Crescent Roll Breakfast Casserole Recipe

Embarking on a culinary adventure often starts with a simple idea, a spark of creativity that lights up the mundane routine of daily meals. The Crescent Roll Breakfast Casserole, flaky crescent rolls forming a buttery base, topped with layers of savory ingredients, all coming together in symphony of flavors. This casserole began on a lazy Sunday morning, when the desire for something different from the usual breakfast fare was palpable.

The challenge was to create a dish that was both hearty and sophisticated, yet easy enough to prepare amidst the slow unfolding of the weekend. Enter the crescent roll, a humble pantry staple, often overlooked, yet possessing an incredible potential for transformation. With each roll of the dough, a new idea unfolded, leading to a casserole that’s not just food, but a story on a plate.

Recipe Ingredients

  • Begin with the canvas: 1 tube of crescent roll dough, ready to lay the foundation for our masterpiece.
  • Add the protagonist: 1 cup of breakfast sausage, cooked and crumbled, to infuse the dish with a rich, savory depth.
  • For a splash of color and crunch: 1 cup of bell peppers, diced, choosing a mix of colors for an aesthetically pleasing and vibrant look.
  • The binding element: 6 large eggs, whisked together with 1/2 cup of milk, seasoned with salt and pepper to taste, ensuring each bite is moist, fluffy, and perfectly seasoned.
  • A touch of sharpness and texture: 1/2 cup of diced onions, mingling with the other flavors, adding layers of complexity.
  • The crowning glory: 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese, melting over the top, enveloping the casserole in a gooey, golden blanket.
  • And for the final flourish: A handful of fresh parsley, chopped, not just an optional garnish but a highly recommended addition, bringing a fresh, herby brightness to complete the dish.
Crescent Roll Breakfast Casserole

How to Make Crescent Roll Breakfast Casserole Recipe

Preparing Your Ingredients

  • Begin by preheating your oven to 375°F (190°C), setting the stage for the magic to happen. This ensures that your oven is at the perfect temperature by the time your casserole is ready to bake, resulting in perfectly golden crescents every time.

Crescent Roll Foundation

  • Carefully unroll the tube of crescent roll dough. Press the dough into the bottom of a greased 9×13 inch baking dish, making sure to cover the entire surface. If your dough comes pre-perforated, press the seams together to form a solid base. This layer will puff up during baking, forming a buttery, flaky foundation for your casserole.

Sausage and Vegetables

  • In a skillet over medium heat, cook the breakfast sausage until it’s browned and crumbly. Drain any excess fat.
  • To the same skillet, add the diced bell peppers and onions, sautéing them until they’re soft and fragrant. This not only pre-cooks the vegetables to prevent excess moisture in the casserole but also infuses the sausage with their flavors.

Assembling the Casserole

  • Sprinkle the cooked sausage evenly over the crescent roll dough.
  • Follow with a layer of the sautéed bell peppers and onions.
  • Generously sprinkle the shredded cheddar cheese over the top of the sausage and vegetables, creating a gooey layer that will bind all the ingredients together as it melts.
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, salt, and pepper until thoroughly combined. This mixture will act as the glue that holds the casserole together, with the eggs setting as they bake to create a firm, yet tender structure.
  • Pour the egg mixture evenly over the layered ingredients in the baking dish, making sure it seeps into every corner and crevice.

Baking Your Masterpiece

  • Place the baking dish in the preheated oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the casserole is set and the top is a beautiful golden brown.
  • To ensure even baking, rotate the dish halfway through the cooking time. This step is crucial for achieving that perfect golden crust and ensuring the middle of the casserole is fully cooked.

The Finishing Touch

  • Once baked, allow the casserole to cool for a few minutes. This resting period makes it easier to cut into servings and helps the flavors to meld together perfectly.
  • Before serving, sprinkle chopped fresh parsley over the top for a burst of color and freshness. This not only adds a pop of color but also introduces a fresh element to balance the rich flavors of the casserole.

Serving Instructions

  • Let It Rest: After baking, allow the casserole to cool for a few minutes. This rest period helps the layers to set, making it easier to cut into neat, appetizing squares.
  • Presentation Matters: Serve on a warm plate to keep the casserole cozy. A garnish of fresh parsley not only adds a splash of color but also introduces a fresh flavor contrast.
  • Accompaniments: Balance your meal with a side of fresh fruit, a light salad, or a dollop of sour cream on the side for an extra layer of flavor.
  • Beverage Pairing: Complement the richness of the casserole with a refreshing drink. A glass of orange juice, a cup of coffee, or a light mimosa can enhance the overall dining experience.

Storage and Freezing Instructions

Storage

Refrigerate any leftovers in an airtight container; they will keep for up to 3-4 days. To reheat, simply cover the desired portion with aluminum foil and warm in a 350°F (175°C) oven until heated through, usually about 10-15 minutes. This method helps retain the moisture and texture of the casserole.

Freezing

  • Yes, this casserole freezes wonderfully! To freeze, let the casserole cool completely after baking. Then, cut into individual servings or freeze the entire casserole. Wrap each piece (or the whole casserole) tightly in plastic wrap, followed by a layer of aluminum foil to prevent freezer burn. Store in the freezer for up to 2 months.

Thawing and Reheating

  • For the best results, thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating. Reheat individual servings in the microwave, covered, on medium power to prevent drying out, or reheat in the oven at 350°F (175°C) until thoroughly warmed. If heating from frozen, extend the oven warming time, and consider covering with foil to prevent the top from browning too quickly.

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FAQs

Can I substitute the sausage with another type of meat?

Yes, you have the flexibility to use different types of meat. Crumbled cooked bacon, Canadian bacon, or ham can be excellent substitutes. If you opt for Canadian bacon or ham, you don’t need to precook these meats, which can save you some time.

Why is my casserole gooey in the middle even after baking for the recommended time?

Oven temperatures can vary, so cooking times might need adjustment. If the casserole is gooey in the middle, try extending the baking time. It’s also helpful to ensure your oven is calibrated correctly to avoid undercooking

What should I do if the top of my casserole is browning too quickly?

If the top is browning faster than the casserole is cooking, you can cover the dish with aluminum foil to prevent it from getting too dark. This allows the casserole to continue cooking without burning the top

How do I know when the egg casserole is fully set?

A good way to check is by inserting a thin knife or toothpick into the center of the casserole. If it comes out clean or with a few crumbs (but no wet egg), the casserole is set. If you find creamy, unset egg residue, it needs more time in the oven​.

Can crescent roll breakfast casserole be made ahead of time?

You can brown the sausage ahead of time and even assemble the entire casserole, then cover and refrigerate it overnight. When you’re ready, just bake it in the morning. This makes it a convenient option for a hassle free breakfast.

How long can the casserole be stored, and can it be frozen?

Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to 3-4 days and reheated as needed. While you can freeze the casserole, the texture of reheated eggs might be slightly different than when fresh. For best results, wrap the casserole well before freezing and thaw in the refrigerator before reheating​.

Crescent Roll Breakfast Casserole

Today, I'm thrilled to share with you a breakfast recipe that's not only a feast for your taste buds but also a breeze to whip up – the delightful Crescent Roll Breakfast Casserole.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Indian
Servings 10
Calories 320 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tube of crescent roll dough
  • 1 cup cooked and crumbled breakfast sausage
  • 1 cup diced bell peppers (mix of colors for that vibrant look)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup diced onions
  • 6 large eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chopped fresh parsley for garnish (optional but highly recommended)

Instructions
 

  • Unroll the crescent dough, press seams to seal, and lay it in a greased 9×13-inch baking dish, creating a flaky foundation.
  • Brown breakfast sausage in a skillet until crumbly, then spread it evenly over the crescent dough.
  • Scatter diced bell peppers and onions over the sausage layer, infusing color and crunch into the casserole.
  • Sprinkle shredded cheddar generously, ensuring each bite promises a delightful cheese pull.
  • Whisk eggs and milk, season with salt and pepper, then pour this luscious mixture over the layers, creating a creamy binding agent.
  • Slide the casserole into a preheated oven at 375°F (190°C) and bake for 25-30 minutes until the top achieves a golden glow and the insides are set.
  • Optional but highly recommended, sprinkle chopped fresh parsley on top before serving. Allow the casserole to cool for a few minutes, then cut into squares and serve warm.
Keyword Breakfast Casserole Ideas, Brunch Recipes with Crescent Dough, Cheesy Breakfast Casserole
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