Our best Christmas breakfast recipes make elegant, light Christmas Day breakfasts for those who find Christmas casseroles too heavy. If you like Christmas morning to be a bit special and pop open a bottle of bubbly, then put one of our Christmas breakfast dishes on your Christmas Day menu and save the Christmas casserole recipe for New Year’s Day.
Christmas breakfast casserole recipes intended for Christmas Day breakfast have been popping up on every food site and cookery newsletter that’s landed in my In Box in recent weeks and I have to confess that I don’t get it. If your main Christmas Day meal is Christmas lunch or Christmas dinner, I’m not sure why you want a heavy Christmas breakfast that will fill you up.
If it’s not and you feast on Christmas Eve instead, then I still don’t understand why you’d want such a big breakfast the next morning when you’re probably still a little full from dinner. The ‘Christmas’ breakfast casserole makes more sense for a cold northern hemisphere New Year’s breakfast to soak up the booze if you partied New Year’s Eve.
For us, the best Christmas breakfast recipes should make light but luxurious breakfasts with ingredients such as crab and truffles. Christmas morning should be special, after all, especially if you’re cracking open a bottle of sparkling with loved-ones while you gather around the tree to open gifts.
And if, like us, you’re just getting back on your feet after almost two years without work thanks to the pandemic, then replace ‘luxurious’ with ‘elegant’ and make beautifully cooked eggs presented gorgeously and splurge on quality ingredients for Christmas lunch or dinner instead.
A heads-up: Weekend Eggs is taking a break until early January 2022, although we’re still sharing plenty of breakfast ideas with you. Last week we published our 21 Best Breakfast Recipes of 2021 and, in the New Year, we’ll share our all-time 12 Most Popular Weekend Eggs Recipes in 12 Years of Grantourismo as part of the site’s birthday celebrations.
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Christmas Breakfast Recipes for Elegant Light Christmas Breakfasts That Won’t Spoil Christmas Lunch
Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Salmon, Caviar and Dill Recipe
Sometimes all it takes is a bottle of decent bubbly, a loaf of home-baked sourdough bread and a luxury ingredient such as caviar or smoked salmon to transform creamy scrambled eggs into a special Christmas breakfast. That was our thinking behind this simple yet elegant scrambled eggs with smoked salmon, Russian salmon roe and dill recipe that was a Christmas breakfast tradition for us until we moved to Cambodia. Decadent and delicious, especially when served with bubbly, this scrambled eggs with smoked salmon recipe made our go-to Christmas breakfast eggs dish for many years. One of the most memorable Christmas breakfasts was in Poland on our 2010 global grand tour that launched the site, when we published the recipe below for the Krakow edition of our Weekend Eggs recipe series on quintessential breakfast eggs dishes around the world.
Creamy Scrambled Eggs with Truffles Recipe
Our scrambled eggs with truffles recipe makes a decadent dish with fresh winter truffles and it’s one of our best Christmas breakfast recipes. The scrambled eggs should be creamy, silky and sensuous, which means not skimping on the butter for this dish. To make truffles with scrambled eggs many chefs place the truffle in a jar with the eggs for at least 24 hours so that the eggs obtain some of the aroma of the truffles. It does work, but it’s a very mild flavour you get. For me, this dish works best when there is some truffle flavour in the eggs before the truffle is shaved on top of the eggs when served. I like to use the little offcuts of the truffle that you sometimes get when shaving the truffles and throw those into the egg mixture just before taking it off the heat. If you don’t have fresh truffles, a tasty alternative is to use a little truffle oil mixed in with the butter, then add a teaspoon of truffle pickers paste when you add the cream. No, it’s not the same, but it’s still damn tasty.
Crab Omelette Recipe
This crab omelette recipe makes another one of our best Christmas breakfast recipes for a luxurious dish that is perfect if you’re just back from an early morning shop at the fish markets, armed with luxurious fresh crab meat. This crab omelette is a little sweet, a little spicy, and very, very moreish. Terence adapted this crab omelette recipe from Charmaine Solomon’s The Complete Asian Cookbook which used to be on our bookshelves in Sydney for many years. It’s a fantastic Christmas breakfast dish if you want to serve it for four people or eight people or whatever, you can easily multiply the amount of ingredients and use a bigger pan to make a grander omelette (we suggest making it for two at a time) and slicing the omelette in half to serve. If you’re making our crab omelette recipe for breakfast for family and friends, some Champagne is definitely is the perfect accompaniment. You’re enjoying some fantastic produce, why not make it special?
Classic Salade Lyonnaise Recipe
Our classic salade Lyonnaise recipe makes an elegant breakfast eggs dish that consists of soft poached eggs that sit atop frisée lettuce, with some croutons, crispy bacon pieces, and a vinaigrette dressing of olive oil and vinegar. The idea is that you get some frisée, egg white and yolk, a crouton and some bacon in every mouthful. It’s a brilliant mix of textures and a perfect marriage of flavours and it’s one of our best Christmas breakfast recipes. While this is a very straightforward dish, we know that poaching eggs isn’t a relaxing holiday pastime for some cooks. It can be daunting and frustrating, ending up overcooked and stringy, with broken yolks, and cold when it gets to the table. Our favourite way to poach eggs is in the recipe, below — no vinegar used but you need fresh free-range eggs. Fresh works best for poaching and free-range eggs simply have a better tasting yolk. When they’re cooked, the whites should just be set but the yolk runny.
Poached Eggs, Asparagus, Pancetta and Parmesan Recipe
This poached eggs, asparagus, pancetta and parmesan recipe is one of our favourite breakfast egg recipes, and another one of our best Christmas breakfast recipes. But this classic egg dish also works for brunch and lunch. Light and healthy, it doesn’t leave you feeling full, and with a glass of bubbly it leaves you feeling fabulous. This is a genius dish: the soft yolk of the poached egg acts like a sauce for the asparagus, the pancetta adds a salty flavour and some texture with its crunch, and the parmesan cheese rounds out the flavours. To poach the eggs for this dish, we have great poaching success with the water gently bubbling just under a boil in a deep sauté pan, eggs tipped very gently and slowly into the water, and then turning the heat up a little to stop them from sticking to the bottom of the pan. Timed for 2 minutes for really soft eggs. No vinegar. No fuss. No voodoo.
Poached Eggs with Asparagus, Pancetta and Parmesan, a Contemporary Take
This poached eggs with asparagus, pancetta and parmesan makes a more contemporary take on the classic dish above, and it’s another of our best Christmas breakfast recipes. Instead of the poached egg sitting neatly on top of the asparagi, the eggs in this dish sit in an asparagus purée made from the stems, while the tips sit prettily on top. The parmesan is sprinkled between the egg and asparagus purée, and pancetta and breadcrumbs are sprinkled on top to add texture and flavour. One of the shortcomings of the traditional dish is that you lose much of the scrummy egg yolk when it bursts open onto the plate. I resolved that little problem by serving it in a bowl with a spoon. Firstly, we make a purée of the stems of the asparagus, place the warmed purée in a small serving bowl, then we sprinkle on some grated Parmigiano Reggiano. Next we place the poached egg on top, then the cooked tips of the asparagus, then add some ground grilled pancetta, and finally sprinkle on toasted breadcrumbs.
Mexican Huevos Rancheros Recipe for a Contemporary Take on Traditional Mexican Ranch Eggs
This huevos rancheros recipe will make you a contemporary-styled Mexican ‘ranch eggs’ with a poached egg rather than fried eggs and it’s another of our best Christmas breakfast recipes. With Terence’s modern reinterpretation of this classic Mexican breakfast eggs dish, you get a little velvety egg yolk, the chilli bite of the spicy salsa, a little crunch from the corn ‘powder’, and the robustness of the refried beans with each mouthful. Although it was conceived way back in 2010 on our global grand tour for our Weekend Eggs series, it still looks and feels contemporary and tastes just as delicious as the traditional Mexican breakfast dish. As Terence was creating this contemporary huevos rancheros recipe for a casual get-together we were having in our Austin, Texas, holiday rental, where we knew people would be mingling and most probably standing up, he took some cues from his Venice dish, above, and also presented this dish in a bowl to be eaten with a spoon. We also have a video on the link below.
Fragrant Pesto Scrambled Eggs Recipe
Our pesto scrambled eggs recipe makes soft scrambled eggs with basil pesto on sourdough, with a drizzle of pesto oil, grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, a sprinkle of pine nuts, and fresh basil leaves and it’s one of our favourite Christmas breakfast recipes. We’ve been making this gorgeous egg dish long before #pestoeggs become a thing on Tik Tok in July and we reckon it will outlast any egg trends. At risk of sounding ancient, back in the day before social media and the Internet, we experimented with eggs at home having been inspired by eggs dishes eaten out at cafés and on our travels. Mexico, with its many different types of breakfast eggs dishes, was a major source of inspiration. Make sure to use the freshest eggs for really silky scrambled eggs. We use a good fresh Teflon-coated 24 cm pan with high sides that does not get used for anything other than eggs and only touched by a silicone spatula. When you turn the heat up to high and the butter starts to brown, you need to work fast. The eggs will cook in less than 90 seconds. What you want is for the eggs to get nearly cooked through and remain glossy.
Soft Scrambled Eggs Recipe with Chinese Barbecue Pork and Chives
If you do want a Christmas breakfast dish that is a little more filling than the dishes above but not as heavy as a Christmas breakfast casserole, then make this soft scrambled eggs recipe with Chinese barbecue pork and chives. It makes a fantastic, filling breakfast eggs dish that literally takes minutes to make. Using a combination of Eastern and Western techniques, the result is the softest silkiest scrambled eggs that we can happily eat every day. Our creamy soft scrambled eggs with Chinese barbecue pork and chives is cooked to around the same ‘doneness’ as good French-style scrambled eggs with big curds, but these soft scrambled eggs have a much lighter texture. That makes them even more special and another of our best Christmas breakfast recipes. While you could easily eat these silky eggs on their own with salt and pepper for a light breakfast, the Chinese barbecue pork and chives make this a truly special Christmas breakfast.
Please do let us know if you make any of our best Christmas breakfast recipes as we’d love to know how they turn out for you.