Day 11: Christmas Brunch Menu Ideas Recipe
Day 11: Christmas Brunch Menu Ideas
Day 11 of the Twelve Days of Christmas Celebration continues with a some menu ideas for Christmas brunch.
Spiral Cut Ham
Assorted Muffins or Crumb Cake
Tangerine or Pomegrante Mimosas
For the spiral cut ham all you have to do is make sure you heat it through. Most hams have heating instructions on the outside package. Adding a ham glaze is always a good option. If you are having your brunch a little later in the day you can always put out some Parkerhouse rolls and assorted mustards in case people want to make a ham sandwich.
I always find a fruit salad with canteloupe, honeydew, blueberries, strawberries, kiwi and mango to be delicious.
In an effort to save time I usually just go with a muffin mix that comes in a box. Betty Crocker or Krusteaz Lemon Poppyseed muffins are always a good option. Another great option is Krusteaz Cranberry Orange muffin mix. If you want to go the crumb cake route you can't go wrong with Krusteaz Cinnamon Crumb Cake mix.
I got this recipe from In Style magazine, it's from the January 2005 issue. I use to love when In Style had the party guide/entertaining section of the magazine; I collected a lot of great recipes over the years when they had it.
- 1 loaf (12 oz) day old French bread
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 medium white onion, chopped
- 1 red pepper, seeded and chopped
- 1 1/2 cups sliced mushrooms
- 10 eggs
- 2 cups milk
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
- 1 can (13 3/4 oz) artichoke hearts, sliced
- 1 1/2 cups shredded Monterey Jack, divided
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Spray 13" x 9" x 2" glass baking dish with cooking spray. Slice bread in half length-wise; butter and cut into cubes. In nonstick skillet heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, red pepper, and mushrooms; saute 4-5 minutes. In a bowl combine eggs, milk, salt and pepper. To assemble, place bread in single layer in baking dish. Top with vegetables, artichokes and half the Monterey Jack cheese. Pour egg mixture over; top with remaining Monterey Jack and Parmesan cheeses. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for several hours or overnight. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Bake, uncovered for 50-60 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting.
For the mimosas, Domaine Chandon Brut Classic is always a good bubble option. If you go the tangerine juice route you can always finish off the mimosa with a splash of Grand Marnier. Otherwise pomegrante juice is another great option and quite festive from a holiday color perspective.
If you don't like mimosas, you can always do a bloody mary bar. I really enjoy the Zing Zang bloody mary mix. Don't forget your celery spears, stuffed olives and celery salt. If you are in the Chicago area and can find Twisted Spoke bloody mary mix that is another great option.