BEST Make Ahead Brunch Recipes for Christmas Day Southern Brunch

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Brunch is one of my favorite meals and especially my make ahead brunch recipes.  All my kids are in town and on Christmas day I prepare a southern brunch. Choosing a brunch recipe I can prep the night or day before is crucial and then I can enjoy all of the holiday morning fun. I also believe in eating healthy so you can enjoy my healthy brunch recipes! Louisiana Shrimp and Cheese Grits is one of my most requested recipes and this one-dish breakfast everyone loves, whether they are from the south or not. Saute’ the mushrooms with the shrimp to add an earthy flavor and try the recipe with our delectable Louisiana crawfish for an out of this world Crawfish and Cheese Grits dish.


Shrimp and Cheese Grits – Favorite Make Ahead Brunch Recipes for Christmas Day

It’s a good think I have easy brunch recipes and the recipe can be doubled to serve a crowd.  One of my fondest memories is when my daughter was a debutante. and I had 30 kids staying at my house.  I wanted to prepare a southern brunch and I used 5-7 pounds of shrimp to feed everyone.  They ate it all. The Shrimp and Cheese Grits recipe also makes a wonderful dinner! For more healthy easy recipes southern style, look in my cookbook, Gulf Coast Favorites!  These recipes make a great healthy brunch.

Crawfish and Cheese Grits

My Easy Brunch Recipes for Shrimp or Crawfish and Cheese Grits from Gulf Coast Favorites

Easy to prepare crawfish or shrimp with cheesy seasoned grits and ham is an easy fulfilling breakfast and southern brunch.  The crawfish and shrimp may be omitted.

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Makes 4-6 servings

1 cup quick grits
3 cups water
1/2 cup skim milk
1 1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat sharp Cheddar cheese, divided
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon paprika
Dash cayenne pepper
1/3 cup diced Canadian bacon
1 pound medium shrimp, peeled or Louisianan Crawfish
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Salt and pepper, to taste
1/2 cup chopped green onions

1. Cook grits in water and milk according to package instructions.   When grits are ready, stir in 1 cup Cheddar cheese, Parmesan cheese, paprika, and cayenne.  Stir until cheese is melted.
2. Coat large nonstick skillet with nonstick cooking spray and add Canadian bacon and sauté until it begins to brown. Next, add shrimp and garlic and cook, stirring, until shrimp are fully pink and almost done, 3-5 minutes. Add lemon juice.
3. Remove from heat and stir in grits mixture. Season to taste and add green onions..
4. Preheat the oven to 350°F  Coat 2-quart casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray. Transfer grits and shrimp mixture to prepared dish. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup Cheddar cheese. . Bake for 30 minutes, covered, or until heated through.

Nutritional information per serving:  Calories 268, Protein (g) 26, Carbohydrate (g) 23, Fat (g) 7, Calories from Fat (%) 25, Saturated Fat (g) 4, Dietary Fiber (g) 1, Cholesterol (mg) 134, Sodium (mg) 470, Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1.5 starch

More Christmas Day southern brunch delicious make ahead brunch recipes:

Yummy Yam Coffee Cake_0033Yummy Yam Praline Coffee Cake from Gulf Coast Favorites

Mexican Breakfast Bake Brunch

Mexican Breakfast Bake from Too Hot in the Kitchen

baked french toast casserole recipe

Oven Baked French Toast from Eating Well To Fight Arthritis

inexpensive homemade Christmas gifts Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Chocolate Zucchini Bread from Gulf Coast Favorites


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Holly Clegg

With over 1 million cookbooks sold, Holly Clegg has become a culinary expert on easy healthy everday recipes through her nationally recognized best-selling trim&TERRIFIC® and Eating Well cookbook series, including Eating Well Through Cancer, (English, Spanish and Chinese editions), Eating Well to Fight Arthritis and Diabetic Cooking with the American Diabetes Association.Clegg attended the Cordon Bleu Cooking School, London and has appeared on Fox & Friends, NBC Weekend Today, QVC, The 700 Club, USA Today, Cooking Light Magazine, Web MD, and Huff Post.She consulted for Walmart, Teflon, DuPont, The Coca-Cola Company, and hospitals throughout the country.
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