Christmas Morning and baked Sausages

Posted on August 15, 2011

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This is our Christmas Morning Routine:

Kids have to stay in their room until they hear the “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” played at full volume from the kitchen.  We’ll have none of that ridiculous wake up at dawn kinda stuff!  Yuck!  We usually get up between eight and nine.  Sometimes the kids have been up for a half hour to an hour waiting for us.  But its the one day they will actually stay put!!!When they hear the music they can run out of their room and see what Santa left for them in their stockings.  While kids play with their stocking finds, PapaChef and I start on breakfast.  We always have a very nice breakfast for Christmas morning.  One year we just went the cold cereal route and it just caused too many upset tummies (mostly due to candy consumption).  If they have a good filling breakfast they eat less of their candy and feel better.  That is my theory, anyway.  But ever since the year that Rhubarb threw up in the car on the way to Grandma’s (yum–chocolate vomit), we have insisted that we take time to eat a filling breakfast.

We have had many favorites over the years.  We love Gingerbread pancakes, breakfast casseroles, etc.  But for the last few years we have had:

EggNog French Toast w/all the fixin’s

Baked Sausages (below)

 

Citrus Spritzers

If you want the recipes, click the links above!

There isn’t really a recipe for baked sausages.  It is more like a cooking tip.  You know that sausages can make a big mess sometimes.  Plus you have to have lots of hot surface area so you can cook them!  This is a great way to cook breakfast sausages:

You can use a shallow roasting pan, or a cookie rack placed inside of a sheet cake pan.  Spray it all with pam for easy clean-up.  Just place the sausages on the rack and cook in a 400 degree oven for 10-15 minutes.  Once they are cooked through but not browned, just switch to broil so you get a nice browning on the sausages (but watch carefully–I tend to burn things on broil).  A lot less work than trying to pan fry them.  They stay VERY juicy this way.  If you like your sausages less juicy, poke them with a fork before the final broiling step.

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Harmony
So my question is…do you eat breakfast before opening presents?

I agree, I like the good breakfast on Christmas morning too.  Your theory makes sense.  I have to say, though, when you wrote the words “yum” and “vomit” next to each other, it made ME want to vomit.
🙂

Monday, December 28, 2009 – 03:29 AM
Janet
Jessica, that is a great idea for baking sausage.
I enjoy your blog and recipes….awesome!!!
Monday, December 28, 2009 – 08:00 AM
MamaChef
Harm,

Yes we eat breakfast AFTER stockings but BEFORE presents.  Then after breakfast we read the Nativity from the scriptures and sing some carols.  Then we open presents.

Monday, December 28, 2009 – 06:20 PM
Andrea
I love this idea for cooking sausages.  I just discovered the joy of cooking bacon in the oven–no more standing over the stove, getting myself and all the counters splattered with grease and all baconny-smelling.
Yes, we insist on a good breakfast as well, but we are meaner: we eat before stockings and presents–the morning goes so much better that way, plus a little deferred gratifictation never hurt anyone!
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