Christmas or New Year's Day Breakfast
Start Christmas Day, New Year's Day, or any special occasion with a delicious breakfast. After the kids have opened their presents on Christmas morning or after a night of ringing in the New Year, breakfast can be a casual meal reserved for the immediate family and the closest of friends. Or if you are having a brunch with several guests, you can make a few of these dishes for a light breakfast buffet.
Add some steamed eggnog to espresso and top with grated cinnamon or a cinnamon stick. Steam eggnog with the steam/frother on your cappuccino maker or use a steam wand. You can also simply add eggnog to your espresso or coffee as a creamer for a delicious new flavor.
Eggs and Smoked Salmon in Puff Pastry
(Serves 4 to 5)
1 tablespoon butter
3 ounces cream cheese with onions and chives
2 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
3 ounces smoked salmon
1 sheet puff pastry
Egg wash: 1 egg mixed with 1 tablespoon water
In a skillet, scramble eggs in butter until cooked but slightly underdone.
Dot with the cream cheese and stir in to combine. Remove from heat.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Open the puff pastry on a lightly floured surface. Roll it out lightly with a rolling
pin to smooth the surface. Cut off about 1-inch of the dough to set aside for a
garnish. Layer the smoked salmon on the middle of the pastry. Spread the
scrambled eggs over the salmon. Sprinkle the top of the eggs with the
mozzarella. Fold the sides of the pastry dough over the egg mixture and seal
the ends. Use the reserved strip of dough to create a garnish to conceal the
seam. Brush the dough with the egg wash.
Transfer the puff pastry/egg mixture to the prepared baking sheet.
Bake for 25 minutes, until golden brown.
To prepare the day before baking:
Make the entire recipe and refrigerate.
Bake at 375 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes.
Cranberry Orange Pancakes
(Makes twelve 4-inch pancakes)
1-1/2 cups fresh cranberries, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup sugar
2 to 3 teaspoon grated orange zest
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup orange juice
1-1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
In a small bowl, combine the cranberries, sugar, and zest. Set aside.
In a large bowl, combine the egg, buttermilk, and orange juice.
Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir the flour
mixture into the buttermilk mixture. Stir in the melted butter. Mix until the
mixture is fairly smooth. Fold the cranberry mixture into the batter.
Heat a lightly greased griddle or skillet over medium heat.
Pour about 1/4 cup of batter onto the hot griddle for each pancake.
Cook pancakes until one side is golden brown, then turn to cook other side.
Serve hot with butter and maple syrup.
Apple and Sausage Patties
These are easy to make and are a nice alternative to ready-made sausages.
Serve with eggs, pancakes, or French toast ... or serve on a biscuit with
1 pound turkey or pork sausage, removed from casings
1 tart apple, peeled, cored and grated
1/4 cup dry breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons milk or cream
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Salt and pepper
Canola oil for frying
In a bowl, combine all the ingredients except the canola oil. Divide the mixture
into 12 equal portions. Shape each portion into a patty about 2 inches in
diameter and 1/4 inch thick. (At this point, they may be covered and
Place a large skillet over medium heat and lightly brush it with canola oil.
Place about half of the patties into the skillet; don't crowd them. Fry the
patties until browned on one side, about 3 minutes. Turn them over and fry the
other side until cooked through, about 3 minutes more. Cook the remaining
patties in the same way. Keep the patties warm in a 200 degree oven until
ready to serve.
(Makes 12 muffins)
Serve these muffins with butter or jam ... very yummy! If you plan on serving
them to children, leave out the rum, increase the amount of eggnog, and add
2 cups flour
2/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup prepared eggnog
1/2 cup dark rum
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 egg, beaten to blend
1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease one 12-cup muffin pan.
In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
Stir in remaining ingredients. Spoon into prepared pan.
Bake about 20 minutes, or until tester comes out clean.
Cool slightly before serving.
Ambrosia spread is delicious on toast or bagels. For an extra-special touch,
get a thinly sliced dense bread (such as banana bread or date nut bread) and
cut out stars or Christmas trees with a cookie cutter; serve the cut-out bread
on a platter around the spread.
1 large orange, peeled and cut into segments
1 (8 ounce) container cream cheese with pineapple
1/4 cup toasted coconut
1/4 cup toasted chopped almonds
Reserve a few of the orange segments for a garnish; set them aside.
Coarsely chop the remaining orange segments. In a bowl combine the
chopped orange with all the remaining ingredients. Spoon into a serving dish.
Garnish with the reserved orange segments and whole almonds (optional).
Stir some candy sprinkles (the kind you
put on top of cookies) into your pizzelle
batter. The candy melts into the pizzelle
giving it a swirled color effect and it also
adds a bit of a crunch when you eat them.
HOLIDAYS > ITALIAN CHRISTMAS > CHRISTMAS OR NEW YEAR'S DAY BREAKFAST
If you don't have a set of plain white dishes,
put this at the top of your must-have
entertaining essentials. White dishes look
sensational on the table by themselves or
you can completely change their
appearance on the table by pairing them
with different accent plates, linens, and
accessories. In the summer, create a
bright tabletop by combing your white
dishes with blue and white salad plates
and apple green table linens. In the fall,
pair your white dishes with russet napkins
and an autumn centerpiece. In winter,
make them more elegant with silver and
gold accessories, or make them more
whimsical by adding holiday stemware and
napkins. With white dishes and varied
accessories, your table will never look the
same for any occasion.
If you're short on space you can still entertain
big by setting up mini buffets throughout your
house. Find 3 great locations in your house
to serve each item on your menu. Serve
eggs on a kitchen island, pancakes on a
table near your Christmas tree, and drinks on
a rolling cart tucked into a corner. This will
keep guests moving from one place to the
next and mingling with others along the way.
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