Whether making breakfast for a lazy Saturday morning, feeding a house full of guests, or whipping up a brunch to share, breakfast casseroles will always be a crowd favorite. There’s nothing better than a delicious homemade breakfast casserole, especially when it’s made with all the breakfast favorites: bacon, eggs, potatoes and cheese.
If you think this is a hash brown casserole, you’re close, but it’s a different form of frozen potatoes. The reviews speak for themselves when it comes to justifying this dish’s top spot. The most sought after breakfast casserole in the South is the Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole.
Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole
What Readers Love About the Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole
It’s hard not to love a breakfast pastry that only takes 15 minutes to make and is ready in less than an hour. Not to mention, this Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole only requires six ingredients, so it’s a breeze to make and easy to make in advance. “I froze it after our baby was born!” says one reviewer. While it might not win a beauty contest, it will surely impress in terms of flavor. “It’s so simple and really delicious and your guests will think you spent all that time preparing it! » says the Bamatami critic.
And of course, if you’re looking to jazz things up, we’ve got plenty of suggestions too. “Add some onions, peppers, maybe a little adobo seasoning… throw a little hot sauce in there.” This has a lot of potential,” says another reader.
How to personalize this casserole
We love the simplicity of this recipe as is, but the beauty of the casserole is the countless ways you can customize it: load up on toppings or add a few extra ingredients.
Swap the cheese. While you can use any combination of cheeses you already have on hand, be wary of ones like Gruyere that have stronger flavors. “I used pepper jack instead of Monterey jack for a little something extra,” says one reviewer. For a more subtle change, opt for extra sharp Cheddar.
Add more meat. No one ever questioned or said no to more bacon. Transform this casserole into a loaded version by adding extra bacon (cooked and crumbled) to your tater tot mixture. For something a little heartier, try cooked ground Italian sausage.
Add the vegetables and herbs. Sautéed peppers and onions make a flavorful addition, whether tossed into the mixture before cooking or served on top.
Stock up on toppings. Green onions, chives, tomatoes, bacon and more cheese, please!
Can you freeze this casserole?
If you make this recipe, you’ll want to double (or triple) it so you have an extra stashed in the freezer. Simply assemble and cook according to directions before freezing. Then, when the opportunity arises for a breakfast casserole, simply thaw it in the refrigerator overnight, then reheat it in a 350°F oven until heated through.
Related: It’s the Most Wanted Casserole in the South
For more news from Southern Living, be sure to sign up for our newsletter!