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Easy {make ahead} Christmas Breakfast Casseroles

December 23, 2013

Before I get to these delicious make-ahead sweet and savory Christmas breakfast casseroles that my family enjoys every year after opening gifts, I must first share a little anecdote. It happened yesterday when my husband took two (not three) of our children to the super market. When he was there I got this text:

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A smile spread across my face. I went about what I was doing, re-read his words, and smiled again. YES!! A wonderful feeling. This simple sentence gratified my entire existence as a mom. A statement that justified my life and the realities of motherhood. The realities that doing something so seemly easy, like picking up groceries can turn into a task that would challenge an olympian. That just walking from the car into the store can be more exhausting than a 5 mile run. A smiled a third time. He gets it. I continued to glow….until my phone dinged again:

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Wait what???? WHAT?!!! Why is that when I, the mom, am carrying a child around with another one (or two) in tow, all I get is, “My you have your hands full!!” So let me get this straight, my husband goes, and he “can do it all”, and I just have my hands full. Smile disappeared. I threw up my hands and decided, “Fine. That’s it. He is going to the store from now on.” And, why I am telling you this story? Because in a few moments I will be sending my husband, Mr. Supermarket War Hero (because, yes, going to the supermarket with kids is like surviving a battle) to get the ingredients to make these two ridiculously good Christmas casseroles. And without further ado, here they are:

Christmas Breakfast Casserole

The Sweet:

Creme Brûlée French Toast – from The Food Network

Ingredients
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons corn syrup
1 (8 to 9) inch round loaf Challah bread
5 large eggs
1 1/2 cups half and half
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon Grand Marnier
1/4 teaspoon salt
Directions
In a small heavy saucepan melt butter with brown sugar and corn syrup over moderate heat, stirring, until smooth and pour into a 13 by 9 by 2-inch baking dish. Cut 6 (1-inch) thick slices from center portion of bread, reserving ends for another use, and trim crusts. Arrange bread slices in one layer in baking dish, squeezing them slightly to fit. In a bowl whisk together eggs, half and half, vanilla, Grand Marnier and salt until combined well and pour evenly over bread. Chill bread mixture, covered, at least 8 hours and up to 1 day.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and bring bread mixture to room temperature. Bake uncovered, in middle of oven until puffed and edges are pale golden, 35 to 40 minutes.

The Savory:

Eggs Supreme from Mainline Classic II

Ingredients:

1 pound bulk sausage (country style)

4 ounces fresh mushrooms, chopped

1 small onion diced

6 eggs

3 tablespoons sour cream

1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper

1 (4 ounce can) Mexican green chilis

8 ounces each Cheddar, mozzarella, and Monterey Jack cheese, shredded

Directions:

Brown sausage with mushrooms and onions in large skillet, stirring frequently; drain. Spoon into greased 9×13 inch baking dish. Process eggs, sour cream, salt and pepper in a blender for one minute. Pour over sausage mixture. Top with chills and cheese.

Bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes or until set.

*Note: I have prepared this the night before. Just wait to put cheese and chilis on until you are ready to bake the next morning.

  • Gina Badalaty
    December 23, 2013 at 11:19 am

    I love these recipes! I’m always looking for inspiration to adapt recipes for my kids’ special diets, and I think these are perfect 🙂

  • Stephanie
    December 23, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    LOL, I get the “hands full” comment too. My husband has only ever taken the two boys to the store. I may need to send him with the baby too soon just for sport and see what type of comments he receives.
    Thanks for sharing these recipes!

  • Meredith
    December 23, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Lindsey, hilarious. And now one less chore for you from now on! AND I reeeaaally want to try that creme brûlée French toast!!

  • Carrie @ Chockababy
    December 23, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Yum! I’m all about “make-ahead” for holidays!

  • Kelly Moran
    December 23, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    I love making breakfast casseroles on Christmas! These recipes sound delish! Thanks for sharing!

  • Jessica @FoundtheMarbles
    December 23, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    That scenario cracked me up. Even though my husband “gets it” too, he just recently received a similar comment and I too was completely floored!

  • Lauryn
    December 23, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    Ahhh! Such hard choices!! I am thinking I may go for the savory sometime this week. Thanks for these recipes (and the laugh;)

  • Nettie Moore
    December 28, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    found yo through the Sits blog, love your recipes, sounds yummy! Nettie

  • Jo-Lynne Shane {Musings of a Housewife}
    March 9, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    That’s hilarious!!

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