Christmas brunch is an important event in my family. With nine grandkids running around, we don’t get to eat right away. When we finally sit down after hours of present opening, we want to do everything right. That’s why it’s important to me to choose the right brands for our brunch time. And that’s why I’m proud to be partnering with Smithfield for this recipe post.
I can already smell it. The gourmet coffee brewing, the bacon sizzling in the oven, the eggs frying gently in the pan, and the sound of the blender churning out orange cream smoothies. YUM. At my parent’s farm, ever since the nine grandkids came along, it takes us so long to open presents – because we do it one by one – that we’ve started having to take a much-needed brunch break in between. That’s why it’s funny. We’ll open presents for hours, and then eat. Then we’ll open presents for hours more, and then maybe eat again? It’s day to feast, but there’s nothing like that first important meal.
In fact, it is THE Christmas meal in our house. And that’s why we love something unique, delicious, and that doesn’t take long to cook. This is the season to eat, drink, and be merry, and most importantly – to gather around the table with loved ones. There are so many reasons to feast this time of year, whether it’s neighborhood brunches, family dinners, and office parties. There is seemingly no end to celebrations with food! That’s why I love Smithfield. They’re always here to allow us to soak in the BEST parts of the season, and to have everything we need to make hosting for all occasions look effortless.
What I also love about Smithfield is that ability to do one-stop shopping for all holiday entertaining needs. It’s not just about the main holiday feast, it’s also about fun and easy ideas to keep the season exciting for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, snacks, and even dessert! Whether it’s their slow-smoked bacon (YUM), breakfast sausage, or classic holiday hams, we love their easy recipes to make during winter break. In fact, all season long visit Smithfield.com/HolidayHub for inspiration.
These are the moments that matter. Flavor comes from the kitchen, and also comes from passing down these holiday recipes from generation to generation – celebrating these messy wonderful moments with family. And you have to admit that nothing gets your guests excited like bacon does. Whether you’re making an inventive new breakfast dish – like Bacon, Egg & Cranberry Breakfast Sandwiches, or eating it as a side dish, Smithfield Bacon is the ultimate savory crowd pleaser!
Smithfield Bacon is known for being smoked and cured to perfection. And it’s available in a wide variety of flavors and cuts, like Cherrywood Thick Cut or the classic Hometown Original. There’s nothing like bacon for the holidays. Don’t you agree?
Christmas Brunch: Bacon, Egg & Cranberry Breakfast Sandwich (serves 4):
What You Need:
8 strips, Smithfield Hometown Original Bacon, cooked
4 European croissants
8 Tbsp spreadable brie cheese
4 Tbsp cranberry sauce
4 eggs, cooked over-easy
What You Do:
Bake bacon according to package instructions, but personally I like to “pinch” my bacon for a few reasons. I think it cooks better, and I think it fits better on the baking sheet. Bake at 375 for 12-17 minutes. Then remove the bacon quickly after baking, and place onto paper towels to absorb moisture. Don’t let it sit in the pan too long or it will stick.
Slice croissants in half lengthwise and spread cheese onto the bottom pieces. Top each one with cranberry sauce. Then, add freshly cooked eggs, two strips of bacon each, and top with remaining top pieces of croissants. Serve immediately.
What’s your favorite meal on Christmas day?
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Smithfield.