A Christmas Brunch meal plan is a great way to plan a meal for your family and make Christmas morning even easier! This menu includes make-ahead recipes like Baked Cheese Grits Casserole, Bacon, French Toast, Cinnamon Rolls, Sausage Balls, Fruit with Whipped Cream, warm apple cider, and hot cocoa!

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Christmas Brunch Menu

Baked Cheese Grits Casserole

Spoonful of baked cheese grits casserole in a white baking dish on a marble surface.

To make ahead (unbaked) for meal prep. Perfect for preparing ahead for busy weekends and holidays. Prepare the casserole as directed without baking. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator overnight. Remove from the refrigerator and allow to sit out while the oven preheats. Bake as directed.

To make ahead (baked). Prepare the casserole as directed. Cool and cover tightly with wrap. Store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat and serve.

Photo of baked grits casserole in a baking dish on a marble surface.

Baked Cheese Grits Casserole Recipe

5 from 2 votes
This Baked Cheese Grits Casserole recipe features creamy grits cooked with butter and cheese and then baked into a delicious casserole.
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Easy Make Ahead Breakfast Casserole

Breakfast casserole in a glass pan.

This easy breakfast casserole is made with eggs, sausage, and cheese and comes together quickly and easily.

Make Ahead. You can prepare this breakfast casserole up to 24 hours in advance and keep it tightly wrapped in the refrigerator. Then, on the morning you are serving, just bake for about 40-45 minutes until the casserole is set. Remove it from the oven and allow it to stand at room temperature for a few minutes before serving.

Freezer Instructions. Prepare the unbaked breakfast casserole through step 4 of the recipe in a freezer-safe baking dish. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap topped with foil. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight then bake as directed. To freeze the baked breakfast casserole, prepare the casserole in a freezer-safe baking dish. Cool completely after baking. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap, topped with aluminum foil. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Remove the plastic wrap and return the foil cover to the baking dish. Bake at 350º F until reheated throughout, about 30 minutes.

Breakfast casserole in a glass pan.

Easy Make Ahead Breakfast Casserole Recipe

5 from 8 votes
This easy breakfast casserole is made with eggs, sausage, and cheese and comes together quickly and easily. Makes the best make-ahead breakfast casserole!
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Sausage Balls

Photo of cooked sausage balls on a white serving plate.

To make ahead (Baked and leftovers). Prepare according to the directions. Allow it to cool and store it in an airtight container for up to 4 days. 

To make ahead (Unbaked). Prepare without baking. Place the uncooked sausage balls onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and into the freezer overnight to freeze. Transfer the frozen balls into a freezer-safe zip-top bag or airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months. When ready to bake, remove the number you’d like to bake and thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Then, bake as directed. 

Photo of cooked sausage balls in a white serving bowl.

Sausage Balls Recipe

5 from 7 votes
Sausage balls are an easy and delicious dish. Perfect for breakfast and brunch or as a game-day and holiday appetizer!
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Bacon

Photo of bacon on a white plate.

To make ahead. Cook and cool leftover bacon. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Reheat and serve. 

To Freeze. Cook and cool. Store in an airtight, freezer-safe container for up to 1 month. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight, reheat, and serve. 

Photo of bacon on a white plate.

How to Cook Bacon Recipe

4.82 from 11 votes
Learn How to Cook Bacon in the Oven for perfect bacon every time! Enjoy delicious, crispy bacon and less mess with this oven-baked bacon recipe.
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Cinnamon Rolls

Photograph of cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting on a white plate with the inside with gooey cinnamon roll filling showing.

Baked Make-Ahead Cinnamon Rolls: These cinnamon rolls keep well on the counter for up to 3 days. Simply cover them and keep them in a cool, dry place.

Unbaked Make-Ahead Cinnamon Rolls: Skip the dough’s second rise, cover them tightly, and refrigerate. Then, bake them fresh when you plan to serve them. They will last in the refrigerator for up to 3 days but are best cooked within 48 hours.

When ready to bake, remove them from the refrigerator as your oven is preheating, and then bake, frost, and serve!

Photograph of cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting on a white plate with the inside with gooey cinnamon roll filling showing.

Cinnamon Roll Recipe

5 from 137 votes
The Best Cinnamon Rolls Recipe – These easy homemade cinnamon rolls are the best I've ever tasted! They are soft and delicious with a classic cinnamon swirl and topped with cream cheese frosting. This cinnamon roll recipe includes options for making ahead and baking fresh the next morning and freezing them for later.
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French Toast

Photograph of French toast on a white plate with maple syrup and a bowl of fruit in the background.

Make Ahead Up to 30 Minutes: Prepare the cooked French toast, place in a single layer onto a baking sheet, and hold in a 250º F oven for up to 30 minutes.

Make Ahead Up to 24 Hours: Prepare the French toast batter and place it into an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. When ready to cook, stir the batter to combine well and proceed with the recipe as written.

Make Ahead Up to 3 Months:  Arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet and place into the freezer until firmly frozen, about 30 minutes. Store the slices in a freezer-safe zip-top or airtight container for up to 3 months.

To serve from frozen. You can use either of the following methods to reheat French Toast.

  • Oven Method. Place in a single layer on a wire rack-lined baking sheet and cover with foil. Bake in 350º F oven for 10 minutes until hot.
  • Toaster Method. Reheat in a toaster oven until heated throughout.
  • Air Fryer Method. Reheat in a single layer in an air fryer until heated throughout.

Best French Toast Recipe

5 from 225 votes
This French toast recipe makes a delicious breakfast or brunch. Make this simple, yet perfect French toast recipe that everyone will love.
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Fresh Fruit Bowl with Whipped Cream

Make the Perfect Whipped Cream recipe every time with these steps and tips! With just three ingredients, it's so easy to make it fresh any time for the best desserts! // addapinch.com

Make a fruit bowl with your favorite fruits to serve with the whipped cream. I like to use a combination of blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries.

Make Ahead Fruit: Wash the fruit and allow it to dry. Store each type of fruit in a separate airtight container and place in the refrigerator until ready to serve. You can prepare up to 3 to 4 days ahead.

Make Ahead Stabilized Whipped Cream – For stabilized whipped cream that will hold up to 48 hours in the refrigerator, add 1/4 teaspoon of cream of tartar to your fresh whipping cream and the confectioner’s sugar.

Make Ahead and Freeze: Place large spoonfuls on a parchment-lined baking sheet and flash freeze. Once the whipped cream is frozen, you can then place it in freezer-safe containers and freeze it. When ready to use, thaw for about 15 to 20 minutes.

Make the Perfect Whipped Cream recipe every time with these steps and tips! With just three ingredients, it's so easy to make it fresh any time for the best desserts! // addapinch.com

Perfect Whipped Cream Recipe

4.96 from 154 votes
Make the Perfect Whipped Cream recipe with these easy tips! Just three ingredients and 5 minutes for the BEST whipped cream that holds shape!
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Hot Cocoa

Cup of hot cocoa with marshmallow and peppermint.

Make Ahead: Make this hot cocoa mix and store it in an airtight container. Add warm milk or water and toppings like marshmallows, whipped cream, or peppermint sticks when ready to serve.

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Homemade Hot Cocoa Recipe

5 from 4 votes
Homemade Hot Cocoa is so quick and easy to make! Made with just 3 simple ingredients, then stir into warmed milk, a cup of coffee, or hot water for a quick and easy hot cocoa!
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Apple Cider

Cup of hot cider in a glass mug.

Make-Ahead: Place cider in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 7 days. Shake or stir well before serving. This is a perfect make-ahead recipe for the holidays or anytime you have apples that you need to use!

To Freeze. Place in an airtight, freezer-safe container and freeze for up to three months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator to serve. Warm on the stovetop or in the microwave if you wish to serve warm. You can also serve cold.

Homemade Apple Cider Recipe - Easy and delicious homemade apple cider recipe made with apples, oranges, cinnamon, and cloves. Stovetop and slow cooker instructions included! // addapinch.com

Homemade Apple Cider Recipe

5 from 9 votes
This Homemade Apple Cider recipe made with fresh apples, oranges, and spices is cozy and delicious for fall! Easy to make on the stovetop or slow cooker, or make ahead for entertaining!
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Have a great week!
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