There’s a special glow to Christmas morning, even if you’re well past the Santa age. Usually, a bustling house full of family leads to a festive brunch that’s casual, cozy and brimming with good cheer. But there’s no reason you have to be locked in the kitchen while the wrapping paper flies. With a few easy tricks that can be done ahead of time, you can go from presents to plates with the ease of St. Nick.
- Mix the popover batter in the blender, put the top on it and refrigerate.
- Assemble and cover the French toast casserole.
- Cut up fruit and make dressing. Store separately then combine just before serving.
- Make granola up to a few days ahead of time, seal it tightly and store at room temp.
- The first one up should hit the brew button on the coffee machine and preheat the oven. Bake the popovers while everyone is gifting—that way there’s something hot and fresh to nibble on while the rest of brunch is cooking.
- A good brunch spread covers all the bases by balancing sweet and savory. Some people are egg people, while others are pastry people. With our menu, you can satisfy both.
- One of the great things about brunch is that you don’t really need to worry about dessert. There should be enough Christmas cookies lying around so that all you need to do is set out a plate with a fresh pot of coffee for self-service.
- Strategically save some of the bows and ribbons from unwrapped gifts and string them together to make a centerpiece. If you’re going buffet style, use them as a garland.
- When everyone is stuffed and hanging around the table, invite them to share a memory of a special Christmas gift or story from their childhood.