Huevos rancheros – fried eggs and colorful, rich salsa over hearty tortillas – combine in this delicious dish that’s perfect for breakfast or brunch. (Photo/Nina Terrero)

5 recipes for Christmas Day brunch

On Christmas morning, chances are you may still be feeling full from Noche Buena’s juicy pernil or soul-warming tamales. That being said, there’s nothing quite like enjoying a delicious breakfast on Christmas Day after all the gifts have been opened. Here are a few of our favorite recipes – both savory and sweet – perfect for gathering the family around the breakfast table in celebration of the holiday.

Pastelitos de guayaba y queso con guayaba

Pastelitos de guayaba

Pastelitos de guayaba (Photo/Betty Cortina)

Sweet, flaky and oh-so-yummy, these pastelitos are a cinch to make and are a classic Cuban treat that are perfect when served alongside Mexican style café con leche, infused with the intoxicating flavor of fragrant cinnamon. Get the recipe here.

Huevos rancheros

Huevos rancheros - fried eggs and colorful, rich salsa over hearty tortillas - combine in this delicious dish that's perfect for breakfast or brunch.

Huevos rancheros – fried eggs and colorful, rich salsa over hearty tortillas – combine in this delicious dish that’s perfect for breakfast or brunch. (Photo/Nina Terrero)

Corn tortillas, eggs and spicy salsa sound simple enough, but this dish is the ultimate comfort food when made just right. Get the recipe here.

Chilaquiles

Chilaquiles

Chilaquiles (Photo/Courtesy Patricio Sandoval)

Chilaquiles are a ubiquitous brunch dish on both sides of the border and with good reason: crispy tortilla chips, savory salsa verde and creamy cheese topped with a perfectly cooked egg are heaven on a plate. Doubt us? Then you’ll have to try Chef Patrio Sandoval’s version to see for yourself! Get the recipe here.

Cajeta bread pudding

Creamy, rich bread pudding is made Latin (and extra decadent!) with the use of sweet cajeta.

Creamy, rich bread pudding is made Latin (and extra decadent!) with the use of sweet cajeta. (Photo/”The New Southern-Latino Table: Recipes That Bring Together The Bold and Beloved Flavors of Latin America And The American South.” Copyright © 2011 by Sandra A. Gutierrez. Used by permission of the University of North Carolina Press.)

Who says dessert is strictly an after-dinner treat? This luscious pudding is laced with rich goat’s milk caramel and studded with crunchy pecans – a perfect, if indulgent, brunch treat. Get the recipe here.

Arepas

Arepas

Arepas (Photo/Courtesy Sherryl Ontiveros)

Arepas – deliciously thick cakes made with white or yellow cornmeal that can be baked, cooked on a griddle or fried – are a staple of Colombian and Venezuelan cuisine whose origins date back to the indigenous Indian tribes in the region. Think of it as the maize version of sandwich bread that can be stuffed with your choice of toppings or served alongside creamy scrambled eggs for a scrumptious breakfast. Get the recipe here.

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