold back on the carbs. It leaves more room for cinnamon rolls and mimosas.
Christmas Frittata with Whipped Ricotta
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If you are Polish, then it is possible your Christmas and Easter holidays have been filled with the delightful makowiec, a lovely dessert with poppy seeds.
Laura and Peter Zeranski, co-authors of Polish Classic Desserts (Pelican Publishing, 2013), say their recipe for the dessert comes from Peter’s mother, noted cookbook author of the acclaimed Art of Polish Cooking, which she wrote in 1968 (Doubleday; reissued in 1989 by Pelican Publishing). No doubt she received the recipe from her mother, who got it from her mother — and so on. “Our branch of the Zeranski family has documented its roots in Poland to the mid-1800s, and it is entirely conceivable that this recipe goes back at least that far, since Christmas Eve suppers are highly traditional from generation to generation,” says Laura.
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One of our talent’s family keeps a bed by the dinner table during the holidays so they can just roll back and go to sleep after the feast.
Check out our gallery of Cooking Channel’s chefs and hosts’ favorite holiday memories to find out who.
Do pay attention to our chefs and hosts’ tips about getting through the holidays with as minimal stress as possible.
Cooking Channel Talents’ Do’s and Don’ts for Holiday Entertaining
We asked our chefs and hosts what songs they’ll be playing during the holidays, because cooking and entertaining this season won’t be nearly as fun with silent nights.
Get Cooking Channel talents’ holiday playlists.
We here at Cooking Channel love a good party. But throwing a memorable event requires more than just gathering some food and drinks. We show you how, with just five main “ingredients” (including recipes, big-impact decorating ideas and easy DIY elements), you can throw a party that feels like it has a cohesive theme — minimal work required.
With every passing year, the holiday season seems to get more and more expensive, as the pressure to have the best gifts, the most current decor and the fanciest family cards increases. Whether you’re scrambling before Christmas guests’ arrival or are wishing you hadn’t made a dent in your wallet for yet another box of metallic knick-knacks, we’re here to show you how you can create chic decorations using products already in your home. You can spin recycled paper goods (think books, magazines and newspaper) into a sophisticated and eco-friendly backdrop for your next holiday bash. Here, paper trees and bunting are paired with a build-your-own waffle bar — perfect for Christmas Day — and candy cane-topped mugs of hot cocoa. Frosty blue details are the final touches on this display, turning your home into the most unique of winter wonderlands.
To create this easy waffle bar holiday brunch, you’ll need five essential ingredients:
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