Wake Up to Holiday Cheer: The 6 Best Christmas Breakfast and Brunch Recipes

These savory and sweet recipes will start your holiday on a hearty note.
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Food Network Ina Garten Panettone Bread Pudding

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If the seasonal tradition in your home calls for a wake-up-worthy breakfast or brunch on Christmas morning instead of a grand feast at dinnertime, you're in luck, because these savory and sweet recipes will start your holiday on a hearty note. Read on below for classic picks like baked eggs as well as crowd-pleasing ham, dressed-up bacon and cornbread casseroles.

A favorite among many Italians during the holiday season, panettone is a sweet, soft-inside bread often studded with dried fruits. Here Ina Garten lets the bread sop up a rich, creamy custard laced with almond extract, so when it bakes, it's full of moisture and flavor. For welcome crunch, she blankets the top of the bread pudding with sliced toasted almonds before it goes in the oven.

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Earthy white mushrooms add heft to Food Network Magazine's fuss-free casserole, while a layer of Gruyère cheese on top promises a bold, nutty taste. Save time on Christmas morning by prepping the casserole before you go to bed the night before; all you'll have to do is finish a few steps, like cracking the eggs onto bread slices, before baking it.

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Stephen Murello

It's all about the spice rub, which comes together with fennel, coriander seeds and sweet chili powder, in this tried-and-true ham. As it cooks, baste the ham with the honey as well as the savory pan drippings to create a sticky sweet-savory coating on top.

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Salad made of oranges, beets and greens in a plain white bowl

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Food stylist: Jamie Kimm Prop Stylist: Marina Malchin

Simple and light, this colorful salad dressed with a go-to vinaigrette will surely brighten up the brunch buffet.

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This isn't your everyday bacon. Instead of simply frying the traditional breakfast accompaniment, Food Network Magazine bakes the bacon in two parts — once on its own and a second time after lacquering it with sweet maple syrup and crunchy pepper — to create next-level results.

BREAKFAST CORNBREAD CASSEROLE WITH HAM AND KALE Food Network Kitchen Food Network Butter, Onion, Thyme, Kosher Salt, Black Pepper, Frozen Corn, Heavy Cream, Deli Ham, Kale, Yellow Cornmeal, Flour, Baking Powder, Sugar, Kosher Salt, Black Pepper, Sharp Yellow Cheddar

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Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Featuring layers of buttery cornbread and creamy cheddar cheese on top, this big-batch casserole boasts a base of creamed corn studded with hearty kale and ham, but the chefs in Food Network Kitchen note, "This satisfying casserole is easy to adapt to other greens and meat pairings, depending on what you have on hand: Try cooked sausage with frozen spinach or andouille with frozen mustard greens."

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