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Sometimes a holiday brunch or early lunch is just the thing to put you in a festive mood. We’ve got recipes that shine with a few shortcuts when you’re short on time, to literally make it holiday!

We’ve got Christmas brunch ideas for the whole family to enjoy, from a fancy eggs Benny to an easy dressed-up coffee recipe. Don’t blame us if they ask for seconds!

Savoury christmas brunch mains

Let’s get right to it: You’ve got a hungry crowd to feed and you’d rather be spending time with them than with your stove. Here are some tried and true favourites to take the guesswork out of menu planning. Oh, and if you need some app ideas, we’ve got that, too!

Eggs benedict with lobster, spinach and hollandaise sauce and side of crispy potatoes on green plate.

Classic Eggs Benedict with Hollandaise Sauce

A poached egg over a toasted English muffin, a slice of ham and topped with yellow Hollandaise sauce is a time-honoured brunch classic. This version of eggs benedict includes ham, but you can customize yours with smoked salmon and greens, or go luxe with a steamed lobster topper. Our Seafood Dept. will do that for you while you shop*! If you’d like a Hollandaise 101, we guide you through the sauce-making process, step by step. And finally, if you really want something special, try our recipe with buttery brioche bread instead of an English muffin from our Bakery Dept.

*We offer free in-store steaming of lobsters at select locations.

Quiche studded with bacon and tomato on pale-blue plate.

Quick Quiche

This Tomato Quiche with Bacon & Goat’s Cheese recipe offers a few handy shortcuts: It uses a Compliments pre-made pie shell, can be made ahead, refrigerated and warmed through before serving so you’re not scrambling (literally) on the day of your brunch, and it’s ready in under an hour from start to finish. Serve with a crisp green salad and you’re set!

Sweet holiday brunch ideas

If brunch means something not savoury and ideally drenched in maple syrup, we hear you. Here are some sweeter options for your guests that will have them wiping their plates clean.

Gingerbread-spiced waffles on aqua-green plate with maple syrup poured over.

Gingerbread Waffles

Mix up the batter the night before for these delicious Gingerbread Waffles, bring to room temperature when you’re ready to make them and waffle iron your way to brunch nirvana. Warming spices and fancy molasses make these extra special.

Red baking tray filled with jumbleberry croissant strata dusted with icing sugar.

Jumbleberry Croissant Strata

Leftover croissants get a new life in this sumptuous, easy-to-make strata studded with frozen berries. Just measure, mix, assemble, bake, and serve hot from the oven. You’re welcome!

Stacked slices of panettone with icing sugar, cream and fruit on blue serving platter.

No-bake Panettone Dessert

This super simple assembly-only recipe requires no oven and just a few steps to get you from bought panettone to “wow!” dessert. Start by removing the paper liner and, using a serrated knife, cutting the panettone horizontally into thick slices. Spread a layer of your favourite jam and freshly whipped sweetened cream (or mascarpone) and top by rotating the slices to create a Christmas-tree look. If you want to dress it up, decorate the tips with fresh raspberries and finish with sprinkled icing sugar for a snow-topped effect.

Hot drinks

These brunch-worthy hot drinks are the perfect brunch sidekicks—special enough for a gathering, easy enough to make whenever you’d like something warm, and festive in your cup.

Glass mugs of egg nog coffee with cinnamon sticks.

Eggnog Coffee

Hot freshly brewed coffee and Compliments Egg Nog are the perfect partners in creating a special coffeehouse-style beverage. Hot, delicious and just the thing to get the party started.

White mug with frothed green tea and hazelnut milk substitute.

Green Tea Hazelnut Latte

Tea lovers, we’ve got just the thing for you: a hazelnut green tea latte made with a hazelnut milk substitute, green tea, a drop of vanilla, and honey. Cozy comfort in a mug.

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