Christmas Breakfast

In the spirit of the holidays, I am going to share with you my favorite breakfast secret. Yes, there is a domestic goddess who lives within me. I let her come out on rare occasions. The reason this is especially good for Christmas is because it's the easiest way to feed lots of people, even picky eaters, very quickly and it's yummy.

The basics that you'll need:

muffin pan(s):


thinly sliced (turkey)ham...or veggie ham/bacon, etc:

a variety of add-ins (like you'd have for omelettes)

I'm going to give you the original recipe (from an old Gourmet magazine), because I still think it's the best, but the idea of this breakfast is that you can have people pick their own ingredients. Kids like to help by picking stuff, buffet-style, and putting it into their own muffin cups.

mushrooms, finely chopped
finely chopped shallot
crème fraîche or sour cream
finely chopped fresh tarragon or whatever fresh herb you like/have for garnish

Preheat oven to 400°
Use a little spray (or olive oil) for muffin pans (even non-stick ones)

sautee shallots and mushrooms, season with salt and pepper, add a couple dallops of the crème fraîche, mix well, remove from heat.

Fit 1 slice of turkey ham into each of 12 lightly oiled muffin cups (ends will stick up and hang over edges of cups). Divide mushrooms among cups and crack 1 egg into each. Bake in middle of oven until whites are cooked , about 15 minutes. Season eggs with salt and pepper and remove (with ham) from muffin cups carefully, using 2 spoons or small spatulas. Garnish so they look extra fancy and good.


Like I said, you can mix this recipe up as much as you want. You can scramble the eggs, use whites/egg beaters, add some cheese on top, nix the mushrooms and put in tomatoes, green onions and asparagus. This is the beauty of it. It can be custom made to the people eating, and they all cook at once, so it's perfect for a big holiday breakfast. Stick em in the oven and tear into your presents. By the time you're done, you'll have hot, yummy breakfast. Enjoy.


Huge Junk said...

Pretty damn cool!

Although I won't be adding anything other than egg, meat, and possibly more egg or meat, should I decide to bust some of those out this holiday season.

My favorite thing during the holidays are pizza rolls. Made with crescent roll dough and without sauce, they are meant to look like mini cinnamon rolls with how the pepperoni and cheese is layered inside. Simple and cheap. We have them every year.