my favorite breakfast casserole

I’m always up for is a challenge in the kitchen. Especially when it’s tied to very specific memories and family recipes. There’s something special about being in the kitchen – with others, or even alone – and making something that feels like home to you.

breakfast casserole

So it may be an understatement to say that I’m super excited to be sharing about my favorite breakfast casserole with you again.

nick's hands Kitchen Play and McCormick emailed a bunch of bloggers, wanted an inside peek at what cooking for our family looks like and what makes it special. And I couldn’t think of a better example than this breakfast casserole.

Do you have holiday food traditions?

Not your normal turkey-at-Thanksgiving or ham-at-Christmas, but other holiday food traditions?
Read more at http://www.branappetit.com/2011/11/16/breakfast-casserole-blog-for-a-cause/#6oWRu4XgtbG258i1.99

Do you have holiday food traditions?

Not your normal turkey-at-Thanksgiving or ham-at-Christmas, but other holiday food traditions?
Read more at http://www.branappetit.com/2011/11/16/breakfast-casserole-blog-for-a-cause/#6oWRu4XgtbG258i1.99

Do you have family food traditions? And not just a turkey at Thanksgiving or ham at Christmas. Cinnamon rolls for birthday breakfasts? Giant cookies in place of the usual birthday cake (my personal favorite)?

While Thanksgiving as a whole has always been my favorite holiday, there’s something incredibly special about our Christmas mornings at home, and it has nothing to do with stockings or what is sitting under the tree.

Christmas morning, for me, will always be filled with memories of my mom and dad, two sisters, and friends might as well be family.

Every Christmas morning that I can remember at home meant going over to my parents’ best friends house, trading gifts – usually in pajamas, at least for us kids – and then sharing breakfast together. Always breakfast casserole. Always mom’s, and always Jill’s. Plus some fruit, coffee for the adults, Five Alive juice for us kids. Sometimes monkey bread or donuts, too, but the mainstay was always – and is still – the breakfast casserole.

There are times that this casserole makes an appearance at other times during the year, but it’s rare. I love it for a weekend breakfast or easy dinner, but I don’t make it often because it is so closely tied with Christmas morning and my family and the Lowell’s that it seems strange to have this in the middle of summer or on a cool spring morning.

It is a Christmas morning dish. The only Christmas morning dish.

Christmas morning

Christmas morning means:

Early wake up

Bed head pictures while opening stockings

Moving into the room with the tree and shiny bows and name tags from Santa

Taking turns opening gifts

Maybe, sometimes, accidentally giving away the presents before the person actually unwraps the gift…

And then breakfast, with extended family

In pajamas

Coffee, 5 Alive, fruit, donuts or danishes, and breakfast casserole

Mom’s and Jill’s versions, a piece – or two – of each, please

Laughs, oh the laughs we have

Retelling stories that we’ve heard a thousand times and still smiling at the memories
Read more at http://www.branappetit.com/2011/11/16/breakfast-casserole-blog-for-a-cause/#6oWRu4XgtbG258i1.99

Christmas morning means:

Early wake up

Bed head pictures while opening stockings

Moving into the room with the tree and shiny bows and name tags from Santa

Taking turns opening gifts

Maybe, sometimes, accidentally giving away the presents before the person actually unwraps the gift…

And then breakfast, with extended family

In pajamas

Coffee, 5 Alive, fruit, donuts or danishes, and breakfast casserole

Mom’s and Jill’s versions, a piece – or two – of each, please

Laughs, oh the laughs we have

Retelling stories that we’ve heard a thousand times and still smiling at the memories
Read more at http://www.branappetit.com/2011/11/16/breakfast-casserole-blog-for-a-cause/#6oWRu4XgtbG258i1.99

From elementary school through college (and even still when we’re home visiting at Christmas), this has stayed the same. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Christmas morning

I hope some of you will try this – either at Christmas or just tomorrow for a great Sunday morning breakfast. If I carry on no other legacy, I hope that this is one that sticks with me.

breakfast casserole

Do you have a recipe or dish that’s your family’s favorite? What’s the story behind it? I hope you’ll share in the comments!

I love using and revamping family favorites, but I love trying and creating new recipes, too, which is why I started using FlavorPrint – have you guys tried this yet? FlavorPrint is a tool that provides recipes and recipe ideas to you based on a series of questions you answer about your tastes and flavor preferences. The more you use FlavorPrint, the more familiar it becomes with your preferences, and the better the recipes it suggests will fit your personal flavor profile.

I created my own FlavorPrint profile and have LOVED some of the recipe suggestions so far. It’s like my own personal food/recipe stylist! Make sure to check out the other recipes related to their American Homemade campaign – I’ve already got most of them on my to-make list.

breakfast casserole

My tiny little twist on this breakfast casserole that’s different than my mom’s recipe? I love adding in some rosemary. The basic recipe just uses oregano, but rosemary + eggs is one of my favorite combinations, so I have a hard time leaving it out of this.

Breakfast Casserole

A family favorite for years, this recipe is perfect as-is, but it can also handle whatever small tweaks you want to try. Sub sage for the oregano or your favorite cheese if you'd rather have something besides cheddar. I haven't tried it with cooked and crumbled bacon yet, but I bet that would be delicious, too. As long as you have the crescent rolls and eggs, you can try all kinds of different flavors.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound sausage
  • 1 package crescent rolls
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place a skillet over medium heat and crumble the sausage into the pan. Cook over medium heat, breaking up with a spoon, until the sausage is browned.
  3. Unroll the crescents and press them evenly, sealing the seams together, in the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish.
  4. Scatter the cooked sausage over the crescent rolls.
  5. Top the sausage with the shredded cheese.
  6. In a medium bowl, beat the eggs with the milk, oregano, rosemary, salt, and pepper. Pour the egg mixture over the sausage and cheese as evenly as possible.
  7. Bake the casserole at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes until the edges are browned and the eggs are set.

*You can also do all the prep for this (cook the sausage, shred the cheese, mix the eggs, layer everything and let it sit in the fridge overnight before baking in the morning. This saves time if you have a busy morning ahead, and works perfectly.

This post has been sponsored by McCormick’s in partnership with Kitchen PLAY. All opinions are my own.

27 Responses to “my favorite breakfast casserole”

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    Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles — May 17, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    Yummmm! I absolutely love egg casserole that includes sausage (my favorite followed closely by ham!). Looks delicious.

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    Michael Dilday — May 17, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Great post sweetie, brings back many great memories
    Love ya
    dad

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    Lori D — May 18, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    Found you on Pinterest and made this for breakfast this morning…great reviews from 4 hungry men! I added crushed red pepper flakes to the eggs instead of the rosemary and it turned out picture perfect. Served it with fresh picked strawberries from the garden …delish!!
    Thanks for sharing your recipes!

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    Jill Lowell — May 18, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    We do have fun, don’t we? Just yacking, laughing, sharing, encouraging…love ya,

    Jill

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    Jen — May 19, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    In my family it’s all about apple pie – my grandmother made THE best apple pie, and she made it every time we got together. Now that she is gone, I always make it so we can keep her and those fond memories alive.

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    Angie | Big Bear's Wife — May 20, 2014 at 9:17 am

    I agree with you in that cookie cake is amazing! haha I went through a stage where that’s all I wanted for my birthday (like 5 years in a row) lol.

    Love this breakfast casserole!

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    Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious — May 20, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Love your story and your recipe! I am not waiting until Christmas to try this.

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    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — May 21, 2014 at 11:51 am

    I love seeing favorite family breakfast casserole recipes. My family has one too and it’s fun to see the similarities and yet differences that make each one unique.

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    Rachel Cooks — May 28, 2014 at 8:34 am

    Loving the rosemary in this!

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    Debbie — May 28, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Delicious! I’m a vegetarian, so I left out the sausage and doubled the amount of cheese. It was SO good!

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