Breakfast always seemed to give me trouble when my kids were growing up. I hated just giving them cereal, but the last thing I wanted to do at OMG:30 in the morning was cook. Then I discovered make-ahead breakfast casseroles, and the skies parted and the angels sang.
OK, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration.
I did do a little happy dance, though!
I just threw the casserole together as I was making dinner, I mean it is no big deal to cook up some bacon, ham, or sausage while you are already cooking right? Then get everything into the casserole dish and get it into the fridge for the next morning. Wake the kiddos, pop the casserole into the oven, and you are rockin’ and rollin’ with a nice hot breakfast full of flavor!
The best part of make-ahead breakfast casseroles, minus the whole make ahead deal, is that my kids loved them and were so excited to see the different variations I would come up with. A couple of them are Make Ahead Sausage Breakfast Casserole, and Make Ahead Ham and Cheese Breakfast Casserole Really there is no wrong way to make this. Pick a bread, meat, cheese and eggs….BOOM, breakfast!!
Are you having company for the holidays? Well, make-ahead breakfast casseroles are your best friend. Short of telling everybody to eat leftovers for breakfast, which I may have done a few times in the past, a casserole in the fridge is the perfect way to wake up stress-free. Just fire up the oven, get that coffee perkin’ and sit down to a delicious meal!
Serves *6 to 8 Active Time *15 min Total Time *1 hr. 5 min.
- 8 toaster waffles, lightly toasted and chopped
- 1 lb pork breakfast sausage
- 8 eggs
- ½ cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 cup milk
- 1 Tbsp dry mustard
- Kosher salt
- Fresh cracked black pepper
- Maple syrup for drizzling
Lightly grease a 2 quart casserole dish
- Layer ½ of the waffle pieces into the bottom of the casserole dish. Top with ½ of the browned sausage, and ⅓ of the cheese. Repeat with remaining waffles, sausage, and ⅓ of the cheese
- Mix the eggs, milk, dry mustard, salt, and pepper together in a medium bowl.
- Carefully pour the egg mixture into the casserole dish.
- Cover the casserole dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
- Preheat over to 350 degrees F.
- Cover the casserole loosely with foil and bake for 40 minutes.
- Remove the foil, top with the remaining cheese, and bake for 10 to 15 more minutes, or until the eggs have completely set.
- Top with maple syrup if wanted
Serves 6 to 8.