Learn how to make this easy eggless breakfast casserole, perfect for whenever you want a simple make-ahead breakfast. Just pop this egg free hashbrown and sausage breakfast casserole into the oven, bake it, then a delicious breakfast will be ready. The tantalizing aroma wafting through the kitchen adds anticipation, especially on holiday mornings. Why did I make this potato breakfast casserole with no eggs? Read on to find out and to get the step-by-step instructions.
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The Easy Eggless Casserole Backstory
For years, we have had a small flock of chickens. The roam around in our orchard and give us delicious, fresh eggs. At times, they were such enthusiastic egg-layers that we found it a challenge to keep up with eating the eggs they produced. Yes, our boys delivered eggs to the neighbors, and I took some to school, but we ended up eating a lot of eggs. Due to this abundance, which was a blessing, our boys are not the most avid egg fans. During the holidays, I often like to put together a make-ahead breakfast casserole to keep things simple on holiday mornings. It’s an especially easy meal when we have guests. The problem was, most overnight breakfast casseroles contain eggs. They also usually contain bread, and sometimes can get a bit soggy. I tried to avoid sogginess by using croutons, but I knew I needed to think of something better. Then, I had an idea.
Years ago, a dear family member had shared a wonderful baked hash brown recipe with me. It was buttery, cheesy, and delicious. Plus, it was topped with crunchy corn flakes. All it needed was some meat. I decided to add some cooked, ground sausage, and presto! This hashbrown breakfast casserole with no eggs was created. I am a fan of using potatoes O’Brien in hash brown recipes when possible. The chopped peppers and onions included with the potatoes add more flavor, in my opinion. This sausage breakfast casserole also contains no bread. It received rave reviews at a recent family gathering, and I think it’s now going to be my go-to holiday breakfast casserole recipe. Maybe it will become yours as well. Looking for a hearty sausage breakfast recipe without eggs? Ready to get the simple ingredients and directions for making this overnight breakfast casserole with sausage and hash browns? Let’s get started.
Equipment for Easy Eggless Breakfast Casserole
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To make this easy hashbrown breakfast casserole with no eggs, you will need a skillet for cooking the sausage, a large non-metal mixing bowl, a medium non-metal mixing bowl, and a casserole dish. I like to use a casserole dish that has a cover. It’s especially handy when you make this as a hash brown overnight breakfast casserole and want to store it in the refrigerator. My casserole dish is similar to this one.
Ingredients for Easy Eggless Breakfast Casserole
To make this wonderful hash brown sausage breakfast casserole with no eggs, you will need just a few basic ingredients. Although you could substitute margarine for the butter in this recipe, I encourage you to use butter, if possible. It does make a difference in the flavor. Here is what you will need for this breakfast casserole no eggs recipe:
1/2-1 pound ground breakfast sausage, such as Jimmy Dean brand
1 32-ounce bag frozen potatoes O’Brien
1 and 1/2 sticks butter, divided
1 cup sour cream
2 cups freshly grated cheddar cheese (If you only have pre-grated, that’s okay, but freshly grated cheese melts better.)
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 cups crushed corn flakes
Directions for Easy Eggless Breakfast Casserole
Brown the sausage in the skillet. (Quick kitchen shortcut: I like to cook meat ahead of time and add in chopped onions and peppers to make a meat mix, then freeze. It works just as well with sausage as with ground beef.) Set aside.
If you are making this eggless breakfast casserole and serving it right away, turn the oven to 350 degrees.
Grease a casserole dish. (I like to use the wrapper from the butter to grease, when possible.) Melt 1 stick of butter in the microwave in the large (nonmetal) mixing bowl.
Mix in the cooked sausage, potatoes, sour cream, cheese, soup, salt and pepper. Spread the mixture into the greased casserole dish.
Crush 2 cups of corn flakes. (You can use a plastic bag for this, if you like.) In the medium mixing bowl, melt the remaining 1/2 stick of butter in the microwave. Mix the crushed corn flakes with the melted butter. Spread the buttery corn flakes over the top of the potatoes.
Cover and refrigerate overnight or until needed, if you wish. The casserole make also be baked right away. There is no need to let it sit overnight.
Bake in a 350 degree oven for 1 to 1 and 1/2 hours. If the casserole has been in the refrigerator, the baking time will be closer to 1 and 1/2 hours. Makes 8 servings.
Easy Eggless Breakfast Casserole
- 1 skillet
- 1 large, non-metal mixing bowl
- 1 medium, non-metal mixing bowl
- 1 9 by 13-inch casserole dish
- ½-1 pound ground breakfast sausage
- 1 32-ounce bag frozen potatoes O’Brien
- 1 and ½ sticks butter, divided (¾ cup)
- 1 cup sour cream
- 2 cups freshly grated cheddar cheese
- 1 can cream of chicken soup
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 2 cups crushed corn flakes
- Brown the sausage in the skillet and set aside.
- If you are making this eggless breakfast casserole and serving it right away, turn the oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease a casserole dish.
- Melt 1 stick of butter in the microwave in the large (nonmetal) mixing bowl.
- Mix in the cooked sausage, potatoes, sour cream, cheese, soup, salt and pepper. Spread the mixture into the greased casserole dish.
- Crush 2 cups of corn flakes.
- In the medium mixing bowl, melt the remaining 1/2 stick of butter in the microwave. Mix the crushed corn flakes with the melted butter.
- Spread the buttery corn flakes over the top of the potatoes.
- Cover and refrigerate overnight or until needed, if you wish. The casserole make also be baked right away.
- Bake in a 350 degree oven for 1 to 1 and 1/2 hours. If the casserole has been in the refrigerator, the baking time will be closer to 1 and 1/2 hours.
Easy Eggless Breakfast Casserole Variations
This is a versatile recipe that is easily adapted for different dietary needs. These days, it’s easy to find ingredient substitutes to create vegetarian or gluten free options. Read on for the simple variations.
Vegetarian Breakfast Casserole: No Eggs
To make this easy eggless breakfast casserole a vegetarian breakfast casserole, simply substitute the sausage with a vegetarian meat substitute. You can also substitute the cream of chicken soup with cream of mushroom soup. The rest of the ingredients are meatless, so you should be good to go for this cheesy eggless breakfast bake.
Gluten Free Eggless Breakfast Casserole
Since this recipe contains no bread, there is only a couple ingredients that needs to be adjusted. Regular cream of chicken soup is not gluten free. You can purchase gluten free cream of chicken soup, then add that to the recipe instead. Did you know that regular corn flakes are not gluten free? Good news! You can get gluten free corn flakes at many stores.
Easy Eggless Breakfast Casserole Questions
Can I make this breakfast casserole, no eggs recipe, with fresh chopped onions and peppers? You may certainly use fresh onions and peppers. Just chop them into the desired size and cook them in a skillet with a bit of oil or butter. You could even cook them with the ground sausage when you brown it.
Can I use other kinds of cheese in this breakfast potato casserole with no eggs? I’m a huge fan of all kinds of cheeses. If you would like to use a creamy cheese like velveeta or mozzarella, that would be delicious. You could mix in some Gruyere or Swiss cheese for added flavor. Have fun trying different cheese combinations.
How long can a breakfast casserole be refrigerated before baking? Can you refrigerate casserole before baking? This sausage potato breakfast casserole version with no eggs may be made a day or two ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator. You could also freeze it for up to a couple of months if you are really planning ahead.
What Goes Well with Easy Eggless Breakfast Casserole
If you are serving this breakfast sausage hash brown casserole with no eggs as part of a holiday breakfast, you could serve it with some hot wassail. Hosting a brunch buffet? Serve up some school breakfast pizza and some homemade orange dark chocolate scones. This sausage hashbrown breakfast casserole with no eggs can also be served for lunch or dinner. It’s very versatile. By popular demand, it is now going to be our official holiday breakfast for the holidays. How nice to have our holiday breakfast already planned!