Christmas Morning Wife Saver (Breakfast Casserole) Recipe -
Christmas Morning Wife Saver (Breakfast Casserole) Recipe
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Christmas Morning Wife Saver (Breakfast Casserole)

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"I certainly cannot take credit for this recipe but it is a Christmas classic. There are lots of little things to personalize this recipe. I have suggested using red and green bell peppers because they are Christmas colors! I also use grated cheese and spread it over the Canadian bacon instead of cheese slices. I have used regular bacon in this recipe, but I find that it overpowers the rest of the flavors. Make this tasty breakfast dish the night before and just pop it in the oven on Christmas morning; let it cook while you open gifts and sip your rum-spiked coffee!"

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Original recipe makes 1 9x13-inch casserole Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr

    9 hrs 20 mins


  1. Butter a 9x13-inch baking dish. Cut and fit 8 slices of bread to fit over entire bottom of dish. Cover bread with slices of Canadian bacon and sharp Cheddar cheese. Cut and fit remaining 8 slices of bread to completely cover bacon and cheese.
  2. Whisk eggs with salt and black pepper in a bowl. Whisk dry mustard, onion, diced green and red bell pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce into eggs. Whisk in milk until egg mixture is smoothly combined. Pour egg mixture evenly over the casserole. Cover the dish and refrigerate overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  4. Pour melted butter evenly over the casserole and sprinkle corn flake crumbs over the top.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until set and lightly browned, about 1 hour. Let casserole stand for 10 minutes before serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 24, 2012

Christmas tradition in our house for years! Cannot wait to make it this year.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 26, 2013

This was just OK in my view. Although I baked it the full time it had an overly mushy and soft texture like it wasn't quite set. Although after sitting for a while and later being refrigerated and reheated, that subsided. The flavor was a bit odd too. I'm not sure if was the mustard or what but it wasn't what I was expecting. Note -- this dish puffs up enormously while baking so make sure you leave plenty of room between it and the upper over rack. Mine actually got so huge while baking that some of it actually spilled over into the oven and caused some burning & smoking in the oven!

Dec 27, 2012

This indeed WAS a wife saver Christmas morning! Easy to throw together the night before. I DID omit the peppers from it only because I'm the only person in the house who likes them. The whole family liked it a lot. Now that I've made it I can see where it could be very easy to play around with it using different meats and such if one were wanting to do so.

Dec 21, 2012

I love this my great aunt always makes this!! Instead of the back bacon we use ham, and it so yummy!!

Sep 07, 2013

Excellent & simple make ahead breakfast casserole. I had no cornflakes or green pepper so I used panko crumbs and upped the red pepper and it was still yummy. Will def make again! Thanks for sharing!

Mar 20, 2013

This recipe lends itself to customizing. I liked the ratio of egg/milk custard mixture to bread. I used cubed ham and grated cheddar instead of sliced and I reduced the worcestershire sauce to 1/2 tsp. When I make this again, I would omit the salt. For my taste the ham added enough salt. I really liked the addition of the onion and peppers for flavor and I enjoyed the crunchy topping of corn flakes. I did reduce the butter, also.

Dec 25, 2012

I just made this for breakfast! I was looking for a Christmas Breakfast Casserole and decided to try this. It was delicious! The entire family loved it. I also added Chicken Sausage to the Canadian bacon and it turned out great. I put all of the veggies, seasonings, eggs, butter and milk in a bowl and beat it all together, poured it over the bread, cheese and meats. I didn't have corn flakes so I used Kix instead. LOL. very yummy! Thanks!

Dec 14, 2013

This is a great recipe and I have made it frequently in years past for Christmas and for brunches at work. Try using ham and I have had great comments when using herb and spice Havarti cheese. Pimento is another "red" option for festive color.


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  • Calories
  • 647 kcal
  • 32%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 35.1 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol
  • 256 mg
  • 85%
  • Fat
  • 41.4 g
  • 64%
  • Fiber
  • 1.5 g
  • 6%
  • Protein
  • 33.5 g
  • 67%
  • Sodium
  • 1515 mg
  • 61%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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