20+ Christmas Morning Casseroles to Feed a Crowd
Whether you're planning a fancy holiday brunch or just have the whole family staying over, a breakfast casserole is the perfect way to feed a crowd. These Christmas breakfast casseroles have everything you want for Christmas morning—easy prep, a hands-off cooking method, and tons of flavor. Maybe you're looking for a crowd-pleasing breakfast bake, a simple overnight casserole, or a nice big batch slow-cooker French toast. We've got all that and other popular breakfast options, like shrimp and grits casserole, hashbrown casserole, and cheesy, savory quiche.
Apple Pie French Toast Casserole
This overnight casserole could be breakfast, but it could also be bread pudding—in short, it’s the perfect thing to serve on a chilly Saturday morning. Cinnamon and comforting, it’s just sweet enough to be eaten as-is, but it’s also nice topped with a little butter and maple syrup. The chopped pecans absorb some of the moisture from the apples, leaving a nice caramelization and crunch. Assembly is super easy: Get everything together the night before, or even the day of—just be sure to let it sit at room temperature for an hour. Serve with your toppings of choice and a cup of coffee.
Associate Food Editor Mary Allen Perry likes the make-ahead ease of this breakfast casserole recipe. Prepare the recipe, without baking, and refrigerate overnight. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes; bake as directed. Tip: Make the Cheese Sauce before scrambling the eggs so the sauce will be ready to add at the proper time.
Sausage and Polenta Breakfast Casserole
Andouille sausage, two types of cheese, and a splash of hot sauce add flavor and a little kick to Sausage and Polenta Breakfast Casserole. This make-ahead breakfast casserole is perfect for holiday mornings--just cook and enjoy.
Overnight Blueberry Croissant Breakfast Bake
Blogger Chungah Rhee of Damn Delicious created a fun twist on a traditional French toast bake that calls for buttery, flaky mini croissants instead of thick Brioche slices. This French toast bake recipe from her latest cookbook Damn Delicious: 100 Super Easy, Super Fast Recipes suggests prepping the night before to give the croissants a chance to soak up all of that sweet egg batter. Sleep in, snooze your alarm a few times, and just pop the pan in the oven when you’re ready to eat. To finish it off in the morning, drizzle the bread pudding-like base with a cinnamon-cream cheese glaze. This make-ahead breakfast casserole is truly the most genius way to use up day-old croissants.
Overnight Blueberry Croissant Breakfast Bake
Excerpted from Damn Delicious: 100 Super Easy, Super Fast Recipes by Chungah Rhee. Copyright © 2016 Chungah Rhee. Reprinted with permission from Oxmoor House, an imprint of Time Inc. Books. All rights reserved.
Ham Biscuit Casserole
Breakfast Buffet Bake
This super easy breakfast bake is basically a loaded breakfast casserole: It’s heavy on the onions, peppers, and sausage, but lighter on the eggs, so it’s an inverse of your typical breakfast casserole. The layered format and ease on the eggs keeps this from getting soggy. You can go ahead and cook this ahead of time by cooking the hash browns ahead of time, then layering on the onions, peppers, and sausage before covering and refrigerating overnight. Then, simply add the custard the next morning and bake. If you can’t find frozen hash patties, you can use shredded hash browns instead. Simply spread about a pound of frozen hash browns in the baking dish and bake at 400 until cooked through. Then go on with the rest of the recipe.
Spinach, Bacon, and Gruyère Breakfast Strata
This dish has fewer than 20g of total carbs--about half of what you'll find in classic bread-based casseroles. Greek yogurt, eggs, and cheese pack a mighty protein punch, while a touch of bacon seasons to perfection. The strata is best if allowed to soak overnight. Not only does this build in make-ahead convenience, it also allows the bread to fully absorb the egg mixture--yielding a creamy texture inside, while the top bread pieces get delightfully crisp.
Cheesecake Crescent Rolls
For holiday brunches, overnight company, and any manner of potluck, consider this recipe your secret weapon. Easy as they are to make, these Cheesecake Crescent Rolls will always score rave reviews.
Easy Breakfast Casserole
Veggies, cheese and bacon, oh my! You’ll love the layers in this simple recipe—all of them delicious. Perfect for Tuesday Casserole Night or a satisfying breakfast.
Christmas Breakfast Casserole
This warm and comforting casserole is everything you could want in a Christmas morning breakfast: rich and cheesy grits, rounded out with sausage, bacon, and poblano.
Overnight Peaches-and-Cream French Toast
Creamy Brioche and Egg Bake
This stand alone breakfast dish is an upgrade from the usual breakfast casserole. Baking eggs in brioche and heavy cream allows for perfectly set, soft, and runny eggs. Fresh herbs and rich egg and meaty sausage flavors round out this bake and give it irresistable texture. Ask for brioche at your local grocery store or bakery and they are sure to have it.
This Mexican classic is commonly served topped with eggs, but it's just as delicious without, as a savory crowd-pleaser that skews more toward the lunch end of brunch. Simply bake the casserole, top with cheese, and serve.
Double-Berry French Toast Casserole
Smoky Sausage-and-Grits Casserole
You can assemble this up to four days ahead, and keep in the fridge; then let it stand at room temp for 30 minutes before baking.
Bacon-and-Cheddar Grits Quiche
Spread cheese to the edge of the warm, bacony grits "crust" to prevent any custard from seeping out while the quiche bakes.
Berry-and-Walnut French Toast Casserole
This overnight casserole saves you the trouble of standing over a griddle flipping individual slices of French toast. If using a fresh baguette, cut it up the day before, and let it sit in the bag overnight to become slightly stale—that'll help prevent sogginess when the casserole is baked.
Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole
Cheesy Sausage-and-Croissant Casserole
This casserole is rich, delicious, and worthy of Christmas breakfast. Gruyère cheese browns beautifully and adds a nutty flavor to the dish. You can sub Swiss cheese if you prefer.
Shrimp and Grits Casserole
This casserole is tangy and cheesy, but thanks to the tomato and mushroom mixture there’s a nice richness here as well—just how shrimp and grits should be. It’s perfect for a holiday potluck or buffet-style brunch, especially with a crisp green salad and a mimosa or Bloody Mary.