We've pulled together five easy menus, each with a great balance of sweet, savory, and festive — with make-ahead tips for the night before and a plan for putting it all together the next morning.

By Mackenzie Schieck
Updated January 21, 2020
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Festive Without the Fuss

Get your holiday started right with one of these five delicious, easy-to-make Christmas breakfast menus designed to give you more time for family — and more time for opening presents!

1. Quiche Lorraine Menu

This menu has all the hits: eggs and bacon in classic quiche form, cinnamon roll goodness to satisfy your sweet tooth, some crispy potato pancakes with an extra dose of bacon, and candy cane cocoa.

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Make-ahead plan:

  1. If you're planning to make your own pie crust for the Quiche Lorraine, prepare this the night before.
  2. For the Quiche Lorraine, cook and crumble the bacon, shred the Swiss cheese, mince the onion, and whisk all the ingredients together for the egg filling.
  3. For the Overnight Cinnamon Rolls, prepare the make-ahead steps as directed in the recipe.
  4. Slice the potatoes for the Garlic Herb Skillet Potatoes.

Morning-of plan:

  1. Bake the Overnight Cinnamon Rolls first. When they are done, cover with tin foil and set aside.
  2. Bake the Quiche Lorraine.
  3. When the quiche has about ten minutes left, prepare the Garlic Herb Skillet Potatoes. (Don't worry, the quiche recipe calls for you to let it sit for ten minutes once it's done baking, so you'll actually have 20 minutes to make your potatoes.)
  4. When the quiche is done, reduce the oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit, then slide the cinnamon rolls back in the oven to warm them up while the quiche sits for ten minutes.
  5. While the quiche is cooling and the cinnamon rolls are warming, make the cocoa.

Try this recipe for Mini Quiche Lorraine as an easy serve-yourself alternative to a full-size quiche.

2. Apple-Cinnamon Fresh Toast Casserole Menu

This menu features the easiest way to serve French toast to your household, along with muffin-style eggs with a kick, a smashing baking method for crispy holiday potatoes, and the most festive way to drink your Christmas coffee.

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Make-ahead plan:

  1. Do the first two steps of the Apple-Raisin French Toast Casserole recipe.
  2. Prepare the egg mixture (steps two and three) and save the baking for the morning.
  3. Boil and cool potatoes (step one), you can also smash them if you like (step four), and stir together the oil-herb mixture (step two).

Morning-of plan:

  1. Bake the Smashed Potatoes, then set aside while you bake the remaining items.
  2. Start baking Apple-Raisin French Toast Casserole, then when it's 20 minutes away from being done, add the Sausage Egg Muffins. (Note that the Sausage Egg Muffins actually calls for a lower temperature, but will bake fine regardless. You might just want to keep an eye on them to see if they are done a bit early.)
  3. Ten minutes before your baking items are set to be done, put the smashed potatoes back in to give them an extra sizzle before serving. This is also a good time to make the lattes.

3. German Pancake Menu

Who doesn't love a giant, extra-puffy pancake?! Especially when you top it with souped up cranberry sauce and put some savory mini quiches beside them. You betcha, this menu is bringing the delicious.

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Make-ahead plan:

  1. Blend the German Pancake batter.
  2. Prepare Cranberry Sauce with Orange Juice, Honey, and Pears.
  3. Prepare the Easy Mini Quiches, remove them from the muffin tins, and place in another baking dish, covered. You will heat them up in this dish in the morning.

Morning-of plan:

  1. Bake the German Pancake and make the buttermilk sauce for it while it's in the oven.
  2. Warm up the cranberry sauce on the stove if you'd like it heated.
  3. When the German Pancake is ten minutes from being done, slide the mini quiches back in the oven to warm them up.

4. Christmas Breakfast Sausage Casserole Menu

Start Christmas day with these breakfast winners: an overnight savory casserole stuffed with cheese, sausage, eggs, and bread; scones featuring a classic Christmas berry; extra-crispy hashbrowns, because of course; and fresh orange juice to wash it all down with.

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Make-ahead plan:

  1. For the Christmas Breakfast Sausage Casserole, prepare the make-ahead steps as directed in the recipe.
  2. Prepare Cranberry Scones completely.
  3. Squeeze the orange juice.

Morning-of plan:

  1. Bake the Christmas Breakfast Sausage Casserole.
  2. While the casserole is baking, prepare the hash browns. Wait to cook them until about fifteen minutes before the casserole is done. You can keep them warm in the oven if needed until the casserole is done.
  3. If you'd like the scones warmed, wrap them in foil and put them in the oven about 10 minutes before the casserole is done.
  4. Pour the orange juice.

5. Eggs Benedict Menu

Put on your fancy pants for this menu featuring a certain classic egg-on-English-muffins breakfast, sweet buns that have all the caramel and pecans, potato pancakes that bring the bacon with 'em, and comforting hot apple cider to warm you right up.

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Make-ahead plan:

  1. Prepare the Caramel Pecan Sticky Buns completely.
  2. Cook and crumble bacon for the Bacon Potato Pancakes.

Morning-of plan:

  1. Put the Caramel Pecan Sticky Buns in a warm oven for at least 15 minutes to heat them up.
  2. Prepare the Bacon Potato Pancakes, then put them in the oven to stay warm.
  3. Prepare the Eggs Benedict.
  4. Prepare the Hot Apple Cider.

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