Breakfast casserole recipes are convenient – they’re usually very easy to make, designed to feed a crowd, endlessly versatile, and offer a complete meal in one porcelain baking dish. But they didn’t rise to the top of the classic breakfast podium out of mere pragmatism. They are also delicious. Who wouldn’t want to dive into an egg casserole filled with peppers, scallions and bacon and sausage and cheddar cheese, which is then topped with tater tots? If you have a sweet tooth at the breakfast table, there’s a French toast casserole, which some skeptics might call bread pudding, aka breakfast dessert. But those skeptics have been permanently disinvited from any group brunches I may host in the future. I’m not here to judge what you eat for breakfast. I’m here to give you options. And if it turns out to be a ball of both cooked savory and sweet breakfast, then pass me your plate.
1. breakfast casserole
The breakfast casserole of all breakfast casseroles, the hangover cure you’ve been craving: an egg, herb, and sausage casserole topped with hash browns. And for the mornings when you know you’ll be too busy to cook (like Christmas morning, or just a Saturday), there’s a solution: do it ahead of time! Yes really! Prepare the casserole completely (but don’t cook it!), then wrap it up and put it in the fridge for up to 24 hours. Allow to come to room temperature before placing in the oven.
2. French Toast Baked Challah
Baked French toast is the sweet breakfast casserole I never knew I needed, but it’s now the only thing that gets me out of bed in the morning. Use a very flavorful and rich bread like challah or brioche, which also works wonders for soaking up the rich custard.
3. Raspberry challah bread pudding
We are back and better prepared than ever. We added fresh raspberries to the challah bread pudding you already know and love, lightened the custard (less milk and less eggs) and made it a little sweeter. Think the only thing left to do is bake them both and see which one you prefer.
4. Breakfast casserole with ham and gruyère with herbs
A croque-monsieur transformed into a breakfast casserole? Delighted. This one does not stop after the addition of ham and two kinds of cheese. He goes so far as to call in reinforcements in the form of broccoli, tomatoes, fresh herbs (including a whole cup of parsley) and a trio of spices.
5. Layers of mushrooms, kale and sausages
Not quite a frittata and not quite a traditional breakfast casserole, this strata rushes in to save the day. . . uh, at least your morning. Like all of our favorite casseroles, this one can (and should!) be made the day before, stored overnight, and then baked the next morning.
6. Fennel and Pear Strata
Now your guests don’t have to choose between sweet team or savory team: this super chic casserole offers a bit of each. Half-cut croissants are slipped into the bottom of a casserole dish, then generously layered with slices of Cambozola cheese, fennel and pears. Everything is covered with a traditional egg custard and baked until firm.
7. French toast with caramelized pears
Come on down, that’s all I want to eat. If we’re being honest, I’d love to take a dip in the spicy maple custard, which is accented with orange zest and vanilla bean. Milk has moisturizing benefits, right? I thought so.
8. Glorious Croissant Bread Pudding
Buy a packet of croissants (but only the good ones) and eat them at your leisure. After a few days you might start to get discouraged by how stale they have become, but don’t throw them away. They are the perfect base for this Croissant Bread Pudding and in fact, the stale the better. The dry surface is perfect for soaking up the rich custard without the pudding becoming soggy.
9. Chrissy Teigen’s French Toast Casserole with Salty Frosted Flakes
Two sweet breakfast staples go hand in hand to create a family-friendly breakfast casserole that’s as sweet as it gets.
ten. Skillet Strata with Bacon, Cheddar and Greens
Recipe developer Alexander Stafford has some brilliant tips for making this casserole efficiently, which I know you want to do so you don’t have to stand unnecessarily in front of the stove while you’re still half asleep.
11. Cheddar Tomato Bread Pudding
Inspired by a dinner classic – grilled cheese and tomato soup – comes this bread pudding, which is accessorized with a trio of fresh herbs: thyme, chives and basil.
12. Eggs and potatoes on a plate, Huevos Rotos style
I’m here to confirm that you don’t need to cook a casserole in a casserole for this to count. Traditionally this might not make sense, but the idea of a casserole is to make a big breakfast that will feed a crowd; this griddle preparation of eggs, kale, potatoes, and chorizo does the trick just as well.
13. Grilled frittata
If you’re hosting a breakfast or brunch for a crowd, you might not only be concerned about cleaning the house and preparing enough food for everyone, but also doing it on a budget. Enter: editor Rebecca Firkser for less than $10, a frittata filled with cheese, vegetables and herbs.
14. Bacon, Parmesan and Cherry Tomato Strata
Yes, there is meat, cheese and vegetables here. But there’s also the tartness of sourdough bread and balsamic vinegar, plus a subtle kick of spiciness from red pepper flakes that makes this breakfast casserole big, bold and beautiful.
15. Capirotada de Leche
Food52 resident Rick Martinez improved the family version of Capirotada, a traditional Mexican bread pudding, by adding an assortment of dried fruits and nuts, queso fresco, three types of milk (condensed, evaporated and whole) and dried peppers.