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3 Essential Rules of Thanksgiving Day Breakfast - Tips from The Kitchn

3 Essential Rules of Thanksgiving Day Breakfast - Tips from The Kitchn
From The Kitchn - November 14, 2017

With all the cooking going on, the last thing you probably want to think about is what to serve family or any overnight guests on Thanksgiving morning. Do not fretit does not have to be complicated to be good! There are really just three simple rules to follow. Here they are, along with the best strategies and recipes to make Thanksgiving breakfast a success.

The 3 Rules of Thanksgiving Day Breakfast

1. Keep it easy.

There's just too much other cooking going on for a lot of energy to be going into breakfast. Do not forget that extra cooking also means extra dishes to wash, and who wants that? Easy and foolproof is the name of the game.

2. Keep it light.

Everyone knows the main meal of the day is dinner, even if you are eating it at four o'clock. Do not weigh everyone down with rich foods early in the day if you want them to save room for the big feast. And think about having fresh fruit as part of breakfast, as that's usually not a part of dinner.

3. Keep it flexible.

People are probably waking up at different times, coming and going, and wo not have time to all sit down together for breakfast. Plan on a breakfast that can sit out a bit, and serve foods that people can easily customize for themselves.

The Thanksgiving Day Breakfast Strategy

1. Ideally, make it ahead.

Frittatasor really any similar type of egg bake, for that matterare great options. Not only do they provide a good dose of protein and veggies for breakfast, which will keep everyone satisfied until the main event, but they can also be made ahead. You can make one big one, throw in any extra vegetables, meats, or cheese you have on hand, and bake it the day before. Italians eat frittatas at room temperature and I am in the camp that believes they are actually better that wayeveryone can cut themselves a slice whenever they wake up. Or if you prefer, and you have some space in the oven, you can rewarm it.

Get the recipe: How To Make a Frittata

2. Pull out the slow cooker.

If you are not already using your slow cooker for Thanksgiving dinner, have it at least help you make breakfast. Throw oatmeal in the slow cooker the night before Thanksgiving and go to bed. When you wake up, breakfast is ready and will stay warm for hours. Set out some jam, dried fruit, maple syrup, milk, and nuts and let everyone customize their own bowl. Oatmeal is filling without weighing you down.

3. Embrace the DIY bar.

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