This sausage egg breakfast casserole is a great recipe that is hearty, delicious, and feeds a crowd. My go-to breakfast recipe on the weekends or special occasions like Christmas morning.
When I think of breakfast casseroles, my mind immediately jumps to something with eggs and sausage. After all, they’re the two most classic breakfast foods, in my opinion. And of course, we can’t forget about the potatoes! I’ve been making breakfast casseroles for years, and the one that I’ve been coming back to more and more these days is this sausage and egg casserole made with hot Italian sausage, eggs, peppers, and frozen potato rounds or tots. It’s delicious, fast, and hearty.
The Best Sausage and Egg Breakfast Casserole
When you’re looking for a breakfast to serve that will really satisfy even the heartiest eaters, look no further than this casserole. This hearty, hefty breakfast is a feast that starts any day off right. It’s loaded with potatoes, sausage, peppers, onions, eggs, and cheese for a breakfast that truly is a feast like no other. I love to make this casserole on the weekends so I can serve it for breakfast on Saturday and Sunday – assuming I have any left over.
Every bite is true breakfast heaven. In every forkful, you’ll get delicious eggs, a kick of heat from hot Italian sausage, gooey cheese, and of course, potatoes. It has everything we love about breakfast in one easy-to-make dish that comes together quickly and tastes like rustic, down-home goodness.
Sausage Breakfast Casserole Tips and Substitutions
Like all casseroles, this recipe is very straightforward. However, like many simple things, this recipe benefits from a few tips and substitutions I’ve made over the years which allows you to make your easy breakfast casserole the star of the show each and every time you serve it up.
- Ground Sausage – Save yourself some time and hassle and get your hot Italian sausage out of the casing. It’s much easier to cook that way.
- Seed the Jalapenos – Always remove the seeds from your jalapeno peppers. They have no flavor, so all they do is add a tremendous amount of heat.
- Uniform Chopping – To ensure that all of your vegetables cook to the right texture, be sure that you chop them all in uniform pieces so everything cooks at the same speed.
You can easily change up this recipe with just a few tweaks. Whether you want to change the flavor of the dish or you simply don’t have certain ingredients, these changes are easy to do and can help you make this dish even if you don’t have certain ingredients.
- Turn Down the Heat – If you don’t like heat, simply use mild Italian sausage and omit the jalapenos. You’ll still get all that great breakfast flavor but none of the heat.
- Change the Cheese – Pepper Jack cheese is my cheese of choice for this recipe – again for the flavor and heat. However, you can use any cheese you want. I tend to pick cheese like cheddar, Colby, Monterey Jack, and Colby Jack.
- Potatoes – If you don’t have round hash browns or tater tots, you can use almost any kind of frozen potatoes that you have. Simply place a layer of French fries or potato wedges on the bottom to make a different texture and still get in all that great potato flavor.
- Different Meat – If you don’t have sausage, you can use ground beef or even bacon or ham.
If you have questions about this sausage and egg breakfast casserole, look no further. These are the most commonly asked questions about this delicious breakfast dish.
Can This Sausage and Egg Breakfast Casserole be Made Ahead of Time?
Yes, it can. Simply make the casserole and then place it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve it. To serve, heat it up in a 350-degree oven until it’s heated through, then cut into slices and serve.
What Else Can I Serve with this Breakfast Casserole Recipe?
This delicious casserole is everything we love about breakfast in one dish, so it only makes sense to serve it with classic breakfast favorites. You can go as light or as heavy as you like. It all depends on your mood. Some great options include:
- Fresh fruit
- Biscuits and gravy (put the gravy right over the casserole!)
The Best Sausage to Use in Breakfast Casseroles
That really comes down to personal preference, but for my money, the best sausage to use in breakfast casserole is either breakfast sausage or Italian sausage. Both of these kinds of sausage have a delicious flavor that pairs incredibly well with the other ingredients found in casseroles like this sausage and egg breakfast casserole.
When it comes to the way the sausage is processed, it’s always easier to use breakfast sausage in a tube and Italian sausage without casings. This makes it easier to cook and saves a lot of time.
Ingredients to Make Sausage and Egg Breakfast Casserole
It only takes a few ingredients to make this delicious casserole, and they’re all easily found in your local grocery store. A few minutes in the store is all it takes to get everything you need to make this casserole.
- Frozen potato rounds or tater tots
- Hot Italian sausage
- Bell Pepper
- Large Eggs
- Garlic salt
- Black Pepper
- Pepper Jack cheese or cheddar cheese
Other Topping Ideas
This delicious casserole is perfect all on its own, but if you love your toppings, I have some great ideas that you can use to add even more flavor to your dish.
- Sour cream
- Gravy (remember the biscuits from earlier?)
- Avocado slices
How to Make Sausage and Egg Breakfast Casserole
Making this casserole is as easy as getting the ingredients together. It only takes a few minutes of sauteing and then baking. Because you’re using frozen potatoes, you don’t even have to cook those! You’ll find the complete recipe with amounts and cooking times in the recipe card at the end of this post, but this recipe overview will give you a great idea of how easy this recipe is.
Step 1 – Prep
Chop your onion, bell peppers, and jalapeno. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 13×9 baking dish or casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray. Add frozen potato rounds to the prepared baking dish. Set aside.
Step 2 – Cook the Sausage, Onions, Pepper, and Jalapeno
In a large skillet or frying pan, over medium-high heat, add the hot Italian sausage, onions, bell peppers, and jalapeno. Cook until the sausage is no longer pink, and the vegetables are tender. Drain the grease from the sausage mixture and return back to pan.
Step 3 – Prepare the Eggs
Whisk the eggs, pepper, and garlic salt and stir until well combined.
Step 4 – Create the Casserole
Spoon the cooked sausage crumble and vegetables over the potatoes, spreading evenly. Then, pour the egg mixture over the sausage and potatoes and sprinkle with shredded cheese.
Step 5 – Bake
Place the dish in the oven and bake for 50-55 minutes or until the eggs are cooked through, and the cheese is melted and golden brown.
Try This Sausage and Egg Breakfast Casserole Today
This sausage and egg breakfast casserole is a true feast in every way. It’s loaded with delicious meat, eggs, vegetables, potatoes, and cheese. It’s everything we want in a breakfast in one easy-to-eat dish! Give this one a try, and I know you’ll find yourself making it again and again when you want a big, hearty breakfast.
More Breakfast Recipes to Try
If you’re a major breakfast fan, then I have a few more recipes that I think you’ll love.
And, here is a delicious Hash Brown Breakfast Cups recipe from Deliciously Seasoned you might enjoy as well.
Sausage Breakfast Casserole
- 30 ounces potato rounds, frozen
- 1 pound hot Italian sausage, removed from casing
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 bell pepper, diced
- 1 jalapeno, diced
- 20 eggs, beaten
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt
- 8 ounces pepper jack cheese, shredded
- Preheat the oven to 350°. Prepare a 13×9 baking dish by spraying with nonstick cooking spray.
- Add frozen potato rounds to the prepared baking dish. Set aside.
- In a large frying pan, add Italian sausage, onions, bell peppers, and jalapeno. Cook until the sausage is no longer pink and the vegetables are tender.
- In a large bowl, whisk eggs and add pepper and garlic salt. Whisk until well combined.
- Spoon cooked sausage and veggies over the potato rounds and spread evenly.
- Next, pour beaten eggs into the dish over the sausage and potatoes and sprinkle with shredded cheese.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 50-55 minutes or until the egg is cooked through and cheese is melted and golden brown.
Here are a couple pics that are perfect to pin to your favorite Pinterest boards.
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