Savory French Toast Casserole

Savory french toast casserole (click through for recipe)Breakfast casseroles feel like the holidays to me. It’s probably because holidays and special events are the main times when you might make a breakfast casserole. The biggest benefit, outside of it being totally delicious, is it can feed a crowd and be easily warmed up even an hour after it’s out of the oven. 

Savory french toast casserole (click through for recipe) I love this because it means you’re planning for friends, and you’re planning to spend some leisurely time with them. A laid-back weekend brunch has got to be in my top ten favorite things ever. Love brunch. Love the weekend. Next time you have friends in town, make them this casserole. The rosemary will make your kitchen smell amazing, and this warm, cheesy casserole is sure to be a big crowd-pleaser.

How to make french toast casseroleSavory French Toast Casserole

1 loaf day-old bread (I used an English muffin loaf)
5 tablespoons melted butter
4 eggs + 2 egg yolks
3 cups whole milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons rosemary, finely chopped
6 oz sun-dried tomatoes, finely chopped
1 1/3 cup shredded cheese (I used a blend of cheddar and mozzarella)
pepper

In a large bowl whisk together the melted butter, eggs, yolks, milk, and salt. Be sure you allow the butter to cool before incorporating it, or else it may cause your eggs to curdle (as it will begin to cook the eggs if too hot). 

Cut up the loaf of bread into small cubes. Place about half the cubes in a well-buttered casserole dish (see below).

How to make french toast casserole Pour half the egg mixture over the bread. Toss in the sun-dried tomatoes, half of the rosemary, and 1 cup of the cheese. Add the remaining bread cubes over this. Pour on the remaining egg mixture. Use your clean hands to press the bread cubes down, just enough so that all the bread gets soaked in the egg mixture. Top with the remaining cheese, a little pepper, and the remaining rosemary.

Bake at 350°F for 28-30 minutes. Allow to cool for 5-8 minutes before cutting into the casserole.
Savory french toast casserole (click through for recipe) If you want to add even more flavor, add some s
autéed mushrooms or cooked sausage. Make it your own. Live your life. 🙂 Happy breakfast! xo. Emma

Savory French Toast Casserole

Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf day-old bread I used an English muffin loaf
  • 5 tablespoons melted butter
  • 4 eggs + 2 egg yolks
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons rosemary finely chopped
  • 6 oz sun-dried tomatoes finely chopped
  • 1 1/3 cup shredded cheese I used a blend of cheddar and mozzarella
  • pepper

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl whisk together the melted butter, eggs, yolks, milk, and salt. Be sure you allow the butter to cool before incorporating it, or else it may cause your eggs to curdle (as it will begin to cook the eggs if too hot).
  2. Cut up the loaf of bread into small cubes. Place about half the cubes in a well-buttered casserole dish.
  3. Pour half the egg mixture over the bread. Toss in the sun-dried tomatoes, half of the rosemary, and 1 cup of the cheese. Add the remaining bread cubes over this. Pour on the remaining egg mixture. Use your clean hands to press the bread cubes down, just enough so that all the bread gets soaked in the egg mixture. Top with the remaining cheese, a little pepper, and the remaining rosemary.
  4. Bake at 350°F for 28-30 minutes. Allow to cool for 5-8 minutes before cutting into the casserole.

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with Celeste of the Signature Collection.

  • Just stopping back to say that I made a version of this casserole. It turned out so well. Thanks for the inspiration. http://celestialpastryexercise.wordpress.com/2014/05/14/breakfast-for-dinner/

  • I made this for my mum on mother’s day. I subsituted sundried tomoatoes for mushroom and bacon. She loved it!! Will do more experimenting in the future! I also reckon any left overs will be really nice the next day! Thanks for the recepie

  • Looks really good, might try making it for mother’s day! Heads up though guys, it would be really nice if you could update the recipe page, links to many of your newer recipes haven’t been added there for a long time!

  • Mmmmmmm looks so yummy, it’s making me hungry!

  • My husband likes French toast. I’m not a big fan of sweets in the morning. I think this might fix that problem! Pinning. 🙂

  • I love a good casserole and this one looks delicious! I’ll have to try it out next time we have people over for the night.

    xoxo
    Taylor

  • Aaaaahhhww!!! That looks so yummy!
    H a v e . t o . t r y !

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  • This looks great! Perfect for brunch at the weekend 🙂

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  • This looks so good! I like the idea of adding mushrooms to it, and also possibly some bacon! 🙂

  • OH MY GOODNESS!!! i love the dessert “bread and butter pudding” so now with this recipe i can have it as both courses! lol!!

  • I’m a serious breakfast person, and a serious casserole person, so this is just blowing my mind. Must-make.. Looks delish! Thanks Emma 🙂 Always love your recipes. I’ve even stolen a few (hehe) still dreaming of that kale gnocchi bake… mmmm

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  • Any chance this can be prepared the night before? I love these types of dishes and it seems like most of them only benefit from soaking overnight but I wanted to double check. Yum.

  • I haven’t made a casserole in a long time but this makes me want to! 🙂

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  • This is beautiful and the flavor combination sounds heavenly.

    When I initially saw the first image, I thought the red chunks were bacon and I was going to click away (vegetarian)…I’m so happy I stuck around and was wrong. Sun-dried tomatoes are one of my recent obsessions and I’m sure they make a fabulous addition to the casserole. 🙂

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  • What a dream! What a great recipe! Thanks for sharing!

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  • This sounds SO GOOD! We always make a big breakfast casserole for Christmas morning (eggs, cheese, sausage, Texas toast) so I know what you mean about casseroles and the holidays. I’ll have to show my dad this recipe, I bet he’ll love making it this year. 🙂

    xoxo Mandy
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  • This is the first savoury French toast recipe I’ve seen, and it looks delicious! What a great way to spice up a recipe – another easy student supper to add to my repertoire!

  • Hold on, English muffin loaf?!?! I live in England and have never seen such a thing! I’m baking myself up a loaf this weekend for sure! <3

  • oh man, I’ve been having the worst french toast craving and this just looks like absolute heaven!

  • I definitely just made this, this morning! I didn’t add any cheese, but it was still marvelous!! Thanks ♥♡♥♡

  • This sounds delicious! I love the idea of a savory French toast casserole…then you don’t end up with too many sweet things (I’m highly susceptible 🙂 but you have a savory dish that’s not a quiche (I don’t like eggs). Yum! But on that note, for someone who doesn’t like eggs but likes French toast, would this be very ‘eggy?’

  • Now I’m hungry! Delicious!

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  • Brillant idea! Very good work
    Kisses from Poland
    Magda and Agnes:)

  • Perfect. Now my egg casserole recipe for Mother’s Day brunch is been decided!! 😀

  • Looks absolutely scrumptious! I’d totally top that off with grilled tomatos and mushrooms!

  • “Make it your own. Live your life.”

    Oh Emma I just love your writing style! It’s so droll and humourous; always love reading your posts to see what funny witticisms you’ve managed to slide in.
    This looks so gorgeous and delicious! If we ever have brunch at my house this will be the first thing that gets cooked 🙂

  • That looks absolutely amazing. Man I miss eggs. My LO is allergic so there’s really no point in cooking with them if he can’t eat.

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  • Oh I’d love to try this with dark bread. Should be delicious!

  • That looks delicious!! I’ll surely gonna try this recipe. Thanks for sharing this. <3

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  • That looks delicious!! I’ll surely gonna try this recipe. Thanks for sharing this. <3

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  • LOVE. Pinning this now, must remember it for Saturday family brunches.

  • That looks great! I just came home from work and would give everything for a portion of that!!!

    Greetings from Germany,

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    Bambi

  • This looks super amazing, and you are def. right, I can see this being a total crowd pleaser for a brunch with friends. I would love to just make this for me and the boyfriend on a lazy sunday as well though! Bookmarking this recipe!

    rae of love from berlin

  • Oh my goodness this looks good! I especially love the picture with the eggs cracked open 🙂 Your photos always brighten my day.

  • wow! what a great idea– looks delish!

    xxoo,
    nikki

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  • looks like the perfect, satisfying start to any day. thanks for sharing, emma!
    xx

  • Oh yum! This is such a wonderful idea for a morning meal, plus I feel like it saves time in the morning and cuts down on wanting to run through the drive-thru and grabbing something there.

  • Emma this looks fantastic for breakfast and so easy to do it 😉

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