If there was a magical way to take away some of the stress of cooking for a busy brunch party, you’d want to find out how. Immediately.
We love hosting parties, and feeding the hungry tummies of family and friends with our favorite brunch recipes.
But with a hefty menu like that, it can get a little hair-pulling-hectic at times to pull off an amazing party. And keep your sanity.
So if you’re desperate for a super easy brunch idea, this egg casserole is your magical, tasty solution for a worry-free dish.
Magicians don’t tell their secrets. Good thing we’re just a bunch of hungry, empathizing cooks!
The trick is to prep everything the night before, and assemble the ingredients in the baking dish. All you have to do the morning of your feast is bake it in the oven.
Loaded with veggies, meat, and cheese, this is a hearty egg bake that can feed that loud, lovable crowd you call family. And there might even be enough for second helpings.
Yeah – I’m calling you out, my brother, with your bottomless stomach!Print
Desperate for a super easy brunch idea? This make-ahead egg casserole is your tasty solution. Prep it the night before, bake in the morning.
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup sliced green onions, about 4 green onions
- 2 medium bell peppers, chopped
- 1 small head broccoli, cut into small florets
- 1 1/2 cups chopped mushrooms
- 1 1/2 cups chopped cooked meat (turkey, chicken, ham, sausage)
- 2 cups shredded cheese
- 1 dozen large eggs
- 1/8 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 1 3/4 cups whole milk
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Grease a 13 x 9-inch baking dish.
- Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the spring onions. Let cook briefly until fragrant. Add the bell pepper, broccoli, and mushrooms. Cook until everything has just slightly softened, but still firm, about 2 minutes. Salt and pepper lightly.
- Arrange vegetables in the bottom of the baking dish. Top with the chopped meat. Sprinkle the cheese over the meat.
- Break the eggs into a large bowl. Add the chopped parsley and milk, and whisk together until evenly blended. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Pour this mixture over everything in baking dish. Cover, and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.
- When ready to serve, uncover the baking dish, and let it come to room temperature as you heat the oven to 350°F. Bake for 55 to 65 minutes, or until the mixture is set and no longer jiggles, and the top is lightly browned.
- Let stand 10 minutes before serving. To serve, cut into squares.
Cooking by the Numbers…
Step 1 – Gather and Prep
Grease a 13 x 9-inch baking dish.
Measure the shredded cheese, butter, eggs, whole milk, and salt and pepper.
Step 2 – Lightly Cook the Veggies
Heat the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the scallions, cooking until fragrant. Mix in the remaining vegetables, sauteing them for just a couple minutes. They should be just a little soft, but still crunchy.
Step 3 – Assemble Filling
Arrange the cooked vegetables in the bottom of the prepared pan. Scatter the meat on top. Evenly scatter the cheese on top of the meat.
Step 4 – Make the Egg Mixture
Break the eggs into a large bowl. Add the chopped parsley and milk. Whisk together until evenly blended. Season lightly with salt and pepper.
Step 5 – Rest Overnight
Pour this mixture over everything in the baking dish. Cover, and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.
Step 6 – Bake and Serve
When ready to serve, uncover the baking dish, and let it come to room temperature as you heat the oven to 350°F. Bake for 55 to 65 minutes, or until mixture is set and no longer jiggles, and the top and edges are lightly browned.
Prep Early, Party Easily!
You don’t need to wave a magic wand to make an effortless brunch dish. You only need to prep early, so you can actually enjoy your feast!
This make-ahead recipe is useful for any scenario. If you just want to enjoy a lazy morning and a delicious breakfast with minimal cleanup, this would be ideal.
Or, if you have a busy brunch to host with your friends, a one-dish meal would be most welcome to reduce the stress of cooking.
No secrets, no tricks, no gimmicks. Just one easy recipe, and planning ahead!
Not really a fan of the fillings we used? Use equal portions of whatever you like instead. Try cubes of tofu, cooked chicken, or bacon. And your veggie and cheese options are endless! Add some roasted vegetables instead, or try our zucchini, broccoli, and tomato saute as the filling.
What combo of ingredients will you choose to make? What are some of your other favorite egg-focused recipes you love to use? Share your thoughts in the comments below, please! And give this recipe a rating while you are down there!
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Photos by Nikki Cervone, © Ask the Experts, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. See our TOS for more details. Originally published by Shanna Mallon on September 16th, 2008. Last updated: December 29, 2019 at 0:59 am.
*Nutritional information derived from a database of known generic and branded foods and ingredients and was not compiled by a registered dietitian or submitted for lab testing. It should be viewed as an approximation.
About Nikki Cervone
Nikki Cervone is a hungry foodie living in Pittsburgh. Nikki holds an AAS in baking/pastry from Westmoreland County Community College, a BA in Communications from Duquesne University, and an MLA in Gastronomy from Boston University. When she is not tearing through her city's best cheesesteaks, Nikki enjoys a healthy dose of yoga and chocolate. Lots of chocolate.