A Christmas breakfast casserole that has it all

12/18/2013 7:55 AM

12/18/2013 7:55 AM

What you want on Christmas morning – a house that effortlessly fills itself with joyous sounds and delicious aromas. What you usually get on Christmas morning – towers of wrapping paper, hermetically sealed toys that can be opened by no human and a kitchen that demands way too much of your attention.

I can’t help you with the wrapping paper or packaging, but I can make your holiday breakfast a little easier. I’m a big believer that Christmas morning is meant to be spent under the tree, not at the stove. And yet I still want the house to fill itself with delicious aromas.

My solution? A do-ahead breakfast casserole that I can prep the night before, then just pop into the oven to bake unattended while gift insanity commences. So this year I created an indulgent dish that is equal parts casserole, hash browns, fruit crumble and French toast. Because…. why not? It’s Christmas.

This recipe makes plenty so it’s easy to feed a crowd, particularly if you have guests joining the fun closer to brunch. The leftovers are easily reheated. I like it served with a drizzle of maple syrup. But if you’d rather take this in a savory direction, add chopped ham when combining the potatoes and cheese.

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