Breakfast could not get any easier then when you make this low-carb, easy breakfast casserole. Egg and cheese casserole is what everyone in the family wants for breakfast! And it’s super simple to make. Just whisk three ingredients together with some salt and pepper, then bake! You may even have some leftovers…
Out of all the breakfast casserole recipes, this may be the easiest. This simple egg casserole is so creamy and fluffy, it really hits the spot. The strata, a brunch casserole, is quite the undertaking-- with layer upon layer of breakfast-food goodness, it can take a long time to make and bake. Whereas this casserole combines the basic ingredients of a strata but leaves out the ingredients (like bread cubes) that cause it to take so long to bake. This quick casserole is the ticket. Bake the egg and cheese and then let the chef and diners choose their own toppings. Casseroles are the perfect dish for busy home cooks or anyone feeding a hungry crowd.
Making a casserole is not an exact science, so feel free to tweak the recipe as you see fit (we've included some ideas below). This super easy breakfast casserole is delicious as-is, or you can add some pizazz with additional ingredients-- there are an endless number of combinations. Everyone loves a yummy one pan dish! Especially when that dish contains creamy eggs and gooey cheese. Not only is this dish kid-friendly but it's great for the holidays-- Easter brunch, Christmas breakfast, or any busy time of year where you need to feed a large crowd but don't have a ton of time.
Casseroles let you really stretch your food budget and also make a large amount of food in just one dish (hello leftovers!). To get the most from a casserole, add cubed stale bread and cooked meat (this could be leftover steak, sliced into pieces, or fried bacon from your crisper). You can also mix in thawed, previously frozen vegetables, just make sure to squeeze the water out of them using a flour sack or tea towel so your casserole doesn’t get soggy.
As your casserole nears the end of its baking time, to see if it’s cooked, insert a toothpick in the middle of the casserole. If the toothpick comes out with gooey eggs on it, the casserole needs more time in the oven. You’ll know it’s done when the toothpick comes out mostly clean. Keep in mind the casserole will continue to cook when you take it out of the oven. And if you added a lot of extra ingredients, you’ll need to add on a little more baking time.
Substitutions and additions
You can jazz this up by adding cooked frozen hash browns to the bottom of the pan, and then adding sautéed bell peppers, green chiles, and some Monterey Jack Cheese to the egg mixture. Or add sweet potato hash browns, sharp cheddar cheese, and green onions. If you're in the mood for something sweeter, don't add the cheese and turn this into a French toast casserole. Add Texas toast to the pan first then pour over the eggs mixture with added cinnamon, sugar, salt, and maple syrup. Check out Yummly's French toast casserole recipes for more details. You can also quickly add these other ingredients to customize your casserole:
-- Pieces of bread (French bread, sourdough, cornbread, etc.): This will increase the baking time but bread in this casserole would be delicious and also allow this one-pan dish to feed more people. -- Caramelized onion: A good caramelized onion adds a nice, mild smoky flavor.
-- Sliced, cooked chorizo or sausage links: Now this is a well-rounded breakfast.
-- Mozzarella cheese instead of cheddar, plus diced cooked sausage, sun dried tomatoes, and basil for an Italian casserole.
-- Layer the bottom of the dish with leftover mashed potatoes before adding in the egg mixture.
-- Top with crispy bacon bits and sliced green onion.
-- Mix in sauteed spinach, crumbled feta cheese, and dried oregano for a Spanakopita-inspired casserole.
-- Top with crumbled tater tots and several pats of butter to create a crunchy tater tot crust. Yum!
-- Top with shoestring fried onions.
-- Top with rounds of goat cheese, which will get very melted and creamy as this bakes.
-- When it’s done cooking, top with avocado slices and homemade pico de gallo.
-- Stir-in leftover protein from the previous night’s dinner-- steak, pork, shrimp, etc.
-- Stir-in diced Canadian bacon. While the casserole is baking make some Hollandaise sauce for a casserole version of eggs Benedict.
-- Stir in some fresh thyme, plus some lightly sauteed mushrooms and shallots for a hearty casserole that’s perfect for fall.
-- Stir-in some artichoke hearts. This will go well with the eggs and cheddar.
- 12 eggs
- 1/3 cup whole milk
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 8 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
- Preheat the oven to 350° F.
- Spray a 9x13” casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, salt, and black pepper. Add shredded cheese. Fold with a rubber spatula until the cheese is evenly distributed.