We love brunch with all the many choices of yummy foods.
We love the fresh fruit, the bacon, the juice, the pastries, the good coffee.
Then there is the inevitable breakfast casserole. It can be good. Or not. There’s no way of telling by looks. I take a small amount and hope for the best.
I am officially in love, for the first time, with a breakfast casserole. It looks ordinary, but it speaks poetry to my inner foodie.
Bacon, eggs, mushrooms, and cheese mixed with cubes of Italian bread doesn’t sound that unusual, I admit. But there is some kind of magic in this recipe. You have to try it; it’s amazing.
After having it at our family brunch we enjoyed the leftovers with salsa. (See photo.) I had to stop myself from eating it all before taking the picture!
Make these Changes to Get the Best Breakfast Casserole Ever
Make the linked recipe, but try these changes to get our version.
Instead of ciabatta bread we used unsliced good Italian bread. French bread would work too.
Our biggest change is perhaps where the magic came in. Before putting the casserole in the refrigerator the night before we noticed the bread cubes were still above the egg mixture. We thought they would get too hard that way and end up like crispy croutons. So we topped it all off with a mixture of beaten eggs with a little milk until the bread cubes were submerged. The next morning we did the same thing as the bread had absorbed more of the liquid. This caused the baking time to be longer, more like an hour. Just continue baking until there are no more little pools of liquid on the top.
You might think that we ruined it, but the extra eggs added a lot of color (compare to their photo) and flavor. We didn’t garnish with sprigs of thyme as suggested in the recipe, but I think a few cherry tomato halves around the edges would look great.
Brunch Can Be the Best Way to Entertain!
This would be beautiful for Easter brunch or any brunch. And the leftovers make a fantastic supper! It is just the best! We couldn’t stop eating it. Seriously.
Brunch is a fabulous way to entertain. You can have some things made ahead of time, but there’s no problem making a few things as the morning goes on. It’s relaxing, it’s affordable, it can even be a potluck. Read the Sunday papers together, have a mimosa, let the kids run around. I love it!
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Do you do brunch? What are your favorite things at a brunch?