Recipe: Make-Ahead Spinach and Feta Egg Casserole

Recipe: Make-Ahead Spinach and Feta Egg Casserole

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Kelli Foster
Sep 20, 2017
(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

Spinach and feta make eggs even better with a fresh, salty, and creamy kick. But with this make-ahead breakfast casserole, that's just the beginning. In addition to lots of leafy greens and chunks of crumbled cheese, this casserole is laced with fragrant fresh dill, sweet red pepper, and a dollop of Dijon for a subtle tang. After your first bite, you might start wondering what this reminds you of — it's spanakopita, friends.

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

A Greek-Inspired Make-Ahead Egg Casserole

The beauty of this breakfast egg casserole extends well beyond its veggie filling and ability to feed a crowd with ease. What I love just as much is the dish's make-ahead potential.

Option one is to sauté the vegetables, stir in the herbs, and set the filling aside in the fridge up to three days ahead until you're ready to fully assemble and bake. Option two is to prep and assemble the whole thing the night before, so all that's left to do in the morning is pop your casserole into the oven. You can even freeze the unbaked casserole for several months — you'll just need to add a little extra time when baking.

As with all recipes I make with feta, I can't recommend starting with a block of feta strongly enough. Yes, the crumbled stuff is convenient, I'll give you that, but when it comes to quality and taste, a good block of feta (go for the ones sold in brine) cannot be beat for its fresh, pronounced flavor.

Make-Ahead Spinach and Feta Egg Casserole

Serves 8

1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for the baking dish
1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
1/2 medium red bell pepper, cored, seeded, and diced
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
6 ounces baby spinach (about 6 cups packed)
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
12 large eggs
2 cups whole or 2% milk
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled (about 1 cup)

Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat to 375°F. Coat a 9x13-inch baking dish with olive oil.

Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat until shimmering. Add the onion, pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the spinach and garlic, and toss until wilted and almost all of the liquid is evaporated, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the dill. Transfer to the baking dish and spread in an even layer.

Place the eggs, milk, mustard, remaining 1 teaspoon salt, and pepper in a large bowl and whisk until the eggs are completely broken up and incorporated. Pour over the spinach mixture in the baking dish. Sprinkle evenly with the feta.

Bake until the top is light golden-brown and a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes before slicing.

Recipe Notes

  • Make ahead: The casserole can be assembled, covered tightly with aluminum foil, and refrigerated overnight before baking. Uncover before baking.
  • Freezing: The casserole can also be frozen unbaked. Cover tightly with aluminum foil, wrap in plastic wrap, and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator, then proceed with baking uncovered as instructed. Depending on how frozen the casserole still is, it may take up to 1 1/2 hours baking time; check after 1 hour.
  • Storage: Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
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