the Perfect Christmas (or Thanksgiving!) Breakfast Casserole

Any morning that we’re able to just wake up and BE is a pure delight! Don’t get me wrong – I love my job and I LOVE the people I work with. I enjoy getting up, putting on a cute outfit, and getting made up for the day. That’s all fun to me! But – a long morning at home, when the coffee keeps being poured, Josh and I get to lounge on the couch while the kids run around, and we just get to chill…now, THOSE are my favorite mornings!

Christmas morning for us is always special. I will share more of my favorite Christmas memories in the days to come, but a whole morning of staying in our pjs, snuggling by the fire, and just being together – that’s a gift in itself for us!

That’s the part I love. Not having to go anywhere, the chance to hang out together, and getting to see my kid’s open their presents. What I don’t love is spending the whole morning in the kitchen. I want to have a special breakfast, but certainly not if it requires tons of time cooking!

If you follow me on social media, you saw me post a few days ago that I tried the most delicious breakfast casserole recipe last weekend. I am planning to make this on Christmas morning! The best part is that all of the prep work is done the day before, so the morning you eat it, all you have to do is bake it for an hour. You can keep the casserole in the fridge up to two days before you make it. You could even freeze this several days in advance if you won’t have time on Christmas Eve!

If you’re hosting guests on Thanksgiving, you can even make this for them! Get all of your stuff ready the day before, then on Thanksgiving morning while the Macy’s Parade is starting, you can stick this in the oven! Enjoy it while you’re watching the Rockettes kick off the Christmas season. You’ll still be able to get all of your other Thanksgiving dishes together. (If you still need ideas for Thanksgiving side dishes, check out my post Easy Thanksgiving Sides with Nana. )

I hosted a Friendsgiving at my house last week, and I literally got this casserole together while I was cooking my other dishes! Then I covered it with foil, stuck it in the fridge, and baked it two days later! It was so yummy! It had gooey melted cheese and the sausage gave it a delectable flavor. If you’re not a sausage fan, you can replace it with crumbled bacon or ham pieces. I really loved the sausage, though!

The best part is that my family liked it, too! There was plenty for us to share with my grandparents, and we had lots left over. You can make this for all of your guests at Christmas. Unless you’re like the family on Home Alone, and you have 50 relatives coming for the holidays!

Cheese Strada

Ingredients:

12-14 slices of white bread (crusts removed)

1/2 cup butter (softened) (butter the bread with this)

3 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese

4 eggs slightly beaten

3 cups milk

1 1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon dry mustard

4 drops tabasco sauce

*You may add layers of bacon, ham, or sausage. I used sausage for this recipe!*

Directions:

  1. Trim crusts off bread and spread bread with the softened butter.
  2. Cut each slice of bread into 4 strips.
  3. Butter 9×13 baking dish and make alternate layers of bread, cheese, and the meat of your choice (see picture for how to lay out the bread)
  4. End with a cheese layer.

5. Beat eggs, seasonings and milk. Pour over the bread and cheese layers.

6. Refrigerate 24 hours, covered with foil.

7. Take out about an hour before you plan to bake it. Then bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes and serve!

There you have it! The absolute yummiest breakfast casserole that will be a piece of cake for you to make! What are your plans for Thanksgiving and Christmas morning? Do you eat a big breakfast while you watch the parade? Let me know what your plans are!

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