10 Lighter Breakfast Casseroles to Start Your Morning

10 Lighter Breakfast Casseroles to Start Your Morning

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Kelli Foster
Nov 13, 2018
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There is no easier way to feed a crowd first thing in the morning than by serving a breakfast casserole. And now that the holiday season is rolling in and I'll have a steady stream of house guests, these family-friendly dishes are especially top of mind.

This lineup loads up on the veggies (and sometimes fruit!), and shies away from extra-indulgent ingredients to help start the day on a lighter note.

1. Huevos Rancheros Casserole

Inspired by this classic, this version is layered with corn tortillas, beans, and cheese, and finished off with yolky baked eggs. Don't forget the sliced avocado for serving.

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2. Make-Ahead Baked Greek Omelet

What makes this egg bake really stand out is all the fresh dill scattered throughout the casserole. Don't be surprised if the flavor reminds you of spanakopita.

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3. Apple, Sausage, and Smoked Cheddar Breakfast Casserole

Slices of sweet-tart apple are just the ticket for balancing out this meat and cheese casserole.

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4. Breakfast Burrito Egg Casserole

Serve up slices of this vegetarian casserole as is, or keep some soft tortillas on the table for folks to wrap it up burrito-style. Just don't forget the salsa.

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5. Cinnamon-Sugar Dutch Baby Casserole

This subtly sweet eggy pancake is always a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Not only is it a breeze to blitz together in a blender, but it also comes out of the oven with impressive puffed-up edges before settling into the baking dish.

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6. Vegetable Supreme Egg Bake

Want to make this loaded veggie casserole even easier to pull together? Skip the prep work by starting with pre-cut vegetables from the grocery store.

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7. Easy Spanish Tortilla Casserole

If your crowd has a thing for breakfast potatoes with their eggs, consider this casserole a must. It has all the flavors of a Spanish tortilla and is just as delicious at room temp as it is from the oven, although you'll trade your skillet for a baking dish.

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8. Spicy Kale and Sweet Potato Egg Bake

Studded with a trio of veggies, this egg bake gets a spicy twist from gochujang, the slightly sweet Korean chile paste. You can also swap in a couple spoonfuls of sambal olek or harissa for a similar result.

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9. Orange-Maple French Toast Casserole

This version of French toast for a crowd picks up most of its sweetness from orange segments and orange-infused maple syrup. It's even better when you prep the casserole the night before so the custard has plenty of time to soak into the bread, then all that's left in the morning is to pop it into the oven.

10. Best Zucchini Breakfast Casserole

It never hurts to start the day with a dose of vegetables. This egg casserole is baked in a skillet so it can go straight from the oven to the table.

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