Filling Breakfast Casseroles

From savory to sweet, breakfast casseroles are a perennial brunch favorite, and for good reason. Expand your breakfast repertoire by trying out any of these five tasty recipes for New Year's Day brunch.

Marmalade French Toast Casserole
If one piece of French toast isn't enough (and let's be honest, it never is!), then we've got the perfect dish for you: a casserole filled with French toast. This dish combines the tangy flavor of sourdough French bread with sweet, citrusy orange marmalade and crunchy walnuts. Orange rind-infused syrup and a splash of orange juice punch up the flavor even more.

3 tablespoons butter, softened
1 (16-ounce) sourdough French bread loaf, cut into 24 (1/2-inch) slices
Cooking spray
1 (12-ounce) jar orange marmalade
2 3/4 cups 1% low-fat milk
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
6 large eggs
1/3 cup finely chopped walnuts

Spread softened butter on one side of each bread slice. Arrange 12 bread slices, buttered side down, slightly overlapping in a single layer in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Spread marmalade evenly over bread; top with remaining 12 bread slices, buttered side up.

Combine milk and next 4 ingredients (through eggs), stirring with a whisk. Pour egg mixture over bread. Cover and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.

Preheat oven to 350°.

Sprinkle casserole with walnuts. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until golden. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Individual Potato-Bacon Frittatas
We like to define casseroles as one-dish meals baked in the oven, so these mini frittatas fit the bill perfectly. For these single-serving casseroles, fill individual ramekins or muffin cups with cubed potatoes, onion, bell pepper, garlic, Swiss cheese, bacon, and egg susbstitute and bake for 18 minutes at 375º, or until set. To make morning preparation even easier, sauté the onion, bell pepper, and garlic the night before.

Get Recipe: Potato-Bacon Frittatas

Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole

The classic egg, sausage, and potato breakfast casserole combo gets a little kick from picante sauce and sour cream for a south-of-the-border brunch experience.

Get Recipe: Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole

Brie and Egg Strata

Looking for a lighter, French-inspired start to your morning? Then you'll love this make-ahead casserole featuring the usual eggs, bread, and vegetables, plus Brie cheese and herbes de Provence. If you like, substitute a French baguette or sourdough loaf for the ciabatta.

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