What to Bring to a Holiday Brunch

So your Aunt Karen wants to change things up, and Christmas on your dad’s side is a brunch this year. The family group message thread has been blowing up, but you’re on Karen’s side. Let’s start a new tradition! Now, what should you bring? Do you go with a classic brunch dish or a classic holiday dish? Or maybe try to land somewhere in between?

You could go the classic breakfast route. It’s hard to be grumpy about a change in tradition with a tiny sandwich in your hand.

Breakfast Sliders

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1 package Aunt Millie's Hawaiian dinner rolls. 12 ct.

12 eggs, scrambled

1 roll sausage, cooked and crumbled

8 oz. white cheddar cheese, sliced

2 Tbsp. butter, melted


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and butter a 9” x 13” baking dish.Cut rolls in half.

  • Place the bottom in a deep baking pan large enough to hold 12 sandwiches, about 11" x 14" pan.

  • Top the rolls in the pan with eggs, sausage, and cheese.

  • Place the top of the rolls on the sandwiches.

  • Brush with melted butter.

  • Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.

  • Remove foil and bake an additional 15 minutes to allow the rolls to crisp.

  • Remove from oven to cool and serve.

Or you could serve up brunch realness. Your relatives will quickly forget they were ever unsure about brunch.

Eggs Benedict Casserole Recipe

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Directions (yields 10 servings):

  1. Spray 9” x 13” baking dish with cooking oil spray. Place muffin cubes and Canadian bacon in the pan.

  2. Mix together the eggs, milk, dry mustard, onion powder, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Pour over the casserole. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake uncovered for 50-60 minutes. Be sure to let the casserole set before removing from pan.

  4. Meanwhile, prepare Hollandaise sauce according to package directions.

  5. Top casserole with Hollandaise sauce when serving. Finish with chives if desired.

1 package Aunt Millie’s 100% Whole Wheat English Muffins, cubed

10 oz. Canadian bacon, diced or use ham pieces

8 eggs

2 ½ c. milk

1 tsp. dry mustard

1 tsp. onion powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. pepper

1 package Hollandaise sauce mix (Knorr recommended)

2 Tbsp. chopped chives (optional)


With a little coordination with the host to ensure you don’t step on any toes, your other option is to lean into this new tradition idea. Don’t you have Norwegian heritage? Don’t you wish you did?


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8 slices Aunt Millie's Cinnamon Swirl Bread

3 eggs

½ c. milk

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

¼ c. ground nutmeg

Pinch salt

2 Tbsp. butter

Dried fruits - i.e. raisins, dried cranberries, dried blueberries


8 slices Aunt Millie's Cinnamon Swirl Bread

3 eggs

Directions (yields 4 servings):

In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Toss each bread slice in the egg mixture until bread is completely coated.

  1. In a large nonstick skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Place bread slices in skillet and cook 3-4 minutes per side, or until lightly browned.

  2. Meanwhile, stir together powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk until a smooth glaze.

Stack French toast and top with powdered sugar icing. Serve with dried fruits for a special presentation.