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World’s Easiest Breakfast Casserole

Looking for a quick and easy breakfast recipe? This simple Breakfast Casserole one is one we’ve loved for years.

My mom used to make a Breakfast Casserole at Christmastime that we always looked forward to. Her breakfast casserole recipe had a few more ingredients in it, but this version still brings back memories of those Christmas brunches.

This pared down version of my mom’s Breakfast Casserole is one we ate often in our lean law school days. Any time I found a really amazing deal on cubed ham, I’d buy it up and package it in little baggies in the freezer to make this recipe. Then, I’d look for a deal on eggs and cheese and I had the makings of this casserole.

We didn’t eat a lot of meat in those days, so this felt like a really extravagant meal, but it was one I could make for $3 or less per pan by shopping sales and it would make enough for us to get three dinners from. We’d serve it with whatever fruit I’d gotten on sale that week and it’d be a special dinner for us!

My target price for dinners in those days was to shoot for $0.50 to $1 per meal per person and this meal fit that bill. We had such fond memories of it — and it’s one we still make today, even though we’ve raised our grocery budget quite a bit!

I love that this recipe is so versatile! You can add in chopped onions or peppers or spices to jazz it up. If your family likes spicier foods, you can serve it with salsa or hot sauce.

If you’re gluten-free, you can just use gluten-free bread. If you’re dairy-free, well, I can’t help you there. I’m just sorry that you have to live in a world without cheese!

What’s YOUR favorite frugal breakfast recipe?

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  • Mel says:

    Ahahaha. Harsh but I totally agree.

    “If you’re dairy-free, well, I can’t help you there. I’m just sorry that you have to live in a world without cheese!”

    Love cheese!!

  • Theresa says:

    Daiya makes dairy-free cheese. It’s a little spendy but most allergy subs are. My 3-year old son loves his dairy-free cheese. He feels like a part of the group when he gets his dairy-free cheeses. (He’s allergic to dairy and peanuts. He knows he can’t eat the same food as everyone else but doesn’t fully understand why yet.)

    • Now I sort of, kind of want to try this dairy-free cheese! And it makes me so happy that there are substitutes out there like that! I’m clueless when it comes to dairy-free stuff!

  • PollyS says:

    I used to make a dish similar to this in my pre-vegan days. Instead of bread, I used grits. Yum! And that would make it gluten free. So a win for those diets.
    I normally don’t eat “fake” cheese, but I’m thinking I need to break down and get some. “Cheese” grits sound pretty good right about now. 🙂

  • Susana Nielsen says:

    I tried this with probiotic milk and cheese comes out delicious Thank you for the recipe

  • Kimberly says:

    I think I’ll make this tonight! Thank you so much. ☺️

  • Jennife says:

    This can easily be made without cheese. My dd is allergic to dairy. I will make a small dish for her and a large dish for the rest of the family. It is easy to not want a food that can kill you, so she has no problem living without cheese.

  • Joanne Peterson says:

    My husband can’t eat cow dairy, but we do use sheep milk or goat milk cheese. It’s a little expensive, but it’s delicious! We don’t eat it all of the time. There is varying quality of goat or sheep milk cheese. We can purchase cheddar, jack, mozzarella, feta, gouda, pecorino romano, manchego.

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