12 Food Prep Hacks That Will Make Christmas Breakfast a Breeze
Christmas morning should be spent recording the pure joy on your kids' faces as they open their presents. It is most certainly not for slaving away in the kitchen over a hot stove. However, your family still needs to eat, so what to do? We've compiled some ingenious tricks and tips to make your Christmas breakfast as easy as can be. They're similar to our regular breakfast hacks but with a festive twist. Read through and get excited for a relaxing Christmas morning filled with easy, delicious dishes and plenty of quality time with your family.
Bake Bacon in the Oven
When you're feeding a whole troop of family members and relatives on Christmas morning, you'll need all the stovetop space you can get. Instead of frying bacon in a pan, bake a much larger batch in the oven and leave room for other stovetop dishes.
Sprinkle Candy Cane Dust on Everything
So you want to get into the Christmas spirit, but you don't want to make an entire fruitcake or anything else elaborate? Just pulverize some candy canes in a food processor and sprinkle them on everything — hot chocolate, pancakes, french toast. You can even tell your kids it's "Christmas pixie dust" or "Christmas elf dust."
Scramble Your Eggs Right in the Pan
Who says you have to beat your eggs before scrambling them? You can crack them right into the pan, sprinkle with seasoning and herbs, and scramble them with your spatula as they cook. You can let half of them fry and scramble the other half to achieve different textures and create a more visually stunning breakfast.
Make Apple Ring Pancakes
If you're trying to feed your family healthier breakfast fare, just take some freshly cut apple rings, dip them in pancake batter, and make this healthier version of pancakes. Your kids might not even know they're consuming fresh fruit.
Make Oatmeal the Night Before
Save time on Christmas morning by making a large batch of oatmeal the night before. There are many recipes online, but we're pretty partial to this superhealthy recipe using almond milk and chia seeds.
Hard-Boil a Gazillion Eggs
Feeling particularly lazy on Christmas morning? (You are fully allowed.) Just hard-boil a large batch of eggs — you can even do it the day before — and pair with toast and your condiments of choice. You can also turn it into an activity for the kids and have them compete to see who can peel the most eggs the fastest.
Make a Casserole Ahead of Time
To minimize stress and maximize time spent with family on Christmas, make your breakfast the night before. There are countless breakfast casseroles you can assemble ahead of time that you can just stick in the oven on Christmas morning.
Make Santa Strawberries
For an easy, no-cook, adorably festive breakfast treat, just cut up some strawberries and fill with whipped cream to make Santa strawberries. You can use sprinkles for the eyes.
Put an Egg on Your Leftovers
If the thought of cooking an entire breakfast on Christmas morning makes you lightheaded and sweaty, just fry up some eggs and put them on heated-up leftovers instead. It's technically breakfast as long as there's an egg involved.
Make Crock-Pot French Toast
Another wonderful do-ahead breakfast meal is Crock-Pot french toast, which will not only save you time but also fill the house with the most tantalizing smell on Christmas morning.
Make a Festive Mimosa
OK, this isn't exactly a hack, but it will certainly make Christmas breakfast more enjoyable for you. As you prepare food for hungry family members, remember that it's your day too and treat yourself to a festive and colorful cranberry mimosa.