The Best Breakfast Casserole

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The Best Breakfast Casserole is a thick and creamy egg base with shredded potatoes, chunks of ham and flavorful cheese blends that bakes up in no time. Make ahead or enjoy the morning of during the holidays!

Breakfast for the holidays is a favorite for us! If you love breakfast casseroles as much as I do try this Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole, Overnight Breakfast Casserole or Overnight Cinnamon Apple French Toast Casserole.

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Amazing Breakfast Casserole

A delicious and hearty breakfast casserole that is the BEST that you will make! When I tell you that this is the BEST breakfast casserole it is no joke. I have made a few breakfast casseroles in my day and this one became an instant favorite! I especially love this casserole because it is so hearty and full of wonderful breakfast goodness.

It is a classic breakfast casserole with amazing flavor. It has hash browns packed right inside which is my favorite part. Simple ingredients for a simple egg base that is exploding with flavor. Your family will love this easy breakfast casserole this holiday season. It is perfect for baking ahead of time or making it the morning of. This breakfast casserole is sure to please your entire family this holiday season!

What you need to make a Breakfast Dish

This breakfast is perfect any time of the year but great for Christmas! Simple and easy recipe that bakes up perfectly and can feed a crowd. All the right ingredients that are simple and comes together quickly. It is packed and loaded with all the favors you will love. You take everything out the night before and throw it in the oven in the morning. It can feed a lot of people which is awesome. I have our traditional Sticky buns on the menu for Christmas along with this amazing casserole. When I made it last week for my hubby, we couldn’t seem to get enough of it! Luckily it makes a big casserole and is enough to feed a small army! Try it out for yourself! You will agree that it is amazing!

  • Shredded potatoes: frozen and they do not need to be thawed.
  • Salt and pepper: to taste
  • Eggs: whisked together
  • Half and half: adds creamy texture and thickness.
  • Season salt: more flavoring
  • Cheddar cheese: grated
  • Pepper jack cheese: grated
  • Ham: chopped to your liking. I prefer thicker pieces but go as little as you would like.

How to Make a Breakfast Casserole

This breakfast casserole is the BEST for so many reasons. One of which, is how simple this breakfast casserole recipe comes together quickly and is in the oven in minutes. There is not a lot of planning and prepping for this breakfast casserole recipe. It makes it simple and easy to throw together and place in the oven to bake. Make this ahead of time and when ready to bake simply take out of the refrigerator and bake. This tried and true breakfast casserole is so simple and everyone loves the blended flavoring. Try the BEST breakfast casserole with your family this holiday season!

  • Prepare pan and add ingredients: Grease a 9×13 inch pan. Add the frozen and shredded potatoes to the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Whisk eggs: In a large bowl, whisk the eggs together.
  • Add remaining ingredients: Then add half and half, season salt, cheddar cheese, pepper jack, and chopped ham.
  • Pour into pan and refrigerate: Pour over the top of the frozen potatoes. Cover with foil and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.
  • Bake your breakfast casserole: Bake covered in foil at 350 degrees for 90 minutes. Let rest for 10 minutes before serving.

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What to Serve with a Delicious Breakfast Casserole

Make this a complete meal by adding a little extra on the side. This breakfast casserole recipe has all the greatness inside it and can be a great breakfast all by itself. If you are looking for a more complete meal, add sides that will make this breakfast casserole recipe more complete. With these extra sides, this breakfast casserole will be one amazing meal all together. Here are some ideas of what can go along with this breakfast casserole recipe during the holiday season.

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Mix It Up!

There are so many fun things to add into this casserole to make it even better and flavorful. Switch ingredients around or add in new ones that you prefer for your family. This breakfast recipe continues to get better and better. That is why it is the BEST! There are so many options with this breakfast casserole recipe that it makes it so fun to make often. Make this Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole by substituting the frozen hash browns for a layer of frozen tater tots. Adding and substituting ingredients makes this breakfast better every time you make it.

Try some of these fun variations in this breakfast casserole and find what you enjoy best!

  • Vegetables: bell peppers, spinach or kale, tomato (fresh or canned), broccoli, mushrooms or onions are great add ins.
  • Meat: bacon, variations of sausage, shredded chicken, ground beef or left over turkey.
  • Cream: not a fan of half and half, you can use whipping cream for a thicker, richer breakfast or simply use milk that you have on hand.
  • Cheese: Swiss cheese, Colby jack or mozzarella work well and melt perfectly when baked.
  • Spicy: red pepper flakes, green chilies or green onions are fun way to add a little heat.
  • Potatoes: rather than shredded potatoes, diced or flavorful frozen potatoes will work great.

Tips for Making the Perfect Breakfast Casserole

Here are some tips for making this breakfast casserole even better and easier on you. This recipe is fun to make different variations, make ahead or even the morning of. There are so many great things that make this casserole the BEST! These tips will help you better understand how to bake this breakfast for you to enjoy with your family.

  • Covering or Not Cover: This is an option. I recommend not covering it so the topping can have that nice crisp edge. If you prefer to cook it covered be sure to uncover 10 to 15 minutes remaining, cook uncovered for that crisp crust on top.
  • Keep your potatoes frozen: No, there is no need to thaw the potatoes. They will cook frozen.
  • How to know when breakfast is done: once the outside edges become golden brown and the egg mixture in the middle is firm ( check by rocking the pan). Use a toothpick or knife to check if it is completely cooked through. You can also use a thermometer to check to see if the breakfast casserole has reached 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Drain grease: if you are using any other meat in the breakfast casserole, be sure to drain the meat prior to adding it in the dish.
  • Gluten free: make this gluten free by keeping with this breakfast recipe. Check your labels on other ingredients to make sure.

A slice of breakfast casserole.

Storing Breakfast Casserole

Make this ahead of time the night before or morning of, this breakfast casserole recipe is sure to please! It makes it perfect for storing for the busy Christmas morning breakfast or weekend breakfast that you want to sleep in and wake up to it baking. This is just another reason why this breakfast casserole recipe is the BEST or the BEST!

So many options and plans for this breakfast casserole to make your holiday mornings even easier and better.

  • Making ahead: Simply follow the instructions until you are ready to bake. Cover with aluminum foil or lid and place in your refrigerator. When you are ready to bake, simply take it out of the refrigerator and bake it according to the instructions. This will sit in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
  • Can you freeze a casserole? Yes, this is perfect for freezing. Make and bake your breakfast casserole. Once it has completely cooled down, place in an airtight container or ziplock bag. Lay flat in your freezer for up to 1 month. When ready to warm up, place on baking sheet frozen and bake until warmed through about 20 to 25 minutes.
  • Warming up the casserole: To reheat breakfast casserole add it to the microwave or covered in the oven. Checking it occasionally until it has been warmed through.

A slice of breakfast casserole on a plate.

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The Best Breakfast Casserole

4.5 from 53 votes
The Best Breakfast Casserole is a thick and creamy egg base with shredded potatoes, chunks of ham and flavorful cheese blends that bakes up in no time. Make ahead or enjoy the morning of during the holidays!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 12 people

Ingredients
  

  • 24 ounces frozen shredded potatoes
  • salt and pepper
  • 12 eggs
  • 2 cup half and half
  • 1 teaspoon season salt
  • 1 1/2 cup cheddar cheese grated
  • 1 1/2 cup pepper jack cheese grated
  • 2 cup chopped ham Or your preferred meat, sausage would also be great

Instructions
 

  • Grease a 9x13 inch pan. Add the frozen and shredded potatoes to the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the eggs together. Then add half and half, season salt, cheddar cheese, pepper jack, and chopped ham.
  • Pour over the top of the frozen potatoes. Cover with foil and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.
  • Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 90 minutes. Let rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Notes

Updated on December 7, 2019
Original Post on December 22, 2014

Nutrition

Serves: 12

Calories225kcal (11%)Carbohydrates2g (1%)Protein14g (28%)Fat18g (28%)Saturated Fat10g (50%)Cholesterol206mg (69%)Sodium436mg (18%)Potassium138mg (4%)Sugar1g (1%)Vitamin A630IU (13%)Vitamin C0.3mgCalcium274mg (27%)Iron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword breakfast, casserole
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. Oh, it’s time for this berry and I cooked this pie in the evening. I try to eat sweets only in the morning, and this is the most delicious addition to my morning coffee. Thanks for the recipe.

  2. 3 stars
    Was really hoping to love this. Flavor is very bland for my taste. Could have used some additional spices, but if you prefer mild flavors, it’s ok. Should not be cooked for an hour I pulled out at an hour and cheese was very toasty on top. Only refrigerated it for an hour before cooking so that could have affected things.

    1. 5 stars
      I make this all the time. I usually make it when I want clear out the fridge when food that’s on the verge of getting tossed out. I used almost everything under the sun to make this dish. Never the same twice. I do have one issue. My hashbrowns never crisp up, why is that? Is it the dish I’m cooking it in? I’m using a glass pyrex casserole dish.

  3. I was wondering if this should be baked covered with the foil or uncovered? In the earlier portions of the post it says to bake covered, however in the directions in the printable recipe portion is says to bake uncovered. Thanks!

  4. If I cut this recipe in half (I have a small family) would I still use a 9×13? Or would you suggest a 8×8? And would I still cook at 350 / 90 mins?

  5. We loved this egg bake! Great family breakfast! It only took an hour instead of 90 minutes for it to be done in my oven.

  6. 5 stars
    Made this for Christmas morning brunch yesterday and it was a hit. I added a box of frozen chopped spinach (drained and squeezed dry). So easy to make, with different variations and loved by all.
    This will be gracing our Christmas brunch table every year.

  7. Made it for Christmas morning, and we loved it. I don’t think I let it soak long enough? That was my own rush, I will give it at least 6 hours. I think definitely need to spice the the potatoes more next time. We all like spice! So good the next day. At first I thought I may have made to much? 36 hours later, there was nothing left:)

  8. 5 stars
    I made this Breakfast Casserole for New Years Day Brunch and it was a hit! I used mild Italian sausage (browned) and it was so delicious. I highly recommend it!

  9. 5 stars
    Loved this recipe! Used tator tots instead of hash browns and made half vegetarian with broccoli and other half with broccoli and sausage. Want to try this in individual muffin cups for quick single serving breakfast!

  10. 5 stars
    Our new favorite. Oh my goodness, this was so easy and so delicious. I didnt have seasoning salt, so sprinkled tsp. of kosher salt over the potatoes along with some fresh ground pepper. I didnt add any further salt, and it was perfect. Used a pound of mild breakfast sausage. I like this so much better than the casseroles that use bread. Cooked perfectly in the 90 minutes, and looked so pretty topped with the green onions. We had it for supper tonight with fresh fruit and the wonderful coffee cake also found on this website. Cant wait to reheat it for breakfast tomorrow.

  11. 5 stars
    Outstanding recipe. Its just for the wife and me, so I cur the recipe in half. I replaced the ham with sausage and the half and half with coffee creamer and cut the cooking time in half and it came out great. My wife’s not a fan of spices, so the recipe suits her just fine.

  12. 3 stars
    90 minutes was too long in my oven. I’m going to add onions, peppers and more ham for more flavor the next time I make it and try 60 minutes in the oven.

  13. Do the potatoes have to be frozen, or can I freshly shred them, and put them in the casserole right away?

  14. This Breakfast Casserole interested me, until I viewed the Nutritional Info. It would have been nice to make this on Mothers Day, since it sounds super delicious, BUT the fat & cholesterol are waaay too high per serving. I’m well aware that this is not a blog which posts only healthy recipes, so I’m presently working on ways to lighten-up this dish, in order to make it a bit healthier.

  15. 4 stars
    I made this recently for a teen sleepover. It was a big hit (served with cinnamon rolls and fresh fruit). I only baked it for one hour and I think 90 min would have over cooked it. I’m making it again this morning (1/2 recipe). Swiss cheese, bacon, and asparagus this time.

  16. 5 stars
    This recipe is a keeper. Did not alter any ingredients. Prepared the day before and refrigerated 24 hours. We were hosting a group of my husbands friends from out of town for their annual 3 day golf get together. They absolutely loved this casserole for breakfast. Will definitely make this my go to recipe. Baked it for 1 hour and 15 minutes in a 9×13 glass dish. I have a professional stove so the baking was even.

  17. 5 stars
    Hi Alyssa, in the UK we dont have frozen shredded (grated) potatoes, can i grate (shred) and freeze fresh potatoes to get the same result?

    1. I would continue to use the same amount of baking time, watching it closely towards the end if using a 9×9 or 8×8 baking dish. The egg still needs to be cooked through if you are using a smaller baking dish. If the casserole is thin and you are using a 9×13 baking dish then yes, cup the baking time in half.

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