The first Christmas morning I spent with my in-laws was a bit of a culinary revelation. My husband has three siblings, so with spouses, partners, and kids added to the mix, there were 15 mouths to feed.
Why she makes both breakfast dishes is a bit of a mystery to me, because it always is a ton of work. But her dedication to the tradition is so steadfast that she will truck her waffle maker and ingredients over to another family member’s house if we decide to have Christmas morning elsewhere.
Here are some tips and tricks to streamline the whole situation while still keeping things delicious.
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Step 1: Make the Best Waffles
Presto Flipside Belgian Waffle MakerThe Flipside made well-browned waffles that were almost an inch and a half high. The built-in timer proved quite useful, giving you an audible alert not only when the waffle was done, but also a minute before—a smart feature that helps ensure that you’ll never overcook your waffle.
Step 2: Whip Up a Hollandaise Sauce
Let’s be honest: this is the real star of the entire dish, so we need to get it right. But we’ll skip the double boiler and constant whisking this time around—it’s time everyone learned once and for all that the best way to make hollandaise is using a blender.
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Step 3: Poach the Perfect Eggs
It seems like everyone on the internet has their own method for perfectly poaching eggs, but if 15 people want one to two eggs each, that’s potentially dozens of eggs that ideally would be done at the same time!
Holiday traditions can be pretty set in stone, and I definitely want to honor ours. But maybe this diabolical plan could make things easier for my family this year (and yours, too!).