Braces-Friendly Holiday Recipes

Braces-Friendly Holiday Recipes
Posted on 11/30/2016

‘Tis the season to start making holidays plans which typically includes planning foods to share with family and friends. For those of you wearing braces that are bonded to your teeth, you may be wondering what foods you can enjoy during this festive time of the year. It is crucial not to eat foods that can damage or break your braces like hard, gooey and sticky foods. The last thing you want to do during the busy holiday season is to make an extra appointment with your orthodontist to have something fixed or replaced. Here are a few recipes you can make which are deemed braces-safe by your friendly Warminster orthodontist.

Cheesy Potato Pancakes

You can make these pancakes with all those leftover potatoes you don’t know what to do with.


3 cups leftover mashed potatoes, chilled

2/3 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

1 egg, beaten

½ cup flour (plus 3 tablespoons)

2 tablespoons chopped scallions

sour cream for serving


In large bowl, mix together the mashed potatoes, cheese, scallions, egg and the 3 tablespoons of flour. Use your hands to divide the mixture into twelve portions. Roll each portion into a ball then flatten each ball into a pancake that is about one-half inch thick.

Put the remaining ½ cup of flour in a shallow dish and dredge each pancake in the flour. In large frying pan over medium heat, heat up about 4 tablespoons of vegetable oil. Then fry the pancakes in batches until they’re brown and crispy on both sides, for about 3 to 4 minutes. Add more oil to the pan between batches. Serve with a dollop of sour cream on top and enjoy!

Oven-Baked Cheesy Omelet

A great way to start a cold winter day is to enjoy a warm & delicious omelet. You can put together this recipe in just a few minutes and it’s packed with flavor and lots of goodness! Plus it’s enough for everyone in the family to enjoy, whether they’re wearing braces or not!


8 eggs

½ cup half-and-half cream

1 cup shredded cheese

I cup finely diced cooked ham

½ cup finely diced onion

½ cup finely diced green pepper


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, mix together the eggs & cream and whisk well. Then add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Pour the mixture into a 9x9 inch pan. Bake for about ½ hour or until golden brown. Cut into squares, serve and enjoy!

Super Easy Soft Holiday Sugar Cookies

The holidays just wouldn’t be the holidays without some festive sugar cookies! These braces-friendly cookies make a great treat to take along to parties or for enjoying at home with a cup of warm cocoa.


2 ½ cups flour

¾ teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 cup softened butter

1 ¼ cups white sugar

3 egg yolks

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

¼ cup granulated sugar for rolling


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda and baking powder. In another bowl, use an electric mixer to cream together the butter and sugar until well combined. Then add the egg yolks and vanilla extract and mix. Then add the flour mixture until just combined without over-mixing. Scoop dough into balls about 2 tablespoons each and roll the balls in sugar; then place them on a parchment paper-covered cookie sheet. Bake for about 17 minutes or until the tops of the cookies start to crack. Remove from oven and leave cookies on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes before moving them to a wire rack to cool.

Contact Us Today!

We hope you get the chance to try these recipes over the holidays! For those of you who are thinking of improving your smiles, this is a good time of the year to schedule your first orthodontic appointments as schools will be closed and many adults have some extra days off from work. Simply request your free consultation today and we’ll get back to you asap to confirm your appointment.