Cheesy Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole combines cheddar, Swiss and cottage cheese along with hash browns and your favorite breakfast meat! Our favorite breakfast casserole recipe ever!
Cheesy Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole is one of my favorite easy breakfast casserole recipes, and I’ve tried quite a few! Although this recipe is traditionally served for breakfast, we often have it for dinner at my house – you just can’t go wrong with three kinds of cheese in the same dish! This easy breakfast casserole recipe is one that my whole family absolutely loves and we make it quite frequently.
What type of meat can be used in breakfast casserole?
We usually make this breakfast casserole recipe with sausage but you can also use bacon or ham or all three if you’d like! You can even leave the meat out and add more vegetables. Or leave the veggies out and just enjoy the cheese! Beyond the eggs, cheese and hash browns, the recipe is very versatile and you can customize it however you would like!
Can you make breakfast casserole in advance?
I love breakfast casseroles like this one because you can assemble everything the night before, leave it in the refrigerator and then bake it first thing in the morning. This way you get a few extra minutes to sleep in and you can still enjoy a delicious breakfast! Just make sure to cover the prepared casserole with foil or plastic wrap before storing in the refrigerator.
What types of cheese are in Cheesy Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole?
This breakfast casserole recipe calls for cheddar cheese, cottage cheese and Swiss cheese. There have been times where I haven’t had Swiss cheese on hand so I’ve used more cheddar instead and I have swapped in some mozzarella before too – it’s all delicious!
What are the ingredients in Cheesy Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole?
-1 pound sausage, bacon or ham
-1 medium onion, diced
-6 eggs, lightly beaten
-4 cups frozen shredded hash browns
-2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
-1 1/2 cups cottage cheese
-1 1/4 cups Swiss cheese, shredded (if you have sliced Swiss on hand, you can just tear it into small pieces)
How do you make breakfast casserole?
If you are using sausage as your meat, cook the sausage and onion together in a skillet over medium heat until the sausage is fully cooked. I
f you are using bacon, cook the bacon in a skillet or in the oven and then add a tablespoon of the bacon grease to the onions and cook them over medium heat for about 3-4 minutes. When the bacon is cooled, crumble it into small pieces.
If you are using ham, just make sure it is cut up into small pieces.
In a large bowl, combine the beaten eggs, hash browns, cheddar, cottage cheese and Swiss. Add in the breakfast meat and onions and stir until everything is well combined. You can just add the hash browns completely frozen, right out of the bag – super easy!
Pour the mixture into a 9X13 pan and bake at 350° for about 35-40 minutes. Let the casserole stand for about 10 minutes before cutting and serving.
CHEESY HASHBROWN BREAKFAST CASSEROLE
- 1 pound sausage you can use bacon or even ham instead
- 1 medium onion diced (I used about 1/4 cup of minced dried onions)
- 6 eggs lightly beaten
- 4 cups frozen shredded hash browns
- 2 cups cheddar cheese shredded
- 1 1/2 cups cottage cheese
- 1 1/4 cups Swiss cheese shredded (I only had slices so I tore them into small pieces)
- Cook sausage and onion until sausage is fully cooked.
- Combine the remaining ingredients in a large bowl and then add the sausage/onion mixture.
- Pour the mixture into a 9X13 pan and bake at 350 for about 35-40 minutes. Let the casserole stand for about 10 minutes before cutting and serving. Enjoy!
Is breakfast casserole gluten free?
Hashbrown breakfast casserole is gluten free. Many breakfast casserole recipes use bread in them, but this recipe only requires frozen hash browns which are made out of potatoes which do not contain any gluten. This breakfast casserole s a wonderful option for those looking for gluten free breakfast recipes!
Is breakfast casserole healthy?
Breakfast casserole has 20 grams of protein per serving when made with sausage, and has a good balance of carbs, proteins and fats. This breakfast casserole recipe has less fat than others because a large portion of the cheese comes from the cottage cheese which contains less fat than other types of cheese, especially if you use a low-fat or non-fat cottage cheese.
Another way to make breakfast casserole a little bit healthier is to add vegetables. Diced peppers, broccoli, spinach, and tomatoes are all wonderful in this easy breakfast casserole recipe.
What do you serve with breakfast casserole?
Breakfast casserole is a great one-dish meal because it includes meat, potatoes and possibly vegetables all together! I usually serve breakfast casserole with some type of fruit – grapes, cantaloupe, honeydew, pineapple or any type of berry pairs very well with this easy breakfast casserole. Sometimes I just make a fruit smoothie or a green smoothie and serve that with a slice of casserole for a hearty and nutritious (and super easy!) breakfast that my whole family absolutely loves!
How do you store breakfast casserole?
Any leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for 3-4 days after the breakfast casserole has been cooked. To reheat the leftovers, just place individual servings in the microwave for about 45 seconds or until heated all the way through.
Need some new Breakfast Ideas? Here are several more Breakfast recipes:
Savory Breakfast Ideas:
- Protein Breakfast Wraps
- Loaded Breakfast Burrito recipe
- Bacon, Egg & Cheese Breakfast Pockets
- Best Ham & Cheese Scrambled Eggs
- Easy Breakfast Nachos
- Easiest Way to Cook Bacon
- Savory Breakfast Rolls
- Fiesta Egg Bites recipe
- Ham & Cheese Breakfast Casserole
Sweet Breakfast Recipes:
- Easy 15-Minute Maple Bars
- Baked Oatmeal Cups
- Best Blueberry Muffin recipe
- Nutella Banana Muffins
- Apple Bread Pudding
- Berry Protein Pancake Bites
- Oatmeal Waffle recipe
- Cinnamon French Toast Casserole
- Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Cake recipe
- One Hour Orange Rolls
- Easy 15 Minute Donut Recipes
- Vanilla Butter Syrup recipe
- Perfect Crisp Belgian Waffles
Cheesy Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole is fantastic whether served for breakfast or dinner. It combines cheddar, Swiss and cottage cheese along with hash browns and bacon, sausage or ham! Our favorite breakfast casserole recipe ever!
This looks like a scrumptious, cozy breakfast!
G'day! Looks very yum!<br />Thanks for sharing at this week's Foodie Friends Friday Foods We Loved from Childhood Party<br />Cheers! Joanne<br />http://whatsonthelist.net<br />
I made this this afternoon– it is DELICIOUS!<br />Thank you for sharing it with us.
foodies unite says
Has anyone tried making this without cottage cheese? Or something in its place? Sour cream maybe?
We have been making a Christmas morning breakfast casserole for years. It is a bread based recipe. Your recipe sounded SO good , I made it and loved it. Sent recipe to other family members– vote taken– THIS will be our new Christmas morning casserole from now on. Thanks ever so much for sharing.
Deloris- I’m SO happy you enjoyed it! Such a wonderful comment to get from you- thank you!
Paul E. says
Our family has been making a bread based recipe for years. A family tradition so to speak. We started making this recipe a few years ago and quickly forgot about the bread based one (see Deloris’s remarks above). We love it and this has become our new family tradition. We have been hosting the family xmas brunch for three years now and this is has been the staple. We love it.
It’s a keeper isn’t it?! Enjoy your holiday breakfast!
Kara H. says
This is the same recipe as the Amish breakfast Casserole that’s been around for years. It’s a winner!
It’s similar! We use sausage instead of bacon- takes less time!
Cati G says
Can you freeze leftovers
I haven’t tried this, but I’m guessing it would be fine. You could also split the recipe into 2 8X8 pans and then freeze one to bake later.
This looks delicious! I love breakfast casseroles for brunch parties or even dinners! Can’t wait to give this a try!
Ed Drue says
Made this for a potluck breakfast. Followed the recipe exactly. Used Bob Evans mild sausage. This was a crowd pleaser. There was nothing left to take home. Highly recommended and I will make many times more.