Christmas Breakfast – Tablescape and Recipes

I have another tablescape today and two special breakfasts for the holiday.  This is really the most fun time of year for special meals and pampering those we love.  Starting out with the stoneware Christmas plates, I set a table with a plaid tablecloth.  These plates are used a lot this month, and each one is different.  This one has the tree with the word Hope.

Christmas Breakfast Table at From My Carolina Home

A sleigh is pictured with the word Love.  My Christmas Cardinal bowls are at each place for cereal.  Crystal glasses for water or juice and coffee mugs complete the setting.

Christmas Breakfast Table at From My Carolina Home

A gift package with the word Joy is at another place.

Christmas Breakfast Table at From My Carolina Home

I use my little tree spreaders as knives for the breakfast table, great for butter on toast or biscuits.  The fourth plate has a stocking with the word Peace.

Christmas Breakfast Table at From My Carolina Home

These adorable Santa napkin rings were a thrift store find.

Christmas Breakfast Table at From My Carolina Home

The centerpiece is a simple red and green basket, with greenery and a candle with a topper of Christmas figures.  It is surrounded with my little glittery birdhouse ornaments.

Christmas Breakfast Table at From My Carolina Home

I mentioned on a previous post that I was going to make some blueberry turnovers, and here they are. Simple, just puff pastry and blueberry pie filling.  There is enough pie filling for two batches of 8 turnovers in one can.  So a few days later I make a second recipe and freeze them.   I thaw the puff pastry in the frig overnight so I don’t have to wait for it in the morning.  Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Open up the puff pastry sheet, and cut into four squares.  Top each one with two tablespoons of blueberry pie filling.  Dab the edges with water using your fingers.  Fold into triangles, enclosing the filling.

Easy Blueberry Turnovers at From My Carolina Home

Crimp the edges with a fork to ensure a good seal.

Easy Blueberry Turnovers at From My Carolina Home

Bake in a 400-degree oven for 15-17 minutes, until lightly golden brown and puffed.

Easy Blueberry Turnovers at From My Carolina Home

Yum!  DH likes his without any glaze as he doesn’t like really sweet things (other than me, that is).

Easy Blueberry Turnovers at From My Carolina Home

But a simple glaze of powdered sugar, milk and vanilla extract makes mine a bit sweeter and more delicious.

Easy Blueberry Turnovers at From My Carolina Home

Yum, a special breakfast for a special day, Christmas eve perhaps?  Yes, I know that Pepperidge Farm makes these, but the problem is none of my local grocers carry the blueberry.  They have apple, raspberry, cherry, and peach, but I like blueberry the best.  So, I have to make my own.

Easy Blueberry Turnovers at From My Carolina Home

Tonight, Christmas Eve, I’ll make my baked eggs for Christmas morning since you have to start the recipe the night before serving.  Breakfast on a holiday calls for something special, but not a lot of time. There are literally hundreds of recipes on the internet for this baked egg dish, and I really don’t think you can get it wrong. But, I mention it every year, and every year some readers ask for the way I make it. So, this year, here it is. I wanted to show this to you today, as you need to make it tonight to serve tomorrow morning.

Baked Egg Breakfast at From My Carolina Home

The great thing is that the measurements are not precise, they can take a bit more or less of this or that, add something in, leave something out, it doesn’t matter. In fact, I don’t think I have made it exactly the same twice. This time it was sausage, mushrooms and onion. But you could use bacon, leave out the mushrooms, add in peppers or something else, whatever you like.  I like this Buttermilk bread so I used that, along with about 1/2 a roll of sausage, two large mushrooms, and 8 ounces of Cheddar Jack shredded cheese.

Holiday Breakfast Casserole at From My Carolina Home

Cook the sausage and onion until the sausage is mostly browned.  Add the mushrooms and cook until sausage is done and mushrooms are softened.

Holiday Breakfast Casserole at From My Carolina Home

That looks about right.

Holiday Breakfast Casserole at From My Carolina Home

Whip your eggs with a fork to blend the yolks and whites.  Add whipping cream (or milk, or half-and-half) and mix well.

Holiday Breakfast Casserole at From My Carolina Home

Cut your bread into cubes and add to the eggs. Some people just layer the sliced bread with the extra goodies (sausage, bacon, onion, etc) and pour the egg-cream/milk mixture over the top, but I find the casserole just works better using cubes. It is easier to get the other ingredients mixed into the bread this way. For the purpose of scaling up the recipe to feed more, use 1 to 1-1/2 eggs and 1 to 1-1/2 pieces of bread per person. I like a bigger breakfast on holidays, so for the two of us I used three slices of bread and three eggs.

Holiday Breakfast Casserole at From My Carolina Home

Mix in the cooked sausage and a handful of the cheese. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Holiday Breakfast Casserole at From My Carolina Home

Mix well. Spray a small baking dish with no-stick spray.  Put the sausage-bread mixture in it and spread evenly.

Holiday Breakfast Casserole at From My Carolina Home

Top with the remainder of the cheese.

Holiday Breakfast Casserole at From My Carolina Home

Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator overnight.

Holiday Breakfast Casserole at From My Carolina Home

In the morning, remove the plastic and place in a COLD oven. After you put the casserole in, close the door, and turn the oven on, setting the temp to 350. Now, go have some coffee, take a shower, or enjoy your family for about 30-45 minutes. I run downstairs and pop this in the oven when I first get up. By the time I have finished my morning routine and had some coffee, it is ready.  Sometimes I get into my Christmas stocking while waiting for it to finish baking.

Holiday Breakfast Casserole at From My Carolina Home

Hot and bubbly from the oven.

Holiday Breakfast Casserole at From My Carolina Home

Dig in to cheesy, eggy deliciousness. If there is any leftover, just refrigerate and reheat for breakfast the next day.  Enjoy!!

Baked Egg Breakfast at From My Carolina Home

Holiday Breakfast Egg Casserole

4 ounces sausage, or four strips bacon (or both)
two large mushrooms
1/4 cup chopped onion
8 ounces shredded cheese – Cheddar Jack or your favorite
3 slices bread
3 eggs
1/4 cup of whipping cream (or milk, or half-and-half)

Start the night before you want to have this for breakfast. Cook the sausage and onion until the sausage is mostly browned. Add the mushrooms and cook until sausage is done and mushrooms are softened. Whip the eggs with a fork to blend the yolks and whites. Add about a 1/4 cup of whipping cream (or milk, or half-and-half) and mix well. Cut your bread into cubes and add to the eggs. Mix in the cooked sausage and a handful of the cheese. Add salt and pepper to taste. Mix well. Spray a small baking dish with no-stick spray. Put the sausage-bread mixture in it and spread evenly. Top with the remainder of the cheese. Cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator overnight. In the morning, remove the plastic and place in a COLD oven. After you put the casserole in, close the door, and turn the oven on, setting the temp to 350. Bake for 30-45 minutes, until casserole is set in the middle, and lightly browned. Enjoy!

Download the recipe pdf – Holiday Breakfast Egg Casserole

Baked Egg Breakfast at From My Carolina Home

I made another one just this week so I could photograph it on our Christmas plates. It is even better served on the quilted Nine Patch Star table runner from our quilt along! More quilting coming up, and the mystery design is almost done!!

Baked Egg Breakfast at From My Carolina Home

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Do you have a special holiday breakfast recipe?  Do you set a festive breakfast table for the holidays?

Christmas Breakfast Table at From My Carolina Home

31 thoughts on “Christmas Breakfast – Tablescape and Recipes

  1. Pat Evans

    Thanks for the scaled down version of the egg dish. Many of the recipes for this call for 8 or 10 eggs and make way too much for two people.
    Love your tablescape as always.
    Merry Christmas
    Pat

  2. Loris Mills

    Merry Christmas, Carole! Thank you for all the inspiration and great tips throughout the year. Have a wonderful time with your friends and family 🙂

  3. gwynette thacker

    That is our favorite “go to” casserole when our families get together, although everyone is happy if I make biscuits and gravy instead. Our little tykes are big enough now that I could think about a lovely tablescape, but we just set the table with our regular dishes and enjoy each other. It’s mostly guys and boys, so eating and get out hunting is on their minds. Thank you, Carole, for your generous sharing of recipes and patterns. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year!!!

  4. Another beautiful tablescape…and the recipes and photos look YUMMY! We may be kindred spirits—–I woke up singing this morning with my husband laughing at me….I started singing….”yes, we need a little breakfast—right this very moment…..we need a little breakfast now!” (There was more—-but I’ll spare you….lol….Merry Christmas!)

  5. I’ve made that breakfast casserole before and it is so yummy♥ Dealing with last minute Christmas Eve plans here. My daughter-in-law was suppose to host it but she’s not feeling well.. being pregnant with twins is draining her 😦 … So I’m running around getting ready to host it . It will be just fine and we’ll all have a grand time. Wishing the BEST Christmas!!!!!

  6. Linda B

    Merry Christmas Carole and have appreciated all you shared with us in 2017! Looking forward to next year. We just had our get together last night, so I think pumpkin cheesecake will have to do it for us this morning! Nothing like lots of leftovers! And it is snowing this morning in St Louis! Thanks again!! Linda B

  7. Shirley

    I am going to make this Breakfast Casserole for my dinner tonight. Have a busy day getting ready for tomorrow and this will be just right for me tonight with leftovers for tomorrow morning. Your recipes and quiting ideas that you share throughout the year are so appreciated. Wishing you a wonderfull Christmas and New Year!

  8. Thank you for all of the great photos and details of quilts, food, table scapes, along with the creatures and gardens in your neighborhood. Have a great holiday and enjoy some quiet times.
    I am home today, finishing, at last, the quilting on a Chrismtas quilt made of blocks swapped at IQF in 1999 by members of the long-ago world wide quilting page. Now that the youngest grands will not pick off the dimensional trims, ribbons and buttons, maybe it’s time to cover legs on Christmas morning has finally come!

  9. Melanie

    I’m all for the glaze on the turnovers, too! Thanks for the great idea. I used to make the breakfast casserole for the family in a 13×9″ dish, but I used grated potatoes in place of the bread cubes and any breakfast meat option (ham, sausage, bacon). Everyone loved it and it was so easy. Your tablescape looks fastive and fun! BTW, you ARE sweet!! :o) m

  10. Your table setting is lovey and the recipes look delicious! For the pastry, I know DH would love the blueberry best, but I think cherry might go over best with everyone. I am not sure if our grocery carries the blueberry regularly, but now I will have to take a look. Merry Christmas Eve!

  11. Lesley Gilbert

    Loved your table setting – Downton Abbey would be so proud of you 🙂 Your egg recipe looks delicious so I got pen & paper to write it down then saw you had a pdf – I’ve now printed it out and saved the pdf. Thanks for all your great shares during 2017 – sending you Best Wishes for a Happy and Healthy New Year 2018 🙂

  12. Mary Jo

    We had that casserole for our family Christmas Eve morning breakfast. Since we have grown so much and all of my grandkids have lots of places to go over Christmas, we gather on Christmas Eve morning to celebrate with breakfast and gift giving…the everybody has the rest of the time to visit in-laws, other grandparents, etc. Makes life easy for me since now I just get to sit and enjoy! Christmas Eve service at Church tonight, then sleep late tomorrow!

  13. Beautiful setting. I will take off my centerpiece and table runner and top the table tomorrow after breakfast with a red table cloth, covered in a white lace one that has a Christmas motif. I think we are set for cinnamon rolls, eggs and sausage/bacon!! Merry Christmas Carole, and thank you for your wonderful friendship.

  14. sharon schipper

    We always call that breakfast quiche, and I like day old french bread, cubed or crushed (sometimes needs a meat tenderizer to mash up stale french bread!) I’ve had a version made with tater tots and ham instead of bread, and sausage, that was also used as a good potluck maindish, and some people add the ubiquitous cream of mushroom soup for some of the liquid and flavor, but I love the real mushrooms and just eggs! I made my green eggs and ham for breakfast this year: a quiche with spinach, mushrooms, onions and chopped ham, along with 3 cheeses: cheddar, parmesan and cottage or ricotta. Yumm. It’s a mashup quiche I created in the 80’s and named it for Dr Seuss so the kids would try it. We all love it, and the crust is the most tedious part, so sometimes I make it crustless, and sometimes I cheat with refrig. crust. I’m having some for my lunch at work here today. Love your settings. I wanted to get out the christmas porcelain this year, but the girls decided not to drag it out and just use my nice clear blue glass plates. We certainly need our holiday stuff organized as well as you have.
    Big hug, and blessings for a lovely new year. It was 8 deg this morning, a little fluffy snowflaking going on, but the snow we had on Friday and Sat is still on the ground, and hoping for more. Colorado will be in a world of water hurt this year if we don’t get more!

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