Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Breakfast

I remember as a little kid, my dad making a huge breakfast on Christmas morning. Christmas and Mother's Day were the only two days I think my dad cooked all year long. It was always worth the anticipation. The smell of bacon cooking while my brother and I admired all our new treasures is a fond memory of mine. Bacon and eggs. What more can a girl want on Christmas morning (other than a juicer and some new books? Hint...hint...) It is imperative that you have something cooking and smelling wonderful while opening presents!

I'm kicking it up a notch this year and turning the bacon and eggs tradition into a casserole.

Christmas Morning Casserole
A hearty casserole with festive red and green peppers. This could easily be doubled for extra company or leftovers.

1 bag frozen organic hash browns, thawed overnight (or you could use shredded cauliflower for a more GAPS friendly recipe)
2 tbsp butter, coconut oil or ghee (melted)

Mix first 3 ingredients together and press into the bottom of a 9x13. Bake for 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees.

1 red pepper, diced
1 green pepper, diced
1 small onion, diced
1/2-1 cup frozen corn (omit for grain free)
1/2-1 cup ham, cut into small cubes (you could sub with bacon, sausage, etc)

Saute in a large pan while the crust is cooking.

10 pastured eggs


When the potato crust is done, spread the vegetable/meat mixture on top. Pour the eggs evenly over the vegetables. Bake, uncovered, for 20-30 minutes. I started checking it at 20 minutes and it was done around 25 minutes. I made it thin so that it wouldn't take too long to cook. Who wants to wait an hour for breakfast?

I will be serving this with seasonal fruit and almond flour muffins.


  1. Yum! A treat to eat! We have a special Christmas breakfast with my family each year and this year, my dad, the Christmas breakfast chef, is going to try and do it gluten free for me. We shall see, but regardless, the thought and effort mean as much as the production itself!
    Happy holidays!

  2. Nicola, I just got the book "Cooking For Isaiah". It is a gluten/casein free book. I can't believe how "normal" all of the food looks. I made the brownies and, I swear, they are better than the brownies I use to eat as a kid. You should check it out!

    Have a great New Years!