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When we have overnight guests, I like to make a big breakfast in the morning. But I am not a morning person and I don’t want to get up super early and do a lot of cooking first thing in the morning. So a make ahead breakfast menu is ideal! I aim for a variety of foods so everyone can easily find a few things they like.
Make Ahead Breakfast Menu
- Egg casserole. One of my favorite recipes is Overnight Sausage and Egg Casserole (see recipe below). You mix everything up the night before, let it sit in the fridge overnight, and then bake in the morning. You can even brown the sausage ahead of time to make it easier to throw together in the evening.
- Muffins. Most people like muffins, and they are something you can bake ahead of time and freeze until needed. Just pull them out of the freezer the night before and let them thaw on the counter overnight. You can always heat them up a little before serving. Banana Crunch Muffins are a delicious choice. Whenever I have bananas that are too ripe for my liking, I throw them in the freezer to use in baking. Just thaw when you are ready to use. They will look disgusting but are perfectly fine to use.
- Yogurt, granola and berries. Yogurt requires zero prep, and you can buy granola or make it ahead. I usually buy mine, and a favorite is Udi’s Gluten Free Cranberry Granola. Berries should be washed right before eating, but choices like blueberries or raspberries don’t have to be stemmed or cut up.
- If you want the skip the yogurt and granola, some easy fruit options are bananas or grapes. Grapes do fine if you wash them the night before. They’re not super sophisticated, but they’re popular with kids. Also, leftovers can easily be served at lunch.
A make ahead meal allows you to have breakfast or brunch guests without working too hard first thing in the morning. Since the main goal is enjoying your time together, simple delicious foods are key.
If you’re interested in other make ahead meals, click here to see my post on a make ahead dinner menu.
- 1 box chicken-flavored Stove Top Stuffing
- 1 lb. sausage, browned & drained
- 2 C. shredded cheddar cheese
- 9 eggs
- 4 C. milk
- Spray a 9x13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
- Spread stuffing mix on bottom.
- Add cheese layer.
- Add sausage layer.
- Beat eggs and milk together and pour over sausage.
- Refrigerate overnight.
- Remove casserole from the refrigerator in the morning and let it warm up for a few minutes on the counter while you preheat the oven.
- Bake uncovered at 350 for 1 hour.