17 Easy Christmas Breakfast Casseroles to Make Ahead (or the Morning Of)

Save your stress for the main event.

Photo: Charles Masters

Christmas morning breakfast needs to be something special—but not too fussy. You probably don't want to be attempting a perfect poached egg or stuck tending the griddle for an hour instead of opening Christmas gifts.

Enter the Christmas breakfast casserole. The best breakfast casseroles for Christmas day can be assembled (or at least, prepped) the night before, so on Christmas morning, all you have to do is preheat the oven and pop it in (or better yet, program the slow cooker to get it baked while you sleep).

Add a fruit salad or a side of sausage, and a festive Christmas breakfast is served. Read on for great ideas for Christmas breakfast casseroles to enjoy this December 25.

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Cheesy Potato Frittata

Cheesy Potato Frittata Recipe
Victor Protasio

The classic combo of eggs, potato, and cheese is comfort food at its best. You can prep (and cook!) the entire thing the day before, then reheat Christmas morning.

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French Toast Casserole

French Toast Casserole
Charles Masters

Get the rich, custardy sweetness of French toast without having to cook each slice individually. Bonus: You can prep this the night before, then bake it the next morning.

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Breakfast Strata

breakfast strata
Antonis Achilleos

Balance out all those holiday sweets with this savory, make-ahead breakfast casserole, featuring a slew of fresh veggies (mushrooms, asparagus, and spinach), and flavorful Asiago cheese.

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Lemon Thyme Rhubarb Bread Pudding

Lemon-Thyme Rhubarb Bread Pudding Recipe
Victor Protasio

Add a sweet-tart taste of spring to your Christmas morning breakfast with this elegant bread pudding. Prep the pudding up to step 3 the night before—then drizzle on melted butter and sugar and pop it in the oven.

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Skillet Banana Pancake

Skillet Banana Pancake Recipe
Greg DuPree

Just 20 minutes of prep (and 15 minutes of baking) gets this elegant super-sized banana pancake on your Christmas breakfast table. (You can even pre-mix the dry ingredients the night before to save precious time Christmas morning.)

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Spanish Omelet With Potatoes and Chorizo

Spanish Omelet With Potatoes and Chorizo on a Plate Next to a Side Salad
Ngoc Minh Ngo

Chorizo sausage spices up this classic Spanish egg dish—which can be made ahead and served at room temperature.

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Potato Tot Breakfast Casserole

Potato Tot Breakfast Casserole
Greg DuPree

This is the ultimate comfort food Christmas breakfast casserole, loaded with sausage, tater tots, veggies and cheese. Add a little hot sauce and jalapeños for spicy food fans, or keep it on the milder side.

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Croissant and Chocolate Bread Pudding

Croissant and Chocolate Bread Pudding
Con Poulos

Rich layers of chocolate and croissants put this in the dessert category on most days—but on Christmas morning? This bread pudding is breakfast.

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Baked Oatmeal With Cranberries and Almonds

Baked Oatmeal With Cranberries and Almonds
Con Poulos

If you're feeling a little more nice than naughty on Christmas morning, this baked oatmeal, flecked with seasonal cranberries, is a festive (yet still relatively healthy) breakfast choice.

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Cherry Berry Breakfast Custard

Cherry Berry Breakfast Custard Recipe
Greg DuPree

This fancy French clafoutis-like custard comes together quickly in a blender, and you can sub in whatever fruit you'd like for the cherries and berries.

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Sausage, Egg, and Cheese Slow Cooker Frittata

Sausage, Egg, and Cheese Hashbrown Frittata
Brie Passano

This comfort-food casserole gets cooked low and slow in the slow cooker. Prep the night before and set the timer to have it start baking before you even get up on Christmas morning.

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Tomato and Ham Breakfast Casserole

Tomato and Ham Breakfast Casserole
Charles Masters

Chop up the ingredients the night before, and it'll take you just 5 minutes to assemble this tasty breakfast casserole Christmas morning.

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Cinnamon Pecan Monkey Bread

Slow-Cooker Cinnamon Monkey Bread on a serving platter
Heather Meldrom

Whip out the slow cooker for this gooey, decadent breakfast bread, studded with pecans and cinnamon.

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Bacon, Egg, and Cheese English Muffin Strata

Bacon, Egg, and Cheese English Muffin Strata
Brie Passano

Love breakfast sandwiches? This combo of bacon, egg, cheese—and English muffins—puts it all together in one amazing Christmas breakfast casserole.

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Hasselback Challah French Toast

Hasselback Challah French Toast
Grace Elkus

This ultimate make-ahead breakfast lets you prep your French toast up to 24 hours in advance, then simply slip it into the oven to bake on Christmas morning.

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Big Batch Morning Glory Baked Oatmeal

Baked Oatmeal
Greg DuPree

Baked oatmeal is simply delicious—and this morning glory version with shredded carrot and apples is tasty and super easy to make.

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Salmon and Sweet-Potato Frittata

Salmon and Sweet-Potato Frittata
David Prince

Add a few superfoods to your Christmas morning breakfast with this easy frittata, which features salmon, sweet potatoes and a touch of tarragon.

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