For many of us, the holidays are among the busiest times of the year. On Christmas morning, the kids are up early ready to jump into the pile of presents awaiting them. Like many families, you will likely have a very busy day that leaves little time for making a big holiday morning breakfast from scratch. To ensure your family faces the day with full bellies, prepare some quick and easy make-ahead breakfasts that you can whip up a night or two before the most wonderful day of the year.
French Toast Bake
French toast bake is a super easy breakfast dish to throw together the night before a big day. As a bonus, it is inexpensive and easy to make with ingredients you probably already have on hand.
You will need a loaf of bread (French is best, but any stale bread will do), five eggs, one cup of milk, two teaspoons of vanilla extract, and a teaspoon of cinnamon.
All you have to do is cube the bread and place it into a 9×13 casserole dish. Combine the rest of the ingredients in a separate bowl and pour it over the bread. Cover the dish with foil and place it in the refrigerator. This will allow plenty of time for the bread to soak up that delicious liquid that will flavor every bite.
When you are ready for breakfast, place the dish into a pre-heated 350-degree oven and bake it for about 45 minutes. And that’s it! This is a wonderful meal to have by itself, or you can fry up some sausage or bacon to have alongside your French toast.
A breakfast casserole is another one of those hearty dishes that can really stick to your ribs on a busy holiday morning. The best part of this dish is the ability to customize it with any ingredients you have on hand. The main components to a breakfast casserole are eggs, milk, salt, and pepper. You can add in any extras your family enjoys, such as cheese, ham, potatoes, spinach, onions, sausage, or bacon. There is no way to mess up this meal, unless you burn it!
You will need eight to ten eggs, depending on how many people you are feeding and the amount of extras you plan to use. If you are adding extra bulk with potatoes, for instance, you will not need as many eggs. You will also need a cup of milk, some salt and pepper, and whatever bonus ingredients you choose.
Whip your eggs, milk, salt, and pepper then stir in your add-ins. Place the mixture into a buttered 9×13 pan. Bake at 375 degrees covered for 20 minutes. Uncover the dish and bake for an additional 20 minutes. If you are adding cheese, add some extra during the last ten minutes of baking to add a delicious crust to the top.
When in doubt, pancakes on a busy holiday morning are always going to be a hit. Instead of standing at the stove flipping pancakes while your family is enjoying the morning, make some up a few days or even weeks before. Pancakes freeze beautifully and can last for a long time. Use your favorite pancake recipe or simply prepare them from a boxed mix. When you are ready to serve, just pop them into the toaster oven or microwave and warm them through. Serve them with some hot maple syrup, fresh fruit, and whipped cream to make them special.
The holidays can be stressful, but taking some time to prepare can really help ease the hectic pace of a big day. For more money and time-saving ideas during the holidays, check out the iRazoo blog.