Merry Christmas Brunch Favorites

Celebrate first thing with a festive Christmas Day brunch using favorite dishes from Food Network chefs.

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Herbalicious Breakfast Casserole

Breakfast casseroles are the way to go when you're in charge of feeding a crowd on Christmas morning. You can make it months (!) in advance and bake from frozen while everyone is trying to sneak a peak under the tree.

Get the Recipe: Herbalicious Breakfast Casserole

Overnight Belgian Waffles

If there's anyone we trust for make-ahead hosting magic, it's Ina. She knows that making the waffle batter the night before not only means a fuss-free breakfast, but allows the yeast to bloom, ensuring the waffles will come out fluffy and chewy.

Get the Recipe: Overnight Belgian Waffles

Lemon-Ricotta Pancakes

Giada's lemony pancakes are rich and decadent, yet light and fluffy. The secret? She uses a mix of all-purpose flour and polenta. Ricotta ensures that each bite is moist, almost like a custard. You'll never go back to the boxed mix after this.

Get the Recipe: Lemon-Ricotta Pancakes

Hash Brown Breakfast Bundt

This breakfast bake includes everything you love from a traditional diner breakfast—hash browns, cheese, eggs and sausage—baked up in a Bundt pan. Prepare it ahead of time and you'll be able to serve this impressive all-in-one dish to a hungry crowd on Christmas morning without having to lift a finger.

Get the Recipe: Hash Brown Breakfast Bundt

Mushroom-Spinach Baked Eggs

Potato bread adds volume to this breakfast casserole made with Gruyère cheese, white mushrooms and baby spinach.

Get the Recipe: Mushroom-Spinach Baked Eggs

Alton Brown's Perfect French Toast

Our resident chef-scientist has perfected his French toast recipe to yield pieces that are always custardy on the inside and crispy on the outside.

Get the Recipe: French Toast

Mini Quiches with Peas and Bacon

If you need a little something in the morning, but don't want to fill up before your family's mid-day feast, you need Molly's mini quiches. Everyone can grab a single-serve portion on their way to inspect what's under the Christmas tree.

Get the Recipe: Mini Quiches with Peas and Bacon

Bagel Breakfast Casserole

This dish has everything you love about a traditional bagel breakfast sandwich, but it's all baked into a casserole that can be made the night before.

Get the Recipe: Bagel Breakfast Casserole

Maple-Pepper Bacon

Brushing bacon with maple syrup and baking it in the oven is a simple trick that yields a huge flavor upgrade.

Get the Recipe: Maple-Pepper Bacon

Alton's Hot Cocoa

Make steaming cups of Alton's classic hot cocoa on Christmas morning, or give out jars of the mix as gifts.

Get the Recipe: Hot Cocoa

Deep Dish Hash Brown Ham and Cheese Quiche

How to improve on ham-and-cheese quiche? Bake it in an uber-crispy hash brown crust for the perfect breakfast dish for a crowd.

Get the Recipe: Deep-Dish Hash Brown Ham and Cheese Quiche

Upside-Down Apple French Toast with Cranberries and Pecans

Tyler Florence's five-star French toast is made in a skillet with layers of apples, pecans, dried cranberries, challah and brown sugar.

Get the Recipe: Upside-Down Apple French Toast with Cranberries and Pecans

The Barefoot Contessa's Panettone Bread Pudding

Wake up on Christmas Day to this warm, aromatic bread pudding made with toasty almonds and fruit-studded Italian panettone.

Get the Recipe: Panettone Bread Pudding

Bacon and Cheddar Waffles

This is everything you love about breakfast, served in one waffle. Not trying to tell you how to live your life, but if it were up to us, we'd serve these puppies with a fried egg and maple syrup for the ultimate sweet-savory indulgence.

Get the Recipe: Bacon and Cheddar Waffles

Pancake Breakfast Casserole

Make breakfast pancakes extra special by baking them in a rich, creamy custard. You can cook and freeze the pancakes ahead of time (defrost them before using). An easy timesaver: Buy ready-made frozen pancakes.

Get the Recipe: Pancake Breakfast Casserole

Breakfast Cornbread Casserole with Ham and Kale

The combination of ham and kale is traditional for a reason: It's so unbelievably good. But 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.

Get the Recipe: Breakfast Cornbread Casserole with Ham and Kale

Panettone French Toast Casserole

Finally, a delicious use for the ubiquitous holiday cake that everyone loves to give but no one seems to eat. Panettone's raisins, citron and pine nuts make this rich, custardy breakfast just right for special occasions. 

Get the Recipe: Panettone French Toast Casserole

Corned Beef Hash Brown Casserole

Here's a casserole you can make the night before the big holiday-morning spread, leaving you free to tie up other details. It's kind of like a fat Western omelet supercharged with crispy potato tots: hearty enough for the men, fun for the kids and even gluten-free, so no one's left out!

Get the Recipe: Corned Beef Hash Brown Casserole

Almost-Famous Cheesecake Pancakes

For a sweet celebration brunch, dress up pancakes with chunks of creamy cheesecake mixed right into fluffy buttermilk pancake batter.

Get the Recipe: Almost-Famous Cheesecake Pancakes

Very Berry Croissants

Ree upcycles day-old croissants into an easy make-ahead breakfast that's perfect for a crowd. This dish goes from freezer to table in just about 15 minutes, meaning you can have a cup of coffee before holiday mayhem begins.

Get the Recipe: Very Berry Croissants

Spinach, Mushroom and Cheese Casserole

This hearty meatless breakfast casserole is a great way to use up stale bread. The cubes on top bake into a delicious crunchy crust that just might be the best part! The whole thing can be assembled the night before and popped into the oven in the morning.

Get the Recipe: Spinach, Mushroom and Cheese Breakfast Casserole

Glazed Apples

Make these easy apples simmered in pomegranate juice and sugar in less than 15 minutes.

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Breakfast Casserole

This savory casserole is layered with sausage, mushrooms, red potatoes and a generous sprinkling of cheese. Assemble this casserole the night before, then just pop it in the oven Christmas morning.

Get the Recipe: Breakfast Casserole

Breakfast Pork Chops

Brine these pork chops in vinegar, brown sugar and cayenne the night before cooking to seal in flavor.

Get the Recipe: Breakfast Pork Chops

Ree's quick and simple hash utilizes veggies that you probably already have on hand for Christmas dinner. Bonus: It's hearty enough to keep you going from the present-giving to the in-law hosting.

Breakfast Hash: Breakfast Hash

Sausage and Parmesan Waffles

Giada's savory take on waffles may make you never want sweet waffles again. Serve with maple syrup or, you could go all out, and top with sour cream, crumbled bacon or pesto.

Get the Recipe: Sausage and Parmesan Waffles