Photo: Alison Miksch; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

Brunch hard, brunch often.

Sara Tane
August 22, 2017

Man, is there anything better than sleeping in? YES—sleeping in, and immediately upon waking up, consuming copious amounts of a breakfast casserole. Whether you’ve got a long day of tailgating ahead, it’s a holiday brunch, or you’ve just got a hungry bunch on the weekend, the power of a hearty breakfast casserole, sweet or savory, should never be understated. We gathered up some of our all-time favorite bakes that are sure to fill you and your crew up first thing in the morning and have you on your merry way.

Creamy Brioche and Egg Bake

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Photo: Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Eggs this soft, runny, and smooth don’t come around too often in a throw-together breakfast bake. If sausage is your breakfast meat of choice, then this bake is a no-brainer. Soaked in rich heavy cream and a slew of fresh herbs, this beauty has got no shortage of flavor. If runny yolks aren’t your jam, go ahead and cook the casserole for a little while longer until the yolks are fully set to your liking.

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Spinach, Bacon, and Gruyère Breakfast Strata

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Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez; Food Styling: Karen Rankin; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke

This genius bake packs all the necessary components of a hearty breakfast casserole, but offers a few clever substitutions to cut back on calories, fat, and sodium, without sacrificing flavor. Whole wheat bread, Greek yogurt, and low-fat milk are key in this healthier version of a traditionally calorie-laden breakfast dish, and fresh spinach brings color to this family-friendly morning breakfast. Nobody will have any idea how healthy this actually is (*slowly pats self on back*).

Cheesy Sausage-and-Croissant Casserole

Photo: Alison Miksch; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

Croissants are good, but croissants baked with layers and layers of cheese and sausage are definitely better. Use up a package of croissants that might have seen fresher days and don’t look back with this epic breakfast concoction. Even if you’re working with a crowd of picky eaters, they’re sure to love this one.

Double-Berry French Toast Casserole

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Linda Hirst

For a sweeter, fruitier approach to the morning, why not opt for a French toast casserole brimming with fresh raspberries and strawberries? If you’re taking it to a tailgate or to a friend’s house, wait until right before you serve it to garnish with maple syrup, powdered sugar, and any remaining fruit you might have.

Smoky Sausage and Grits Casserole

Photo: Alison Miksch; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham

Trying to get ahead of the game? In this smoky casserole, the different components can be assembled up to 4 days in advance and stored in the fridge until it’s serving time. If you’ve ever dove into a bowl of cheddar grits and felt totally blissed out, this bake is right up your alley.

Overnight Peaches-and-Cream French Toast

Birthdays, holidays, special occasions, or just really intense sweet tooth cravings—it’s all the same, and this overnight French toast situation is the perfect answer to them all. As much as we love a fresh peach, sometimes it’s pretty difficult to get your hands on a good one, and that’s why we don’t mind that this recipe calls for canned peaches. Easier, more reliable, and available all year long. *wink*

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