The value of a good breakfast can never really be overstated. It fuels your day and prepares you for the fight ahead, big or small. But then, sometimes you feel like you’ve been encased in a cocoon that you don’t necessarily want to get up and out of bed just to prepare a hearty breakfast or even a sumptuous breakfast casserole for everyone else in the family – especially kids – to enjoy and start their day with. You don’t have to fight the magnetic forces of your bed preventing you from getting up so early in the morning. All you need is a few kitchen gadgets, just the right ingredients, and enough energy left for the day to prepare a really sumptuous breakfast you’ll cook overnight to greet your mornings with a bigger smile. Here are some easy overnight breakfast casseroles that you might want to try so you can easily sleep for as long as you like.
Bacon, Egg, and Potato Casserole
Who doesn’t love crispy bacon with a good sunny side up on their plates to greet them early in the morning? While some would prefer to have toasts, oats, and other breakfast staples, putting bacon and egg on the plate is sure going to make one’s day. Now add potatoes and you’ve got your tummy filled to last you until mid-afternoon. And oh, it’s filled with cheese that kids love, too. It’s a crowd pleaser and a magic trick for picky eaters.
You’ll need a pound of bacon cut into half-inch strips, diced onions and red bell pepper, garlic, a cup of milk, and 12 large eggs. You will also need about 3 cups of diced potatoes and 2 cups of cheddar cheese that have been shredded. Salt and pepper should be ready and green onions can be used for garnishing.
Brown the bacon in a skillet, remove it, and chop it roughly. In the same skillet with the bacon fat, sauté the onion and bell pepper and wait for it to become tender before adding the garlic. Beat the eggs in a large bowl, add the milk, and fold in the vegetables that you cooked. Dunk the potatoes and follow it with a cup of the shredded cheese. Add a quarter of the chopped bacon into the mixture and season it with salt and pepper. Pour this mixture into a greased baking pan, top it with cheese, and finish off with green onions. Cover and place it in your refrigerator before turning in for the night.
The following day preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Get your delicious overnight breakfast casserole from the fridge and pop it into the oven. After 20 minutes, add the three-quarters of bacon then pop it back into the oven for another 20 minutes. Leave it alone for about 10 minutes before you start cutting it up into squares.
Baked Lemon Blueberry French Toast
If you’re craving for a really different French toast, then this one is to try. You’ll be capitalizing on the antioxidant goodness of both blueberries and lemons to get everyone all perked up for the day ahead. This recipe may look complicated, but it’s not. The execution can be very straightforward.
You’ll need your bread that has been cut up into cubes. You’ll also need a cup of blueberries, 3 large eggs, and 1.5 cups of milk. Vanilla extract, ground nutmeg, ground cinnamon, maple syrup, and lemon zest are also essential. For the crumb topping of this overnight breakfast French toast, you’ll need flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and cubed unsalted butter.
Layer a greased baking dish with a third of the bread cubes then layer with half of the blueberries. Put another layer of bread and blueberries. Top it off with the remaining third of bread cubes. Mix the milk, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon zest, vanilla, and eggs and pour this mixture over the bread-blueberry layers. Cover and put it in the fridge before going to sleep.
The following morning, preheat your oven to 350 and make the crumb topping. Place the bread-blueberry dish in the oven and start cooking for about 30 to 45 minutes. Simple.
Kids love pancakes, especially when given that delicious, sinful sweetness of maple syrup slathered on top. And while you can easily make this even in the morning, you can add a twist to it to give your kids a really delicious overnight breakfast that they will be so glad to wake up to. It’s made of three fundamental components: the pancake itself, a custard filling, and a really tasty streusel or crumbly topping.
Obviously, you’ve got to prepare the pancake first. So you’ll mix flour and baking powder before adding in the salt, sugar, and cinnamon. In a bowl, mix eggs, milk, butter, and vanilla. Now pour this into the flour mixture and start mixing like crazy. Cook the pancake in the same way that you make them every morning. Once cooked, layer them one by one in a casserole dish.
Now, make the filling. Whisk milk, eggs, cream, nutmeg, and sugar. Pour this over the pancakes, cover, and put in your refrigerator. Once done, you can go to sleep knowing that tomorrow morning you’ll be prepared for the next and final step to your breakfast casserole.
Upon waking up, get the streusel ready by combining brown sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon before dumping this into flour. Now add melted butter and form into crumbles. Place the crumbling over the pancake casserole and bake it for about 45 to 50 minutes in a 350-degree preheated oven.
You’ll love the glimmer in the eyes of anyone who will be digging their forks into this delectable overnight breakfast feast. It’s a classic yet given a new twist that will make kids beg you to make every evening so you’ll be putting a huge smile on their faces when they get up.
These easy overnight breakfast casseroles can truly bring out a huge smile on the faces of those who feast on them. Now that is one great way to start your day – good food and a warm smile.