Everything Bagel Breakfast Casserole

This everything bagel breakfast casserole combines bagels, everything bagel seasoning, bacon, eggs, and cream cheese to make the ultimate satisfying breakfast. You can prepare it the night before so it’s ready for a fresh & warm breakfast the next morning!

everything bagel breakfast casserole

When I was brainstorming new holiday breakfast recipes to try, I couldn’t get breakfast casseroles out of my mind. An egg breakfast casserole is the ultimate breakfast or brunch for entertaining because it feeds a crowd, is super satisfying, and you can prep it the night before. Last year I made my biscuit breakfast casserole with a side of fruit, bacon, and cinnamon rolls, and this year I want something equally crowd-pleasing.

Let’s all make everything bagel breakfast casserole!! This recipe is totally inspired by the breakfast bake in Chrissy Teigen’s cookbook Cravings: Hungry for More. Hers uses a slightly different ratio of ingredients, frozen spinach, and delicious Gruyère cheese.

This Everything Bagel Breakfast Casserole:

  • Uses leftover everything bagels as the base
  • Has extra everything bagel seasoning
  • Combines bacon, eggs, & extra cheese
  • Includes peppers & tomatoes for a fresh element
  • And is topped with cream cheese before baking

And best part of all: This isn’t soft and runny like some egg casseroles– it has texture!

everything bagel breakfast casserole

everything bagel breakfast casserole

Everything Bagel Breakfast Casserole Ingredients

  • Everything Bagels: You can use homemade everything bagels, but store-bought is the easiest route. Cut 3 bagels into big bite-size pieces, then let them sit out overnight so they become a little stale. Day-old bagels have more texture and won’t become soggy and squishy in the egg mixture. If you’re in a time crunch, cut up fresh bagels and bake for 10 minutes so they firm up a bit.
  • Everything Bagel Seasoning: You can purchase everything bagel seasoning from some stores, but it’s really easy to make it at home. Remember my everything bagel pull apart bread? We’re making the same stuff here! You need poppy seeds, sesame seeds, dried minced onion, dried garlic flakes, and coarse salt. If you don’t have these ingredients, don’t worry– there’s enough seasoning on the bagels themselves.
  • Salt, Pepper, & Ground Mustard: 3 key flavors to spice up this breakfast.
  • Eggs: Eggs are the base of this egg casserole dish.
  • Milk: Milk thins out the eggs. For best taste and texture, I recommend whole milk.
  • Cheese: What cheese do you like best with these flavors? Use it here! I used a mix of smoked gouda and mozzarella. White cheddar cheese would be excellent too!
  • Cream Cheese: What’s a bagel without cream cheese? Cut a block of cream cheese into chunks and arrange it all over the top of the casserole right before baking. It adds the BEST flavor.

And Some Extras

  • Cooked Bacon: Salty/savory bacon adds flavor to this dish. You can, of course, leave it meat-free or replace the bacon with cooked crumbled sausage. So it’s one less thing to do, you can cook and chop the bacon ahead of time.
  • Tomatoes & Peppers: For a fresh element, add some peppers and tomatoes. Both work really well with the other ingredients in this dish. No need to pre-cook the peppers!
  • Scallions: If desired, sprinkle the top of the baked casserole with chopped scallion.

everything bagel breakfast casserole ingredients

Place the bagels, bacon, peppers, and tomatoes on the bottom:

everything bagel breakfast casserole ingredients

Pour the egg, milk, and cheese mixture on top:

everything bagel breakfast casserole before baking

Top with everything bagel seasoning and cream cheese before baking:

everything bagel breakfast casserole before baking

everything bagel breakfast casserole

Like I mention above, I love that this dish has texture. The bagels become a little crisp on top, while the bottom is a mixture of softer bagels and a scrambled egg texture. We also have those fresh vegetables, crisp bacon, creamy cream cheese topping, and crunchy seasoning. Before they even mentioned the flavor, my friends (trusty taste testers!) commented on the satisfying texture.

And, of course, the everything bagel flavor can’t be beat either. 🙂

After 1 taste, you’re going to immediately wonder where this breakfast has been all your life. It has everything (literally) and the leftovers taste equally amazing!

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Everything Bagel Breakfast Casserole

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes
  • Yield: serves 12
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

You can assemble this breakfast casserole the night before or quickly throw it together in the morning. Feel free to substitute the extras like bacon for sausage and use your favorite cheese!


Ingredients

  • 3 day-old everything bagels*, cut into bite-size pieces (about 6 cups)
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 3/4 cup quartered cherry tomatoes (or chopped regular tomato)
  • 6 slices cooked bacon, chopped
  • 9 large eggs
  • 1 and 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 and 1/2 cups shredded cheese*
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard*
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 ounces block cream cheese, cut into bite-size pieces
  • optional for garnish: everything bagel seasoning and scallions

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (191°C). Generously grease a 9×13 inch baking pan or similar size (about 3 quart) casserole dish.
  2. Layer the bagel pieces, chopped pepper, tomatoes, and bacon into the dish. Whisk the eggs, milk, cheese, ground mustard, salt, and pepper together in a large bowl. Pour evenly over bagel mixture.
  3. Top evenly with pieces of cream cheese and sprinkle with everything bagel seasoning, if using.
  4. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until center is set and edges are golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes before topping with scallions (if using), slicing, and serving.
  5. Cover leftover casserole tightly and refrigerate for up to 1 week.

Notes

  1. Make Ahead Instructions: Assemble the casserole through step 3, then cover tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and refrigerate for up to 1 day. Remove from the refrigerator, preheat the oven, then continue with step 4. You can also freeze the assembled uncooked casserole. Cover the casserole with plastic wrap, then a layer of aluminum foil, and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator, preheat the oven, then continue with step 4. You can also freeze the baked and cooled casserole. Cover the casserole with plastic wrap, then a layer of aluminum foil, and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw on the counter or at room temperature and reheat to your liking.
  2. Bagels: So the bagels don’t become soggy, it’s best to use slightly stale bagels. Cut up the bagels the day before and let them sit out overnight. Or, if needed, use fresh bagels, cut them into the bite-size pieces needed for this recipe, and bake them on a baking sheet in a 350°F (177°C) oven for 10 minutes. They’ll be slightly crisp and ready to use in this recipe. No need to wait for them to cool before layering into the baking dish.
  3. Cheese: Use your favorite cheese here. I used a combination of freshly shredded mozzarella and smoked gouda. White cheddar, regular cheddar, or even pepper jack cheese. If using a strong cheese like feta cheese, I recommend combining it with another so the flavor isn’t overpowering.
  4. Ground Mustard: A common ingredient in cheesy egg dishes, this spice adds a sharp kick and depth of flavor. I don’t recommend skipping it.
  5. Everything Bagel Seasoning: Use everything bagel seasoning as garnish on top of the dish. You can purchase it at some grocery stores or make it at home. If you don’t have any, don’t worry about it. Or if you only have poppy seeds, garlic flakes, and/or sesame seeds, just sprinkle the dish with one or all of those. To make it yourself, combine 1 Tablespoon poppy seeds, 1 Tablespoon sesame seeds, 1 and 1/2 teaspoons dried minced onion, 1 and 1/2 teaspoons dried garlic flakes, and 1 teaspoon coarse salt. You will have plenty leftover and it tastes great on pizza, potatoes, avocado toast, scrambled eggs, and focaccia.
  6. Cream Cheese: Cream cheese used for cooking and baking are sold in 8 ounce blocks. You need 6 ounces for this recipe. If you don’t feel like having 2 ounces leftover, just cut up the whole block for this dish. You won’t regret a little extra cream cheese!

Recipe inspired by the bagel breakfast bake in Chrissy Teigen’s cookbook Cravings: Hungry for More 🙂

Keywords: holiday breakfast, casserole, bagels

 

39 Comments

  1. Been looking for a christmas morning recipe… this might have to be it!! My husband despises everything bagels (source of many misunderstandings), so I’m thinking plain bagels and offer the seasoning as a garnish!!! LOVE!

  2. I was just thinking that I seriously need to look up options in your recipes for breakfast options for the holidays and I think I just found one. Although your quiche recipes and other breakfast options are definitely delicious too!! Oh, decisions!! Thanks again Sally!!

  3. Oh my goodness – this looks amazing but not the reason for my post. I have been fan-girling so hard since Chrissy Teigen launched her website and I noticed her mention using your strawberry shortcake recipe. And then today you reference her recipe in your post. I love you both and feel like two wonderful worlds are colliding! 😀

  4. Hi Sally,
    In your recipe instructions, you mention letting the cut up bagel pieces “sit out overnight”. Should I leave the bagel pieces covered or uncovered while they sit? I’m assuming covered…but maybe not! Thank you!

    1. Hi Jamie! Either way is fine– I leave them covered lightly with just a piece of foil on top. The more they’re covered up (tightly sealed) the less stale they’ll become. And we want them a bit stale!

  5. I can’t wait to make this! Not sure if I can wait until the holidays, might have to have this for dinner one night soon. Can you link the baking dish you use? I’ve been looking for a good oval one!

    1. Hi Murray! I actually found this baking dish at my local grocery store– a random find! If you have a Sur La Table or Home Goods around you, they have beautiful oval dishes.

  6. This looks really good and I am going to make it Christmas morning. There are only 3 of us so how would you recommend heating up the leftovers and how long would it last in the fridge after it’s baked?

    1. Hi Kristen! Up to 1 week. I usually reheat in the microwave, but you can reheat in a 300°F (149°C) oven until warm throughout.

  7. I made this for my MOPs group this morning and I have NEVER had so many compliments and requests for a recipe before! Your recipes never steer me wrong. Thank you for yet another fabulous dish. This one is definitely has a permanent spot on my list of breakfast dishes for a crowd.

  8. Made it!
    Looks very pretty to serve, and if you do the tomato/scallion/pepper thing, you’ve got great color for the holidays!
    Served with a church crew and was well received. I was worried about the extra ‘everything’ seasoning being too much, and went light, but I could have def added more! I like the flavor/salt! 🙂
    I added a little bit extra pretty bagel pieces into the dish before putting in the oven. Mostly for aesthetics.

    Yum! Making again soon; it’s been added to my breakfast casserole/bake rotation!

    1. I personally haven’t, no. I would try at least 1 dozen egg whites, maybe even up to 14-15. (A lot to make up for the missing yolks!)

  9. I always make a breakfast casserole Christmas morning. So much easier to throw it together when we get home Christmas Eve night and then let it cook Christmas morning while we are opening gifts. I made this today to see if this could replace my usual casserole…wellll let me tell you this was amazing! I had never thought to replace the plane white bread I usually use with bagels. I did use everything bagels today and next time I will use (there is definitely going to be a next time) Asiago cheese and everything bagels. These casseroles are wonderfully full proof and you can add or take away whatever you like. Thank you Sally

  10. Looking to make a double batch and work smarter, not harder by reheating the leftovers for the following day’s meal. Any recommendations (double everything in 1 dish and adjust bake time/temp or make 2 separate…thoughts)?

  11. This was amazing! I made it Thanksgiving night and put it in the fridge overnight. Baked up beautifully for our Black Friday brunch! No shopping for us, just delicious food with his beauty as the star! I added sautéed mushrooms and the full 8 oz of cream cheese (2 more yummy ounces couldn’t hurt). This will be my go to breakfast casserole! Thanks Sally!

  12. I made this last weekend for a family Christmas. OH my GOSH. This is DELICIOUS! Definitely making again!! I used half extra sharp cheddar and half regular gouda. SO good!

  13. I brought this into the office today for a girl who is getting married. I put this together last night when I got home from work. Really easy to assemble. I used the whole slab of cream cheese. Used 1 sesame, 1 plain and 1 poppyseed bagle since they didn’t have the everything bagle. I had purchased the seasoning a week ago so I just incorporated it into the casserole. Took a little longer to cook because I have an electric stove but I anticipated it would take longer. This recipe is a keeper. Will make this for my daughter’s office also. Thank you for this wonderful breakfast casserole. I also brought in scallions and additional everything seasoning in little containers in case people wanted to add more.

  14. Took this out of the oven at 6:30 AM, wrapped it in heavy duty foil and then a thick bath towel, and it was still warm enough to eat without reheating at 9:30 AM (took it to work for a Christmas breakfast). HUGE HIT!

  15. Is this “bagel heavy”? I am looking to serve an egg dish with a side of bagels for brunch. This looks good, but I am not sure I’ve I should go with your strata or quiche instead.

  16. Super easy to make and it’s absolutely delicious! I only used shredded sharp cheddar and cream cheese but next time I make it, I’m going to add a combo of shredded cheeses…can’t have enough cheese! I am not a big bacon eater so I substituted cooked bacon for bacon bits and it still worked totally fine. I love that this dish is so easy to customize and add/subtract what you want/don’t want. Thanks so much for this recipe 🙂

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