Everything you love about breakfast is found in this Easter Breakfast Casserole. Eggs, sausage and two kinds of cheese make this overnight casserole recipe delicious!
This is a easy prep recipe you can make the night before or first thing in the morning. Either way, family and friends are going to love this recipe as much as we do.
Check out all the other Easter Brunch Ideas to help make your holiday celebration special!
How do you celebrate Easter with your family? Do you have a huge meal in the afternoon or maybe you gather for brunch after church?
I love the idea of serving Easter Casserole Recipes and having brunch after church on Easter Sunday. But getting everything prepared early in the morning with the rush of also getting ready for church can be a bit overwhelming.
Which is why you're going to love this recipe. It's the perfect overnight casserole recipe to serve. All you need to do is remove it from the refrigerator and bake; leaving you plenty of time to get the eggs ready for the egg hunt!
Looking for more Brunch and Breakfast Ideas? Try my Breakfast Casserole with Hashbrowns, Crescent Roll Breakfast Recipes or my delicious Breakfast Parfaits that would be great for a holiday brunch celebration.
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Overnight Breakfast Casserole
If you love the idea of having breakfast ready to go in the oven the morning of a holiday, try these other overnight breakfast casserole recipes:
- Overnight French Toast Casserole
- Bread Machine Overnight Cinnamon Rolls
- Texas Toast French Toast Casserole
🛒Helpful Kitchen Tools
This is an overview of the ingredients and instructions. Be sure to see the recipe card below for exact quantities, detailed instructions and special notes.
- Ground Pork Sausage - for this recipe I used Jimmy Dean sausage. You can substitute any other breakfast sausage; just make sure it's a breakfast sausage.
- Cheeses - I used mild cheddar cheese and Parmesan cheese. You can substitute your favorite or what you have on hand. I do think the Parmesan cheese adds a nice flavor to the overall taste of the casserole.
- Green Onions - are for garnish. You can leave them out if you prefer.
- Step 1: In a heavy skillet, cook the sausage for about 10 minutes making sure you break it up into crumbles.
- Remove from skillet and drain any excess fat.
- Step 2: Add the sausage to a mixing bowl, then add the Parmesan cheese, sliced green onions and the croissant pieces. Arrange the mixture in a 13x9 baking dish that's been sprayed with non-stick baking spray.
- Step 3: In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs with the milk and the heavy cream.
- Pour over the sausage mixture.
- Step 4: Cover and chill the dish for 8 hours or overnight.
📌Quick Tip: Avoid sudden changes in temperature when handling a glass casserole dish. To ensure the strength of the Pyrex, it's best to let it gradually warm up by leaving it on the countertop for 30 minutes before transferring from a cold environment, like the refrigerator directly into an preheated oven.
- Step 5: The next morning, remove the casserole from the refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature for 30 minutes. Uncover the casserole and sprinkle with the shredded cheddar cheese.
- Step 6: Bake for 45 minutes in a preheated 350°F oven.
- Step 7: Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
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How do you know a Breakfast Casserole is Cooked?
- A breakfast casserole is completely cooked when a toothpick or skewer inserted into the center of the casserole comes out clean, not wet.
- You can also check the internal temperature of a casserole made with eggs using an instant read thermometer. If it reads 160°F, it is fully cooked.
- If the casserole is not completely cooked, but is getting too brown, you can easily cover it loosely with aluminum foil.
This recipe is easy to change and make your own. Here are some simple swap outs you can use:
- Instead of the ground sausage, try ground beef or diced ham.
- Use a different kind of cheese instead of the cheddar cheese. Swiss or Monterey Jack would be great.
- Add a few vegetables like shredded zucchini or chopped peppers.
- Check out my other recipe for Breakfast Casserole with Hashbrowns or this Sausage Potato Breakfast Casserole.
Please Note: If you do add more vegetables or meats to this casserole, the cooking time will increase.
What to Serve with a Breakfast Casserole
If you are serving this overnight breakfast casserole recipe as part of a brunch buffet or for a house full of guests, simply add a few of the following to round out the meal:
- Fresh fruit.
- Breakfast Parfaits with yogurt and homemade granola.
- You could also serve a few breakfast pastries like my Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish.
- Besides hot coffee, try my Easter Brunch Punch.
- Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days in an air-tight container.
- Reheat in the microwave until warmed through.
- You can also freeze the leftover baked casserole in the freezer for up to 2 months.
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You can freeze a cooked breakfast casserole for up to 2 months. Wrap it tightly in aluminum foil or store it in an airtight container. Allow the casserole to thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Reheat in the oven or microwave until warmed through.
- 1 pound Jimmy Dean ground pork sausage
- 4 ounces shredded Parmesan cheese
- 6 green onions, sliced
- 24 mini croissants; cut into pieces
- 3 cups milk
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 5 eggs
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- In a heavy skillet, cook the sausage for about 10 minutes making sure you break it up into smaller pieces.
- Remove from skillet and drain any excess fat.
- Add the sausage to a mixing bowl.
- Add the Parmesan cheese, sliced green onions and the croissant cubes.
- Arrange the mixture in the bottom of a 9X13 baking dish that's been sprayed with non-stick baking spray.
- Set aside while you prepare the egg mixture.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs with the milk and heavy cream.
- Pour over the sausage and croissant mixture.
- Cover with aluminum foil and place in the refrigerator for 8 hours or overnight.
- The next morning, remove the casserole from the refrigerator and allow it to come to room temperature for about 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Uncover the casserole and add the shredded cheddar cheese to the top.
- Bake for 45 minutes or until golden.
- Let stand for about 10 minutes before serving.
Feel free to swap out the cheddar cheese for your favorite.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 596Total Fat: 41gSaturated Fat: 21gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 200mgSodium: 917mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 2gSugar: 11gProtein: 25g
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