While we acknowledge that the holidays of 2020 look very different from years past, the fun of festive food and drink does not have to be missed! In fact, you may find yourself with less travel and activity for the holidays, and able to slow down to prepare some delicious meals.
So, in the spirit of helping our And She Writes community, we are providing a delicious and proven brunch menu. Some of it can be prepared ahead of time, so everyone can enjoy the opening of gifts on Christmas morning without worrying about too much preparation in the kitchen.
There are sweets for the kids (OJ and monkey bread) and savory for the adults (eggs and compote). It's a fun menu for all, and no one will be hungry again until Christmas Dinner! But, you may need a nap...
Cocktails and Beverages (Details at the link.)
Bailey's Irish Cream
dry champagne or sparkling water
This should be prepared the day before and can sit overnight in the fridge. Just pop in the oven about 45 minutes before you plan to sit down for brunch.
6 pieces white bread, trimmed and cut into squares
1 lb. sausage, cooked and drained
1 c sharp cheddar cheese, grated
2 c. milk
1 tsp. mustard
1 tsp. Salt
Layer bread in bottom of large casserole - top with drained sausage. Cover with cheese. Mix milk, eggs, mustard, and salt. Pour over other ingredients. Let set in refrigerate overnight, covered. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Makes 6-8 servings. Watch after 20-25 minutes.
Monkey Bread (Complete list of ingredients and directions at the link).
We have made this A Family Feast recipe for years. It is delicious!
¼ cup golden raisins
2 tablespoons butter
Juice of half a lemon
Zest of one lemon
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Pinch of salt
½ teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch of cayenne pepper
Pinch of nutmeg
Pinch of powdered ginger
Pinch of allspice
1 tablespoon Calvados or apple jack (optional)
6 Red Delicious apples, peeled, cored and cut into bite sized pieces
2 Bartlett pears, peeled, cored and cut into bite sized pieces
Combine raisins, butter, lemon juice, lemon zest, sugar, vanilla, salt, spices and brandy in a large pan and heat and stir to blend ingredients.
Add apples and pears and simmer 15 minutes or until sauce is thick and fruit is tender.
We hope you enjoy some wonderful meals with your family over these next several days. Let us know if you try any of these--we hope they help make your holiday delicious!