Easy Christmas Morning Breakfast Casserole
Today I want to share with you our family’s Christmas morning breakfast casserole. It is such an easy casserole to prepare and is so delicious! I don’t know about you, but because we are usually up late on Christmas Eve and due to the busyness of the season, by the time Christmas morning rolls around, I need something that I can pretty much make in my sleep. This egg casserole is exactly that. You can also prepare it the night before and just bake it in the morning, whichever is easier. Not only do I make this on Christmas, I make it quite often for overnight guests. Everyone I have served it to seems to love it, and I am so thankful to my friend Lisa for giving the recipe to me.
With both cheddar and cream cheese, this casserole is cheesy and bacony and could not be simpler to make. A lot of breakfast casseroles contain bread, but this one starts out with croutons instead. All you have to do is spread store-bought croutons in a single layer in the bottom of a deep casserole dish,
sprinkle grated cheddar cheese over them, and pour an egg mixture over that. Top with chunks of cream cheese (not diet friendly, but it is Christmas), 🙂
add bacon bits at the last-minute, and you are done. Usually I bake it while we are opening presents in the morning, and it works out perfectly. This year I’m going to serve it with the Crock Pot Hot Chocolate that I told you about last week.
I love having food traditions at the holidays. Not only does it take some of the decision-making out of a season where there are a lot of decisions to make already, but there is something comforting about establishing a family ritual. I think it gives kids a sense of belonging and stability. It can be the simplest of traditions. It’s funny what becomes a tradition sometimes. My daughter talks about the little glass cup I always fill with candy canes and set on the counter. That has become a memory that she associates with Christmas at our house.
If your family is young, I encourage you to start some kind of traditions that characterize your family’s Christmas. As grandparents or aunts and uncles, you can also establish traditions for when the grandkids, nieces, and/or nephews spend time at your house. My mom made gingerbread houses with our kids. They always enjoyed that.
Once in a while we tried things that sounded better in theory than in reality. We didn’t continue those. Sometimes it takes a few years to figure out what best fits your family. There are so many ways to establish traditions. Food is one of the easiest. Just start doing the same thing every year until it becomes part of your personal family holiday. I would love to hear about any traditions that you have in your family. And, if you don’t have a traditional Christmas morning breakfast, you are very welcome to start using ours. I hope your family enjoys it as much as we have!
Christmas Morning Breakfast Casserole
- 1 (5 oz.) pkg. garlic and butter croutons (I use The Original Texas Toast Croutons)
- 2 c shredded cheddar cheese
- 10 large eggs
- 2 c whole milk
- 1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- 1 (3 oz.) pkg. real bacon bits (I use Oscar Mayer Real Bacon Bits)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease an 8x11x3 casserole dish with cooking spray. (You can use a 9×13 pan, but casserole will come out pretty thin, and you need to adjust the cooking time).
- Spread croutons in a single layer into dish.
- Evenly sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese over the croutons.
- Whisk eggs, milk, salt, and pepper together in a bowl or 1 quart measuring cup. Slowly pour mixture over top of cheese.
- Bake for 45 minutes, covered.
- Sprinkle bacon bits over the top of casserole, and return to the oven, uncovered, for 15 minutes. Watch carefully towards the end to make sure bacon doesn’t burn.
- Casserole may be prepared the night before, and kept, covered, in the refrigerator. Hint: If you are using a glass baking dish, allow the casserole to sit on the counter for at least 1/2 hour before putting in the oven, or the dish could possibly break.
- Let casserole sit for about 10 minutes before cutting.
- Refrigerate any leftovers.
Recipe by Cook AZ I Do, so thankful to my friend Lisa DeLassandri for giving it to me originally