Favorite Christmas Breakfast Casserole

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. + chilling Bake: 50 min. + standing

Makes

8 servings

Updated: Aug. 25, 2023
After church on Christmas morning, our family enjoys this easy, make-ahead casserole. I’d also recommend this Christmas morning breakfast casserole for a special brunch any time of the year. —Maryellen Hays, Wolcottville, Indiana

Ingredients

  • 7 slices white bread, crusts removed and cubed
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 6 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 cups 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled

Directions

  1. In a greased 11x7-in. baking dish, combine the bread and cheese. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, mustard, salt and pepper; pour over bread and cheese. Sprinkle with bacon. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Bake, uncovered, at 350° until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, 50-55 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
Christmas Breakfast Casserole Tips

How can you make Christmas breakfast casserole your own?

There are several different ways to make Christmas breakfast casserole your own. Substitute ham or sausage for the bacon, and another kind of cheese (like Swiss, mozzarella or pepper jack) for the cheddar. You could also stir in some cooked red and green peppers for festive color!

How can you avoid making runny Christmas breakfast casserole?

You can avoid making a runny Christmas breakfast casserole by using the proper ratio of bread, milk and eggs. Using day-old bread will also help absorb some of the milk. If you do add veggies, be sure to saute them first to release their natural juices.

What can you serve with Christmas breakfast casserole?

Many brunch items can be served with Christmas breakfast casserole, including cheesy hash browns, maple sausage patties and blueberry turnovers. Here are some more Christmas brunch ideas!

How should you store leftovers of Christmas breakfast casserole?

To store leftover Christmas breakfast casserole, let it cool completely, then refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Julie Schnittka, Taste of Home Senior Editor

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 291 calories, 17g fat (9g saturated fat), 202mg cholesterol, 677mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 1g fiber), 18g protein.