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    Recipe for Relaxed Christmas Morning: Breakfast Platter Tradition

    Spend time with your family on Christmas morning rather than slaving away in the kitchen, missing all the fun! My tradition of a Christmas Morning breakfast platter that couldn’t be easier! 

    With the ease of assembling while your morning coffee is brewing, and the quick preparation done the night or two before, this will free you up to spend the quality time with your family you deserve, while still enjoying delicious food!

    Let’s get you started!

    1. First, get out your platter. Maybe you have one you love already, which is awesome, one thing less to buy! If you don’t though, here are two that I love:
    2. Next, grab some greenery from outside to garnish the platter, such as cedar fronds or bundles of fresh rosemary. This is not necessary, but will give the platter a nice festive touch!
    3. The night or two before, hard-boil some eggs to keep in the fridge until assembly time. That’s it! This is the extent of your cooking for this platter (unless you do the Trader Joe’s chocolate croissants, or fry some bacon up)
    4. Make your coffee the morning of Christmas, and get out your platter ingredients.
    5. Assemble your breakfast food platter! Here is where the fun begins and you can get creative, adjusting your ingredients to your families tastes! Just remember, this is meant to be an easy thing to do, so the trick is to buy things that are already made or prepped.
    6. Here is a list of ideas for your platter:
      • Strawberries
      • Hard-boiled eggs
      • Slices of prosciutto
      • Raspberries
      • Grapes
      • Kiwis
      • Purchased fresh pastries from your local bakery such as Croissants, Danishes, or Bear Claws. You can even buy them up to a week ahead of time, freeze them tightly wrapped in saran wrap, and then bring them out to thaw the night before to serve the next morning.
      • Toast and jam
      • Sliced cheeses
      • Eggs
      • Granola and yogurt
      • Cut up cantaloupe and/or honeydew
      • Salami slices
      • Slices of honey baked ham
      • Bagels
      • Smoked salmon
      • Cream cheese
      • Chocolate croissants (Trader Joe’s sells some delicious ones in their freezer section. Just make sure to set them out to proof the night before, then pop them in the oven the morning of to enjoy)
      • Bananas
      • Muffins
      • Bacon
      • Cut up papaya
      • Blueberries

    There is no wrong way to do this platter! The takeaway from this is to spend less time in the kitchen, and more time with the family, and bringing this platter to the coffee table while your family is enjoying the post Christmas morning haze will bring a smile to their faces and a yummy breakfast to fill their bellies. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas full of love and light! Wishing you all a cozy and lovely New Year as well!

    Photos by Marla Smith Photography