The One Thing I Always Do When Hosting Overnight Guests

published Jan 19, 2018
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For whatever reason, my husband and I host a lot of weekend guests at our house. I’d like to think it’s because our friends enjoy our company, but realistically it’s probably because our house — just two hours away from New York City — gives city folk a nice taste of the country life. (Or maybe it’s a mix of both? That’s what I’m going to tell myself!)

When it comes to dinners, we’ll either bring in some pizzas, head out to one of the restaurants in town, or I’ll cook. It depends on the crew and how many nights they’re staying. But there’s one thing I always do no matter what.

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I always make a casserole for breakfast in the morning.

I make the casserole ahead of time (usually the day or night before our guests arrive), cover it, and stuff it in the fridge. Then, we can stay up late into the night talking and playing games (as we tend to do!) and I don’t have to worry about waking up super early in the morning to handle breakfast.

Whenever I get up (still usually before my guests), I make a big pot of coffee and preheat the oven. Most of the casseroles I make come from this very site and take about 45 minutes to an hour to cook. While the casserole is in the oven, the remaining sleepyheads in the house get up and we all meet in the kitchen. We enjoy coffee (maybe a bloody Mary or two) while we talk about the plans for the day. Before anyone can say they’re hungry, I’ve got a hot, filling breakfast coming out of the oven.

No one has to change out of their PJs to run out and get bagels, we don’t have to fight the brunch crowd in town, and I don’t have to stand over the griddle making pancakes for every single person.

Bonus: Because there are so many breakfast casserole recipes, I’ve never made the same one for the same guests twice. Plus, a single casserole in a 9×13-inch baking dish can serve around eight to 10 people.

3 of My Go-To Breakfast Casseroles

What do you usually make for breakfast when you have overnight guests staying with you?