Holiday brunch or breakfast

December 22, 2016

Jaime La Provence,

Bacon potato puffs can be served in individual portions or baked in a 1-quart casserole dish, both with or without a pastry crust.

A good meal in the morning, especially during winter, really goes a long way toward fortifying you for a busy day. And we all know that holidays keep us pretty busy! Whether it be for family, friends or both, a brunch or breakfast this time of year can be a fun and very welcome event. 

Whenever possible, I make homemade cinnamon rolls for Christmas breakfast, but some of the following recipes offer more in the way of nutrition (except for the S’more muffins).

I haven’t had much time for holiday preparations this year and didn’t get my tree until the morning I wrote this, which was just about mid-December. But I will, like most of us, try my best to do what I reasonably can and try to avoid stress.

I hope you, my kitchen friends, also will allow yourselves time to actually enjoy this holiday season and stay safe and warm. And well fed!


S’more jumbo muffins
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs (about 8 squares if making them yourself)
1/4 cup packed light or dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 1/4 cups miniature marshmallows, divided

  1. In large bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Combine egg, buttermilk and oil; mix well. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in chocolate chips and 1 cup marshmallows.

  2. Fill greased jumbo muffin cups three-fourths full. Sprinkle with remaining marshmallows. Bake at 375 for 18 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

  3. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack. Serve warm. Makes 6 muffins.


Bacon potato puff
You can cook and serve this dish in individual servings if you wish, and even add a crust, much like a quiche.


1/2 pound sliced bacon, diced
4 eggs, separated
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 cups warm mashed potatoes (prepared with milk and butter)
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley

  1. In a skillet, cook bacon until crisp; remove to paper towels to drain. Discard drippings.

  2. In a mixing bowl, beat egg yolks until light, about 2 minutes. Beat in onion, mustard and pepper. Place potatoes in a bowl; fold in egg yolk mixture. Set aside 2 tablespoons bacon.

  3. Fold cheese, parsley and remaining bacon into potatoes. In a small mixing bowl, beat egg whites until stiff; fold into potato mixture. Transfer to a greased 1-quart baking dish; sprinkle with reserved bacon.

  4. Bake, uncovered, at 325 for 45 to 50 minutes or until set and edges are golden brown. Serve immediately. Serves 6 to 8.


Company fruit salad
This recipe can be halved if you wish, but you might want the leftovers to enjoy for lunch and dinner, too! But I don’t recommend the fruit salad leftovers going into the next day. This is very similar to a recipe my mom has served every Thanksgiving for about 50 years.


4 medium Golden Delicious apples, diced
4 medium Red Delicious apples, diced
2 cups seedless green grapes, halved
1 can (20-ounces) pineapple chunks, drained
1 can (11-ounces) mandarin oranges, drained


1 package (3-ounces) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sugar

  1. Combine all the fruit in a large bowl. In a mixing bowl, beat dressing ingredients until smooth. Pour over fruit; toss gently to coat. Serve immediately. Makes 16 to 20 servings.


Cheddar salmon quiche
I used to make this with a whole-wheat and chopped almond crust, but this version is good, too.


1 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons cold butter or margarine
3 tablespoons shortening
1/4 cup milk


1 can (14 3/4 ounces) salmon, drained, bones and skin removed
1 cup ( 4 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese
1/4 cup chopped green pepper
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 tablespoon flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
3 eggs, beaten
1 1/4 cup milk

  1. In a bowl, combine the flour and salt; cut in butter and shortening until crumbly. Stir in milk. On a floured surface, roll dough into a 10-inch circle. Transfer to an ungreased 9-inch pie plate or quiche dish. Trim and flute edges. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.

  2. Combine salmon, cheese, green pepper, onion, flour, salt and pepper; spoon into crust. Combine the eggs and milk; pour over salmon mixture. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting. Makes 6 servings.


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