This breakfast biscuit casserole combines several breakfast favorites in a quick and easy, hearty casserole packed with sausage, egg, cheese and biscuits.
For the most important meal of the day, I sometimes take shortcuts or skip eating altogether. It’s such an important way to start the day, but like so many other people I can feel rushed and the temptation to skip breakfast is sometimes too great.
Making a big breakfast casserole is the easiest way to feed breakfast to your family and the most convenient way to have prepared meals ready for those rushed mornings when you don’t think you have time for breakfast. For the feeling of a complete and balanced breakfast, even on the go, I love having my biscuit casserole ready and waiting.
How Long to Cook a Breakfast Casserole
The length of time it takes to cook a breakfast casserole depends on a lot of factors. What ingredients you use at least partially determines how long it will take to bake. There is also the matter of how you prepare them.
Traditionally a casserole is handled as though it is a dump-and-go operation. It’s a really good way to make a lot of food fast, at least in terms of preparation, especially when feeding a crowd. This kind of recipe is great for Christmas morning or for a brunch.
The downside of the all-in-one process is that it takes longer for everything to bake in order to cook through. This simple breakfast casserole recipe is a little bit different. The results are just as satisfying, but the baking time is reduced because you are able to quickly cook most of the ingredients before adding them to the baking dish. That means that the only thing that really needs to cook is the biscuit dough which forms a nice fluffy crust over the rest of the breakfast ingredients.
This simple recipe calls for the traditional breakfast fair, but as the ingredients are already cooked before adding to the oven, you can put your own additional twists such as bell pepper, onions, spinach, or mushrooms.
What to Make a Breakfast Casserole With
Breakfast casseroles can come in two main varieties. You usually have a very egg-centric casserole or a very pastry-focused casserole. The egg ones are usually very cheesy and they resemble a scrambled egg filled with additional breakfast favorites such as sausage or bacon and fruits or vegetables like the ones we discussed. I would describe these kinds of bakes as quiche-like and you can eat a lot of this protein-filled breakfast before giving in.
The other kind is no less tasty but may have you tapping out a little bit sooner. These breakfast casseroles are usually sweeter and made with some form of pastry such as coffee cake, croissants or cinnamon rolls. They are often sweetened with cinnamon or maple syrup.
Each serving of this type of casserole feels more indulgent. But it’s great if you just want a quick bite with your coffee or if you have a sweet tooth.
Some breakfast casseroles combine the two styles for a French toast result. These can be phenomenal and you can build it to over-the-top decadence, or keep it simple and fairly straightforward. These are good with breakfast sausage baked into them, but what isn’t?
My biscuit breakfast casserole is more like the first type, but the use of biscuit as a sort of crust on the top gives the dish more substance and diversity. So it’s more satisfying and balanced.
Can You Freeze a Breakfast Casserole?
Of course, you can! It’s important when you freeze it that you keep it airtight. The same goes for the refrigerator. If you plan to finish the casserole within a few days, you should not freeze it. If you have a lot of people to feed, freezing a whole casserole or all of the leftover casserole at once is perfectly.
Be careful what you store it in if you plan to microwave your breakfast casserole to reheat it. Since it will be frozen in the container, getting it out will be a challenge. In most cases, it’s better to reheat a casserole in the oven.
Here’s another tip for those who plan on reheating the casserole for single servings. Portion out the casserole before you freeze it and keep each portion in a separate container. Wrapping this casserole in foil will be difficult, you will need a solid vessel such as Tupperware, or a small bowl. You can even use muffin pans to separate portions.
Whatever you use, make sure it has a lid that fully seals, or that you can completely wrap it in foil to keep air and moisture from getting into the casserole while it freezes. The easiest way to reheat is to let the single servings thaw out and then heat it in the microwave for 60 seconds or until the center is warm.
How to Make a Breakfast Casserole with Biscuits
Here is my take on a delicious biscuit casserole made with all the breakfast favorites. The first things you make will be the sausage and the eggs. The sausage just needs to be browned and the pan drained. Then you will scramble the eggs just like you normally would only the sausage will be in the pan, too.
Make sure to season them with pepper even though the sausage has plenty of flavor. Sprinkle in a lot of cheese and then pour the whole thing into a baking dish. Top it with biscuit dough and more cheese, then toss it in the oven to meld everything together as the biscuits bake.
Biscuits and Gravy Casserole
If you are already making a biscuit casserole, you may wonder about adding gravy. When it comes to casseroles, there’s always room for another layer. Layering is so important in a casserole, you don’t need to limit the number of layers any more than what the baking dish you use will allow, however, where you place the ingredients and how you cook them is very important. For this recipe, if you want to add gravy I recommend pouring it over the top at the end.
Another approach would be if you were to line the baking dish with biscuit dough as the bottom layer and then pile the added ingredients on top. This would include cooked sausage and an uncooked scrambled egg mixture that you would allow to interact with the biscuit dough as all the ingredients cook together.
In a casserole like this, you can pour egg mixture over the top of the biscuits and then the gravy over that, but you should make the gravy more watery than usual. The gravy will thicken as the casserole cooks. This way of cooking the casserole will turn it into one gooey and spongy clump of hot breakfast hullabaloo, whereas my preferred method has more definition and structure. Both versions are very tasty.
What Sausage is Best to Use
- Pork Sausage
- Turkey Sausage
- Italian Sausage
What to Serve with Breakfast Casserole
Breakfast casserole pairs great with a side of gravy for dipping. It’s also delicious with a side of seasonal fruit.
Ingredients Needed to Make Breakfast Biscuit Casserole
- Breakfast Sausage
- Garlic powder
- Shredded Cheddar Cheese
- Buttermilk Biscuits
How to Make Breakfast Biscuit Casserole
Step by Step Instructions
Preheat the Oven – Preheat oven to 375° and spray a 13×9 baking dish with cooking spray.
Preparing the Breakfast Sausage – In a large skillet, brown breakfast sausage until no longer pink. Drain and return to pan.
Season and Prepare the Eggs – Add eggs, garlic powder, salt, and pepper and stir until eggs are fully cooked. Add half of the shredded cheese to the eggs.
Putting Together the Casserole – Place sausage and egg mixture into prepared baking dish. Top with biscuits and remaining shredded cheese.
Bake the Breakfast Casserole – Bake for 25-20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and top each biscuit with a small amount of butter and let melt.
Serve the Casserole – Serve hot. Enjoy!
Try This Easy and Delicious Breakfast Biscuit Casserole
Here are a few more delicious recipes that can be found on the blog:
You can also try this amazing Sausage, Egg, and Cheese, Breakfast Sandwich from Great Grub Delicious Treats.
Breakfast Biscuit Casserole
- 1 pound breakfast sausage
- 12 eggs
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 cups shredded cheese, divided
- 2 cans biscuits
- 2 tablespoons butter
- Preheat oven to 375° and spray a 13×9 baking dish with cooking spray
- In a large skillet, brown breakfast sausage until no longer pink. Drain and return to pan
- Add eggs, salt, and pepper and stir until eggs are fully cooked
- Add half of the shredded cheese to the eggs
- Place sausage and egg mixture into prepared baking dish
- Top with biscuits and remaining shredded cheese
- Bake for 25-20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and top each biscuit with a small amount of butter and let melt
- Serve hot. Enjoy!
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