Easy Potato, Bacon + Egg Breakfast Casserole

by Amy on 15 May 2012

I generally dislike breakfast casseroles. You’re probably thinking, uh … so why are you posting about a breakfast casserole? Because, this is honestly the first one that I’ve loved. In the past, I’ve found them to be too eggy, too soggy, too bland. But this one? Perfection. I made it for Mother’s Day brunch on Sunday + it was so good that upon returning home from brunch (where every last bite of it was consumed), I made ANOTHER casserole for my husband + I to enjoy this week. Pretty shocking for a brunch casserole hater like me!

What makes this so delicious is the wonderful layers of flavor. I tweaked the original recipe to add more depth + seasoning + am so glad I did. It starts with a layer of hash brown potato cubes, flavored with sautéed onions, garlic, paprika, + bacon. Then, a layer of cheddar + pepper jack cheeses for richness + creaminess. Next, a layer of sautéed green onions for more savory notes + depth. Then, a layer of bacon, which adds saltiness, smokiness + frankly, awesomeness. Top it all with a few eggs whisked with milk, salt + pepper, which binds everything together, adding body without making it overwhelmingly eggy + you have a recipe for brunchy success!

So, next time you’re looking for a savory breakfast dish, you’ve gotta try this! The best part? the entire thing is prepped the night before, so on the day of, all you have to do is pop it in the oven, give it about 45 minutes, + it’s ready to go!

Easy Potato, Bacon + Egg Breakfast Casserole

serves about 6-8, adapted from our best bites
*note: this recipe is easily halved. halve all ingredients, then bake in an 8″x8″ dish, 9″x9″ dish or, as pictured above, a 9″ pie plate.


1 12-oz. package bacon, chopped into bacon slivers
2 onions, chopped
4 cups country-style hash browns (cubes), fully thawed
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1 1/2 cups pepper jack cheese, shredded
1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
1 bunch (about 6) green onions, white + light green parts only, thinly sliced
4 eggs
1 cup milk
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

note: for high altitudes, reduce milk to 2/3 cup + sauté the potatoes in rendered bacon fat (or olive oil or butter) until partially cooked before baking.


cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until browned + crisp. when the bacon is done cooking, transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain, + pour off all but two tablespoons of the bacon drippings from the pan.

return the pan to the heat + add in the chopped onions. cook until the onions are translucent (about 5-8 minutes), season to taste with salt + pepper, then add in the hash brown cubes, garlic powder, + sweet paprika. sauté over medium heat for 2-3 minutes, tossing frequently to combine all ingredients. add more salt/pepper if needed.

transfer potato/onion mixture to a 9″x13″ baking dish (or two 9″x9″ baking dishes or 9″ pie plates) + spread out evenly.

meanwhile, add the sliced green onions to the same pan + sauté for 2-3 minutes, until soft + fragrant. remove from heat + reserve.

in a medium bowl, combine the pepper jack + cheddar cheeses until blended, then spread over the potato/onion mixture. next, spread the cooked green onions evenly over the cheese layer. then, spread the crumbled bacon on top, evenly.

in a separate medium bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, salt, + pepper until well-combined. pour the egg mixture evenly on top of the potato/cheese/bacon layers. cover + refrigerate overnight (at least 8 hours).

when ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350°. bake, uncovered, for 40-45 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly + golden brown. allow to stand for 15 minutes before cutting.

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1 Caroline @ chocolate & carrots May 15, 2012 at 7:02 am

Hate breakfast casseroles??? Crazy. 😉 This looks amazing!

2 amy May 15, 2012 at 7:08 am

that’s what everyone always says to me, caroline! i’m so happy that i finally have one that i can enjoy at brunches, too! =)

3 Kathryn May 15, 2012 at 7:09 am

I’m with you on the dislike of breakfast casseroles but this one may convert me too!

4 Jess May 15, 2012 at 7:51 am

Mmmmmm I’m so glad you posted this recipe! I always love a potato, bacon, egg & cheese burrito so I bet this is right up my alley!!!!

5 Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray May 15, 2012 at 7:51 am

I’m with Caroline–I’d eat breakfast casserole every day if I could! And this one looks oh soooo yummy. :)

6 danielle May 15, 2012 at 9:09 am

I love a savory breakfast- this looks delicious!

7 Shawn @ I Wash...You Dry May 15, 2012 at 9:28 am

Um, yes, I would like one all for myself! This looks fantastic!

8 Kelly May 15, 2012 at 10:23 am


9 cassie May 15, 2012 at 1:06 pm

I am usually not a fan of breakfast casseroles either so I will definitely have to give this one a try!

10 Carrie@ Bakeaholic Mama May 15, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Oh I LOVE breakfast casseroles! This one look awesome!

11 CJ at Food Stories May 15, 2012 at 1:16 pm

This does look easy and tasty. I love recipes that can be prepped ahead of time and then baked off :-)

12 Jackie @ Domestic Fits May 15, 2012 at 1:17 pm

This reminds me of the Tortilla Espanola I had in Madrid! So delicious, I have to try it this weekend :)

13 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious May 15, 2012 at 1:41 pm

What a wonderful way to celebrate Mother’s day! And this casserole is definitely a winner. I just love how you didn’t hold back on the bacon.

14 Rachel @ The Avid Appetite May 15, 2012 at 2:28 pm

delicious! I love all breakfast :) Especially ones that also include hash browns! yum!

15 Renee May 15, 2012 at 3:00 pm

I’m getting hungry just reading about the casserole. I am also not a big fan of breakfast casseroles but I will take your word for it and I’ll have to give this one a try.

16 Jen Laceda @ Tartine and Apron Strings May 15, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Easy AND delicious!!! Who can resist bacon? Not I!!!

17 kristen @ notsodomesticated May 15, 2012 at 3:45 pm

Yum! I typically like breakfast casseroles, but I do know what you mean. They can be a little soggy and bland if not done correctly. This one looks delicious and not bland at all!! 😉

18 Jen @ Juanita's cocina May 15, 2012 at 4:12 pm

I saw this on your FB the other day and I died a little. It looks SO good. And I don’t *do* breakfast either!

19 Choc Chip Uru May 15, 2012 at 5:56 pm

A delicious and decadent breakfast whipped up in minutes? Heaven 😀

Choc Chip Uru

20 Blond Duck May 15, 2012 at 7:33 pm

I’m totally making this for dinner!

21 Steph@TheChickpeaChickadee May 15, 2012 at 8:20 pm

your post gave me the munchies:) Thank you for sharing this recipe. Now I know what I’ll be making for breakfast when my family comes into town for Memorial day.

22 amy May 16, 2012 at 6:15 am

yay! you’ll have to let me know how they like it. =) our family loved it this past weekend!

23 Sammie May 16, 2012 at 6:19 am

Wow!! A delicious breakfast casserole!!! So yummy!! I seriously think that the American hotels here need to start making breakfast like this for their guests!! I’d be one happy camper 😀

24 Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake May 16, 2012 at 8:12 am

I also dislike breakfast casseroles but this one actually does sound amazing! I love the idea of adding the hashbrowns and I think that would make the texture so much better for me. I definitely want to try this!

25 amy May 16, 2012 at 8:27 am

you’ll have to try it, stephanie. for real, this is the first breakfast casserole that i have really loved! if it won me over, it might be able to win you over, too! =)

26 Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef May 16, 2012 at 8:36 am

amy, this sounds amazingly delicious! i must say though that i love all things breakfast so i’m not hard to please. i’ll be trying it very soon!!

27 Baker Street May 16, 2012 at 8:43 am

Ooh! I love breakfast casseroles and this one looks perfect, Amy! No one can say no to bacon and potatoes! :)

28 Catalina @ Cake with Love May 16, 2012 at 9:10 am

I love breakfast casseroles, they are so easy to make and convinient!

29 Rachel @ Baked by Rachel May 16, 2012 at 9:33 am

Look at that bacon! Yes please!

30 balvinder ( Neetu) May 16, 2012 at 10:18 am

I love anything with eggs, be it frittata, casserole or just plain eggs. This is a perfect breakfast dish.

31 Jessica @ Cajunlicious May 16, 2012 at 10:51 am

I love making breakfast casseroles….easy, delicious, and quick cleanup!

32 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking May 16, 2012 at 11:43 am

Oh my goodness, YES! This looks so mouthwatering, Amy!

33 Vivek May 16, 2012 at 1:17 pm

Look at you! Improvising recipes wit yo’ bad self.

This looks awesome!

34 Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen May 16, 2012 at 2:07 pm

This looks delicious! I love breakfast casseroles, but there are definitely some that lack in the flavor department…this one looks outstanding!

35 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts May 16, 2012 at 3:09 pm

I am not a huge breakfast casserole person either. But with this much bacon, I could be all over this one!

36 Julie @ Table for Two May 16, 2012 at 5:31 pm

I’m not a huge fan of breakfast in general and when it comes to someone putting out a huge breakfast casserole, I’m usually grossed out cause it’s too early to eat it..but THIS my lovely friend, looks absolutely OFF THE HOOK. Like seriously, I love potatoes, bacon, and eggs and all of that on one slice, is just pure heaven.

37 ATasteOfMadness May 16, 2012 at 8:56 pm

I don’t usually like breakfast food (I can’t STAND breakfast sausages) but I would gobble this all up in one sitting, it looks great!

38 val May 17, 2012 at 11:55 am

Pure deliciousness.

39 Elizabeth @ chronic venture May 17, 2012 at 1:07 pm

sooo yummy! and i love how easy it is. I hate when breakfast casseroles have to sit overnight etc etc.

thanks for the great recipe, amy!

40 katiaandkitchen May 17, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Hi Amy, I’m starving at this moment and I can’t resist in front of this yummy casserole, but I have to admit I wouldn’t be tempted at breakfast (being Italian I still have my cappuccino style! :)) ,however, I would love to have it for lunch or dinner! Cheers.

41 Meghan May 17, 2012 at 6:02 pm

Don’t think I’ve ever had breakfast casserole, but I’d love to try this one! This will definitely have to make an appearance at my next brunch. Just noticed your about box – you grew up in Boston & now live in Nashville! I live in Boston, and would love to live in Nashville! Was just there a few months ago & can’t wait to go back!

42 amy May 17, 2012 at 6:32 pm

isn’t nashville a fab city? i love boston, but am so happy to live here now. after 12 years here, i’m becoming a regular southern belle. =)

43 Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl May 20, 2012 at 10:29 am

Well, we LOVE breakfast casseroles, and this one looks amazing!!

44 ehalvey May 21, 2012 at 3:12 pm

Holy want!! I’ve been jonesing for a quiche lately, but this looks SOOOOO much better.

45 The Waspy Redhead May 25, 2012 at 12:24 pm

I love the modifications you made to this recipe. I’ve made the original, and thought it was great for a potluck because it wasn’t too intensely seasoned. I’m hosting a baby shower this weekend and will plan to use your modifications!

46 Bev May 19, 2013 at 9:19 am

I’ve never eaten a breakfast casserole and have never wanted to until I saw this recipe. Honestly I was only making as a test run b/c we have family coming in from out of town, and wasn’t even planning on eating it, was just going to serve it to my husband and kids. But after it came out I decided to take a little taste. It was awesome!! I loved it! Totally recommend it!

47 amy May 19, 2013 at 10:11 am

That is so awesome to hear, Bev! Don’t you love it when an unexpected recipe turns out to be a fabulous success? =) This is one of the first breakfast casseroles that I’ve truly loved, too. Enjoy!

48 Kaylyn July 12, 2013 at 9:21 am

Has anyone prepped it the night before? Is it soggy then or not? Looking forward to making this for a birthday sleepover for my teenager.

49 amy July 12, 2013 at 10:47 am

Hi Kaylyn, the recipe actually calls for it to be prepared the night before, so that’s how I’ve always done it. And nope, it doesn’t get soggy – that allows the flavors to develop + it turns out great. Hope your teenager loves it!

50 Jennifer September 11, 2013 at 5:29 pm

How long do you think this can be refrigerated before you bake it? Will it be ok for 24-30hrs?

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