The Ultimate Breakfast Casserole


I’ve got your breakfast ready!

Shoot. Those darn teenagers.

You’ll have to make your own. But! It’s easy, and you probably have the ingredients sitting in your kitchen right now. This is a great Christmas morning casserole, hearty and fast and just right to fill up the kids (and him) until the big dinner is ready. It can be as simple–or as complicated–as you want it to be. It’s a versatile recipe, easy to add on to according to your tastes, and best of all, you can make it ahead, stick it in the fridge overnight (tonight!), and pop it in the oven while you’re opening presents.

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How to make the Ultimate Breakfast Casserole:

12 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled*
4 cups cubed bread**
1/2 cup butter, melted***
2 cups cheese, grated
8 eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup sour cream****
salt and pepper to taste
additions, to taste*****

*You can substitute 3/4 pound (or 1 1/2 cups) sausage or ham or ground beef or……. Whatever you have!

**I use Grandmother Bread. Of course.

***You can get away with 1/4 cup butter. Or even margerine. If you must. I would never!!

****If you don’t have any sour cream, you can use 2 cups milk instead.

*****Add 1 cup chopped sauteed onions, peppers, mushrooms, or other vegetables, if you like. MY KIDS WOULD KILL ME. But you go ahead.

This is, as you can see, like so many of my recipes, a standard that you can rely on to then change to suit your own family. I love recipes like that. How do I come up with recipes like this? I take recipes from other places and start changing them to suit my family, and over the years, as our tastes–and their ages–change, I adjust them. I sometimes forget where recipes come from to start with. (And really, this is a very ordinary recipe–what’s special about it is how you can make it your own.) The important part is the standard–the quantities that work within the recipe. Once you deconstruct that part, the recipe is anything you want it to be. I hope you’ll make it something that is perfect for your family. Try it! You’ll like it. (Note: You can also easily cut this recipe in half, if that suits you, and bake it in an 8×8 pan. I’ve never done that, but there is no reason you can’t–I would recommend watching the baking time as that would probably not take as long.)

Cook and crumble bacon; set aside. Cube bread. Grease a 9×13 pan.

As you can see, 4 cups of cubed bread–to me–is 4 overflowing cups. I cut big cubes, and that makes a difference in what fills up a cup. Also, I’m using thick-sliced Grandmother Bread. If you’re using a different sort of bread, it might be different for you, so adjust accordingly. You want the bread to loosely cover the bottom of a 9×13 pan.

When I lay it out in a 9×13 pan, here is what the bread cubes look like.

Melt butter (or margerine) and pour over the bread cubes in the pan.

Toss with shredded cheese.

I’m using a Mexican Fiesta blend. Use whatever cheese you like.

Whisk eggs, milk, and sour cream.

If you’re adding sauteed vegetables, add them to the eggs, milk, and sour cream after you’ve whisked them. Add salt and pepper if you like. I use peppered bacon. Bacon is pretty salty, and it’s peppered, so I don’t add anything at this point.

Pour mixture evenly over bread cubes and cheese.

Sprinkle bacon (or whatever) over the top of the casserole. I like to toss chives over it, too. Then the teenagers start crying. “What is that green stuff?????” CHIVES. I grew them, chopped them, and froze them. It makes me happy to use them. I love them.

The teenagers just barely let me get away with that. Or most likely, by the time I get done telling them all that, they want to smack me and just get on with the pigging out.

Cover with foil. You can cook this right away, or let it sit in the fridge overnight. Bake at 325-degrees, covered, for 45 minutes. Remove cover and bake another 15 minutes.

Get some for yourself before you call the teenagers.

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Posted by Suzanne McMinn on December 24, 2008  

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  1. 12-24

    That looks SPECTACULAR! :hungry: I’m having a Ham and Cheese Omlet and Monkey Bread for Christmas brunch with Amy and my Baby Brook in a little while since everyone else is a wk! MERRY CHRISTMAS EVE!!!!!

  2. 12-24

    Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays to one and all!

  3. 12-24

    That looks very good, and pretty simple too!
    Merry Christmas from my zoo to yours!

  4. 12-24

    Wow! This looks wonderful. I’ve lost my recipe and this one looks even better. Did I miss the PRINT? Couldn’t find it. I’ll fix this today. Thanks! I come every day to be inspired and enjoy.

  5. 12-24

    Guess what we’ll be having for breakfast tomorrow morning! Looks good!

    Merry Christmas!

  6. 12-24

    ack, I forgot the print link. Got it in there now. Thank you, Rita!!

  7. 12-24

    Those darn teenagers beat us to it. Guess you’ll have to make another and be sure to add all that extra stuff in
    Merry Christmas to all!

  8. 12-24

    Thanks for the recipe Suzanne, This is definitely a keeper. Unfortunately I’ve already bought the ingredients to make a Christmas morning breakfast casserole that uses hash browns, etc. Have a Merry Christmas.

    – Suzanne, the Farmer’s Wife

  9. 12-24

    OH I LOVE THIS!! I do this often and it is so easy. The boys love it so I end up having to make 2 pans… everything is doubled around here…if my vision starts to double, I am coming to live with you!!! Have a wonderful Christmas eve!!!!

  10. 12-24

    I make this on Christmas morning!!! Only I use bisquick for the crust part. It a recipe on that used to be on the back of the box. I fix it the night before and pop it into the oven Christmas day. Quick and easy. Enjoy!! I see your teens enjoyed yours very much. :)

  11. 12-24

    Looks wonderful! Thanks for sharing all the great recipes with us. A Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  12. 12-24

    Boy, that almost breakfast looks good, having raised 2 boys I know how much they can eat. Merry Christmas Susanne and all my “Chicken” friends!!

  13. 12-24

    Wow! That looks lip smackingly delicious! I wish I wasn’t allergic to eggs…darn!
    I love that plate. I have a “thing” for anything with strawberries on it.
    Merry Christmas!

  14. 12-24

    A Very Merry Christmas Suzanne !

    Have a wonderful day with your loved ones.


  15. 12-24

    We make this every Christmas morning, but use sausage instead of bacon. My recipe doesn’t have the sour cream either. Hm, might try that this year.

  16. 12-24

    Looks yummy with your Grandmother bread and the peppered bacon. I’ve made this and added cooked spinach and mushrooms, really good.
    Hope you have a happy and safe Christmas.

  17. 12-24

    Thank you Suzanne because I’m going to make this tonight so we can have it in the morning. Merry Christmas!

  18. 12-24

    Oh my goodness I am drooling just reading the recipe! All three of my “teenagers” (28,26 and 23) are home for Christmas this year so I know we will be enjoying this in the morning.
    Thanks and hope you and yours have a very merry Christmas!

  19. 12-24

    Those darn teenagers – where’s mine? I’m passing this along to my daughter’s new MIL as she’ll have the crowd tomorrow morning. I get the “kids” (38 and 43) back Friday. Merry Christmas to all!!! :catmeow:

  20. 12-24

    Yum! It’s a tradition around my house to make one very similar.

  21. 12-24

    Ahh! Thank you! I was hoping on to find a casserole recipe for tomorrow morning! Didn’t have to look far! And I have everything here at home!

  22. 12-24

    Merry Christmas to you and yours. :snoopy:

  23. 12-24

    I’ll have to try that! It looks delicious!! We do a variation of your recipe with sausage. It’s a Christmas morning tradition at our house…

  24. 12-24

    LOL on the teenagers.

    Merry Christmas!

  25. 12-24

    I cook a similar dish but don’t bother with cutting up the bread just lay whole pieces in the greased pan. Then we let set overnight and in teh morning before placing in the onven add additonal liquids (usually just milk) anykind and quantity so that the bread is covered. Its more of a pouffy dish… we call it scalloped bread. Oh my its on the menu for tomorrow AM!

  26. 12-24

    It looks Yummy! But, my kids hate eggs. *G*

    Merry Christmas!

  27. 12-24

    That looks amazing. I didn’t even know I was hungry until I saw it. Holy cow.

  28. 12-24

    That looks sooo good.
    Happy Holidays to you and yours, Suzanne!

  29. 12-24

    We wish your family a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
    Thanks soo much for your special website.

    Jeanne :wave:

  30. 12-24

    That looks out of this world good!! I think I have everything at home to make it. Thank you for sharing another wonderful recipe.

    Merry Christmas.

  31. 12-24

    That looks so yummy! Enjoy your Christmas Eve!

  32. 12-24

    Oh that looks so good. I’m having a quiet Christmas this year but it’s a definite plan for Christmas morning next year!!!

  33. 12-24

    Merry Christmas, Suzanne! I’m making this tomorrow after seeing your post. (It’s already tucked into the fridge.) Thanks for all your wonderful recipes!

  34. 12-25

    I just made this for Christmas morning and the family loved it.
    Thank you for all of your hard work.

  35. 1-8

    This sounds so good. I am always looking for new recipes to try, It is just my husband and mydself in our home now and we are trying to eat lighter, a few adjustment and this would even make a great eveing meal.

  36. 9-25

    I’m down here in Hurricane, WV…

    Was looking for a good pepperoni roll recipe and you popped up! I’m so glad I found you–have your breakfast casserole in the oven right now. No teenagers, just some hungry Bible study ladies this a.m. Planning on trying that Grandmother’s bread!

    Thanks for helping me out this week with your yummy recipes!

  37. 11-4

    I love your little comments that you add to your recipes. Great website. Definetly going in my favorites. Keep up the good work

  38. 12-12

    I can’t wait to try this one :)

  39. 12-18

    I have a question. Does it make ANY difference for the taste and/or consistency if it sits in the fridge overnight? I know that you said that it could be assembled the night before – but is the result different at all? Thanks for letting me know! I will definitely be making this SOON!!!!

  40. 2-11

    I make something similar but being a city girl I use frozen hashbrown cakes and sausage instead of bacon. This way I don’t have to let it sit overnight. We usually have it for dinner and there’s never a drop left! Mine never looks as pretty as yours though :no:

  41. 8-9

    This reminds me of the breakfast casserole I make for Christmas. Mine is made with bread fried mushrooms and chicken-apple sausage, whole wheat bread cubes, eggs and cheese. It’s delicious, just like yours looks to be!

  42. 8-10

    My grandchildren love bacon–so I plan to make this the next time they are here overnight. It looks yummy and very easy to prepare! Thanks for sharing all your great recipes.

  43. 11-3

    Ok clean out your spare bedroom cause I’m coming over for breakfast on christmas day (LOL).

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