This morning I went to the grocery store to gather all my goodies to make our traditional Jaynes Family Christmas Breakfast. You would think that after twenty-nine years of whipping up the same dishes, my husband and son would want something different. But kids are funny when it comes to traditions…even when one is twenty-nine-years old and the other is past the half-century mark.
While advertisers boast slogans of “new and improved,” it is comforting to know that somethings never change. Family traditions are the lighthouse beacon that welcomes ships passing in the night, inviting them to drop anchor in a safe harbor called home.
So I thought I would share what will be on our breakfast table this Christmas morning…again.
SAUSAGE AND EGG CASSEROLE
The beauty of this recipe is that you prepare it the night before, place it in the refrigerator, and bake it the next morning.
1 pound of sausage
2 cups of milk
2 slices of bread, cubed
1 cup of grated sharp cheddar cheese
1 teas. salt
1 teas. dry mustard
Saute sausage, and drain off as much of the grease as possible. Beat eggs. Mix beaten eggs with milk, salt, and dry mustard. Place bread cubes in a 9×13 baking dish. Sprinkle cooked sausage over the bread cubes. Sprinkle cheese over the sausage. Pour egg mixture over the cheese. Cover and place in the refrigerator overnight. The next morning, bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Serves 6-8.
2 1/2 cups of milk
3/4 cup uncooked regular grits
1/2 cup margarine or butter
1/2 teas. salt
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 5 ounce process cheese spread (Cheese Whiz)
Bring milk to a boil; add grits; reduce heat; cook until thickened (about 10 minutes), stirring often. Stir in margarine, salt, and cheeses and cook until all is melted together. Spoon into a greased 1 quart baking dish. Bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes.
Cinnamon Cheese Blitzes
This is another recipe that can also be prepared ahead of time.
1 Kingsize loaf of white bread, crusts removed
8 ounces of cream cheese softened
1 egg yolk
1 cup of butter or margarine
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 teas. cinnamon
Mix together softened cream cheese, egg yolk, 1/2 cup of sugar. Set aside.
Melt butter in a small bowl. Set aside,
Mix 1 cup of sugar and cinnamon together. (I put it on a paper plate.)
Flatten bread slices with a rolling pin.
I do the following process one piece of bread at a time.
Spread cheese mixture over a flattened slice of bread. Roll the slice up jellyroll style. Dip it in melted butter, and then roll it in the sugar/cinnamon mixture. Place all the rolls on a cookie sheet and place them in the freezer. After they are frozen, cut them in half. Bake frozen at 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes.
I like to make several batches of the cheese blitzes, store them in ziplock baggies, and then pull them from the freezer to bake a few at a time.
These are so yummy, we have to ration them out! You can also prepare these the night before. Slice and bake the next day.
1 pound of sausage
2 cans of crescent rolls
2 8 ounce packages of cream cheese
Brown the sausage and drain off as much of the grease as possible. Return the sausage to the pan, and add cream cheese. Stir to melt over low heat. Once the cream cheese has melted and the mixed with the sausage, remove from heat. Allow the sausage/cream cheese mixture to cool completely.
Roll out the contents of the crescent rolls to make 1 rectangle. Press the seams together. Do the same with the other can so that you will have 2 separate rectangles. You will be making 2 sausage rolls.
Pour the cooled sausage/cream cheese mixture evenly over the 2 rectangles. Roll up the dough jelly roll fashion, short end to short end. Roll onto a piece of aluminum foil, and wrap the log into the foil. Place the aluminum-wrapped logs in the refrigerator. When you are ready to cook, cut the sausage “logs” into 1/2 inch slices with a serated knife, and place the pinwheels on a cookie sheet. If you have trouble cutting the slices without them crumbling, you can place the “logs” in the freezer for a bit.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes until golden brown.
(I gave some of these to my UPS man when he made a delivery. He came back 2 days later, not with another delivery, but sheepishly asking for the recipe. How cute is that!)
Orange Glazed Pillsbury Sweet Rolls
Don’t ask my why, but with all the goodies I’ve fixed over the years, my family still insists that I have Pillsbury Orange Glazed Sweet Rolls.
This might be your favorite recipe.
Go to the grocery store. Buy a can of Pillsbury Orange Sweet Rolls. Follow the directions on the can. Eat one before you put them on the table to make sure that you at least get one.
So that’s my Christmas breakfast menu!
I’d love for you to share one of your favorites! Just click on the comment button and share away.
Talk about “kids” and traditions: in my extended family we have an overnight gathering and even the septuagenarians have their Christmas stockings. Quite an undertaking trying to add things to others’ stockings without peeking at your own!
I was just wondering what to fix on Christmas morning and this sounds perfect. For some reason we have never done much for that meal before and now is the time.
Thank you and Merry Christmas,
Love your site Sharon and was tickled to meet you recently at Lake Norman Baptist. Loved your spirit, your love for Jesus. You inspired me! Thank you
Christmas English Muffin
8 (or as many as you want) English muffins split
1 lb sausge fried soft! Drain
1 jar English cheese
Spread each English muffin half with cheese
Sprinkle with sausage
Put under broiler and when the cheese bubbles, they are done! Merry Christmas, off to hug grandchildren 🙂
Making my breakfast casserole recipe right now. Also will also have cinnamon rolls, bacon and fruit. This is Christmas morn tradition at my house and what is requested each year!!
Love the idea of the Cinnamon Cheese Blitzes, and might need to try them.
Love your recipes and I am planning on making the others for New Year’s day.
Thank you for your books, for sharing everything God’s given you to share! I love your blog & your heart… thank you again!
whew! What a busy month. Hi Sharon, I haven’t been around much as I have been busy with my house guests, Christmas and the birth of my little nephew. Looking at your recipes has made me hungry. Our “traditional” Christmas breakfast is mini clementine oranges and chelsea buns. We don’t really have a Christmas breakfast because we are usually the ones to make Christmas dinner so we get started almost right after opening gifts.
I want to tell you that we were given the biggest gift of all this year, no store bought present could replace this. My nephew was born with a defect. He has Chronic Diaphragmatic Hernia(a hole in his diaphragm). He was born Dec 18 with a 60% survival expectancy. Surgery to fix the hole was on Christmas Day. Now at about 3 weeks old, he’s doing awesome! They were removing one more tube today. He is feeding via tube on breast milk. They are working on getting him up to 15ml/day. He’s a miracle. My sister was finally able to hold him for the first time at 2 weeks and 1 day.
Sharon, we had out church, her church and many other friends around the world that I know praying for this little guy. God answered with an overwhelming response. Although little Luc is not out of the woods I just know he is going to be alright.
I never doubted God but this was the first time I really was in a situation where I felt so helpless that I could but only cling to faith that God would answer our prayers and he did.
I just wanted to share this Praise moment with you. I know it doesn’t have anything to do with Christmas breakfast but it did make for a totally awesome Christmas experience.
Happy New Year and God Bless,
I LOVE all of the recipes. I have thought of ways to make them Fat Free. I have had a 90% blockage of my main artery and had a stent. I was told to cut all saturated fat, as this condition is called the Widow Maker and I will not get a second chance if this stent becomes blocked. Why not substitute turkey sausage for regular sausage and use fat free cream cheese and fat free rolls? It would be great for the entire family and is often just as tasty=)
Thanks for the recipies Sharon. They all sound awesome. I will be trying this on my
company when they come here in a week. At Christmas Morning I worked nights so being alone family stays away cause they think I need my sleep. Next year will have Christmas off and I’m going to make your menu my tradition. Thank You for all your time and talent. the only talent I have is learning from the best. Happy New Year to you & yours. 🙂
Thank you Sharon! My family loooves the breakfast casserole. I also made a double batch for brunch while extended family was visiting. Super easy, inexpensive, and tastey!
Just discovered your recipes for a traditional Christmas breakfast and loved the ideas I found there….appreciated that most were super simple and easy to make ahead. That’s my style! For sure we want to focus on “family first” over the holidays, so simple, quick and easy is always best. Also this means we can often find some little people to help us too. I always love it when my grandkids enter into holiday preparations with me. One favourite that everyone enjoys at our house are baking powder cinnamon biscuits. Last year we nibbled on these, fresh from the oven along with mandarin oranges while opening our stockings Christmas morning. This year we’ll be doing this in mid-January since our daughter and family won’t arrive from CO until then….and maybe we’ll be doing it again in April when son O.J. arrives home from Burma (where he serves with Wycliffe Bible Translators) for a month. So thankful that Thanksgiving and Christmas don’t have to be limited to just one or two days of the year!! Blessings, Lynn
Thank you, Sharon, for sharing your life and your Christmas morning recipes. I would try these for our family and start a tradition. God bless.
And then Christmas passes by so quickly…Anyway for this year, I’ll be looking into making orange glazes, like the one you mention so TY for the idea!