Quick Christmas Morning Brunch Menu

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Photo by: Charles Masters

Charles Masters

It’s Christmas morning: There are a few half-eaten cookies and an empty glass on the table next to the tree, the kids are ripping open presents and Dad has been videotaping the entire event for hours. This is surely not the moment to worry about what to serve for breakfast. This year, instead of resorting to cereal and cocoa (though there’s nothing wrong with either!), serve a simple brunch featuring hearty dishes that are ready in 30 minutes or less and will leave the family full until dinnertime.

What better way to spread Christmas cheer than with Food Network Magazine’s light and fluffy Almost-Famous Cheesecake Pancakes (pictured above). Chunks of creamy cheesecake are incorporated into a classic pancake batter and each flapjack is cooked until golden brown and topped with a sweet strawberry sauce, featuring fresh berries and strawberry jam. Top each stack with a dollop of whipped cream — because it is Christmas, after all, and New Year’s diets don’t start for another week.

Bobby’s 10-minute Grapefruit Salad With Honey-Mint Dressing from Cooking Channel is a refreshingly zesty fruit salad that will balance those decadent pancakes. For Brunch at Bobby’s, the chef drizzles ruby-red grapefruit segments with a simple dressing of clover honey and fresh mint.

Giada’s two-bite Mini Frittatas are an easy family-friendly dish, made with whisked eggs, nutty Parmesan cheese and sliced salty ham. Perfectly golden brown after just 8-10 minutes in the oven, these frittatas are baked in mini muffin tins, so clean up is a breeze.

In my opinion, no brunch is complete without a few slabs of crispy, fried bacon. Food.com’s recipe for Candied Bacon uses brown sugar and cumin to add sweetness and spicy warmth to this indulgent pork product.

Browse Food Network’s Holiday Central for more Brunch Favorites and last-minute Christmas recipes.

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