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Christmas Brunch Traditions: Gravy & Biscuit Casserole and Orange Rolls

The holidays are in full swing with Christmas quickly approaching, and I haven’t even

started buying gifts yet! Haha. Nevertheless, I wanted to share a couple of recipes that are

family favorites at our house on Christmas Day. One tradition that we have always had as a

family, and still do, is that we let the kids open up all of their gifts first, and then I would always go prepare a Christmas morning brunch around mid-morning. We would enjoy a smorgasbord of breakfast casseroles, traditional breakfast foods, and for those that like sweets, some orange and cinnamon rolls. After that, we would go snuggle up with a warm blanket by the fireplace, watch a movie and take an afternoon siesta until it was time to go to the grandparent’s house and eat again!

I truly love breakfast foods anytime of the day whether it is the traditional bacon, eggs,

and biscuits, or pancakes and bacon. My wife and I also enjoy entertaining in our home. Last

Christmas, we had a very large gathering, 75 to be exact, in our home for the annual ‘Morgan Christmas Celebration.’ Some of the guests from California stayed in our home, and I prepared the ‘Orange Rolls’ recipe and ‘Biscuit and Gravy Casserole’ recipe for them and they loved it so much that they asked me for the recipes. They also sent me pictures of where they prepared them for their extended families.

The first recipe is for ‘Orange rolls.’ The story behind this recipe is that my wife and I had

went on an anniversary trip many years ago to a Bed and Breakfast in Springville, Alabama. For those that are not familiar with Bed and Breakfasts’, when you stay at a Bed and Breakfast, the host will serve all of the guests a homemade breakfast each morning. The host served these delicious ‘Orange Rolls’ to us, and you know me, I just had to ask her for the recipe. She graciously emailed it to me, and we have been serving it now for years. It is very easy to make and saves time by using canned biscuits.

The second recipe is for ‘Biscuit and Sausage Gravy Casserole.’ My favorite fast-food

chain restaurant biscuit and gravy is from Hardees. Nobody can beat their buttery biscuits with peppery gravy on top. I can hear someone now saying that Jack’s has the best biscuits and gravy, and they are good, but it doesn’t taste as good to me as Hardees does. If making gravy intimidates you, give this recipe a try. Once you cook the sausage, all you do is add the flour, whisk in the milk and your gravy is made.

Your family will love this casserole on Christmas morning after they have opened all of their gifts. I encourage all of my readers to start a new tradition this year with your families by

trying these tasty and filling dishes for Christmas brunch. Both of them are fairly easy to make, and you will most likely have the ingredients already in your pantry with the exception of a few items.

I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year!


Orange Rolls


2- Cans Pillsbury biscuits (brown can)

Cup sugar

Zest of one orange

8 OZ. Cream Cheese, softened

Stick of margarine

Cup of powdered sugar

2 Tbsp. Orange Juice

½ cup chopped pecans


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine sugar and orange zest in a bowl.

Melt butter in another bowl. Cut biscuits in half, and dip in butter, and then into the sugar mixture.

Place biscuits in an ungreased, 13x9 casserole dish.

Bake for 20 minutes.

Remove from the oven.

Mix powdered sugar, cream cheese, and orange juice.

Pour over biscuits, and top with pecans.


Biscuits and Sausage Gravy Casserole


2 - Cans Grands biscuits

1 lb. sausage

1/3 cup oil

½ cup flour

5 cups of whole milk

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Open one can of biscuits and quarter them and lay them in a 13x9 casserole dish that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.

Cook for 10 minutes, or until done.

While they are cooking, fry sausage until done. Add oil to sausage, and whisk in flour until

all lumps are gone.

Add milk slowly and continue to whisk to avoid lumps. Add salt and pepper

and cook until mixture thickens.

Pour the gravy mixture on top of the cooked biscuits.

Quarter the other can of biscuits and layer them on top.

Bake again for 20 minutes, or until done.

Serve hot.


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