The Holiday Breakfast Casserole Challenge

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Credit: Photo: Christopher Testani; Food Styling: Jesse Szewczyk

Welcome to Kitchn’s Holiday Breakfast Casserole Challenge, where we asked five of our favorite food folks to create the ultimate one-pan breakfast that’s perfect for the holidays. We expected some great ideas, but these recipes blew us away. There’s a merguez sausage and mushroom combo, an egg bake inspired by diner breakfasts, a riff on shakshuka with feta drop biscuits (!), a double chocolate croissant number that’s perfect for folks who like their breakfast sweet, and a cheesy, creamy hotdish topped with a maze of crispy tater tots. With a lineup like that, your challenge will be choosing which one to make first!

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Holly Haines' Overnight Merguez and Mushroom Strata
At its most basic, strata is stale bread, egg custard, and cheese. After that, it’s pretty much a choose-your-own adventure. This version has a harissa-spiced custard, merguez sausage, and mushrooms.
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Dawn Perry's Diner Breakfast Egg Bake
Inspired by a classic breakfast combo of tender potatoes, savory sausage, and eggs, this casserole is a crowd-pleasing, throw-it-together dish you should make year-round.
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Eitan Bernath's Shakshuka-ish Breakfast Casserole with Feta Drop Biscuits
This playful twist on shakshuka is a hearty, show-stopping choice for brunch for a crowd.
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Michelle Lopez's Double Chocolate Croissant French Toast Casserole
Soak stale croissants in a chocolate milk custard and shower the whole thing with chocolate chips for the most decadent breakfast imaginable.
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Molly Yeh's Hammy Breakfast Hotdish
This savory breakfast dish is cheesy, creamy, and topped with tater tots.
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