A heavy Christmas breakfast before (or after!) opening gifts helps
make the day more special and means you probably won't have to serve
three meals, but only this big breakfast and your big dinner (whether
afternoon or evening). The following menu is lavish and plentiful, but
you actually get in and out of the kitchen quickly.
Waffles with Orange Butter and Warm Syrup: Use frozen waffles,
and bake them on a baking sheet instead of toasting them. Serve in a
napkin-lined basket to keep them hot. The night before, mix 1 stick of
softened butter with 1 tbsp of orange zest and 1 tbsp of orange juice.
Don't refrigerate. Serve this orange butter with regular syrup; for an
extra nice touch, put the syrup in a microwaveable pitcher and nuke it
for less than a minute.
Bacon and Scrambled Eggs: Cook the bacon in the microwave
while you beat the eggs. Cook scrambled eggs in a large skillet and pour
them into a serving dish while they are still very wet. Serve
Sliced Fresh or Canned Pineapple: Some fresh fruit finishes a
leisurely holiday breakfast, but don't spend time slicing and dicing for
fruit salad. If you can find a pineapple, slice off the outside, cut it
in half lengthwise, cut it into quarters, and slice out the core. Cube
and serve - or serve chunks (canned without syrup).
Orange Juice and Coffee: Leave coffee hot in the coffee maker,
and pour orange juice directly from the carton into glasses instead of
using a decorative glass pitcher.