When you're the matriarch of a big family, Christmas morning is a joyous but also hectic time. After the kids have ripped open all the presents, next they want to devour breakfast. A successful Christmas morning breakfast for a large family has a few key requirements: it's easy to make, you can make it quickly, everyone will eat it and it allows everyone to have second helpings.
To help your Christmas morning go smoothly this year, and to have every member of your family praising your cooking skills, we've compiled a list of easy family recipes for you to serve your gaggle of elves on Dec. 25th.
10 Eggs Benedict Casserole
Few dishes exude the feeling of a special brunch like Eggs Benedict. But poaching eggs for a large group can be miserable and time-consuming. So we give you Egg Benedict Casserole via All Recipes! You'll love this dish for Christmas morning because you can make it ahead of time.
To get started, you'll need eight large eggs, 2 cups of milk, 3 green onions, 1 teaspoon of onion powder and some salt. You'll also want to buy 3/4 of a pound of Canadian bacon, 6 English Muffins, paprika, 1 package of hollandaise sauce mix, milk, and some margarine. It takes just 20 minutes to prep, and then 50 in the oven. Be sure to pop it in before you start opening gifts so you can eat as soon as you're done.
9 Eggnog French Toast Casserole
The smell of French Toast in the air on Christmas morning is sure to wake up all of your children and to set the mood for a great Christmas Day. Delish's Eggnog French Toast Casserole will feed the masses at your house, as well as accomplish it being easy to prep for you.
The actual prep work for this dish only takes 15 minutes, however, they do recommend the dish sitting covered for three hours before baking. So, it's a good idea to prep this Christmas Eve and put it in the fridge. Christmas morning, it will take just 25 minutes to bake.
8 Make-Ahead Egg Sandwiches
If you're looking for a meal to appease all of your picky eaters this Christmas, take a look at Good Housekeeping's Make-Ahead Egg Sandwiches recipe. This recipe takes just 10 minutes, so you can make it before the Christmas festivities start or even that morning. You'll only need seven ingredients to get started and can make as many as you need for your growing family.
The best part of this recipe is you can customize each sandwich. If you're looking to add some veggies to your breakfast, stuff some spinach in-between the muffin top before wrapping it in foil to store. If your husband wants bacon, you can add that in there too. Get creative and add different types of cheese, veggies, or meat.
7 Slow Cooker Overnight Breakfast Casserole
All of your kids get to wake up to a homemade Christmas morning breakfast -- why can't you do the same? Take out your slow cooker for this recipe from House of Yumm. This Slow Cooker Overnight Breakfast Casserole takes just five minutes to prep and cooks while you're sleeping and Santa is laying his gifts under the Christmas tree. This recipe is great for big families, as the bigger the slow cooker you have, the more portions you can make.
To get started, you'll need pork sausage, frozen hash browns, a green bell pepper, a red bell pepper, shredded cheddar cheese, eggs, milk and salt and pepper. The only prep work you need to do is browning the sausage and dicing the peppers. Mix all the ingredients together and dump it in your slow cooker as it cooks overnight for four to six hours.
6 Spinach Pesto Feta Egg Casserole
For mama's who don't think Christmas morning is an excuse to eat unhealthily, this recipe from The Pinning Mama is for you. Her Spinach Pesto Feta Egg Casserole is simple and has vegetables! You can prep this dish the night before by doing your chopping and mixing, which will take less than five minutes. When you are ready to eat, pop it in the oven for 30 to 40 minutes at 350 degrees.
Besides being healthy and easy to make, the ingredients are simple, affordable and easy to make at scale. You just need a container of egg whites, spinach, prepared pesto -- or you can make your own, feta cheese, cherry tomatoes and salt and pepper.
5 To Die For Blueberry Muffins
The best part about making muffins is you can make a lot of them for a large family. Does someone want second helpings? No problem.
All Recipe's To Die For Blueberry Muffins achieves a few things for you: it's easy, it's delicious, and the muffins can even be devoured on the go in the car on the way to Grandma's house. You'll need some muffin tins and 15 minutes of prep time to accomplish this recipe. Total bake time is only 20 to 25 minutes, so they'll be ready to feed the masses in no time. You can choose to expand the recipe as needed to make more muffins.
4 Spinach and Prosciutto Frittata Muffin
If you love the idea of. making a dozen muffins, but your family prefers a more savory Christmas morning breakfast, Good Housekeeping's Spinach and Prosciutto Frittata Muffin recipe will satisfy your family and give them a good source of protein on Christmas morning.
As the name suggests, this recipe calls for prosciutto, spinach, eggs, milk, goat cheese, and a red pepper. The great thing about this recipe is you can customize it to your family's likes. If the kids will turn their nose up at goat cheese, switch it out for cheddar or mozzarella. If they don't like peppers, just leave them out. Prep time on this recipe is 20 minutes and cook time is 30.
3 Crock Pot Cinnamon Roll Casserole
If you have a large family and you don't have a Crock Pot, you're sabotaging yourself. This Crock Post Cinnamon Roll Casserole recipe from Recipes That Crock, gives you another chance to wake up to a ready-made breakfast for a large crowd. The prep time is just 10 minutes to create a delicious, mouth-watering breakfast for you and your crew.
Even if you don't consider yourself a cook, you can make this recipe. Its main ingredient is the cinnamon roll tubes you buy in the dairy section of the supermarket. Then, you just need to beat some eggs, vanilla, cream, spices and maple syrup. Layer the cinnamon rolls on the bottom of the Crock Pot. Pour in the mixture, layer some more cinnamon rolls and you're waking up to a cooked breakfast.
2 Slow Cooker Nutella French Toast With Caramelized Bananas
Nutella lovers, this one is for you. This drool-worthy Slow Cooker Nutella French Toast with Caramelized Bananas recipe from I Can Cook That is sure to please your hungry lot. Another slow cooker recipe that provides mom with little prep time (only 15 minutes for this one) and the ability to have breakfast ready as soon as everyone wakes up.
You'll need to pick up challah bread, eggs, vanilla almond milk (or normal milk will do), cinnamon, vanilla extract, a jar of Nutella, butter, bananas, and brown sugar. This recipe is great because you can easily multiply the recipe to fit your large slow cooker for your big family. The recipe only takes 2 hours and 15 minutes to cook, so be sure your slow cooker switches to warm mode to keep this ready for the post-gift opening meal.
1 Shirred Egg Corn Muffins
Taste of Home provides a sweet, yet savory muffin option for moms. Shirred Egg Corn Muffins take just 15 minutes to prep and 20 minutes to bake, so it's easy to make the night before or actually on Christmas morning. These muffins contain eggs, cheese, buttermilk, sour cream, crumbled bacon, eggs, flour, milk, and some spices.
The real grunt of the prep work for this recipe is cooking the bacon ahead of time and then mixing butter, flour, and milk on a stovetop. But who doesn't love the smell of bacon and butter on Christmas morning? Then, you'll crack one egg in each muffin hole. This step of the recipe helps you easily customize the serving size to your family headcount.