6 All-Time Favorite Make-Ahead Breakfast Casseroles
Mornings are usually the most hectic times of the weekday, getting the entire family up on time, dressed, and out the door to work, school, or various appointments. The most important meal of the day is often a slice of quick bread or a smoothie. It’s no wonder the weekends are greeted with a long sigh! Make the most of lazy weekend mornings with a comforting make-ahead breakfast casserole. Do the majority of the prep work the night before, then simply pop it in the oven the next morning while everyone is still sleeping. Your family will become a fan of weekend breakfast when you serve up one of these delicious make-ahead breakfast casseroles. And next weekend? Try some mouth-watering pancakes.
Recipe: Breakfast Casserole
Who says enchiladas are just for dinner? Flavored with bold Mexican flavors, like fresh red bell peppers, salsa verde, fresh cilantro, and chopped avocado, this make-ahead casserole is sure to wake everyone up.
Smoky Sausage-and-Grits Casserole
You can assemble this cheesy grits casserole up to four days ahead, giving you a real jumpstart on your weekend planning.
Creamy Egg Strata
Recipe: Creamy Egg Strata
A strata, similar to quiche and frittatas, is a rich mixture of eggs and cheese baked with buttered, cubed bread serving as a base. A mixture of Parmesan cheese and Swiss cheese pack a sharp punch, and dry white wine and chicken broth create an added layer of savory flavor.
Praline-Pecan French Toast
Recipe: Praline-Pecan French Toast
Oh yes, we did. We blended one of the South’s most cherished desserts, Pecan Pralines, with one of its favorite breakfast foods—French Toast. Try it with French bread, challah, or Italian sweet bread for texture variety. Looking for a flavor variation? Try using pumpkin bread in the fall. Brew a pot of chicory coffee and your overnight guests will think they are waking up in New Orleans.
Cheesy Sausage and Croissant Casserole
This casserole is rich, delicious, and worthy of a special holiday breakfast, but you don’t need to wait for a houseful of company to prepare it. Gruyère cheese browns beautifully and adds a nutty flavor to the dish. You can sub Swiss cheese if you prefer.
Brie-and-Veggie Breakfast Strata
Recipe: Brie-and-Veggie Breakfast Strata
If you have a houseful of weekend guests, this is the make-ahead casserole for you. This sourdough bread based strata serves 8-10 brunch guests. Creamy Brie cheese combines with the fresh flavors of onion, bell pepper, and potatoes in this hearty casserole. Add breakfast sausage or cubed honey ham to up the protein and add more flavor.