10+ Foolproof Brunch Casseroles for Mother's Day
In the era of social distancing and self-quarantining, celebrating special days is more important than ever. Give Mom the morning off this Mother's Day with these homemade breakfast and brunch casseroles. From hearty meat-and-cheese pairings to French toast casseroles to satisy her sweet tooth, you're sure to find a dish she'll love.
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.
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.
Mini Cheese Grits Casseroles
This make-ahead recipe is ideal for an easy-breezy Mother's Day morning. Prepare the grits the night prior to serving, and then bake the casseroles just before Mom is ready to eat. The single-serving portions feel more formal than a regular casserole dish—use colored ones to add a pop of cheery color to the table. If you don’t have 8-ounce ramekins, our recipe can be made in a 2-quart baking dish (increase the baking time to about 50 to 55 minutes).
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.
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.
Croissant Breakfast Casserole
Our Test Kitchen has made dozens and dozens of breakfast casseroles over the years, but this one is our latest favorite. Made with day-old mini croissants, caramelized onions, and a rich and cheesy egg custard flavored with a touch of Dijon, this Croissant Breakfast Casserole is a real crowd-pleaser and can be made-ahead. Assemble the casserole and store it, unbaked, in the refrigerator overnight. Then, in the morning, all you have to do is pop it in the oven. Keep an eye on the casserole as it bakes. The buttery croissants exposed on top get dark quickly, so be sure to tent it with foil while it finishes cooking.
Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole
Nobody dislikes a cheesy tater tot, so incorporate them into your next family brunch with this Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole. It’s delicious, easy, perfect for both kids and adults, and has the power to please anyone. Most of that power comes from not wiping out the skillet: This way, you’re sautéing your onions in the rendered fat from the sausage, which is both delicious and time efficient. If you need to make it gluten-free or vegetarian, all you have to do is leave out the sausage. Feel free to use any brand of tots you like, or even trying out the minis. For a smokier feel, sub in a smoked gouda.
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.
Breezy Brunch Skillet
For a one-pan twist on the traditional hash brown breakfast casserole, simply cook several slices of bacon in a skillet, remove, and cook the hash browns, peppers, and onions in the drippings. Crack six eggs into wells made in the potatoes, and let cook until set. Sprinkle with Cheddar cheese and crumbled bacon.
Cheesy Sausage-and-Croissant Casserole
Dress up your usual cheese-and-sausage breakfast casserole by swapping croissants for bread. Gruyère cheese browns beautifully and adds a nutty flavor to the dish. You can sub Swiss cheese if you prefer.
Artichoke and Spinach Strata
If Mom likes spinach-and-artichoke dip, then she's sure to love this brunch strata featuring whole-wheat sourdough bread and a blend of veggies and cheese.
Sausage and Cheese Breakfast Casserole
Prep this the night before for an easy breakfast or brunch. Find turkey sausage in the freezer section of the supermarket with other breakfast meats.
Double-Berry French Toast Casserole
This decadent overnight French toast casserole is a shoo-in for a delicious Mother's Day brunch menu. Sandwich the berries-and-cream-cheese filling between slices of French bread, then pour the traditional egg-and-milk French toast mixture over the bread before chilling overnight in the fridge. Allow about an hour of baking time in the morning.