Casseroles take many shapes and forms, so there are limitless possibilities and combinations of ingredients to work with to create a dish that works for you. Vibrant produce, robust spices and herbs, and flavorful cheese take the casserole dish from its stodgy past to a position of mealtime savior — and that meal includes breakfast.
With our hectic daily schedules, breakfast so often becomes a grab-and-go affair. You know the situation — the alarm didn't go off, someone can't find the keys, or you just got off to a late start. If we're lucky, a quick coffee is all we get. This is where the breakfast casserole comes in.
Fresh, Hearty, and 100 Percent Convenient
Using fresh ingredients doesn't mean you need to take away the convenience that casserole dishes ultimately represent. The salsa verde for the baked eggs and chorizo enchiladas can be made days in advance, and any extra can be frozen for the next time the impulse for breakfast enchiladas strike. And by simply adding a few generous handful of raspberries to a baked oatmeal, the ho-hum routine of daily oatmeal is instantly elevated. The bacon and kimchi fried rice frittata is made with day-old rice. So depending on your situation — leftover, make ahead, or just looking for something exciting and new — there's a breakfast casserole with your name on it.
Building in Maximum Flavor
One of the biggest complaints about casseroles is a flatness of flavor. The solution is to incorporate ingredients that are bold in taste. A rich cheese, a salty meat, and a peppery green all give the baked croque-monsieur casserole its elegance. Cookie butter punches up the baked oatmeal; kimchi gives the frittata a tangy, pungent kick and a tater tot casserole packs in savory veggies, like cauliflower and mushroom, along with the spices of classic breakfast sausage for maximum umami flavor.