This Eggs Benedict Casserole recipe is an overnight wonder. English muffins are layered with Canadian bacon, then topped with an egg mixture before you bake. It has all the flavor of classic Eggs Benedict, but you can make it the night before. It’s easy, delicious, and the perfect make-ahead meal for holidays! Overnight breakfast casseroles forever! Originally posted May 10, 2013.
Eggs Benedict Breakfast Casserole
Happy Mother’s Day everyone! I’m sure many of you reading this are moms, so go ahead and email this recipe to whoever is supposed to be making your breakfast Sunday morning.
If that person is still you, then you are in luck because this recipe is an overnighter…er. It’s super easy and delicious. It makes me want to douse every casserole ever in hollandaise sauce!
Let’s talk about my mom. My mom always carries a metal slinky in her coat pocket and plays with it when she’s bored. She calls sticks of butter “cubes” of butter.
She always answers her cell phone. Always. Even in class. (She’s a teacher.) She will open her phone and let you listen to her in-session class in the background until you get the idea that she’s busy and can’t talk. I’ve told her numerous times about the wonders of voicemail, but to no avail.
My mom wears patterned socks, always. She has a different pair of Christmas socks for every day of December. (That goes for earrings as well.) She is the top commenter on my blog. She still sends me packages of these Butterscotch Wheaties Treats for minor holidays.
My mom’s level of compassion knows no bounds. She is constantly thinking outward. And before I get too sappy, let’s just leave it at this: my mom is better than your mom, better than any mom ever. Love you Mom! Now stop crying.
Why you need to make this Egg Benedict Casserole
If your mom is half as cool as my mom, you are gonna want to make her something amazing for breakfast this Sunday. May I suggest a casserole version of everyone’s favorite brunch classic??
Seriously, it is so delicious. And SUPER easy. (Ten times easier than real Egg Benedict. I mean, have you ever actually tried to poach an egg? It’s a nightmare 😂)
Just butter up some English muffins and get them nice and toasty. Toss them in a casserole dish with Canadian bacon, then pour an egg mixture over the top and bake. The only thing better than a craggy English muffin is a craggy English muffin baked into a custard.
We could stop there, but why would we do that? HOLLANDAISE SAUCE, people. I love this stuff. It’s easy to make on the stove, but it’s also really easy to make Blender Hollandaise Sauce. Today’s recipe is not quite traditional because it adds in some extra cream, but that’s just not really an apology. Either the recipe below or this Blender Hollandaise are wonderful with this casserole!
Egg Benedict Casserole Ingredients
The full recipe card is below! But here are the basics. It’s soooo easy.
- English muffins
- Canadian bacon
- cheese (optional)
- Hollandaise sauce, recipe below
How to make Eggs Benedict Casserole
First toast up some English muffins and slather them with butter. You can technically skip this step. But why would you skip out on the part where you can snag a bite of hot buttered English muffin?? Just try not to eat them all.
Chop them up and layer in a casserole dish with chopped Canadian bacon.
What is the difference between Canadian bacon and ham? They are actually from totally different parts of the pig, even though they taste similar. Canadian bacon is from the pork loin, and is often brined. Ham is from the leg of the pig, and is smoked. In Canada, it’s called “back bacon.” Don’t use regular American bacon, which is pork belly that is cooked until crisp.
For this recipe, sliced ham or Canadian bacon are going to work great.
Add a layer of Canadian bacon, then chopped English muffins, then repeat.
Mix up some eggs, cream, milk, and spices.
Do you think this is one of those fancy-blog moments, where you assume I took the time to pour my milk into this lovely jar, just to get a nice photo? Think again. My 2-year-old Edison shoved an entire banana peel into our mostly-full jug of milk, and we couldn’t get it out. So we dumped the milk into jars. So yes, this is me pouring banana-peel-milk into my casserole. Deal with it.
Anyway, add in some milk and cream to your eggs, and a buncha spices too. You can honestly use whatever spices you want. I like onion, paprika, mustard, a little seasoning salt.
Pour the egg mixture over the English muffins and Canadian bacon.
Press it down with your hands to help the bread absorb the liquid.
If you like, sprinkle a little cheese over the top. This part is actually optional, the casserole is great without it, and technically Eggs Benedict does not have cheese. But…casseroles have cheese, and I just couldn’t help myself.
Cover the casserole with foil and refrigerate overnight. If you like, you can bake it right away. It’s still quite tasty, even though the texture is not quite the same as when it has had time to absorb the liquid more fully.
How long can this Egg Casserole be refrigerated before baking?
You can refrigerate for 24 hours before baking. You don’t want to go much longer than that because the English muffins will start to get overly saturated and the texture of your casserole will be funky. Nobody wants to eat funky casserole.
Bake until the center is set and the edges are getting brown and crispy. Just look at this goodness!
Now it’s time to holla. Hollandaise, that is!
We are going to take this casserole from good to amazing my friends. Hollandaise sauce is one of the famous basic French sauces, made of egg yolks emulsified with melted butter.
In today’s recipe, we are also adding cream to make it even more thick and rich. It’s so good, I can never stop dipping my spoon into it. You can make this on the stovetop with a whisk, but a blender is even easier. Just make sure you add the butter while the blender is running so that the fats can properly emulsify.
You can make the hollandaise sauce ahead of time, but do not microwave it to reheat it. Put the whole container of sauce in hot water to warm it. If you microwave it, the eggs will curdle.
Eggs Benedict Bake FAQs
How to Eggs Florentine this casserole
Those Florentines, you guys. They really know how to take Eggs Benedict to the next level. Eggs Florentine is simply the addition of cooked spinach to your dish. Some people replace the Canadian bacon with spinach, but we’re not heathens 😉 I say just add it right on top. It’s so easy:
- Chop about 2 cups of packed fresh spinach
- Cook the spinach in an oiled pan for 1-2 minutes until it is wilted. Add in a sprinkle of salt if you know what’s good for you.
- When the spinach has cooled, gently squeeze out some of the moisture. You don’t want a soggy casserole, we have to get all that water out.
- Sprinkle the spinach over your first layer of Canadian bacon. That’s it!
Why is my egg casserole rubbery?
Rubbery egg casseroles come from too much moisture. Did you add wet spinach or another watery vegetable to this recipe? Was your Canadian Bacon extra drippy? Make sure you remove the moisture from whatever you’re adding! Pre-cook any veggies you are adding. If your Canadian bacon was frozen, thaw it out first and pat dry. Etc.
Storing and reheating instructions
This casserole is honestly best eaten on day one, but I’m not one to turn my nose up at leftovers, even if they aren’t quite as fresh. Store casserole leftovers tightly sealed in the fridge to keep it from getting dried out. Heat individual portions in the microwave for about 1-2 minutes, or larger portions in the oven at 350 for about 10-20 minutes, until heated through.
Store the hollandaise sauce separately in an airtight container. The hollandaise will curdle (get lumpy) if you microwave it, so remember to warm it by placing the container in a bowl of very hot water for a few minutes.
Can this casserole be frozen?
Absolutely! You can freeze the entire casserole, before cooking, for up to 2 months. Be sure to seal it well, then seal it again. (I love these 2 gallon ziplocks for stuff like this. They are huge.) Let the frozen casserole thaw overnight and bake as directed. This is a great option for getting (way) ahead for holiday mornings!
If you’ve already baked the casserole and want to store it for later, just seal it well (ziplock works great) and freeze for up to 2 months. Seal and freeze the hollandaise separately. Let thaw in the fridge completely. Bake at 300 degrees until the center is hot, which will take 20-30 minutes depending on how big the portion is.
And there you have it! Eggs benedict, casserole-ified. It’s perfect for Mother’s Day, Easter brunch, Christmas morning, you name it. I just love that I can make it the night before. It’s a crowd pleaser! And a mom pleaser! Enjoy!
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Eggs Benedict Casserole
- 6 English muffins
- 12 ounces Canadian bacon, chopped
- 8 large eggs
- 1 & 1/3 cups cream*
- 2/3 cup whole milk, or any milk
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt, I like Lawry's
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon dried mustard powder
- 1 cup Monterey Jack, shredded, optional
For the Sauce
- 4 egg yolks
- 1/2 cup cream*
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- dash kosher salt
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- Grease a 9×13 inch casserole dish with butter, or spray with non-stick spray.
- Chop all the Canadian bacon into bite size pieces. Add HALF to the bottom of the casserole dish and spread out.
- Split the English muffins with a fork. Toast each half, spread with butter, and then chop them all into 1 inch pieces (try not to take too many bites.)You can also do this step in the oven. Spread each muffin half with butter, chop the muffins into pieces, broil on an ungreased baking sheet for 1-2 minutes, then flip and broil until toasty.
- Add half of your English muffin pieces to the casserole dish, on top of the Canadian bacon. Repeat the layers: add the remaining Canadian bacon, then add the rest of the English muffins.
- Make the egg mixture. In a large bowl or stand mixer, whisk together 8 eggs, 1 and 1/3 cups cream, 2/3 cup milk, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, 1 teaspoon onion powder, 1/2 teaspoon paprika, and 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder. Beat until well mixed.
- Sprinkle 1 cup of shredded cheese over the top. This is optional but tasty!
- Pour the egg mixture over the English muffins and Canadian Bacon, distributing the liquid evenly.
- Cover well with foil and refrigerate overnight, or for at least 4 hours.**
- Remove from the refrigerator while you preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Cover the casserole with foil if it's not already.Bake at 375° for 35 minutes. Remove the foil and continue baking at 375 for 10-15 minutes longer or until the center is set and not liquid-y. It may jiggle a little bit, but should not slosh. If a butter knife stuck into the center comes out with no wet egg mixture on it, it's done.
- Make the hollandaise sauce. This is easy to do in the blender. Add 4 egg yolks, 1/2 cup cream, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard, 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, and a dash of salt to a blender. Blend on high for at least 30 seconds. This time blending heats up the yolks a bit, making them more ready to emulsify with the butter when we add it.
- Melt 1/2 cup butter in the microwave for about 15-20 seconds, until it is mostly melted but not all the way. Stir until the last of the butter melts. You don't want to add it to the eggs steaming hot, just melted and warm.With the blender running, add the butter SLOWLY into the small opening on the lid of your blender. Keep blending until all the butter is added and the mixture looks smooth and creamy. See notes for doing this on the stovetop instead of the blender.
- Serve the hollandaise sauce over the casserole. I prefer to drizzle the sauce over individual portions, but you can spoon it over the entire casserole if you prefer.
- Store leftover casserole in an airtight container in the fridge for 4-5 days.
- Be aware the hollandaise sauce does not reheat well in the microwave; it curdles. Store it separately from the casserole if you have leftovers. Set the container of hollandaise into a bowl of very hot or simmering water to warm it again for serving.
Delicious!!! I made this for my husband’s birthday! We all loved it! Thank you!
Your photos seem to have green onions and parsley on top, but I don’t see it in the ingredient list. When in the process are those added?
Hi Cynthia! The green onions and parsley are just in the photos as a bright, pretty garnish. Feel free to sprinkle on top if you like, but they’re not a part of the recipe :-) Enjoy!
Just made this for the second time for Christmas Breakfast. This time I added the spinach and it was sooo good. Thank you for an easy and delicious breakfast!!