With the holidays literally around the corner, there’s no need to panic over what to serve for holiday breakfast when you have the lazy egg casserole. It’s essentially a “faux souffle” of an egg and milk and bread combo that’s baked till puffy and golden brown.  Add cheese and sausage and no one will be saying no to breakfast.  This all-in-one dish is lazy because it’s assembled the day before and baked the morning of. Best of all, it’s a perfect morning solution to feeding a crowd, no matter the holiday (Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Years Day) allowing you to focus on everything else.

Do-ahead: Not only is this a do-ahead, but you may already have the ingredients so you can make it right now or tomorrow morning or even for a light supper (just add a green salad).

Swap ingredients: So many combinations to amp up those lazy eggs. Instead of Canadian bacon, try sausage, ham or bacon, just make sure it’s cooked first. Any old (or new) bread will do. The leftover, stale stuff works well and so does a fancy artisanal loaf. Cheddar cheese is a great match with eggs, but any grated cheese will do such as Monterey jack, Fontina, Gruyere or a combo.

Side dish: Serve with SHC’s famous granola and a pretty green grape and strawberry fruit salad.

Lazy egg casserole

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Serving Size: 6-8

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. package Canadian bacon, diced
  • 2 cups cubed bread (from about 6 slices)
  • 1-cup (4 oz.) sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1-teaspoon salt
  • Butter for greasing the baking dish

Instructions

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brown Canadian bacon in a dry skillet over medium heat. Meanwhile, place bread cubes in a buttered 9 x 13-inch casserole dish, followed by shredded cheese and browned bacon (note: Canadian bacon is already cooked and more like ham than bacon. It can go right into the casserole from the package but browning adds extra flavor).
    In a medium bowl, whisk eggs, then, add milk, mustard and salt. Continue whisking until combined. Pour over bread/cheese/bacon mixture. Press bread down to soak up the liquid (at this point casserole can be covered and refrigerated overnight).
    Bake 30 minutes until puffed and bubbly. Cut into squares and serve warm.
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