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OMG – soooo delicious and cheesy. I did not toast the bread (too much work) and used a French loaf from the local bakery. You could not tell the final product was cut into triangles at all. My guests loved it – even though who “don’t eat breakfast” had some. I had left over ham so I cut it into small bits/slivers and it worked well and used farm fresh Roma tomatoes to cut down on any additional liquid (used lots of tomatoes covering the whole layer). I love cooking, and this is the first time I’ve left a review because it’s simple, pretty and delicious. Thank you!
Can you dry the bread first like when you make stuffing?
You can, but it’s not necessary, Tina. Thanks for your question!
Absolutely fantastic! Today I am preparing already a third casserole, following the recipe (nearly) from A to Z, I just omitted tomatoes. It is very simple yet smart and delicious dish and I am looking forward to testing similar recipes on your web!Katerina from Praha
Hello…I plan to make this in a day or so but it is much more than I’ll need. Wondering if, after it’s cooked, it can be frozen in pieces. Thank you.
Hi, Jeanne! We haven’t tested this frozen yet, but my gut instinct is that yes, the slices would freeze quite well. I’d re-warm them in a low oven, covered with foil, until warmed through. Or in the microwave, covered loosely with a damp paper towel or a loose lid. Enjoy!
My mom would use something similar to bribe me to come over to do some work around her house. Totally worth the sweat, to get her breakfast casserole.
I am wondering if you have tried to substitute 100% whole wheat bread and, if so, how did it turn out?
Hi, Jena — we haven’t tried this yet! I think that a 100% whole wheat bread (like one of those fairly chewy artisan loaves) would work ok, but definitely refrigerate overnight and check to make sure the egg mixture is fully saturated in the bread before baking (press down on the top; the bread should feel like a sponge). It might also take a little longer to bake all the way through — you can cut into the casserole in the middle to check. If you’re using whole wheat sandwich bread, like the kind that comes in a plastic bag at the grocery store, then I think you can follow the recipe as is. Let us know if you try it!
Can you substitute fat free or low fat milk for the whole milk?
Karen, hello! Yes, of course you can cut down on the richness of the milk. Use what you have on hand.
What depth pan would you suggest to minimize dripping, and does it have to be a ceramic type pan? All my 9×13 pans are just your standard box cake aluminum pan. Thank you!
Hello Kathleen! For something like this breakfast casserole, an ovenproof glass or ceramic baking dish gives a great crust. It should be 2-inches deep. If your pan is full to the top, set it on a rimmed baking sheet to catch any drips.
Its on my list…. New year treats. Thank you
This is look so good and easy cooking. I have a question . I’d like to have take for my husband lunch to work, do you think I can make this the night before for next morning ? And if so, I should btter put in refrigerator after bake ? Thank you
Hello Yuri! This takes an hour to bake, and if you’re packing it for lunch, it doesn’t need to be hot. Why not assemble it 2 days in advance, bake it the night before, and use the time in the morning to cut it into squares?
This looks really delicious. I’m wondering about the reason for cutting the bread into triangles, if you are using a square pan and will be serving in squares. Why not just leave the bread in squares as it comes out of the packaging?
Hello Lara! I cut the bread into triangles for two reasons. One is that you want the egg mixture to fall between the pieces, so it’s better to have them smaller than how they come in the package. The other is to make the top look pretty with triangles. So I cut everything into triangles to begin with. By all means, use the large squares, if you like.
This is very clever, I could have this for lunch too! Great idea.