10 Make-Ahead Casseroles for a Holiday Brunch
If you’ve never made a breakfast casserole before, I highly recommend you make one this holiday season. It’s the ideal dish for brunch entertaining because you can make it the night before the party and it serves a crowd. Most breakfast casserole recipes are pretty straightforward—there’s a little browning of sausage or frying of bacon, then a bunch of ingredients are combined and tossed into a large baking dish—so even if you’re not a wiz in the kitchen you can easily assemble one of the 10 delicious dishes highlighted here.
Make a strata for your family to enjoy on Christmas morning, or serve a couple of different kinds at a blowout holiday brunch with all of your friends and family. When it’s the morning of the party all you have to do to prepare the meal is pop the casserole in the oven—leaving you plenty of time to put on your hostess dress and enjoy a mimosa. Now, who wouldn’t toast to that?!
Lorraine usually refers to a classic style of quiche, but this recipes uses the traditional ingredients (ham and gruyere cheese) to make a hearty and tasty breakfast strata.
French toast fanatics will be wildly content with a plate of this vanilla almond baked French toast. The recipe uses almond milk instead of regular milk to give it a full nutty flavor. The make-ahead dish will satisfy the sweet tooth in your family.
The flavors of fall are highlighted in this butternut squash and kale strata with multigrain bread. Use the best bread you can find for the most scrumptious strata ever.
Although the recipe calls for heirloom tomatoes, which are only in season during the summer, you can make this tomato breakfast casserole with the biggest tomatoes you can find.
Vegetarians, this meatless spinach, mushroom, and parmesan cheese casserole is for you. Skillet-toasted bread is tossed with sautéed vegetables, fresh thyme, lots of cheese, eggs, and half-and-half. The mixture must sit in the fridge overnight to ensure that the bread soaks up all the rich dairy goodness.
This herb-infused green strata with goat cheese is like a savory bread pudding. Be careful when cooking the eggs on top of the strata—you don’t want to overcook them. It’s the most decadent when the yolks are still runny!
Caramelized onions, creamy fontina, and salty speck (which is a smoked ham from Italy that is similar to prosciutto) are combined to make this delectable layered strata. If you can’t find speck, simply use prosciutto or thinly shaved ham.
This recipe for Brussels sprout, cheese, and bacon frittata proves that Brussels sprouts and bacon are a match made in heaven. To make a frittata in advance, assemble and cook the entire dish, then reheat it in the oven until warm the next day.
Kids will enjoy these grab-and-go mini breakfast casseroles that are made in a muffin tin. The recipe calls for green onions, spinach, cheddar cheese, and whole wheat bread, but feel free to mix it up to your family’s tastebuds. Just be sure to keep the proportions the same and don’t change the measurements for the eggs and milk.
Love pancakes, but hate having to make them while your guests wait their turn for a stack? This recipe for pancake breakfast casserole is for you! Make the pancakes when you’re alone in the kitchen and assemble the dish the night before your brunch. To simplify the recipe even further, make pancakes with your favorite pancake mix instead of from scratch.
Invest in a sturdy long-lasting casserole dish and you'll be able to make breakfast whenever you want.
What is your favorite make-ahead brunch dish?