Classic Holiday Flavors...for Breakfast!

Everyone looks forward to the time of year when holiday flavors make their annual debut. Seasonal fruits (cranberries, persimmons, and pears oh my!), delicious meats passed around a large table (hello there, roasted turkey and honeybaked ham), and the comfort of warm flavors like pumpkin and pecan. There is so much culinary goodness to savor throughout the fall and winter.

Much of the focus is placed on dinner recipes during the holidays, as folks prepare to host their loved ones for some of the most important meals of the year. Since Run of the River is known for its famous five-course breakfast, we thought we would stick to what we know and put a twist on holiday recipe offerings! We've put together a five-course breakfast menu, inspired by dishes we serve at the inn. Each one includes items you might already have in your pantry for the holidays, and some even incorporate leftovers if you feel like whipping up a hearty breakfast the next morning!

Check out the list below and let us know if you might try to perfect your holiday breakfast menu this year!

Our Holiday Breakfast Menu:

Pumpkin Spice Yogurt with Maple Pecan Granola

Cornbread, Bacon, and Egg Individual Casseroles

Turkey Apple Sausage Patties

Apple Cranberry Coffee Cake with Spiced Icing

Pumpkin and Pecan Baked Oatmeal

Pumpkin Spice Yogurt with Maple Pecan Granola

We start every breakfast at Run of the River with yogurt flavored by hand. We use a vanilla yogurt base (Straus Organic Vanilla Whole Milk Yogurt) and fold in a fruit puree made fresh that morning. This time of year, we get to mix it up a bit with a pumpkin spice flavor. Making your own pumpkin yogurt at home is beyond easy!

For this recipe we used:

- 3 cups vanilla yogurt

- 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree (from a can or feel free to blend your own)

- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

- A sprinkle of nutmeg

Ta-da! Pumpkin pie in a cup! This recipe is truly lick-the-bowl good.

"What about the granola?" Excellent question. We make large batches of granola at the inn that we use to top our yogurt and also work into other dessert recipes. To make this fall-inspired granola at home, we added maple syrup and pecans to our typical base. Granola is so easy to make and we love that you can add exactly what you like to your blend. (And if you've never eaten granola fresh out of the oven, you're in for a treat!). This time of year many grocery stores also carry seasonal flavors of granola. Grab a bag with a maple, pumpkin, or praline flavor to top your homemade pumpkin spice yogurt!

Individual Cornbread, Bacon, and Egg Casseroles

Sometimes leftovers are great on their own and sometimes they become even better when you transform them into something completely new. This recipe takes the second route and wholeheartedly delivers. Bonus: it's so easy!

Do you have some cornbread leftover from your Thanksgiving meal? We found this incredible recipe on The Spruce Eats that adds some holiday flair to the "Sunday Morning Eggs" we serve at the inn. This dish features delicious layers of cornbread, crisp bacon, eggs, cream, and cheddar. The balance of sweet cornbread and salty bacon is just divine!

We topped ours with red peppers and chives which made for a great crunch, which would also work well incorporated into the actual layers of the casserole. Another fun holiday twist? Use leftover ham in place of bacon. That would take the sweet and salty goodness to the next level!

Find the step-by-step recipe to this new favorite here.

Turkey and Apple Sausage Patties

At Run of the River, we love days when we get to serve up delicious sausage patties or links (someday I'll tell you the secret ingredient for our finger-licking-good glaze). We went searching for a turkey sausage recipe that you can add to your post-holiday breakfast and this tasty turkey apple sausage patty recipe delivered! It's also gluten-free, dairy-free, and Paleo and Whole 30-approved. We grabbed apples and herbs we had in the kitchen, but this recipe leaves lots of room for experimenting with flavors. Even if you don't grind up your own leftover dark meat turkey, you can purchase ground dark turkey meat (we did!).

Pro tip: use a cookie cutter or a drinking glass to create uniform shapes which helps with even cooking and aesthetic plating.

Apple Cranberry Coffee Cake with Spiced Icing

Isn't coffee cake the best?! It's perfect to enjoy any time of day, it's a lovely treat to bake last-minute for a holiday get-together, and there are endless ways to put your own twist on it.

Confession time: for this particular recipe we baked up at the house, we used a boxed coffee cake mix for the base. We were also inspired by this fantastic apple cranberry coffee cake recipe, so we incorporated the best of both worlds: the ease of store-bought mixes and the flare of homemade goodness.

After mixing up the coffee cake batter, we folded in fresh cranberries and diced apples. We used the above recipe to make the crumble topping, but added pecans, oats, and a bit more butter. The spiced drizzle from the recipe is also so darn good (we used cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground clove for the "apple pie spice").

The outcome of this coffee cake was heavenly!! It was outstanding when it first came out of the oven, but was just as good when reheated throughout the day and the next morning (trust us, we tried).

Pumpkin and Pecan Baked Oatmeal

While searching for new ways to incorporate pumpkin flavors into our breakfast at the inn, we stumbled upon the beauty of this baked oatmeal. What a diverse and delectable treat! It comes out of the oven with a holiday spice scent and a bread pudding-like texture.

We enjoyed it by the slice while it was fresh and warm, later as a a midnight snack covered with cold milk and a drizzle of maple syrup, and in the morning with greek yogurt and clover honey. You can't go wrong!

Thank you to the 'Inspired by Charm' blog for this fantastic recipe. Find it here and discover a new favorite! We can't wait to find the perfect way to serve this up at the inn.

We hope this list of holiday breakfasts has inspired you to try out these flavors for the first (and most important) meal of the day! Let us know if one of them piques your interest or if you decide to try one. If you don't feel like cooking at home, you're always welcome at the inn! We promise to feed you well and serve you seasonal favorites from our lovingly-curated menus.

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