Deliciously decadent or a light bite before the main event? These suggestions for perfect Christmas breakfasts should keep everyone at the table satisfied while retaining a little bit of festive indulgence.
Poached eggs and hollandaise sauce
Christmas mornings don’t get more decadent that eggs benedict, royal or Florentine – variations of poached eggs on toasted soft English muffins, all doused in rich hollandaise sauce. Take your pic:
Eggs benedict – Go for a Christmas ham, Parama Ham or Serrano ham to up the ante
Eggs royal – Smoked salmon and hollandaise is a match made in heaven. We like ours with freshly snipped chives.
Eggs Florentine – Not just for the veggies, this version with wilted spinach is just as good as royal and benedict
Probably the healthiest Christmas breakfast without losing any festive flavour. Just add seasonal ingredients alongside cinnamon to your usual granola mix of toasted rolled oats. Delicious variations include dried cranberries, dried cherries, fresh apricots and hazelnuts. Serve with yogurt, or maybe poached pears and even a couple of teaspoons of mincemeat.
Smoked salmon and scrambled eggs
Make it like we do at the Beach Hut. Be extra naughty and add cream to your scrambled eggs in the pan and serve on toasted local Da Bara sour dough bread (Cornish for ‘good bread) – it’s chewy like a crumpet, but with a deeper flavour.
Christmas breakfast hash
Our executive chef Neil Haydock takes inspiration from America for this breakfast hash. Add sliced, cooked potatoes to a pan with caramelised onions and home-made pickled beef brisket – ask your butcher for the belly cut. Cook until piping hot , crack an egg on top, add herbs and voila.
If you’re not into vast, rich breakfasts then take a tip from Nigella and make muffins. She uses cinnamon, nutmeg, grated zest of clementines and dried cranberries for a breakfast that can be almost all be made the day before.
Champagne for breakfast? Of course. Take the edge off it by mixing it with elderflower cordial, cranberry juice or freshly squeezed clementine juice. Those feeling a little naughtier may want to mix a small shot of vodka or gin to their glass, like this recipe for a Plymouth 75 cocktail.
Don’t forget to join us for brunch at The Beach Hut.