Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Home Cooking >
Jun 25, 2009 10:12 AM

Need Breakfast Casserole Ideas

Have a very special breakfast for a friend coming up and she loves breakfast casseroles. I make one with sausage, eggs and potatoes but pretty generic.

Looking for some new ideas and inspiration. NO fritattas recipes.

I have a few weeks yet, but would love to surprise her with something different and unique.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. I'm not sure if you're looking for a savoury or sweet dish but I love bread puddings with a side of stewed fruits.

    2 Replies
    1. re: BamiaWruz

      Probably more of a main dish rather than sweet, thx for asking.

      1. re: kchurchill5

        I think its probably covered below- but for all the family holidays we do a savory bread pudding for breakfast- stale bread, varied veggies (onions, peppers, spinach, mushrooms), a meat (canadian bacon, ham, bacon, sausage), cheese and then all covered with beaten eggs with a little milk. Its a really delicious way to start off the morning even though basic :-)

    2. Those of us who live in apartments are too intimidated by breakfast casseroles.

      3 Replies
      1. re: mollygirl

        I have a tiny apt. I still make 20 lb turkeys and a 30 course turkey day spread. A little casserole won't stop me :)

        1. re: kchurchill5

          obviously you didn't catch my irony

          1. re: mollygirl

            Sorry, a bit slow today, fighting a bad cold. The meds went to my head ... ever forgive me?

      2. Cracker Barrel's Hash Brown Casserole. Here's a copycat can search for others:

        1. Reuben bread pudding? I have a recipe from an old Gourmet magazine that I made once. I thought it was a bit dry and needed more sauerkraut and cheese. Here's a quick paraphrase. Perhaps you could use your custard recipe and just add the Reuben ingredients.

          12 slices dry pumpernickel, cut in 3/4" cubes
          1 medium onion, finely chopped
          1 pound thinly sliced corned beef, cut in 1/4" strips
          1 cup drained, squeezed sauerkraut
          1 cup shredded Havarti cheese (about 4 ounces)
          4 large eggs
          3 Tablespoons coarse-grained mustard
          4 cups milk
          S&P to taste
          2 Tablespoons butter

          Layer Reuben ingredients in buttered 10 x 14 pan. Pour custard over. Dot with butter. Chill, covered, at least 1 hour and up to 1 day. Bake in preheated 350 about 40 minutes.

          4 Replies
            1. re: kchurchill5

              i have a recipe that i got from my husband's sister's husband's sister. (c;
              it is a potato casserole that uses the frozen hash brown chunks, cream of celery soup, onion, sour cream and cheese. it is topped with corn flakes. although i usually don't cook like this, i happen to love love love the recipe. the only problem is that it does take quite awhile to cook. let me know if you are interested and i will go a'diggin'.

              1. re: raygunclan

                I'm not opposed to soup, heck I love green bean casserole. I totally admit it. I only make it 2x usually 1x a year, Turkey Day and then usually Mothers Day because my Mom loved it, but without Mom it is non 1x. My sausage casserole uses Idaho Obrien diced potatoes and Pillsbury crescent rolls. What can I say it gets rave reviews everytime I make it and tons of requests for the recipe.

                I wonder if you could add sausage or ham to this dish and possibly some red pepper, onion to make it a big more complete. Just a thought.

                Yeah, if easy to find I would love it. Don't go to too much work however. I know what it is like sometimes to find one. I still have old hidden handwritten ones stuck in books and old files.

                1. re: kchurchill5

                  i could totally see sausage in this. isn't it funny those recipes that we have that we die a little inside when someone asks for the recipe? crecent rolls, can o soup. hee hee.

          1. instead of the usual sausage and cheese strata, make it southwestern-style with chorizo, scallions, roasted poblanos, jack cheese and cilantro. or if chorizo doesn't appeal, use regular breakfast sausage instead. Here's a link to one I've made in the past that's pretty tasty: