13 Breakfast Casserole Recipes to Start Your Morning

Kielbasa, Apple, and Onion Strata with Mornay Sauce
Photo: Yekaterina Boytsova

Looking for your next crowd-pleasing breakfast casserole recipe? Look no further. These casseroles are not only warming on a cold morning, but also the ultimate comfort food. They're easy to prep in advance, too, since many of the recipes included here allow you to throw all of your favorite ingredients into a casserole dish, refrigerate it overnight, and bake it the next day. Try your hand at a Cheesy Grits Casserole, Honey-Almond Quinoa with Cream Cheese, or savory Country Ham Breakfast Strata—any of them will yield a delicious meal.

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Christmas-Morning Casserole

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© CHRISTINA HOLMES

This amazing make-ahead dish is a classic baked bread-and-egg casserole with bites of pepperoni, mushrooms, and gooey cheese. It's as good for dinner as it is for breakfast.

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Butternut Squash Casserole with Leeks, Prosciutto and Thyme

Butternut Squash Casserole with Leeks, Prosciutto and Thyme
© Alexandra Rowley

This luscious squash-studded bread pudding is perfect with a green salad on the side.

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Bacon, Tomato and Cheddar Breakfast Bake with Eggs

Bacon, Tomato and Cheddar Breakfast Bake with Eggs
© Fredrika Stjärne

This breakfast casserole topped with runny eggs develops a terrific texture as it cooks slowly in a glass dish (which makes it easy to see when the bottom is perfectly browned).

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Sesame Bagel Breakfast Casserole

Sesame Bagel Breakfast Casserole
© Christina Holmes

The key to a long, leisurely brunch is not having to work too hard. This breakfast-sandwich-inspired casserole is best assembled the night before, allowing the bread to soak up the egg custard. All that's left to do the next morning is pop it in the oven, bake, and enjoy.

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Cheesy Grits Casserole

Cheesy Grits Casserole

Using old-fashioned, stone-ground grits gives this casserole a better texture and flavor than quick-cooking grits.

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Butternut Squash and Kale Strata with Multigrain Bread

Butternut Squash and Kale Strata with Multigrain Bread
Con Poulos

This is a terrific make-ahead breakfast strata from baker and pastry chef Zoe Nathan, who uses multigrain bread to add a distinct flavor to the dish.

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Sausage-and-Maple Bread Pudding

Sausage-and-Maple Bread Pudding

This fantastic breakfast bread pudding is a fun, all-in-one take on French toast with maple syrup and sausage. Melted ice cream enriches the "custard" base.

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Banana-Walnut Baked Quinoa and Oatmeal

Banana-Walnut Baked Quinoa and Oatmeal
© Emily Farris

This banana-nut baked quinoa and oatmeal breakfast casserole is a wonderful way to use overripe bananas.

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Country Ham Breakfast Strata

Country Ham Breakfast Strata
© Abby Hocking

Chef Kevin Gillespie has become a master of no-waste cooking. At his restaurant Revival in Decatur, Georgia, they've used the leftover scraps from their house-smoked ham in dishes such as stewed collard greens, fat back soup, and a breakfast casserole. This pillowy, satisfying strata is a great make-ahead brunch dish—serve it with a crisp green salad on the side.

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Lemony Crêpe Casserole

Lemony Crepe Casserole
Jennifer Causey

Reminiscent of a classic bread pudding, this sweet-tart crêpe casserole has a beautiful lacy top and tender-but-sliceable center.

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Swiss Chard Casserole with Shiitake Mushrooms

Swiss Chard Casserole with Shiitake Mushrooms
© Alexandra Rowley

Delicious and easy to make, this frittata-like casserole from Food & Wine Culinary Director at Large Justin Chapple works equally well for breakfast as it does a first course at dinner parties.

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Rye and Crème Fraîche Strata with Smoked Salmon

Rye and Creme Fraiche Strata with Smoked Salmon
John Kernick

In this playful riff on a bagel with cream cheese and lox, F&W's Justin Chapple makes a custardy rye bread pudding with capers, then tops it with smoked salmon and red onion. It's warm, comforting, and a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.

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Kielbasa, Apple, and Onion Strata with Mornay Sauce

Kielbasa, Apple, and Onion Strata with Mornay Sauce
Yekaterina Boytsova

In this hearty egg-and-bread casserole, smoky kielbasa, sweet apples, and nutty cheese combine to create a truly unforgettable breakfast dish that's just right for a weekend. Serve it on its own, or go the extra mile and make a luscious cheese sauce to drizzle on top. And don't forget the extra touches of honey and salt—they highlight the flavor of the apples and cheese.

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