Make Ahead Breakfast Casserole (or overnight breakfast casserole) is perfect for the holidays! The secret is to butter the bread before laying in the pan!

Make-Ahead Breakfast Casserole

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Happy Holiday, Friends! Ready for an easy breakfast to serve this week? I love this Make-Ahead Breakfast Casserole because it’s EASY! Today I’m resharing this delicious recipe that has been on my blog since 2014.

Choosing Joy & Make-Ahead Breakfast Casserole

This is the week for me in December when things get hectic, pile up, overwhelm me, and I start to get a little grumpy! So, I’m reminding myself of this quote from my favorite author, Henri J.M. Nouwen:

“Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.”

Ingredients for make-ahead breakfast casserole

Gather these easy ingredients:

  • Loaf of bread
  • Cheese and favorite meat (sausage, bacon, ham)
  • Mushrooms, diced chilies, eggs and milk
  • Spices: paprika, basil, salt, pepper, dry mustard

Other overnight breakfast recipes to try:

You might also want to try this Pepperoni Roll Breakfast Strata or Overnight Blueberry Almond Oats. Then there is my Overnight Monte Cristo Breakfast Casserole and Baguette Ham Overnight Breakfast Casserole that is really good!

Unmet expectations

Yes, I want each day this holiday season to be magic, with sparkly lights and nights {fun movies with the fam}, good food on the table, gifts wrapped, cards done, relaxing and spreading holiday cheer.

But that’s not quite reality for most of us.

I tend to be unhappy, disappointed and let down when I can’t get everything on my list accomplished, or when my expectations are not met. I hate it when this happens, so this is when I reach deep within and pull out a little JOY.

It’s a peace that is experienced when the mental chatter of the mind is silenced–expectations, negative thoughts, worry, doubt, perfectionism—the things that rob us!

It takes a little focus, so this is where “choosing joy” comes in!

EASY Make-Ahead Breakfast Casserole

It’s the simple things that always involve others, like cooking for others, giving small gifts, sending out cards. And hosting a few holiday meals!

“Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.” -Henri J.M. Nouwen {}

Reach for joy

So when I feel stressed, I reach for joy. Joy also comes from being grateful, feeling filled with connection (which is why we show hospitality a lot over the holidays), truthfulness, radiating love, and that twinkle of inspiration from remembering the Reason for the season. Joy settles deep.

Joy comes when our joy cups are filled up — filled with connection.

It’s the sharing of our lives over the holidays that brings joy!

It’s such a simple concept, yet so many of us miss out on the one thing that can fill our hearts with love!

BEST Make-Ahead Breakfast Casserole

Make Ahead Breakfast Casserole

A few years back, when we lived in southern Oregon, we had a tradition on Christmas to have my Dad and his wife over for either brunch or dinner.

In the past I either made Cornish Game Hens recipe (yum!),  or Pepper Crusted Prime Rib, or Ginny would bring our family-favorite Make Ahead Breakfast Casserole for brunch.

Overnight Make-Ahead Breakfast Casserole

The secret for the best flavor

The secret to the flavor? Butter the bread before you lay it in the pan!

You can make the dish vegetarian or add your favorite meat.

Make up a day or two before you need to serve it. I know why breakfast casseroles are so popular.

It’s for the “cooks” who want to be prepared!

Happy hosting!

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Make-Ahead Breakfast Casserole

Make this vegetarian, or add your favorite meat (sausage, ham, bacon). The secret is to butter the bread before laying in the pan!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
cooling: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Yield: 10
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  • Loaf of sliced bread, white or wheat or sprouted wheat work, crusts trimmed off
  • 2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 lb. pre-cooked sausage, bacon or ham
  • ½ lb. fresh sliced mushrooms
  • 1 can diced chiles
  • 2 cups grated jack cheese
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • ½ tsp. paprika
  • ½ tsp. basil
  • ½ tsp. pepper
  • ¼ tsp. onion salt
  • ¼ tsp. dry mustard


  • Place buttered, trimmed, bread slices in the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan, overlapping each other – butter side up. Layer the grated sharp cheddar cheese, meat(s), mushrooms, chilies, and jack cheese.
  • Mix in a separate bowl the eggs, milk, paprika, basil, pepper, onion salt, and dry mustard.
  • Pour egg mixture over the layered ingredients. Cover with foil and chill overnight.
  • In the morning, remove the foil and bake at 325° for 1 hour, or until center is firm and does not jiggle. Depending on your oven, you may need to cook an additional 5 mintues.
  • Let stand 10-15 minutes before serving.


Updated from DEC 2014
Cuisine: American
Course: Breakfast
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Make-Ahead Breakfast Casserole Recipe