I think one of the best parts of the holiday season is breakfast. Breakfast is something that’s pretty routine for most people. Sometimes it’s rushed. Sometimes it’s a piece of fruit. Sometimes it gets skipped altogether. But special occasions like Christmas and New Years (and all those days in between the two) give us the best excuse to go all out for breakfast, and make something special like this panettone French toast with orange cream.
The inspiration for this dish came from a family tradition we have of making wassail, a traditional warm spiced cider punch from England. While hot chocolate is probably the most common winter drink, this cider is a whole new kind of cozy. It’s made with apple cider, three other fruit juices, and lots of cinnamon sticks. As it cooks, the flavors blend and the whole kitchen begins to smell of warm spice.
Mashed avocado, whipped ricotta, fresh tomatoes, AND fried eggs. All of this piled onto crusty, olive oil-drizzled toasts. Need I say more? It’s breakfast bruschetta and it’s amazing.
With the holidays over and the new year upon us, there is usually one thing on everyone’s mind: health! At least for me, starting a health kick is always a top resolution, as I’m sure it is for every food lover who ate one too many Christmas cookies over the break. With the past in the past, it’s time for goals to be set, new routines to settle into, and resolutions to be kept! My favorite go-to, healthy breakfast that I could truly eat every single day of the year is oatmeal.
December is here! I’m celebrating my favorite time of year the only way I know how…by cooking with all of the flavors that remind me of the holidays, all month long. So light a fire, grab a blanket, and cozy up for a December full of wintery treats. I’m starting off with the most important meal of the day: breakfast! And with a breakfast like this, it’ll feel like Christmas morning is already here.
If I’m going all out for breakfast, I usually choose to make something sweet…pancakes, waffles, crepes, etc. The rest of my family, most of them being boys, usually wants something they can pour hot sauce over to show up on the table. So, over the years I have come to enjoy savory breakfasts as well. The best part? You can be pretty sure to find some sort of protein and vegetable in a savory breakfast dish, so it’s a more nutritious alternative to the syrup-soaked stack of pancakes.
Breakfast is best served family style, with large platters of food spread across the table, where everyone can help themselves to a huge variety. There is bound to be one or two egg dishes found on that table, and a frittata is the ideal one. Just like a pie, it’s easy for people to slice off a piece in any size they want. And the best part? You can add basically anything you have in your fridge to a frittata: vegetables, fresh herbs, any kind of cheese, etc. The possibilities are endless, making it a versatile dish to whip up.
Every Sunday, my family and I make a huge breakfast spread. We like to change it up…pancakes one week, omelets the next…but our absolute favorite morning treat is a mound of crepes with toppings galore. Soft and dense, smooth and sweet, these crepes are the best way to start your morning. They have become quite a tradition in our house, and while the crepes stay the same, the toppings are always new and exciting.