Holiday Cooking | December 15, 2014

Overnight Croissant Breakfast Bake

Overnight Croissant Breakfast Bake

Overnight Croissant Breakfast Bake

What are you planning for Christmas breakfast? Hopefully not some ho-hum breakfast casserole!

My Overnight Croissant Breakfast Bake will take your Christmas celebration to a new level. Instead of using flat, ordinary pieces of bread try using croissants to create a bread pudding-type texture for your special holiday breakfast.

The beauty of this dish is, it can be made ahead and tucked away in your fridge for Christmas morning. All you have to do on the 25th is pull it out of the fridge and bake. I love to serve it with a simple berry coffee cake, fresh fruit, hot cocoa and juices.
It’s so good, my kids have been known to forget about opening presents until noon.
Serious.

Overnight Croissant Breakfast Bake

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Overnight Croissant Breakfast Bake

Author abountifulkitchen

Ingredients

  • 4-6 large croissants day old are best
  • 1 lb Italian or spicy sausage you may use more if desired
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 1-2 cups fresh spinach
  • 2 cups grated Cheddar Monterey Jack, Pepper Jack, Mozzarella, or a combo
  • 12 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups half and half
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper ground pepper

Instructions

  1. Grease a 9x13 or large casserole dish.
  2. Tear the croissants into large chunks and lay in pan close together. The rolls should cover the bottom of the pan.
  3. Brown the sausage in a Teflon frying pan, drain grease and place cooked sausage in a dish lined with paper towels to collect any extra grease. Press the paper towels around the sausage to squeeze out any remaining grease. Pour the meat on top of the croissants in dish, distribute evenly.
  4. Using the pan the meat was cooked in, wipe out pan with a paper towel and place the pan back on the stove at medium high heat. Cook the chopped onion for about 5 minutes or until softened, add one tablespoon oil or butter if needed. Add spinach to pan and cook just until the spinach is wilted. Pour cooked onions and spinach over top of sausage. Top with grated cheese.
  5. Beat the eggs and half and half together in a blender or bowl. Add the dry mustard, salt and pepper.
  6. Pour this mixture over the rolls in the pan. Cover with foil that has been greased (on side facing eggs) and store overnight in refrigerator.
  7. The next morning, remove casserole from fridge, preheat oven to 375 and place rack in middle of oven.
  8. Bake covered for 30 minutes, then carefully remove foil and bake until top is slightly puffed and custard is set in center, about 30 minutes more.
  9. Let cool for about 10 minutes, cut into 12 squares and serve immediately with chili sauce and or salsa.

Recipe Notes

-The meat may be cooked and kept in fridge for up to three days before assembling. Or you may cook meat and freeze ahead of time.

Overnight Croissant Breakfast Bake

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  1. When you say “prepared pie crust” that doesn’t mean that you pre-bake them, does it? Sorry, I am a pie newbie. Thanks in advance

    1. Hi Jane,
      I am not sure, I haven’t used frozen pie crust? I am almost certain the directions for use will be on the packaging! Thanks for reading ABK and Happy Thanksgiving!
      xo
      Si

    1. Hi Sallee, I use a 20 oz can for this recipe because it makes two pumpkin pies. If you’re just making one, definitely use a 12 oz can. Thanks for asking!
      xo
      Si

  2. You recipe is almost excatly like Libby’s, other than your addition of vanilla. A significant difference is the ratio of pumpkin to all the other ingredients. You doubled everything else above the Libby’s recipe, but left the pumpkin at 29 oz. Was this a technical error, or did you really double the evaporated milk, eggs and everything else?

    1. Hi Rita, I doubled the recipe because it makes 2 pumpkin pies, if you want to just make one pie, then definitely halve the ingredients. Thanks for asking!
      xo
      Si

    1. Hi Lindsay, I usually don’t blind bake or seal with egg wash before filling for this pumpkin pie recipe, I immediately place the filling in the unbaked pie crust and bake! Hope this helps and thank you for asking,
      xo
      Si

  3. 5 stars
    This pie was so delicious and easy to make!! I’m only 16 but it only took me about 45 minutes to make and then the bake time and that was it! My family couldn’t believe how good the crust was so go check out her recipe for that!!