Overnight Bacon and Asparagus Breakfast Casserole

An overnight egg casserole stuffed with bacon, asparagus, tomatoes, and hashbrowns. Easy to throw together ahead of time and impress the socks off your guests. It’s easy to make this vegetarian if you want by leaving out the bacon. I mean. If you want. I guess. 

Overnight Bacon and Asparagus Breakfast Casserole from The Food Charlatan

Charlotte: “Mom, your phone is wet.”
Me: “WHAT! Why is my phone wet??
“Oh, Truman dipped it in the toilet.”
“He WHAT?”
“He just dipped it Mom, it’s no big deal.”
“Char, you need to put the lid down after you go.”
Eric, from the other room: “She was using it.”
“WHAT?? Is my phone covered in pee??”
Char, nonchalantly: “Yup.”

Overnight Bacon and Asparagus Breakfast Casserole from The Food Charlatan

In other news, Eric ran a marathon last week. NBD:

Overnight Bacon and Asparagus Breakfast Casserole from The Food CharlatanPhoto cred: Sarah from Snixy Kitchen

Doesn’t he look so jolly? This is at the halfway point. If I had just run 14 miles there is no way in heck my face would look even remotely chipper. I think my face would look more like that of a wounded cow’s…Or maybe a walrus in labor? I don’t know. It will never happen. Major props, Eric.

Overnight Bacon and Asparagus Breakfast Casserole from The Food Charlatan

My brother Nathan ran this race too (And Sarah‘s husband Lucas! Party!) We all had brunch after the race with my family, and I served this breakfast casserole. Nathan told me after eating it how much he loved it: “I gotta tell you Karen, when you described this to me a couple days ago I thought it sounded kinda gross. But this stuff is amazing.” And he proceeded to take half the leftovers home with him.

Calling my food gross: -1. Calling my food amazing: +1. Taking leftovers: +1. Total score: +1. You’re safe Nate.

Overnight Bacon and Asparagus Breakfast Casserole from The Food Charlatan

This recipe is a mashup of my 2 favorite savory breakfast dishes: Asparagus, Tomato, and Goat Cheese Quiche and Easy Breakfast Casserole with Potatoes and Ham. Both of them are crazy delicious by themselves, so I decided to throw them together. This would be a great breakfast for Christmas morning! It can be assembled the night before, or cooked right away. So you can plan ahead…or not. NICE.

Overnight Bacon and Asparagus Breakfast Casserole

Yield: Serves 8-10

Recipe by The Food Charlatan


  • 30 ounce bag frozen shredded hash browns, thawed*
  • 1 stick (half cup) salted butter, melted
  • 8 strips bacon, chopped
  • 1 bunch asparagus, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh tomatoes, chopped (I used 4 romas)
  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped
  • 8 ounces cold goat cheese, crumbled with a fork
  • 7 eggs
  • 1 and 1/2 cup half and half
  • 1 and 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Grease a 9x13 inch casserole dish.
  2. Spread the potatoes in the dish and pour the melted butter evenly over the top.
  3. Bake at 400 for 25 minutes, or until the potatoes are getting brown on the edges.
  4. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool while you assemble everything else. Lower the oven temperature to 350.
  5. While the potatoes bake, cook the bacon in a frying pan until crispy. Remove to a paper-towel lined plate. Drain all but 1 teaspoon of the bacon grease.
  6. Snap off the woody ends of the asparagus, discard, and chop the rest into bite-size pieces. Add the chopped asparagus to the bacon grease. Cook and stir for about 5 minutes, until the asparagus is fork tender. Don't let it get mushy.
  7. While the asparagus cooks, chop the tomatoes and green onions.
  8. Layer the asparagus, tomatoes, green onions, and crumbled bacon on top of the potatoes.
  9. Layer on the crumbled goat cheese.
  10. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, half and half, salt, seasoned salt, pepper. Whisk for at least 1 minute.
  11. Pour the egg mixture evenly over the dish. Sprinkle with 2 cups of cheddar cheese. At this point, you can cover the casserole tightly and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.
  12. Bake at 350 for about 40-45 minutes, or until the cheese starts getting brown on top.


*If you haven't thawed your potatoes, you can microwave them with the butter. By the time the butter melts it should be mostly thawed. Spread in the pan and bake.

It's easy to half this recipe. Bake it in a 8x8 or 9x9 inch pan and use 3 eggs plus one egg yolk. Baking time might be a couple minutes lower than called for.


This recipe is a mashup of the 2 following recipes, my favorite savory breakfast dishes:

Asparagus, Tomato, and Goat Cheese Quiche:

Asparagus, Tomato, and Goat Cheese Quiche

Easy Breakfast Casserole with Potatoes and Ham:

Easy Breakfast Casserole with Potatoes and Ham from TheFoodCharlatan.com

Other breakfast ideas!

Egg Benedict Casserole (Overnight):

Eggs Benedict Casserole (Overnight) from TheFoodCharlatan.com

 Savory Parmesan French Toast with Hollandaise Sauce:

Savory Parmesan French Toast with Hollandaise Sauce from The Food Charlatan

Breakfast from other fab bloggers:

Farmer’s Market Overnight Breakfast Egg Casserole from Two Healthy Kitchens
Crock-Pot Tator Tot Egg Bake from Julie’s Eats and Treats
Overnight Breakfast Strata from Chef in Training





  1. says

    He DOES look so jolly. I looked like my face was about to explode after just running 3 miles at a 14 minute/mile pace, so I’d probably look like a dead walrus (aka, not moving) at the 14 mile mark. The goat cheese and the asparagus in this casserole made the dish – I love how you so easily prepared to feed SO MANY PEOPLE at 2am the night before. You win hosting. I’m not so great at feeding more than 4 people – teach me your ways!
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    • says

      Hey, at least you ATTEMPTED a race. Every time someone even talks about paying fees to run at unholy hours of the morning I eat a bag of cheetos. Oh and PS I think you’ve picked up on the only hosting tip I’ve got: Don’t sleep. That way you can impress them with your wit in the morning too.

  2. says

    Congrats to your husband!! mine also ran a marathon . . like 10 years ago! :P I’m trying to get him back into shape and running again. . we’ll see. . and oh my gawd, I also dropped my phone into the toilet. . thankfully nothing was in there but you know what you’re supposed to do right? place the phone into a baggie with either dry rice or beans. This is supposed to help get all the wetness out I think. anyway, that’s what we did and almost 8 months later the iphone is still working fine. And you’re not supposed to use it for like 24 hrs (like you place it in that dry bag with the rice for 24 hrs). I did not do that part. I can’t live without my phone for that long! :) anyway, love love love this breakfast casserole. Total tradition for me and my fam on Christmas morning!!!
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    • says

      That’s awesome that you saved your phone Alice! Fortunately mine didn;t get that wet. He just “dipped it” after all :) I have heard the rice trick and plan to use it if it ever gets fully dunked!!

  3. says

    I cannot even imagine a world where people are breathing after running fourteen miles. Can. Not. Fathom. It.
    However, I can completely imagine eating this gorgeous breakfast casserole. Gluttony, yes. Exercise, no.

  4. says

    Oh no! Your poor phone! Did it survive the toilet dunk? I’ve ruined so many phones in the toilet. Like, seriously 3. They slip out of my back pocket to easily. I finally learned my lesson after incident #3. And way to go Eric! Running a marathon is SUPER impressive to me. This casserole sounds amazing!
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  5. says

    Sarah mentioned the marathon — TOTALLY hardcore! I couldn’t imagine running a half, let alone a whole. Absolutely crazy. I’d last for about the 5-10K, then shovel chocolate in my face as fast as I could while cheering on everyone else. Or just say I was on photo duty the entire time. ;) But hey, if I won a piece or two of this casserole, I’d definitely try to run as far as I could! Pinned!
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