December 29, 2016 Sarah Lefebvre

New Year, New Brunch

blackberries-1834343_960_720Alright. So we’re almost through the holidays. I’m hoping everyone has enjoyed them! So far it seems like I’ve seen more friends and family in the past week than I have in the whole year! And of course, I have eaten way more food in this past week than I should have. But I had to! It’s the holidays. There’s one more big holiday left of 2016- New Year- and then we are onto a whole year of new holidays, new foods, and new resolutions.

Over the years, I have found that New Year traditions vary for pretty much everyone. This year, I am fortunate enough to be spending New Year’s Eve in Disney World with my family! Maybe it will be a new tradition for us *wink wink*. But it seems that yet again, the one thing all these traditions have in common is food. Do you pig out more on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day? Or both? Fortunately for us, New Year’s Day falls on a Sunday this year. And if you’re lucky like me, a ton of us get Monday off too! To me, Sunday means brunch. And also to me, brunch is best eaten after a night of celebrating. So what’s stopping you from starting the new year off right with a big brunch?!

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Easy Make-Ahead Breakfast Casserole

Unfortunately for me, New Year’s Day is going to consist of a few hours of travel. But I went through the Forq app and found everything I would like to try out for a great New Year’s Day brunch! First, we have the breakfast casseroles– perfect for the people that don’t want to be stuck in the kitchen all morning after New Year! Of course, you can build off of these main dishes and add things like pancakes and home fries to make your brunch even bigger, but these casseroles could fill you up just as well! First, we have this Easy Make-Ahead Breakfast Casserole. It is absolutely perfect for New Year’s Day because like the title says, you make it ahead of time! Part of the directions is to keep it in the fridge for as little as two hours or overnight, so it’s perfect to have pre-made then just pop in the oven in the morning after a night of celebrating! This Sunday Morning Casserole has the same premise– you must refrigerate overnight. If you aren’t looking for a breakfast casserole that must sit overnight, this Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole is for you. With sausage, eggs, crispy tater tots, and cheese, it’s everything you could want in a breakfast! Next, we have one of my personal favorites to make– french toast casserole. I found two tasty looking recipes:

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Praline French Toast Casserole

Holiday Brunch French Toast and Praline French Toast Casserole. French toast casserole has all the yumminess  of french toast but gets rid of the hassle of having to individual batter and flip every piece! Our last casserole dish is my favorite brunch side dish: home fries. When I make home fries at home, I usually just use a dice up potato I pre-baked in the microwave, then drop it in some hot vegetable oil with salt, pepper, and garlic. But this Hash Brown Casserole looks amazing! 

But, really what is brunch without some muffins or scones to go with your morning coffee? My personal favorite are Banana Muffins. However, on New Year’s Day, some of you might need an extra boost from these Sunshine Power Muffins. The last muffin we have here is a Savory Spinach, Feta, and Peppadew Muffin. Something this different and tasty is sure to impress!

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Raspberry Breakfast Scones

Now, the scones. Obviously these baked goods can also be made a day or two before to save some time in the morning! I love blueberries in the morning, so these Blueberry Cream Cheese Scones look so tasty to me! Next, we have these Raspberry Breakfast Scones. They seem a little simpler to make than the blueberry, and look amazing too!

Last but not least, to me the holidays are not holidays without mfp_33abdfe2675655cc935977e6f58a6bb17-Ingredient-Cinnamon-Rolls-via-Minimalist-Bakercinnamon rolls. My family usually buys the pre-made kind so that the most work we have to do is preheat the oven and then frost them ourselves, but this year I am 100% going to try making these Aunt Dottie’s Rolls. I have had the pleasure of trying homemade cinnamon rolls only once in my life, and I promise you it was absolutely life changing.

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