As-You-Like-It Breakfast Casserole

On vacation, 5 o’clock pm, having too much fun to realize that nothing has been planned for dinner, fridge mostly empty, remembering that uh oh, I’m the one in charge of feeding my friend’s children that night.

Oops!

Open the refrigerator door, see half a dozen eggs, half a carton of milk, some cheddar cheese, leftover sausage from biscuits and gravy the day before, a little broccoli, a leftover ear of corn (cooked). Open the freezer and see half a loaf of sliced bread. Saved. Whew. The kids will not have boxed Mac-n-cheese for dinner.

Have you ever made a breakfast casserole? The basic ingredients are eggs, cheese, milk, and bread. It’s the easiest thing in the world to put together. We have a sausage breakfast casserole on the site that is one of my favorites.

The great thing about a breakfast casserole is that you can add almost anything you want to the base. Italian sausage is my all time favorite, but bacon or ham will do too. Or make it veggie, with zucchini, broccoli, basil and onions.

As You Like It Breakfast Casserole

 

The first time I served this to the kids they insisted that it had to go on the website. The name they picked was “Open Fridge Breakfast Bake” because basically that’s what I did – opened the fridge, put everything I could find into a casserole dish, and baked it.

A few days later we cooked it again (this time Reilly, the 11-year old helped) so we could get some photos. Do you have a favorite breakfast casserole combo? If so, let us know about it in the comments.

As-You-Like-It Breakfast Casserole Recipe

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 8

The ingredient proportions are estimates. The more eggs, the firmer, and less likely to deflate, the casserole will be. Mushrooms tend to hold a lot of moisture, so if you use a lot of them, you may want to sauté them first to release some of their water. Sausage should be browned and cooked through first. Can also uses spices such as curry and cumin.

Yum

Ingredients

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  • 6-10 eggs
  • 2-3 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 6 slices bread, cut into cubes
  • 2 cups milk
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Additions

  • 1 cup corn (cooked or frozen)
  • 1/2 cup chopped broccoli (cooked or raw, raw will turn out crunchier)
  • 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions
  • 1 cup cubed ham and/or cooked Italian sausage
  • A few slices cooked bacon, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon herbes de provence, or other dried herbs, or a Tbsp of fresh chopped herbs such as basil, rosemary, or thyme
  • 13 x 9 inch casserole dish

Method

1 Preheat oven to 350°F. Beat the eggs in a large bowl. Mix in the milk and cheese. Add the bread and carefully stir until all pieces of bread are moistened (don't over mix or the bread may disintegrate).

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Add the additions. Add salt and pepper to taste (if using Italian sausage, you won't need either.) If you have a lot of additions, you might need a couple more eggs to make sure that everything is at least touching some egg mixture. Just whisk in 2 Tbsp of milk for every beaten egg you add.

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Butter a 13 x 9 inch casserole dish. Pour mix into casserole dish.

2 Bake in oven for 50 minutes to an hour, until the top is browned and the center springs back when touched. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes before serving.

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As You Like It Breakfast Casserole

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  • Leila Abu-Saba

    The base recipe (cheese, eggs, bread, butter, cream) was one my mother, named Mary Edith, used to make; then I found it in MFK Fisher titled “Edith’s Cheese Puff.” Total coincidence on the name… Edith is the Jennifer of the early 20th century. I’ve been making the base recipe on and off for years.

    Adding all those other ingredients is brilliant. Must try soon. My kids will probably love it.

  • Trish

    I just found this site and checked out your Sausage Breakfast Casserole recipe. This will be great for my husband’s 50th birthday recovery breakfast as it falls in Winter. Our families will love it, will have to make two. Not sure what the Aussie equivalent of Italian pork sausage is, might make the suggested recipe in the comments section with pork mince.
    Great site.

  • Donald

    Absolutely! This type of dish is one of my favorite ways to rid the fridge of pesky leftovers!

  • Barb

    What great timing! I’m hosting many 20-somethings at my beach house, friends of my kids. I’ve planned a pretty good menu, but this will be absolutely super. They can eat it whenever they wake up, and it will fill them up for a few hours at least. Thank you Elise

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