Festive Breakfast Ideas

For most university students, breakfast means grabbing a banana on the way out the door, or stopping by Tim Horton’s for a coffee on the way to class. The holiday season is one of the few times of the year when we can take our time and prepare a morning meal with time and effort. So why not? Here are some recipes to inspire your next holiday breakfast:

French Toast Rolls

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INGREDIENTS

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese, egg yolk, and 1/4 cup sugar until smooth; set aside.
  2. Cut the crust off each slice of bread then roll out each slice with a rolling pin.
  3. Spread the cheese mixture over the bread, distributing evenly.
  4. Roll up each slice jelly roll-style and place seam side down on a baking sheet.
  5. In a shallow dish, mix the remaining 3/4 cup sugar and the cinnamon.
  6. Brush the butter over the roll-ups then roll them in the cinnamon-sugar mixture, until completely coated.
  7. Repeat with the remaining roll-ups, placing them on the baking sheet after coating.
  8. Cover and freeze for at least 2 hours, or up to 2 months.
  9. Just before serving, preheat the oven to 400°F.
  10. Bake the roll-ups for 10 to 12 minutes, or until golden brown.

 

Cream Cheese Cinnamon Crescents

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INGREDIENTS

DIRECTIONS

  1. Roll out one can of crescent rolls in bottom of 9×13 pan.
  2. I sprayed pan with cooking spray.
  3. Cream together: 2 8oz. cream cheese.
  4. 1 cup sugar.
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla.
  6. Spread this mixture over crescent rolls.
  7. Lay second tube of crescent rolls over mixture.
  8. Melt 1/2 cup butter, mix in 3/4 cup sugar,
  9. 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and pour over top.
  10. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes.

Breakfast Bake

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INGREDIENTS

  • Butter, for greasing pan
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound hot Italian turkey sausage,casing removed
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • One 1-pound loaf rustic French orItalian bread, cut into 1-inch-thick cubes
  • 2 cups grated Gruyere cheese (8 ounces)
  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sliced fresh chives, plus more for garnish
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

DIRECTIONS

  1. Butter a 4-quart baking dish.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Once hot, add the sausage, onions and bell peppers. Cook, while stirring, until the sausage is cooked through and crumbly and the onions and peppers are soft, about 6 minutes.
  3. Add the bread to the prepared baking dish. Stir in the sausage and pepper mixture and the cheese, reserving a bit of cheese for the top.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, cream, chives and some salt and pepper. Pour the mixture evenly over the bread and give a little stir to make sure it’s evenly distributed. Sprinkle with the reserved cheese. Cover with plastic wrap and let soak for 30 minutes.
  5. Remove the casserole from the refrigerator and let come to room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  6. Bake until the top is puffed and golden and a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean, about 1 hour. Garnish with more chopped chives before serving.

Baked Apples with Oatmeal and Yogurt

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INGREDIENTS

  • 6 apples (Gala or Fuji), bottoms sliced so apples stand
  • 1 fresh lemon, halved
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 6 tablespoons light brown muscovado sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch ground black pepper
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 cup whole milk, heated
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated orange zest
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked quick-cooking steel-cut oatmeal, prepared according to package directions, warm
  • Low-fat Greek yogurt

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Cut off the top third of each apple. With a small knife, and working from the top of each apple, carefully carve out a large “bowl,” including the core, about 2 inches in diameter. Rub the cut part with lemon and put the apples into a 9-inch square baking dish. Dice the carved-out parts of the apples, without the seeds, and set aside.
  3. Melt the butter in a small saucepan, and then whisk in 4 tablespoons of the muscovado sugar, the cinnamon and pepper and cook until smooth. Brush the inside of the apples with the butter mixture. Pour the apple cider into the bottom of the baking dish. Cover the dish with foil and bake until the apples are tender, about 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for 5 minutes longer.
  4. Transfer the apples to a platter. Carefully strain the cooking liquid into a small saucepan and bring it to a boil. Cook until it is reduced and thickened, about 5 minutes.
  5. While the apples are baking, stir the hot milk, remaining muscovado sugar, reserved chopped apples and orange zest into the warm oatmeal and cook for a few minutes. Divide the oatmeal among the baked apples. Top each apple with a dollop of yogurt and drizzle the reduced cider over the top.

Mushroom-Spinach Baked Eggs

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INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 pound white mushrooms, sliced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 6 cups baby spinach (about 6 ounces)
  • 6 slices potato bread, lightly toasted
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup shredded gruyere cheese

DIRECTIONS

  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 8 minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook, undisturbed, until they begin to brown, about 2 minutes. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste; continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 4 more minutes. Stir in the spinach and cook until wilted, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool.
  • Brush a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with olive oil. Arrange the bread in the dish in a single layer with the edges slightly overlapping, then spoon the mushroom-spinach mixture on top. If making ahead, cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Crack an egg onto each piece of bread; season with salt and pepper. Pour the milk evenly over the top and sprinkle with the cheese. Bake until the egg whites are set, 25 to 30 minutes.

Breakfast Pork Chops

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 6 bone-in pork chops (1 inch thick; about 3 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • Freshly ground black pepper

DIRECTIONS

  1. Brine the pork chops the night before: Combine 3 cups hot water, the vinegar, brown sugar, 1/4 cup salt, the garlic, sage and cayenne in a large bowl, stirring until the sugar and salt dissolve; let cool to room temperature. Submerge the pork chops in the brine, cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Remove the pork from the brine and pat dry. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add half of the pork chops and cook until browned, 3 to 5 minutes per side (reduce the heat, if necessary). Transfer to a plate and repeat with the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil and pork chops; transfer to the plate.
  3. Sprinkle the flour over the drippings in the skillet and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon, until lightly golden, about 45 seconds. Add the chicken broth and scrape up any browned bits; switch to a whisk and cook, whisking, until the sauce begins to thicken, about 2 minutes. Add the milk, parsley, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and black pepper to taste and simmer 1 minute. Return the pork chops to the skillet along with any juices from the plate and heat through, about 2 minutes.

French Toast

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons honey, warmed in microwave for 20 seconds
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 (1/2-inch) slices day-old or stale country loaf, brioche or challah bread
  • 4 tablespoons butter

DIRECTIONS

  1. In medium size mixing bowl, whisk together the half-and-half, eggs, honey, and salt. You may do this the night before. When ready to cook, pour custard mixture into a pie pan and set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Dip bread into mixture, allow to soak for 30 seconds on each side, and then remove to a cooling rack that is sitting in a sheet pan, and allow to sit for 1 to 2 minutes.
  3. Over medium-low heat, melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a 10-inch nonstick saute pan. Place 2 slices of bread at a time into the pan and cook until golden brown, approximately 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove from pan and place on rack in oven for 5 minutes. Repeat with all 8 slices. Serve immediately with maple syrup, whipped cream or fruit.

 

If you give any of these recipes a try, we’d definitely love to hear how they turn out! Bon appetit!

 

 

Recipes and pictures originally from The Food Network.

 

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