Christmas is just a few days away and it is time to start prepping so you can enjoy the day with your family. Today I am sharing the perfect make ahead breakfast casserole to help you be prepared for the big day.
This post was originally posted December 2018 but it continues to be a tradition in our home.
There is so much to do in order to get ready for Christmas.
Why not use the perfect breakfast casserole that can be made the day before, so that you too can enjoy the Christmas morning festivities.
The season can be so busy and stressful for some that I wanted to share with you a recipe tradition that we use in our home.
Using this recipe helps to make our Christmas morning one of memory making and enables me to spend valuable time with my loved ones.
Where the recipe originated
Several years ago I bought Sandy Coughlin of the blog The Reluctant Entertainers book called, “The Reluctant Entertainer, a guide to simple and gracious hospitality.”
She included this breakfast casserole recipe that could be made the night before.
I took the basic recipe and tweaked just a bit for our family.
This casserole has become a Christmas morning tradition in our home and my family looks forward to it every year.
As a matter of fact the other day I mentioned that I may not make it this year since it will be just us and my family said we have to continue tradition.
So continue on like normal is what we are doing.
Actually when I was cooking it for this post my youngest son was so excited because he was going to get to eat it and it was not Christmas morning.
It really is the little things that bring him so much joy.
I don’t know about you, but I love a simple recipe that can be easily tweaked in order to satisfy even the picky eater.
This particular recipe is easy to make several different variations for various diet restrictions and palettes.
Some of the variations I have made are; gluten free, vegetarian, or even just meat and cheese for the younger kids that do not like any added ingredients.
- 6 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. dry mustard
- 1 1/2 cups grated cheese
- 1 T. minced onions
- 1 lb. bulk sausage or links, cooked and drained (I purchase good country sausage as it makes a difference in flavor)
- 6 slices bread, using the crust only, cut into small pieces (Typically I will use the crust of french bread)
Grease a 9″ x 13 ” baking dish.
Beat your eggs, milk, salt and dry mustard together.
Stir in the cheese and onion, then add the sausage and bread pieces and mix well.
Typically I make three batches of this casserole depending on how many we have in our home for the holidays.
This is when I would add extra ingredients.
Breakfast casserole variations
Some ideas for some variation are: fresh mushrooms, broccoli, green peppers, just to name a few.
The possibilities are endless in making this basic recipe your own.
After adding in any additional ingredients, pour mixture into your greased baking dish and cover, let it set in the refrigerator overnight.
Christmas morning when you wake, preheat your oven to 350 and bake the casserole for 30-40 minutes, until all the ingredients are set.
While your amazing breakfast is baking you can be enjoying a beautiful Christmas gathering with your loved ones.
- 6 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp dry mustard
- 1 1/2 cup grated cheese
- 1 tbsp minced onions
- 1 lb bulk sausage I used Neese's Country sausage with extra sage
- 6 slices bread crust
- Grease a 9"x13" baking dish
- Beat eggs, milk, salt and dry mustard together
- Stir in cheese and onions
- Add in sausage and bread pieces
- Mix well
- Mix in additional ingredients if you choose to
- Pour into baking dish and cover
- Refrigerate overnight
- Preheat oven to 350
- Bake 30-40 minutes or until the casserole is set
Prepping beforehand makes the biggest difference in the hustle and bustle of the holidays.
Relieving stress of not having to worry about what you will feed your family.
Using this breakfast casserole will help give you the opportunity to spend more time with your family and loved ones Christmas morning.
I hope that this breakfast casserole or some variation of it, will become a tradition in your home.
If you are looking for some fun traditional Christmas cookies to make, use this simple recipe here.
Till next time