Christmas morning can be hectic; kids wanting to open presents, needing to start the rest of the Christmas meal, and sleep deprivations from staying up the night before finishing all the last minute things. On top of all that everyone wants something to eat, and since you have been cooking and cleaning for the last few days, the last thing you want to do is go back to the kitchen and create a culinary masterpiece.
Be the Hero
How about instead of making another mess and spending an hour in the kitchen making Belgium waffles with all the fancy fixings, make a breakfast casserole the night before and be the hero of Christmas morning.
Make Ahead Options
There are two types of breakfast casseroles you can make the night before: slow cooker casseroles and bake in the morning casseroles. The slow cooker recipes are nice because they don’t take up precious oven space when you are trying to get the Christmas dinner in the oven and cleanup can be a breeze if you use a slow cooker liner. Also bake in the morning casseroles need to be refrigerated overnight and often during the holiday, fridge space is at a premium, especially if you have prepared many of the side dishes ahead of time. Most slow cooker casseroles cook for 6-8 hours on low heat, which may not work if you plan on sleeping in, or have guest coming over for brunch at a later time.
Don’t Limit Yourself
Slow cooker casseroles usually involve eggs; however, you can make oatmeal, cinnamon rolls, yogurt, and even some quick breads.
Both types of casseroles below are delicious and give you the chance to sleep in, relax with a cup of coffee or tea, and just enjoy your family anytime of the year, not just Christmas morning!