Perhaps your family is re-thinking their Christmas dinner plans this year. You may be traveling, you may be eating a meal at several family’s homes, or you simply want to cut costs this year by eliminating a big sit-down dinner. Planning to share a Christmas brunch may suit your plans this year for any or all of those reasons.
When your budget is part of your decision. consider how expensive a fancy sit down meal tends to be. You’ll have a large main course, typically a big piece of meat or poultry. Then you have all the side dishes to go along with that, and we can’t forget the desserts. Of course, what’s a nice cup of coffee without some wonderful fudge and candy. You’ll also might serve beverages that cost more, like mixed drinks and wine. Evening meals just seem to cost more.
For a family who needs to travel, eat at more than one household, or cut back on expenses, a Christmas brunch could solve many of those problems. Let’s see how we could put together a brunch that would be festive, fun, and have food that is filling, but inexpensive.
Brunch Casserole – There are many variations of this meal-in-a-pan, so you are sure to find a recipe that is quick and easy to make and serve. Some are made with potatoes, such as hash browns, or even bread cubes, then sausage or ham, egg, green pepper, and cheese are added to form a complete meal. This is normally refrigerated overnight and ready to cook in the morning.
Skillet Dish – With little fussing, you can create a delicious dish right in a skillet on top of your stove. Most people have seen or heard of a Frittata. Well, basically, this is a Frittata made with breakfast foods. You start with any starch like rice or potatoes, add celery, onion, tomato, sausage, or anything you like. Fry that up, and then pour on the eggs. You let it cook like that until the eggs are solid, then top with some shredded cheese if that suits you.
Muffin Tin Meal – Make individual little pot pie style dishes by forming a crust in the muffin tin with some refrigerator biscuits. Mix up some egg, hash browns, cooked sausage or bacon, or any other breakfast foods you like, and fill the cups. Bake them and serve them warm. These are not only cute and delicious, but you can make a variety so everyone can have something a little different.
Omelets – This item on your menu won’t work for you if you don’t want to cook while you have guests in your house. If your kitchen is far removed from the area where your family and friends will be mingling, you probably wouldn’t want to prepare omelets. However, if your house is set up with an open kitchen dining room area where you’ll be gathering right around the cooking area, then you may find this fun. Be sure to get all your prep work done well in advance so that you are ready. Wash and chop all the veggies you are using in the omelets and get the assembly line well organized so you don’t miss a beat.
A wide variety of food should be planned for your brunch in order for your guests to walk around and sample a little bit here, a little bit there. Brunches are meant to be casual with a lot of mingling and mixing. Don’t forget to get the coffee started early. Have a choice of coffee and tea, as well as nice pitchers filled with milk, juice, and water on the table. You can forget about the fancy desserts, but a few cookies would certainly be nice.
These are just a few simple ideas to put together a brunch for your Christmas get together. When you are cooking these sorts of dishes, you won’t waste a lot of time in the kitchen, nor will you waste a lot of money. Enjoy your day!