Make-Ahead Breakfast Casserole is loaded with sausage, cheese and eggs. Assemble it the night before for a simple, delicious breakfast in no time!
Everyone should have those go-recipes in their recipe box that are tried and true and can be depended on time and time again.
This Make-Ahead Breakfast Casserole is just that.
It’s perfect for Christmas morning, Sunday brunch, or a pot-luck.
THE BEST MAKE-AHEAD BREAKFAST CASSEROLE FOR A CROWD
I first stumbled upon this recipe from Jimmy Dean years ago and clipped it from a magazine for my recipe binder. (That sentence makes me feel old.)
10-plus years later, it’s still one of my favorite breakfasts to share with a crowd.
When I was teaching, we often had early morning, potluck-style breakfast meetings on teacher work days.
We’d all bring a dish to share and this casserole was my go-to because it’s so easy, but it was always one of the first things to disappear.
Okay, the bacon was always the first thing to disappear, but this casserole was a close second.
Even though there are a number of potato breakfast casserole recipes out there, my Make-Ahead Breakfast Casserole is made with bread as the base along with the eggs.
The bread soaks up the eggs overnight and it almost ends up like a savory French toast casserole.
HOW TO MAKE THIS BREAKFAST CASSEROLE
Making this Make-Ahead Breakfast Casserole is so easy, you can practically do it in your sleep.
All you need to do is cook the sausage, and then layer it into a baking dish with the cubed bread, cheese and veggies. I like to toast my bread while the sausage is cooking, but that’s completely optional.
From there, just whisk together eggs with some milk and seasoning, and pour them over the rest of the casserole. After a rest in the fridge, it’s ready to bake.
When I was taking this to work, I would prep everything the night before, refrigerate it overnight and then pop it into the oven while I got ready for work.
I’d cover it with foil and it would still be piping hot by the time our meeting started.
HOW TO CUSTOMIZE THIS RECIPE
In addition to the bread and eggs, I like to load up this breakfast casserole with sausage, cheese, and red bell peppers.
But you can totally customize it by adding in all sorts of vegetables like mushrooms, onions, jalapeno peppers, or tomatoes to make it even more flavorful.
Don’t like sausage? No problem! Try frying up a pound of bacon and crumbling it into the casserole instead.
MORE MAKE-AHEAD BREAKFAST RECIPES
If you’re looking for more delicious make-ahead breakfast ideas, I’ve got ya covered.
Be sure to check out this Make-Ahead Banana Bread Coffee Cake , Baked Eggs and these Cranberry Orange Scones.
You can also try making cinnamon rolls ahead! I love Overnight Toffee Cinnamon Rolls and Overnight Chai Spice Sweet Rolls.
And of course, there’s always granola. Whip up some Salted Dark Chocolate Granola ahead of time, and serve with berries, milk or yogurt in the morning.
Serve any of these make-ahead breakfast recipes with Make-Ahead Breakfast Casserole and spend the morning enjoying a feast, instead of cooking away in the kitchen.
Thursday 3rd of March 2022
My grandma always made this when I was little. It always has been one of my favorite recipes. Thank you so much for sharing! Also, I make it with keto bread— toasted, and fairlife milk. It is equally as good if you are looking for a lower carb option.
Tuesday 8th of March 2022
Great to hear that this works well with keto bread! Thank you for stopping by and sharing your feedback! -Jamie
Saturday 18th of December 2021
This was delicious and super easy to make. Perfect for appetizers
Wednesday 22nd of December 2021
So happy to hear you enjoyed the casserole, Lauren! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your feedback. -Jamie
Saturday 31st of July 2021
I made this today for my in laws that are visiting. I prepped everything last night, popped it in the oven this morning, and it was delicious! Super simple and delicious! I will definitely be making this again. Thank you for the delicious recipe!
Sunday 1st of August 2021
So happy to hear you enjoyed the recipe, Kendra! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your feedback. -Jamie
Saturday 20th of March 2021
Hi! Can I make this and keep it uncooked in the fridge for two nights before?
Monday 22nd of March 2021
Hello! I honestly would only recommend refrigerating for one night.
Sunday 25th of October 2020
Great recipe! I was looking for a base to experiment with for a guest who's vegan and gluten free. Replaced the milk, eggs, and sausage with plant based alternatives, bread with hash brown patties, and added onion and jalapeno--turned out delicious :) Definitely pocketing this for future brunches!! Rave reviews.