Quick + easy Christmas Breakfast Casserole is packed full of savory flavor. The best part is it requires few ingredients – and little time!!
Quickly get back to the fun on Christmas morning, by having this Christmas Breakfast Casserole prepped the night before – simply throw this tasty tray into the oven to bake! Try serving with Easy Fruit Salad, Yogurt Fruit Dip, and maybe an Orange Juice Smoothie.
The Perfect Christmas Breakfast!
Christmas morning is filled with activity and fun, so who wants to step away from the magic to make breakfast? That is why I LOVE whipping up a tasty breakfast casserole the night before. The next morning, I simply pop it in the oven, and return to the fun!
This Christmas Breakfast Casserole is brimming with flavor and hits all of your basic breakfast food groups. It has savory sausage, filling bread, and creamy eggs. It’s basically a meal in a pan, and who doesn’t love that?
Though handy, it does not need to be made the night before, but it does require some chill time. It would be a perfect compliment to our French Toast Casserole for both a sweet and savory option.
It is perfect for family breakfast or brunch with friends, so be sure to give it a try!
How to Make It
This is one of our perfect make-ahead breakfasts and one tasty casserole!
PREP. Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish, and set aside.
SAUSAGE. In a skillet, cook the sausage over medium heat until browned, and drain.
MIX. In a medium bowl, mix the salt, eggs, and half and half. Add the sausage, bread cubes, and cheese. Stir together until evenly coated. Pour the mixture into the baking dish.
CHILL. Cover with aluminum foil and chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, or overnight.
BAKE. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Bake the casserole, covered, for 50-60 minutes. Reduce the heat to 325°F. Uncover the casserole and bake for 20-30 additional minutes or until the casserole has set.
Change it up!
When it comes to the Christmas season, I love simple, and I think this Christmas Breakfast Casserole is perfect! It uses simple ingredients that I always have on hand.
However, you can easily add different ingredients to make it your own. Some ideas include:
- Meat. add crumbled bacon to the top, or use cubed ham instead of sausage
- Add veggies. broccoli florets, artichokes, asparagus, sautéed mushrooms, diced red and green bell peppers, and green onions (in the mix, or on top)
- Cheese. Swiss, mozzarella, or Colby Jack
- Use different bread. challah, French Bread, Brioche, Texas Toast
- Creamy. use one cup of milk in place of half and half
- Add heat. spicy sausage, red peppers, jalapeños, or top with hot sauce
Make ahead of time. This savory breakfast casserole is especially perfect to make the night before, that way all you have to do on Christmas morning is put it in the oven.
- Just like when you make French Toast, allow enough time for the egg mixture to soak into the bread. You’ll need at least 2 hours to let the bread soak, but overnight is best.
- Some may worry that soaking too long will result in the casserole being soggy. One trick is to use stale bread. To help your bread dry out a little faster, pop it in the oven for 8-10 minutes at 350°F.
- One other baking tip is to allow the casserole to sit out for about 30 minutes before baking. This will allow the casserole to bake more evenly.
FREEZE. To prepare your Christmas Morning Breakfast Casserole further in advance than overnight, cover the dish with plastic wrap and again with foil. Label and freeze for 1-2 months. Thaw in the fridge before removing the wrappings and baking.
STORE leftovers. Divide into individual-sized storage containers. Keep in the fridge for 3-4 days, or in the freezer for 2-3 months. Thaw, if applicable, and reheat in the microwave or oven.
For more breakfast bakes, check out:
- Easy Coffee Cake
- Breakfast Crescent Ring
- Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole
- Cinnamon Roll Cake
- Potato and Egg Breakfast Casserole
- Biscuit Egg Casserole
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Christmas Breakfast Casserole Recipe
- 1 lb ground pork sausage or maple sausage
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 6 eggs beaten
- 1-1 1/2 cup half and half
- 6 slices white bread toasted and cut into cubes
- 2 cup sharp cheddar cheese shredded
- Grease a 9×13 baking dish, set it aside.
- In a skillet cook the sausage over medium heat until browned, and drain.
- In a medium bowl mix the salt, eggs and half and half. Then add the sausage, bread cubes, and cheese. Stir together until evenly coated.
- Pour the mixture into the baking dish. Cover with foil and chill for at least 2 hours or overnight.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F . Bake the casserole covered for 50-60 minutes.
- Reduce the heat to 325°F. Uncover the casserole and bake for 20-30 additional minutes or until casserole has set.
This looks so yummy, on the menu for this weekend!
YUM!!! This is SO good and perfect to make again for Christmas morning!
This is the perfect Christmas morning breakfast! We could eat it all the time! Sausage is my favorite in casseroles!
I love making us for breakfast! It comes out every time!
This breakfast casserole dish is the perfect combination of all your favorite breakfast foods.
This is my go to breakfast dish. Love it and so easy!
This is my go to for Christmas morning! So yummy – I almost look more forward to this than the presents!
I love a good breakfast casserole for Christmas morning we can throw together the night before. I will be excited to try this one this year!
Hope it’s a hit!!
I’m making this again for Christmas breakfast. I love that you make it ahead of time and then just pop it in the oven on Christmas morning. Delicious!
Those are my favorite kind of recipes! Thank you!
Will be making this for Christmas Day!
This has become a Christmas staple in our home. Love the simplicity and I make it the night before so it’s easy to pop in the oven on Christmas Day!
WAnted a make ahead breakfast for Christmas morning and this fit the bill. MAkes everything seem a little easier.Have used similar recipes in the past but this one was much more flavorful. Very well balanced. Followed recipe exactly. IT was truly delicious 😋 thank you.
You are so welcome! I am glad you found this recipe 🙂 Thank you!
Made a nice savory dish to go along with all our sweet Christmas recipes.
Been making this for a few years now and it’s amazing. I use tater tots instead of bread and it’s soooo good
Delicious! We ate today on Christmas! Two make ahead Christmas casseroles were my Christmas present to myself. Usually I make a big breakfast after we open gifts, but I decided to cook ahead this year. My husband wasn’t thrilled but ended up loving this! I used leftover sourdough bread and added some diced onion – so good. Oh, and my mom was with us and doesn’t eat cheese so I split some into another pan – it was really ggod that way too. I think part of the key is cooking it for so long – the browned edges were my favorite. Keeping this one – it was a hit!
Made it for Christmas 2021 for my son’s family. It was a hit with all 7 of us. Includes toast cubes, sausage, cream, eggs and cheese. What’s not to like.
Why don’t you list quantity of ingredients. Recipe is basically useless!
Super yummy. I subbed gluten-free bread and added some garlic and onion powder. I’ll be making this again next Christmas too!