Bacon and Shiitake Bake and Other Easy Breakfast Casseroles

Bacon and Shiitake Bake and Other Easy Breakfast Casseroles

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Once thought of primarily as a dinnertime dish, the humble casserole has become a popular breakfast option for the same reason it is favored in the evening: it’s an easy way to make a complete (and delicious) meal! Some casseroles are as simple as combining the desired ingredients into a dish and baking them — no additional cooking required. Whether you have friends or family staying with you or simply want to start the day with a little bit less to do, a breakfast casserole is a fantastic choice, because the last thing you want to do is spend time slaving away in the kitchen instead of visiting with your guests or bonding with your family.

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Casseroles combine a few humble ingredients to create something greater than the sum of its parts. Just as dinnertime casseroles are based on delicious blends of simple ingredients like cream of mushroom soup, noodles, and chicken, breakfast casseroles combine such ingredients as eggs, sliced bread, and bacon. Even breakfast items like oatmeal can be reimaged in casserole form.

And, casseroles are a great choice for picky eaters; you can add just about anything to these one-dish oven-baked meals. A basic egg bake (a combinations of beaten eggs and pieces of bread), for example, provides a simple base for a casserole; throw in some bacon or sausage to take the dish in a savory direction, chocolate chips and raspberries to give it a sweet twist. Bell peppers, onions, and spinach? Those are delicious too.

These easy-to-make and easy-to-customize one-dish breakfast wonders are sure to wow with minimal effort required on your part. So, push the easy button, let the oven do the majority of the work for you, and enjoy all that extra free time — and the tasty results.

Bacon and Shiitake Mushroom Bake

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Elevate an ordinary egg bake with this egg-straordinary recipe (see what I did there?). Shiitake mushrooms, garlic, and rosemary bread add a gourmet touch without the fuss. Plus bacon makes everything better. Click here for the recipe.

Baked French Toast Casserole

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Perfect for serving overnight guests for breakfast, this casserole can be prepared the evening before, then baked in the oven, no slaving away over a hot stove required. Serve with powdered sugar, maple syrup, or fruit syrups for easy customization. Click here for the recipe.

Quick Breakfast Casserole Recipe

Are you looking for easy breakfast ideas that you can make in a snap for a crowd? This quick breakfast casserole recipe is a must try. I love that this casserole is totally doable on a weekend morning, or even on a weeknight if your family does breakfast for dinner.

Cheesy 3-Meat Breakfast Casserole Recipe

The breakfast for meat lovers! This Cheesy 3-Meat Breakfast Casserole recipe has it all: bacon, sausage, and ham, plus plenty of cheese! Great for a weekend breakfast or for guests during the holidays.

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In our house, breakfast is usually a “YOYO meal”. It stands for “you on your own”. And it means just that: you decide and make your own breakfast. It might be cereal, or eggs, or maybe frozen waffles, but whatever it is, I’m usually not making it.

There are times I do make a home-cooked, hot breakfast for the family. But the kids will gladly tell you that it’s not nearly enough. It’s not like dinner though, which is cooked at least 5 times a week in our home.

But don’t let my kids fool you. While I’m not making a hot breakfast most of the year (who does??), there ARE times I do. Ok, yes, the most common time for me to make a hot breakfast is on a holiday morning – like Easter or Christmas – but I do surprise them here and there.

One of their favorites for breakfast is my Cheesy 3-Meat Breakfast Casserole recipe.

I love that it’s easy to make and my family loves that it has plenty of meat in it. And we’re not just talking bacon or sausage. This breakfast casserole has it all: bacon, sausage, AND ham. Perfect for meat lovers.

This week, I was super spontaneous and decided to make this breakfast casserole for my family. But, I lacked nearly all the ingredients needed and the last thing I wanted to do was go to the grocery store.

But, this is where something cool came into play.

Here in Las Vegas (and other areas, like Utah), we have access to Winder Farms – a convenient, weekly grocery delivery service that hand delivers — right to your doorstep — grocery necessities such as bread, eggs, milk, cheese, meats, produce, and more. I can decide to make my Cheesy 3-Meat Breakfast Casserole recipe for the next morning and as long as I order my groceries by 8 pm on the Winder Farms website, the groceries will be delivered during the night, left inside an insulated cooler bag on my doorstep by 8 am – guaranteed.

For this recipe, Winder Farms delivered:

  • Colosimo’s American Style Breakfast Sausage
  • Applegate Naturals Black Forest Ham
  • Winder Farms Applewood Smoked Bacon (delicious!)
  • Winder Farms Shredded Mild Cheddar Cheese
  • Winder Farms Eggs (large)
  • Winder Farms Milk (2%)

To make my Cheesy 3-Meat Breakfast Casserole recipe, you’ll first cut up 12 ounces of bacon into about 1″ pieces. You’ll also cut up the ham into pieces, as well as dice up a medium sized onion. The bacon is cooked in a frying pan until just cooked. The bacon is removed from the pan and then, the sausage is cooked with the onion.

After both the bacon and the sausage are cooked and removed from the pan, the hash brown potatoes are cooked until softened and slightly browned in the remaining grease.

In a large bowl, 8 eggs are whisked together with 2 cups of milk and some seasonings.

A 9吉″ baking dish is sprayed with cooking spray and then the hash brown potatoes are layered in the bottom of the dish. Next, the meats are layered on top. See, what did I tell you? Meat lovers will be happy with this.

Next, the cheese is evenly sprinkled on top of the meats and the egg mixture is poured over the top of everything.

The Cheesy 3-Meat Breakfast Casserole is then baked in the oven for about 35-40 minutes, or until the egg is completely set and the cheese is hot and bubbly.

Cheesy, meaty, perfection! Breakfast is served as I wait for the accolades from my family people. And this is usually where I tell them to enjoy the goodness – because who knows how long it will be until I make it again. Ha!

What do you need:

Don’t forget about the pans! Sometimes when life is especially crazy, I buy disposable 9吉 pans which make clean up a breeze. These are also great if you are taking a casserole to a new mom or friend that could use a kind gesture.

One of my favorites is this glass casserole baking dish with lid. It’s perfect for traveling and keeping everything together.

Or maybe you are entertaining and could use some beautiful casserole dishes. I saw so many gorgeous ones on Amazon in all shapes and sizes.

Easy Cheesy Breakfast Casserole Recipe | 1-Minute Video

Yes, this casserole probably falls a little more on the “indulgent” side. But I have had sooo many requests over the years for a basic breakfast casserole. And on special occasions, or even just any ol’ day when you feel like a hearty breakfast, this classic recipe is guaranteed to start your day off with a smile.

I have made it (or a version of it) countless times over the years whenever I need a quick and easy meal to serve a crowd. And I can attest that while it’s a definite crowd-pleaser, it’s also a cook-pleaser because it is super easy to make. If you don’t want to wake up really early for breakfast, you can also prep it the night beforehand and then pop it in the oven the next day. Win for you, and a win for your guests (or your mama!).

The steps to make it are simple. Just brown up some sausage. (I highly recommend using “hot” Italian sausage, as it will help flavor the whole casserole.) Then saute some onions, garlic and a red pepper. (Or you can use a jar of roasted reds.) Add those together with some whisked eggs, milk and cheese, and toss it all with the potatoes until combined. Then pop it in a baking dish and cook until the potatoes are tender.

Then once it’s nice and hot and bubbly and melted-cheesy, pull it out.

And top with some green onions, if you’d like some extra color. Or diced avocados would also be lovely.

Then dish it up (and discover those eggs that have settled to the bottom and baked).

And dive in, just like my mom would. )

So to my mom (who reads my blog faithfully each morning), happy early Mother’s Day. I love you, and think you’re still my #1 Mom, and will make this for you (for realz) the next time I see you. :)

And to all of you other mothers out there, my warmest wishes to you for a happy Mother’s Day as well! You are changing this world every day, and we’re all better because of you. Big hugs from KC to wherever you may be!


If you&rsquore looking for more delicious make-ahead breakfast ideas, I&rsquove got ya covered.

You can also try making cinnamon rolls ahead! I love Overnight Toffee Cinnamon Rolls and Overnight Chai Spice Sweet Rolls.

And of course, there&rsquos 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.

Savory Breakfast Casserole Recipes

Savory breakfast casseroles might as well be the poster food for our favorite breakfast recipes. There's nothing easier or more delicious than throwing eggs, bacon, potatoes, and cheese in a casserole dish and waiting for everything to transform into a delicious dish in no time at all. You can also get creative with your breakfast casseroles with the recipes below. Try the traditional Bacon and Cheese Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole (shown), or try making biscuits and gravy like you never have before, by throwing them into a casserole!

For more easy breakfast casserole ideas, try these 11 Easiest Overnight Breakfast Casserole Recipes

Comforting Casserole Recipes

Warm, hearty and comforting: There’s nothing like a good, old-fashioned casserole. Whether you’re craving a classic like tuna noodle or looking for a recipe with a twist (like mini spinach and artichoke chicken casseroles), these recipes are sure to satisfy.

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A Bundt-iful Breakfast Bake

I know, it’s like I press the “Lame” button and this stuff just rolls right off my tongue. Naming my recipes is a bit difficult for me, but I am fairly successful at cooking, so I do try. I want the name to sound as good as the finished product, and maybe make you laugh. Or groan. We don’t all have the same humor, I realize. My humor often turns naughty, but that’s another story!

I saw a similar recipe online and wanted to make my own version of breakfast bake in a bundt pan. I’ve made SO many kinds of baked egg dishes I should start a cookbook. My favorite has to be the one with torn bits of croissant. Or maybe the one with torn bits of rustic, crusty bread and spinach. I totally love the ones that are made in muffin tins, large or regular sized, and frozen for easy breakfasts later.

With my new bundt pan I’ve had so much fun with cakes it was time to take it for a test run on a savory dish. I’d use my regular egg bake recipe and simply make it in a round pan. I mean the round kind with a hole in the center, the bundt pan. I’d use the same ingredients and end up with a tube of eggy deliciousness. I had plenty of ham to dice up and some spinach that needed to be used soon. I set the chopped ham aside for now.

Wilt spinach in a drizzle of olive oil

In a large skillet I drizzled a little oil and wilted down the chopped spinach for a few minutes. I added salt and pepper and a large pinch of garlic powder for seasoning. After 3 or 4 minutes I set the spinach aside in a bowl.

Fry hash browns over medium high heat until crispy

I returned the skillet to the heat and fried a couple cups of hash browns until they were crispy, about 6-7 minutes on medium high. I wanted them to resemble a side order of hash browns, built right into the egg bake. I set them aside to cool.

Spray or grease bundt pan well. Layer half of the bread cubes, followed by layers of ham, green onions and cheese

I diced up most of one small loaf of white bread. Sometimes I cut off the top crust, this time I didn’t. I wanted a more rustic look to the eggy bundt cake. After spraying my bundt pan maniacally with cooking spray, I layered half of the cubed bread into the pan. On top of the bread I layered a heaping cup of ham, the spinach, green onions, and a cup of the cheese. I used a mixture of cheddar and Swiss that I had on hand.

Spray or grease bundt pan well. Layer half of the bread cubes, followed by layers of ham, green onions and cheese

I added layers of spinach and hash browns, then the remaining bread cubes, Next up: making the egg custard.

Whisk together eggs, milk or cream, ground mustard, salt and pepper

I had jumbo eggs on hand and used 8 of them along with 2 cups of milk and 1 cup of heavy cream. I whisked them with some ground mustard, salt and pepper, then poured them over the contents of the bundt pan.

Pour egg mixture over bundt and allow to set for 30 minutes to soak up moisture

I let the pan set for 30 minutes to allow the eggs to soak into the bread, then covered the bundts with cheese and slide them into the oven. The recipe I’d read used 400 degree F for the cooking temperature and baked the egg dish for 40 minutes. I tested it after 40 minutes by sticking a paring knife into the center to see if the cut stayed cut and if I could see any liquid.

Let set for 30 minutes, top with cheese and put into preheated oven.

Since I had doubled the recipe and used two different sized bundt pans I had to test each separately. Oddly enough they were done at the same time but one was slightly more golden brown and pretty. That was probably due to having more cheese on the top.

Of course it tasted amazingly good. Eggs, ham and cheese are always on the top of our list for breakfast dishes. Adding spinach to the flavors was just a bonus.

This could be an adaptable dish, with sweet bell peppers or broccoli added to change it up. Sausage or bacon in place of ham would also be excellent. It was just fun to have it in a new shape, with the same rich flavors we’re used to.

Breakfast bundts can also be made ahead and refrigerated, then baked the next morning. I often bake an egg bake the night before and microwave it for future breakfasts. Then you don’t need both eyes open to prepare your breakfast in the morning! I can’t imagine bouncing out of bed to create this meal in the morning. If you have morning energy, you go! I don’t want to hear about it.

Bundt-iful Breakfast Bake

  • 1 heaping cup ham diced in 3/4″ cubes
  • 2 cups spinach chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder or minced garlic
  • large pinch cayenne
  • 2 cups shredded hash browns (I used frozen)
  • 8 cups bread diced in 3/4″ cubes
  • 1/4 cup green onions chopped
  • 12 large eggs (I used 8 jumbo eggs)
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 2 cups shredded cheese (I used Swiss and cheddar)

Sauté spinach in a drizzle of oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat until wilted. Season with salt, pepper and minced or granulated garlic. Set aside for several minutes to cool.

In same skillet fry the hash browns in a drizzle of oil until lightly browned and beginning to crisp up. Salt and pepper to taste. Set aside to cool.

In the greased bundt pan layer half of the diced bread. Layer diced ham, green onions, spinach, hash browns and one cup of shredded cheese. Cover with remaining bread cubes.

In a bowl whisk the eggs, milk, cream, salt, pepper, ground mustard and cayenne until well mixed. Pour over contents of bundt pan, making sure the top is thoroughly wet. Press down lightly with your fingers to settle contents in the egg mixture. Let stand on counter for 30 minutes to soak up the liquid.

Layer with final cup of cheese and bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes or until knife inserted in center shows eggs have set and are not runny.

To remove from bundt pan: run a knife around the outside and inside edges. Place inverted plate on top of bundt. Flip.

Microwaves and freezes well.

You could use bacon or sausage instead of ham. Brown them and chop into smaller pieces before layering in bundt pan.

Spinach can be omitted. Add any vegetables you prefer: broccoli, diced bell peppers, shredded brussels sprouts, diced tomatoes, etc.

You could substitute gluten free bread cut into cubes if necessary.

Someone used my breakfast bake photo without my permission and posted it with a totally different recipe. I’ve never made this using cut up Pillsbury Grands, nor would I. You’re on your own if you make modifications like that.

Healthy Breakfast Casserole

This healthy breakfast casserole is my go-to dish to serve for brunch. It's full of veggies with a secret layer of roasted sweet potatoes on the bottom!

I love a good frittata. Frittatas are my go-to choice for brunch if Jack and I are hosting a couple of people. Now that we’re living around more family here in Chicago, I’ve changed things up – this healthy breakfast casserole recipe is basically a frittata in casserole form. Why? Well, with a breakfast casserole, you get a lot more portions with no more work. It’s perfect if you’re hosting a Mother’s Day get-together with your family this weekend!

My Mom’s Vegetarian Breakfast Casserole

Speaking of moms, I borrowed (er…took?) this vegetarian breakfast casserole recipe from my mom. She first started making it around the time of my sister’s baby shower last spring and it has been her go-to brunch recipe ever since. My favorite part is the hearty layer of roasted sweet potatoes on the bottom. Since the sweet potatoes naturally sink to the bottom of the egg mixture, they create a beautiful and delicious base to this egg dish. My mom makes her recipe with bell peppers and zucchini, but I swapped in asparagus and peas to celebrate spring. With the addition of mushrooms and scallions, this healthy breakfast casserole recipe is positively packed with vegetables.

Breakfast Casserole Recipe Variations

I love this springy mix of asparagus, mushrooms, and peas, but this recipe is flexible. Feel free to swap in whatever veggies you enjoy! I recommend any of these variations:

  • Use 1 1/2 cups chopped bell peppers in place of the mushrooms.
  • Substitute 1 1/2 cups chopped broccoli or broccolini for the asparagus.
  • Replace the peas with 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes.

I love the feta in this recipe, but if you’re a fan of goat cheese, try using it here! A layer of grated Parmesan or white cheddar would also be good.

Since I don’t drink regular milk, I used my go-to Almond Milk to whisk into the eggs. If you skip the feta, this healthy breakfast casserole recipe is entirely dairy-free, but I really love feta cheese’s tanginess in this one, so I don’t recommend leaving it out :).

Healthy Breakfast Casserole Serving Suggestions

If you’re serving this recipe as part of a big brunch, it would be great with any number of sweet breakfast items. Here are some recommendations:

If you love this healthy breakfast casserole…

Be sure to check out this shakshuka or this frittata for your next brunch!

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