Thursday, December 29, 2016

How About Breakfast for New Year's Eve?

Ever think of serving breakfast food on New Year's Eve?  Serve it up around 10:30 - 11:00.  It's sure to please your guests!  It's not your typical New Year's fare that goes so often with holiday cocktails.  And it offers your guests some warm, nourishing and hearty foods before they begin their journey home after a memorable night of ringing in the New Year.  Serve them up with a side bar of chilled orange juice, peach juice or cranberry juice and chilled champagne to create their own Bellini,  pitchers of your favorite Bloody Mary mix with dishes of toppings to make your own Bloody Mary and chilled bottled waters.  I always favor sparkling water with lime or lemon.  Check out my blog post from October 5th to find out how to create a fun Bloody Mary bar.  Here are just a couple of recipes to enjoy and the best part is you make the casseroles the day before or the morning of your event, refrigerate until ready to bake and you just pop into the oven and let the aroma fill the house until they are done baking and ready to serve.  Serve with a basket of your favorite muffins and a large bowl of fresh tossed cut up fruit and you have a beautiful buffet and it leaves you time to enjoy your family and friends. Awesome! (here's a tip I find useful over the holidays or whenever I am entertaining a group and find myself short of refrigerator space.  Chill your drinks in coolers or tubs filled with ice and keep on your deck, or garage until ready to use. Or if you live in the midwest like I do and cold weather is normal for this time of year, I simply place my champagne, wine and mixers out on my deck to chill for a couple of hours and grab when needed.  No cooler needed.  When having a party, my refrigerators are filled with party foods so this is a big help!

Baked Apple Cranberry French Toast Casserole

Makes 12 servings
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup melted butter
3 teaspoons cinnamon
3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 loaf Italian or french bread cut into 1 inch slices
6 large eggs ( I love Egglands Best)
1 1/2 cups milk
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
* Gluten free bread may be substituted for the Italian or french bread if your diet requires gluten free.

To make combine the brown sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon in a 13 x 9 baking dish you have sprayed with your favorite cooking spray. Add apples and cranberries and toss to coat well with the brown sugar and cinnamon.  Spread mixture evenly over the bottom of the baking dish.  Arrange the sliced bread on top.  Mix eggs , milk, vanilla and remaining 2 teaspoons cinnamon until well blended.  Pour over bread to soak bread completely.  Cover and refrigerate 4 - 24 hours.  Bake covered with aluminum foil in preheated 375 degree oven for 40 minutes.  Uncover and continue to bake another 5 minutes.  Remove and let sit for 5 minutes.  Serve warm.  Serve  pitcher of warmed maple syrup and dish of whipped butter with this dish to top off . 

Grandma Bank's Baked Egg Casserole

8 - 10 slices bread
8 eggs
2 1/2 cups milk
16 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
3/4 teaspoon dry mustard (found in spices aisle at grocer)
3/4 teaspoon salt
5-6 sliced crumbled cooked bacon
13 x 9 baking dish

Lightly spray your baking dish with a cooking spray (Pam) and preheat oven to 300.  Cube your bread and place in bottom of baking dish.  In a bowl, beat with a whisk the eggs, milk, mustard and salt.  Pour the mixture over the bread cubes.  Add the cooked and crumbled bacon and shredded cheese on top, cover with aluminum foil and place in refrigerator for 4 - 24 hours.  Uncover and bake for 1 hour.  This is a favorite with our friends and family!  

May you and yours have a Blessed and Healthy New Year!

Lynda :)


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