The Best Breakfast Casserole and a Ghostly Tale
It was Labor Day weekend and we were spending a few days in a Lake House out on the Little Red River with my husband’s family. It was going to be an awesome time and we were all excited to just get away and relax – I was excited for my mother-in-law to be doing all of the cooking and was looking forward to her Easy Breakfast Casserole. Upon entering the Lake House, I was overcome with an odd feeling. Almost as though there were a pair of unseen eyes watching me, following my every movement. “Ah, whatever.” I thought flippantly. I just figured my excitement was getting to me and was determined to put the feeling away and have some fun.
However, later that night as I walked into the kitchen, I still couldn’t shake the feeling of being watched. The lights were out in the house and most everyone aside from my brother and sister in law had retired for the evening. Suddenly, without warning, something creaked in the living room. I turned slowly with trepidation, but nothing was there. Now, I’m not a superstitious individual and don’t generally scare easily, but when I looked a second time, I saw a set of glowing eyes in the darkness before they mysteriously vanished from site. Okay, now this was a little much. We had already found some strange books in the house along with a figurine of a naked man that looked to be part beast and part demon so I already had a slight case of the heebie jeebies.
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I told myself I had only imagined those eyes and turned back to get a glass of water when I heard another thump, and then something that sounded like a croak or maybe a moan. Nope, there was definitely something in this house and I wasn’t about to let the ghost of some long dead elk or deer come make a meal of me! So, I did what any other mature, fully grown woman would do. I went upstairs and hid. That’s right. I locked my bedroom door, said a few prayers, and decided to sleep with all of the lights on. You know, just in case I needed to get up in the night and couldn’t find my way. Maybe thirty minutes after making this very adult decision (okay, more like five minutes) I still couldn’t sleep.
So I went and got my brother in law and had him investigate. I mean, if someone was going to get ate, better him than me right?! My brother in law is a good sport, so he laughingly armed himself with a flashlight and good humor (most of which was directed at my personage) and went trouncing about the house, searching for what he was sure was just a figment of my imagination. Ten minutes later, with a clamoring and a yowling that must’ve woken the entire house, a black shape whizzed past me in the darkness, followed by my brother in law who was hooting and hollering that he had found the intruder. Our other worldly specter turned out to be the Lake House Owner’s cat. Yep, he just up and left his cat behind in a house full of strangers for the weekend. That poor cat was more scared of us than we was of it!
Fast Breakfast Casserole
After that we all laughed at ourselves and then went to bed and slept like babies. Well, that’s not entirely true. Since I was still shaken I had my brother in law search my room and the trap door leading to the attic above the bed. I might have even had him look under the bed…and in the closet…and…well, you get the idea. I wasn’t satisfied and had already convinced myself the place was haunted with more than just a stray feline. Although my room came up cat and ghost free, I might have still slept with all of the lights on that night. It’s a good thing I’m not a superstitious person that scares easily. It’s also a good thing my mother-in-law had this Easy Breakfast Casserole waiting for all of us the next morning when we woke up.
We got to tell the rest of the family all about our nocturnal adventures over her delicious breakfast casserole. All in all, it made for an entertaining story over a wonderful, hearty meal. Let’s get started on making this Easy Breakfast Casserole (hopefully cat and ghost free!) so that you can enjoy a lovely breakfast or brunch. Start out by cracking one dozen eggs into a large mixing bowl.
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Once you’ve cracked twelve eggs into a large mixing bowl, grab a whisk and beat the living daylights out of those eggs. Just whisk until they’re all smooth and creamy with no large yokes remaining.
Healthy Breakfast Casserole
After your eggs are beat within an inch of their lives, add in 3/4 cups of heavy whipping cream. If you don’t have heavy whipping cream on hand you can also use half of half or any grade of milk. You can even use nut milk if you prefer (I would suggest using cashew or almond), just keep in mind that if you use milk this healthy breakfast casserole won’t be quite as thick and fluffy as it will if you use heavy whipping cream.
Cheesy Breakfast Casserole
After adding the cream or milk to your eggs, measure out two cups of shredded cheese and add that into your mixing bowl as well. I used an American/Colby shredded cheese blend but you could also use orange or white cheddar – mild or sharp. You could probably even use mozzarella cheese if you preferred.
Fully Loaded Cheesy Breakfast Casserole
Okay, so we’ve got the eggs, cheese, and heavy whipping cream all stirred together and ready to go. What are we missing? The salt and pepper! I didn’t measure my salt and ground black pepper, just eyeball it and sprinkle some in. You want enough to flavor this fully loaded cheesy breakfast casserole, but not so much that all you taste is salt or pepper.
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Stir the salt and pepper into the egg, cheese, and heavy whipping cream that is already in the mixing bowl. If you want to add a dash of smoked paprika to this breakfast casserole, I’m sure that would add some delicious flavor as well.
Breakfast Casserole Recipe with Spinach
This is where you will add in any vegetables you desire. We are spinach lovers, so I added in 10 ounces of fresh spinach. My fresh spinach was frozen so I just chopped it into smaller pieces and threw it in. You can also use frozen chopped spinach that has been thawed and drained, or fresh washed and chopped spinach. If you hate spinach, you can substitute it for diced bell pepper, tomato, mushrooms, onion, corn, green chilies, or kale.
Vegetarian Breakfast Casserole
Stir the spinach (or the other vegetables you added in) into the egg, cheese, and heavy cream mixture in the mixing bowl until well blended. At this point you can choose to make this a vegetarian breakfast casserole and not add any meat to it or you can decide what kind of meat you want to add. This casserole is so hearty and delicious, it doesn’t really need the meat if you don’t want to add it. I chose to top our breakfast casserole with cooked, crispy bacon but you could add in 1 pound of cooked breakfast sausage, 1 cup cubed ham, or 2 cups cooked bacon here in this step.
Crockpot Breakfast Casserole
You can also decide at this point if you would like to cook this breakfast casserole in the oven or the slow cooker. I was cooking on the fly and running out of time when I made our easy breakfast casserole so I chose to bake mine in the oven, but a casserole style (or regular round or oval) slow cooker will work just as well if you’re not in a big hurry. If cooking in the slow cooker, spray the slow cooker insert with nonstick cooking spray and pour the casserole in. If baking your casserole in the oven like I did, spray a large, round casserole dish or a 9×13 casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray and pour the casserole in. I baked my breakfast casserole in a round casserole dish, however, I highly suggest using a 9×13 rectangle casserole dish since my casserole took a little longer to cook in the middle than it should have.
Low Carb Breakfast Casserole
Place your low carb breakfast casserole in the oven and bake it on 350F for 20-30 minutes or until cooked through in the middle and no longer jiggly. A good way to test your casserole for done-ness is to insert a toothpick in the middle of the casserole, If the toothpick comes out clean, you’ll know your eggs are cooked and ready to serve!
Breakfast Casserole with Ham
While your casserole is baking, throw some bacon into a skillet (if you want to top yours with bacon like I did) and let that bacon cook until crispy. I fried an entire package of bacon because I mean, who doesn’t want to snack on some bacon?! However, you’ll only need about 5 crispy strips of bacon to top this breakfast casserole with. Once the bacon is fried and crispy, just crumble it in your hand to make some amazing bacon bits! You can also buy bacon bits from the store if you’re really in a rush, but homemade is always better!
Keto Breakfast Casserole
Once your keto breakfast casserole is cooked through, remove it from the oven and top it with 1 cup of shredded cheese. I used the same American/Colby shredded cheese blend that I used inside the casserole, but again, you could use mild or sharp cheddar if you prefer.
Keto Egg Casserole
Pop your egg casserole back in the oven for a few minutes, just long enough for the cheese to melt. Once the cheese is melted, remove the keto egg casserole from the oven and set it aside to cool.
Breakfast Casserole with Bacon
Now that your casserole is just about ready to serve and the cheese on top has been melted, grab some of that cooked crispy bacon and crumble it over the top of the casserole. You can use as much or as little as you like! I used about 5 pieces of bacon to top my casserole with, but if you want more, go for it! One can never have too much bacon.
And now, it’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for…time to dig in and enjoy this Breakfast Casserole! Now wasn’t that easy? Nothing beats a fast and easy breakfast casserole for breakfast, brunch, or even dinner! This breakfast casserole also re-heats well in the microwave the next day if you happen to have any leftovers.
What to Serve with a Breakfast Casserole
If you’re really in a rush, you wouldn’t have to serve anything with this Easy Breakfast Casserole since it has just about everything in it that you will need for a good start to your morning. However, if you want to serve side items, I suggest slicing some fruit (any kind) and adding it on a pretty platter to serve with this casserole. Another thing we like to do is top our breakfast casserole with fresh salsa. Some other toppings you may enjoy are sour cream or plain nonfat Greek yogurt, jalapenos, freshly sliced tomatoes, sliced avocado or your favorite hot sauce. I hope you will come back soon and chat with me again!
Easy Breakfast Casserole
A savory and delicious breakfast casserole that is Keto and Low Carb Friendly. This Breakfast Casserole is made with eggs, cheese, spinach, and crispy bacon.
- 12 eggs
- 5 slices bacon
- 10 ounces fresh or frozen spinach chopped (drained if frozen)
- 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
- 3 cups shredded American, Colby, or Cheddar cheese
- salt to taste
- ground black pepper to taste
- 1 cup cubed ham
- 1 lb cooked breakfast sausage
- 1 cup diced bell pepper
- 1 cup diced onion
- 1 cup whole kernel corn drained
- 1 cup diced tomato drained
- 1 cup diced tomatoes with green chilies drained
- 1/2 cup green chilies drained
- sour cream or plain nonfat Greek yogurt
- hot sauce
Crack the eggs in to a large mixing bowl and add in the heavy whipping cream.
Whisk eggs and cream together until smooth and well blended, then add in all other ingredients EXCEPT the bacon and 1 cup of cheese.
Spray a 9x13 casserole dish or the equivalent size round casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.
Pour the breakfast casserole mixture into the casserole dish and bake at 350F for 30 minutes or until cooked through.
While the casserole bakes, fry the bacon in a skillet until browned and crispy.
Once the casserole is cooked, top it with the remaining 1 cup of cheese and place back in the oven just until the cheese melts.
Top the casserole with the freshly cooked and crumbled bacon and serve with desired toppings.