A Festive Feast for Thanksgiving Breakfast

Good morning, food lovers! With the holiday season quickly approaching, I bet you’re all getting ready for that massive family feast. But did you ever consider how to kick off your Thanksgiving Day with a hearty breakfast? Yes, we usually go all out on the turkey dinner, but let’s not forget about the most important meal of the day – breakfast!

Thanksgiving is a time of culinary indulgence and there’s no reason why this can’t start first thing in the morning. After all, it’s a long day of cooking ahead (or maybe just eating if you’re lucky!), so fueling up with a substantial breakfast will set us up nicely.

So put down that plain slice of toast and listen up – here are some exciting ideas to make your Thanksgiving morning as delicious as the rest of your day.

Pumpkin Pancakes

Starting off with an absolute classic – pumpkin pancakes.

These fluffy delights are perfect for those craving something sweet in the morning. Made from fresh pumpkin puree and spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger; these pancakes embody everything we love about fall flavors. Top them with some maple syrup or whipped cream and you’ve got yourself a thanksgiving winner!

Pumpkin Pancakes

Here’s a recipe I found that’s super simple:

- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 cups flour 
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar 
- 2 teaspoons baking powder 
- 1 teaspoon baking soda 
- 1 teaspoon ground allspice 
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 

Combine all ingredients together until smooth batter forms then cook on medium heat until golden brown.

Savory Breakfast Casserole

For those who prefer savory over sweet, a hearty breakfast casserole is the way to go.

You can fill it with your favorites – sausage, bacon, cheese, veggies and it’s so easy to make. Plus, you can prepare it the night before and just pop in the oven Thanksgiving morning. No fuss!

Breakfast Casserole

- 6 slices day-old bread
- 1 pound mild ground sausage 
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese 
- 6 eggs 
- 2 cups milk
- Salt and pepper to taste

Cook sausage until brown then layer bread pieces, cooked sausage and cheese in baking dish.
Whisk together eggs, milk, salt and pepper then pour over layered mix.
Refrigerate overnight then bake at 350°F for about an hour.

Cranberry Orange Muffins

Thanksgiving isn’t complete without cranberries! These muffins are tart yet sweet with a citrusy punch from fresh orange juice and zest. They’re also super portable if you need to grab one on-the-go while getting everything ready for your thanksgiving dinner.

Cranberry Orange Muffins

- 2 cups all-purpose flour 
- 1 cup sugar 
- 1 teaspoon baking powder 
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 
- Pinch of salt
- Zest of one orange
- Juice of two oranges (about 3/4 cup)
- Two large eggs
- Half a stick unsalted butter melted and cooled slightly (4 tablespoons)
Combine all dry ingredients then add wet ones until batter forms.
Fold in cranberries then divide among muffin tin sections.
Bake at preheated oven at 375°F for about 20 minutes.

These are just a few ideas to get your Thanksgiving Day started off right. Remember, Thanksgiving isn’t just about the big dinner; it’s a full day of food, family, and fun. Why not start the festivities first thing in the morning?

Happy cooking everyone!