Easy Make Ahead Breakfast Casserole

Easy Make Ahead Breakfast Casserole

Around Christmas time, I had experimented with a recipe I had eaten at Sammy’s Aunt & Uncle’s house. Debbie (the Hubby’s Aunt) made this delicious breakfast casserole. I Googled around and found a version I thought was similar – Easy Breakfast Bake Recipe. I made it a couple of times. It was pretty darn good!

Flash forward about 7 months…

I am a very lucky man. I am so lucky that I even have an amazing dude to share this thing I call my life. As with all marriages, your hubby usually has a sibling who has kids. Sammy’s brother and kids visit us pretty frequently now that we McBoxHage Manor. This usually means me getting up and cooking a big breakfast in the morning.

I love to cook! I don’t love mornings. Kids love mornings. Kids get cranky when they don’t eat! I learned this a couple months ago when I got up at 11AM. Adults and kids were both giving me the evil eye as I entered the kitchen. I quickly got cracking turning out food. I learned my lesson that day. I needed to have an easy go to recipe that I could prepare ahead of time so I could sleep! I know, I know – I AM LAZY!! I decided I would do a make ahead breakfast casserole the next time they visited.

The opportunity finally came and I needed to pick up groceries for an impromptu family visit. I got home and began making the recipe and realized I had forgotten the hash browns the recipe called for. DAMN! UGH! I just didn’t have it in me to go back out. Wait! I remembered I had gotten the tater tots! I pulled them out and looked at the bag and thought – I am a GENIUS!! I substituted the hash browns for tater tots. I knew my make ahead breakfast casserole was gonna be the bomb.com. (I just said bomb.com, gawd, I am getting old!)

I moved a few ingredients around. Changed the baking time and temp. When I pulled the dish from the oven I knew some magic had happened. It was like bread, cheese, egg, tots and sausage tied the knot in the oven. YUM and YUM!!! The texture and flavor were sooo much better! That day I was a breakfast hero!

These days I can sleep in knowing I can just throw this masterpiece in the oven without being lynched! 

Warning: It’s ALOT of food!

Easy Make Ahead Breakfast Casserole
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Servings Prep Time
9-12 People 20 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1 Hour 8 Hours
Servings Prep Time
9-12 People 20 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1 Hour 8 Hours
Easy Make Ahead Breakfast Casserole
Easy Make Ahead Breakfast Casserole
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Servings Prep Time
9-12 People 20 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1 Hour 8 Hours
Servings Prep Time
9-12 People 20 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1 Hour 8 Hours
Ingredients
  • 1 lb Sausage I used spicy - use what's right for your tastebuds
  • 1 bunch Green Onions
  • 1 pint Cherry Tomaotes
  • 16 ounces Tater Tots
  • 2 cups Milk I used whole milk
  • 1 cup Bisquick Baking Mix
  • 6 medium eggs
  • 8 ounces Grated Cheese of Choice I used a Tex-Mex blend, y'all!
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1 9 x 13 x 2 3qt Pan The big glass rectangle pan
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Instructions
  1. Get your sausage cooking on a medium heat. You want to make sure this is thoroughly cooked through.
  2. While the sausage is cooking - slice the white part off the green onions. Make sure you remove the root part. Thinly slice and add to the cooking sausage.
  3. Slice up your cherry tomatoes into halves and put into the 9x13 baking dish.
  4. Add the frozen tater tots to the baking dish.
  5. Grab a medium size mixing bowl and add the egg - lightly beat them. Smack a little if they get a little sassy.
  6. Add milk - mix together.
  7. Add Bisquick and thoroughly mix. I like to use an egg beater to make sure I get all the lumps and bumps smooth. It doesn't have to be perfect.
  8. Add salt and pepper. I always say "to taste". 1 tspn is adequate and about half that in pepper.
  9. Once your sausage mixture is cooked - add to the baking dish. Take a minute and make sure you have a nice even mixture of sausage, tomatoes, onions, and tots.
  10. Add cheese - lightly mix.
  11. Pour your Bisquick mixture on top of everything. Just make sure everything is evenly covered.
  12. Wrap in foil and refrigerate over night. You want to make sure you bake it within a day.
  13. Heat oven to 400 degrees and pop into the oven. Cook covered for 30 minutes.
  14. While the Easy Make Ahead Breakfast Casserole is backing thinly chop up the green parts of the green onion. You'll add this to the casserole in about 30 minutues.
  15. Uncover and add about 2 tblspns of green onions - place back in oven and cook for another 30 minutes.
  16. Remove when your Easy Make Ahead Breakfast Casserole is a nice golden cheesy brown. The texture should be firm - no runny or mushy spots. If you have any of this just pop back in the oven for another 5-8 minutes.
  17. Let it rest for 10 minutes. Slice and enjoy! I like to garnish with a little more green onion for a pop of color.
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  1. says

    Ooohh! Looks good. I think this would go over really well with my kids. Unfortunately, they do like mornings entirely too much. I do not. Ugh. Perhaps I could serve them a piece and go back to bed?

    Nice looking blog you’ve got here btw!

    • Christopher Box says

      It’s absolutely deslish. I just made it for a bunch of my friends this weekend. It was a huge hit. You don’t have to make it ahead of time – it turns out fantastic even if you make it the day of.

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