8 Festive Brunch Recipes for the Holidays

Holiday Brunch Recipes

Whether relatives are planning to bed down at your house for the holidays (think National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation), or you’d like to invite a few close friends or neighbors over for a relaxed meal, we nominate brunch as a great way to demonstrate your hospitality. Below are some of our favorite grilled/smoked holiday brunch recipes, many of which can be complemented with fresh fruit, bakery cinnamon rolls, bagels, or pastries. Happy holidays from all of us at!

8 Holiday Brunch Recipes

1. Katama Kirs

First appearing in Steven’s novel, The Hermit of Chappaquiddick, this festive-looking Champagne cocktail adds a sophisticated touch to your holiday brunch. Instead of blueberry syrup, feel free to substitute crème de cassis or raspberry liqueur. Pomegranate seeds or candied orange peel can be used as a garnish.

Katama Kir - Holiday Brunch Recipes

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2. Maple-Cured Smoked Salmon

From Alaska to Nova Scotia to Norway, smoked salmon is a constant on the world’s barbecue trail. Here on Barbecue Bible, smoked salmon gets a New England twist. Maple syrup isn’t simply sweet like sugar. It has this incredible aromatic flavor, and it goes great with the richness of salmon. Serve with bagels from your favorite bakery. (If available, mini bagels work well, too).

Maple-Cured and Smoked Salmon

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3. Carne Asado Breakfast Tacos

The breakfast taco is a San Antonio institution. The tortilla is flour. The beans refried. But whether you fill it with smoky brisket or pork poached in lard depending on your background or neighborhood. We like the steak and egg route–the steak being Tex-Mex grilled skirt steak. Now that’s a breakfast that will keep you going all day.

Carne Asado Breakfast Tacos - Holiday Brunch Recipes

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4. Maple Candied Bacon

Maple candied bacon is a wickedly addictive side dish, perfect served with an egg dish for brunch or breakfast.

Candied Bacon

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5. Grilled Pepper Salad with Currants, Capers, and Feta

This bell pepper salad with capers and pine nuts is a sweet-sour salad of flame-charred bell peppers with currants for sweetness, capers for tang, and pine nuts for crunch. In Italian, it’s called “Peperoni ai Ferri con Capperi e Pinoli.” For seasonal color, alternate red and green peppers.

Pepper capers pine nut salad - Holiday Brunch Recipes

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6. Smoky Dutch Pancake

This Dutch baby pancake is a great way to incorporate grilling into breakfast. This cousin of the popover and Yorkshire pudding puffs dramatically on a hot grill. Plus, it will wow your guests.

Mile-High Pancake

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7. Grilled Eggs with Bacon and Parmesan Cheese

These grilled eggs have something for everyone: smoky eggs, crusty breadcrumbs, crispy prosciutto, cheesy parmesan—and that’s before you add the richness of heavy cream. They’re infinitely customizable: you could substitute Japanese panko for the breadcrumbs or cheddar or pepper Jack cheese for the Parmesan.

Grilled Eggs with Prosciutto and Parmesan

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8. Burnt Oranges with Rosemary

Burnt oranges with a sugar-and-rosemary crust is one of my simplest recipes. But the flavors and texture—bitter, sweet, fruity, floral, herbal, and smoothly creamy—are supremely intense and complex. The amount of smoke involved makes this a dish you definitely don’t want to do indoors.

Holiday Brunch Recipes

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