Wake Up to Breakfast — Comfort Food Feast

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In the early morning hours, there’s nothing better than cracking an egg into a sizzling hot pan. Unless, that is, breakfast is fixed before you even throw off the covers. Whether you’re looking for a prework meal that beats cereal or a lazy Sunday-morning brunch, these make-ahead breakfast recipes are comforting, easy and perfect for any kind of frosty morning. All you need is some foresight — and maybe a good casserole dish.

Loaded with flavor-packed ingredients like goat cheese, basil and sun-dried tomatoes, Giada’s Italian Sausage and Egg Bake will comfort you to your core without putting you back to sleep.

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Jamie Deen’s Breakfast Bake opts for hot Italian turkey sausage instead, and leftovers can be reheated for a stellar future breakfast.

Blueberry French Toast Casserole with Whipped Cream and Strawber

Even at the start of the day, some like it sweet. And since French toast generally gets better the longer it soaks, it works as the perfect make-ahead casserole. Do more than add maple syrup with creations like Blueberry French Toast Casserole with Whipped Cream and Strawberries, a decadent recipe best made with day-old challah bread.

Or look to a Coconut-Almond French Toast Casserole that’s crunchy on the top but creamy and fluffy on the inside.

With raisins, brown sugar and a hint of rosemary, Alton’s Overnight Monkey Bread melds together for hours on end. Just stick it in the oven when the alarm goes off for a rich morning meal.

Need a no-fuss brunch dish fit for a crowd? Make this loaded Ham and Cheese Breakfast Casserole before anyone arrives so you can spend more time with your guests later — and less time cracking eggs in the kitchen.

Your favorite breakfast side just became the prime make-ahead dish. This vegetarian Hash-Brown Potato Casserole comes with tender potatoes, all bound by creamy cheesy.

And for an early morning kick, FN Dish gives you an eggy Spicy Strata. A member of the same family as both quiche and frittata, this breakfast casserole comes stacked with layers — or strata — of pickled jalapenos, Jack cheese and more.

More comforting breakfast recipes from friends and family:

Big Girls, Small Kitchen: Broccoli and Goat Cheese Omelet

Jeanette’s Healthy Living: Gluten-Free Triple Chocolate Banana Muffins

Feed Me Phoebe: Amaranth Breakfast Porridge with Blueberry Compote

Weelicious: Crispy Orange Stuffed French Toast Sticks

Devour: Bobby’s Breakfast for Dinner Recipes

Napa Farmhouse 1885: Egg Bruschetta with Pesto

Red or Green: Huevos Rancheros

Dishing With Divya: Scrambled Eggs with Spinach and Sweet Toast

Virtually Homemade: Crescent Dough Breakfast Skillet

Taste With The Eyes: Kimchi & Cheddar Omelette

Blue Apron Blog: 7 Breakfast for Dinner Ideas from Around the World

Dishin & Dishes: Shirred Eggs (Baked Eggs)

Elephants and the Coconut Trees: Peasant Omelette

Domesticate Me: “Shakshuka” Egg White Frittata with Turkey Sausage

The Sensitive Epicure: “Egg In The Hole” with Sauteed Spinach

The Heritage Cook: Southwest Breakfast Hash