Breakfast casseroles can be a real timesaver when you have to entertain for breakfast. Whether you’ve got guests in the house or you simply find yourself hosting a crowd in the morning, like a holiday, having a ready a casserole that comes together quickly (and that everyone loves!) can make breakfast entertaining a breeze. This Amish Bacon Breakfast Casserole recipe absolutely fits the bill for those kinds of occasions. Don’t feel like you need to wait for a special occasion to break out this great recipe, though, why not just make your weekend family breakfast a little more special?
While I don’t recommend assembling this casserole the night before, I do think you can make your recipe prep go much faster by completing a couple of tasks ahead of time. You can absolutely cook off the bacon and onions the night before so that all you need to do in the morning is assemble the eggs, cheese, hashbrowns, and pre-cooked bacon and onions. That should drop your prep time down, probably just the amount of time it will take your oven to preheat.
I love this casserole with bacon. It’s sort of central to the experience for me, but I know tastes may differ. I have used ham very successfully as a substitute. The onions fried up in bacon grease do take this recipe over the top, and I do miss that flavor, but ham is certainly delicious. When I make the recipe with ham, I just dice the ham and put it in cold, then use a couple of tablespoons of vegetable oil to cook my onions. Be sure to still drain the onions briefly on paper towels just as the recipe recommends. This is a casserole that does not need any additional grease.
Sausage is another possible substitute for the bacon. I have cooked up a pound of breakfast sausage and used it in this casserole. It is delicious! And it also offers the opportunity to fry up the onions in the sausage fat, which is very good. However, I find that no matter how well I drain the sausage my casserole still turns out a bit greasy. I do like sausage in other egg-based breakfast casseroles and the grease never bothers me in those, but in this recipe it’s not my favorite. Don’t let me scare you away from using sausage, though, because it certainly does turn out a tasty dish.