With all the hustle, bustle and excitement happening, these Christmas Morning Sandwiches are perfect for feeding the family on this very busy day.
Do you have family traditions in your home? Certain things that are a must each holiday season? We sure do in our home. Even though my kids are grown, and we now have grandkids that keep our Christmas morning full of fun, these sandwiches are a MUST every year.
It seems like such a long time ago that I first made these sandwiches. Looking in my vast collection of cookbooks I came across a recipe in (#affiliate) The Canadian Living Christmas Book that I easily adapted to our tastes. I wanted to have something ready and waiting to put in the oven while we opened presents.
With all the excitement happening, preparing breakfast was one thing I did not want to worry about. After all, I would be in the kitchen soon enough getting the holiday dinner on the table. This is the easiest holiday breakfast hands down.
Besides these Christmas sandwiches, we have several things that make holidays special around here.
Since our girls were really young, going to see the lights at what we call Candy Cane Lane on Christmas Eve is a must, and to this date, we have never missed it in over 30+ years. The line up is long, but so much fun.
We now travel in more than one car since the family has grown over the years. In fact, we go as soon as it gets dark, before dinner. Makes getting the grandchildren in bed a little easier, Christmas morning comes soon enough.
As for Christmas morning breakfast, well you already know what we have. One year I thought of making something different. OMG, my adults kids went nuts. They said Christmas morning is not Christmas morning without these sandwiches. Even my grandson talks about them, and he is only 5!
Christmas Eve also involves watching (#affiliate) Elf (another thing my kids INSIST on). We all pile into the family room, plop ourselves in front of the TV and watch this Christmas classic.
Before we go to bed, I usually grab one of the girls to get these Christmas Morning Sandwiches prepared and put in the fridge for the next day. They are easy to do, and so delicious to eat.
All it takes is some bread, cheese, cold cuts, and eggs. Sort of like a grilled cheese/french toast breakfast fusion. Layer the cheese and meat between bread slices, cut in half, place in a baking dish, pour on the beaten eggs, cover and place in the fridge. I like to use aluminum pans, makes for less cleanup in the morning.
You can make this your own my picking whatever meat and cheese your family loves. We happen to like combination of turkey, ham and provolone cheese.
In the morning I put on a pot of coffee and head down to the family room. Stockings, presents, excitement, love, and laughter fill the room. The grandkids get here REALLY early, but seriously my husband doesn’t sleep the night before Christmas either. I remember HE had us up at 5:00 a.m.once!
When things start to settle down, I go upstairs and turn on the oven (and make another pot of coffee). Once the oven is ready, I take the pans of sandwiches out of the fridge and place them in the oven. This usually gives us about another 30 minutes or so to finish up with the presents. By now everyone is starting to get hungry.
We head upstairs to the dining room. Pans of sandwiches are placed on the table and everyone helps themselves. See, told you this would be easy. The Christmas Morning Sandwich tradition lives on.
We have a few other traditions like rum and eggnog lattes, cranberry sauce and of course leaving out cookies for Santa (now taken over by the grandkids). In our house, the holidays are all about spending time together and our special family traditions.
What is your favourite holiday tradition?
Christmas Morning Sandwiches
- 12 slices bread (your choice)
- 6 ounces deli ham
- 6 ounces deli smoked turkey
- 6 ounces provolone cheese (or cheese of your choice)
- 10 beaten eggs per sandwich
- 1/4 cup butter optional
Spray your baking pans with cooking spray, and set aside.
To prepare the Sandwiches:
Butter the outside of the bread slices (like for grilled cheese). Use 2 slices of buttered bread per sandwich.
- Layers as follows: 2 slices of turkey, 2 slices of cheese, then 2 slices of ham.
Cut sandwich diagonally and arrange in a sprayed casserole dish, cut side down. (I try to stagger the sandwiches in the pan).
Beat the eggs in a measuring cup and pour over the tops and sides of the sandwiches.
Cover with foil and place in fridge until ready to bake.
To bake in the morning:
- Preheat oven to 375º F
Place sandwiches in oven uncovered and bake for about 30 minutes until crisp and golden.
For easy cleanup...use foil pans instead of a casserole dish.