Cheesy Potato Breakfast Casserole

I don’t do casseroles.  Have you noticed?

Don’t ask me why…I do like to eat them. I just don’t MAKE them.

Why?

Beats me.  I’m a strange bird.

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For Christmas, Jon got a wild hair about him that he was going to make a turkey for lunch and a breakfast casserole for, um, breakfast.  So, I decided to let him.  Sharing my shiny KitchenAid range Gilda is a struggle, but, well, if a man wants to cook, who am I to stand in his way?

I stepped aside, and it was worth it.

His Breakfast Casserole was a hit at my family Christmas Breakfast, and with good reason.  It was cheesy, full of potatoes and tasty sausage, just enough egg, and buttery, peppery goodness.

It would be ideal for New Year’s Day, when you are looking for something easy yet comforting after that night of celebration.  There’s a reason the Waffle House is packed at 2am, folks, and it’s not the stellar wait staff.

This casserole is like the epitome of hashbrowns that are smothered and covered and everything in between.  Cut up a few ripe tomatoes and toss them on top?  Oh my heavens.

You’ll never go back to Waffle House.

Today, anyway.

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Cheesy Potato Breakfast Casserole

serves 12-15

  • 1 pound Johnsonville Mild Italian Sausage, cooked
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped, sauteed in sausage grease
  • 7 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 20 ounce bag frozen Ore-Ida Diced Hash Browns
  • 8 ounce brick of Mild Cheddar Cheese, grated
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350.  Spray medium casserole dish (we used 9 x 13) with non-stick spray.  Set aside.
  2. Prepare sausage and onions.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients, including sausage and onions.  Pour into prepared casserole dish.  Reserve roughly one cup of the cheese for topping.
  4. Bake for 35 minutes.  Remove from oven and top with reserved cheese.  Return to oven for 8 minutes.
  5. Allow casserole to rest for 15-20 minutes.  Serve and enjoy!

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Another reason this casserole is way better than Waffle House?  Our casserole contained no cigarette ashes.

Kidding!

We used Safest Choice Eggs.  That means our casserole was prepared with truly SAFE eggs.

I have recently become an ambassador for Safest Choice™, as a member of their Darling Dozen.  Their eggs are  pasteurized in the shell, before you ever get them!  They taste the same (they’re eggs, after all), no weird chemicals were added, and they are already SAFE to consume, even before cooking!  So…love cookie dough?  Love Caesar Salad?  These both include uncooked eggs. With Safest Choice, you’re good to go!

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Comments

  1. I would be so happy having this all by itself or as a side! Good call in sharing the kitchen :)

  2. I’m tucking myself inside that dish and eating my way out.

  3. That’s not even right! I have a breakfast bake that I heart heart heart, but it doesn’t have potatoes, so I feel like I need to try this one and bring it into the rotation. Looks SOOOO tasty!

  4. Looks delish but did I miss the part about the potato?!?! how many are needed for this?

  5. Martha Walker Hutson says:

    Looks and reads tasty, but I am addicted to Cabot’s sharpest cheddar, so I would have to use that.

  6. It says 8oz of cheese but then it says to hold back 1 cup for the top after baking. I would buy pre-shredded cheese myself. Would it be a total of 2 cups??

  7. DO you scramble the eggs before adding the mixture together?

  8. Made this recipe this morning for a breakfast pot luck at our church. I did modify a bit by sautéing 1 diced onion and 1 8oz. Package of mushrooms in 1/2 stick butter, then adding 1 pound od diced ham and 1 can cream of mushroom soup to all of the original ingredients. I put the casserole together the day before and baked it up this morning. It DID require an additional 20 minutes, but let me just say, it was AMAZING! Can’t wait to make this with applewood bacon! Thanks for a great recipe and an enjoyable blog.

  9. What should I do if I don’t want to use a frozen bag of potatoes?

  10. Can you make the night before and let it sit?

  11. do u cook the eggs first?

  12. Can I make this the same with fresh potatoes?

  13. I’d like to know if this can be assembled the night before and cooked in the morning too!

  14. I tried this recipe today – I have a couple questions. I could only find a 28oz bag of diced hash browns – would you add an egg and/or milk? Also, I am wondering if you have advice on cooking this dish in the crockpot? We have our sons 1st Communion on Sunday and I am wanting to serve brunch.

    Thank you for your help! :)

  15. Do you think Jimmy Dean Sausage Crumbles would work for this dish? Thanks for a great-sounding recipe! Can’t wait to make it for company this weekend!

  16. nancy bowers says:

    I would like the recipe so i could try it,

  17. Katie H says:

    Do you bake it covered or uncovered? Thanks!

  18. Shannel James says:

    Can I make this without eggs becasue I can’t eat eggs anymore. Is there a subsitute for the eggs?

  19. crazedcook says:

    Hello! Recipe looks awesome but I’m about to make it and wondering if I use regular potatoes instead of hash browns do I need to pre-cook them? Please let me know!

  20. Bake covered or uncovered? Do I thaw the potatoes first or just mix with other ingredients frozen? Planning to serve for a large group this week with flour tortillas to make this breakfast taco style!

  21. Bethany H says:

    I have been a stellar waitress at Waffle House….otherwise, sounds like a pretty good recipe.

  22. Do you think I could make it and freeze it? I want to take it to camp, heat it up and serve it.

  23. this looks SO good! yum! i think i might have to try it.
    i made your s’mores macarons from your cookbook… omg. so freakin’ good! AND i was so proud of myself for actually being able to make a macaron, so thank you for instructions that i could actually follow without fault!

  24. Is the 1/2 cup of milk critical? Would I be able to add another egg in it’s place? I have a friend that has a dairy allergy. Thanks for any advice you might have!

  25. Seriously . . . all I wanted was the recipe and I ended up with 8 pages. . . wasted my ink . . . recipe looks/sounds great and I will share with our recipe club++++, BUT some adjustments need to be made with this site . . .Please!

    • You have to do the old-fashioned cut and paste thing. I did that & it worked great.
      a) Open your word processor (Word?)
      b) Select the text on the recipe page by holding the mouse button and moving the mouse down until what you want is highlighted.
      c) Press ctrl + C, or right-click and select “copy”
      d) Move to your empty document, press ctrl + V, or right click and select “paste”.
      e) clean it up, format it however you choose, and print it.
      When I do this, I also save the document to a recipes folder I have created.

  26. Why can’t I print this?

  27. I found this recipe yesterday and made it this morning. It was a hit and disappeared in less than 15 mins. I did do a bit of tweaking though. I used pre-cooked sausage links, microwaved then for a min to thaw, chopped then up, sautéed two cloves of minced garlic, added diced red onions, because I did not have any other kind of onion on hand ;) mixed the sausage in with the onions and garlic and cook til the sausage started to get a little crust forming. Microwaved some tater tots to thaw because once again I did not have diced hash browns, crumbled the tots into a large bowl, added the sausage mix, the eggs and cheese as in the original recipe. Once I poured the mixture into the pan, I wanted it to be more than just a potato dish so I whisked two eggs with a little bit of water and poured it on top. Cooked it according to the recipe, letting it rest and it turned out very well. A two year old picky water I know gobbled it up.

  28. Can you you mix all together the day before?

  29. Pasteurized eggs, seriously. You are cooking them first of all, not eating them raw.you are cooing the eggs to a temp that is higher than the pasteurized temp. Seems like quite an overkill. And these germs you speak of are in the whites not the yolk. So as long as you cook the whites entirely, you should be fine.

  30. Actually you have more of a chance of getting some kind of illness from that on organic, gmo, cancer ingredient full johnsonville sausage than using unpasteurized eggs!

  31. I made this recipe with 1 pound of bacon pre cooked and it was awesome. I also made it with fresh per cooked diced potatoes’ YUMMY

  32. This may be a dumb question, but do you thaw the hash browns or use them frozen?

  33. This looks like the most wonderfully comforting thing ever. I could eat every hashbrown ever and still eat more, so this is SO right up my alley :)

  34. I have the same question, do you need to thaw the potatoes first??

  35. Do u need to cook eggs before ??

  36. Hi,

    I would assume you could just sub the italian sausage for crumbled breakfast sausage, right?

    Thanks,
    Lisa

  37. I am excited to try this! Do you need to cook the eggs before? If not can you scramble them and add to the mixture of everything? Can it be proud the night before?

    • doughmesstic says:

      No, don’t cook the eggs, just scramble them and add to the mixture. Yes, you can prep the night before – it’s a simple and easy dish. :)

  38. This a great dish to take tom potlucks

  39. How can you combine the cheese with it and still reserve 8 oz of it when the recipe only asks for 8 oz ??

  40. I made this this morning for breakfast. I used Bob Evans roll sausage and cooked onions with sausage. I cooked it about 45 minutes to insure potatoes were cooked and softened then added cheese on top and cooked 10 more minutes. OMG it was great! Tyvm for sharing this recipe!

  41. I have made this twice using our local butcher Gaffs home made breakfast sausage. It was so easy and delicious.

  42. I’m excited about making this for Mother’s Day for my family… especially that ALL the ingredients get mixed together, then baked, DONE. No layering, no waiting overnight. I might use Muenster instead of the Cheddar (even thought about Swiss), not such a big fan of orange food (Cheetos, etc.). I will, however, PARTIALLY defrost the potatoes as a happy compromise. Also serving Paula Deen’s recipe for baked French Toast Casserole (heaven help us because of the butter; cream; and brown sugar!)… THEN, your Cheesy Potato Breakfast Casserole will be a perfect savory complement to the other. Thanks so much.

  43. I’m excited about making this for Mother’s Day for my family… No layering and no waiting overnight. Could I use Muenster or Swiss cheese instead of Cheddar? I’m not such a big fan Cheddar. I will PARTIALLY defrost the potatoes first though. Also serving Paula Deen’s baked French Toast Casserole (heaven help us because of the butter; cream; and brown sugar!)… THEN, your Cheesy Potato Breakfast Casserole will be a PERFECT savory complement to the other. Thanks so much.

  44. I’m excited about making this for Mother’s Day for my family… No layering and no waiting overnight. Could I use Muenster or Swiss cheese instead of Cheddar? I’m not such a big fan Cheddar. I will partially defrost the potatoes first though. Also serving Paula Deen’s baked French Toast Casserole (heaven help us because of the butter; cream; and brown sugar!)… Then, your Cheesy Potato Breakfast Casserole will be a perfect savory complement to the other. Thanks so much.

  45. tlander says:

    I made this for our mother’s day brunch and our came out very soupy and watery… not sure what I did wrong. Any advice?

  46. This was good, although I had a problem with the eggs cooking all the way. I had to stick it back in the oven for an extra 20 minutes! Any ideas that could prevent that? Otherwise was delicious!

  47. need a print button

  48. Britney says:

    How many did this serve? We are taking a family vacation to the lake next weekend and there will be 12 of us total. Would one pan be enough or should we make 2? Thanks!

  49. Cheesy Potato Breakfast Casserole – Hi! How would I prepare this if I didn’t want to actually bake it till the next morning? Sounds and looks delicious!!! Thanks, Cris

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