Cracked Out Croissant Breakfast Casserole

Crack Croissant Breakfast Casserole Recipe – we love this easy overnight breakfast casserole! Only 6 ingredients! Bacon, buttery croissants, cheddar cheese, eggs, half-and-half, and ranch seasoning mix. Assemble the night before and bake in the morning. Great for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, and overnight guests. Serve with some cheesy grits and fresh fruit.

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Cheddar Bacon Ranch Croissant Breakfast Casserole

This Crack Croissant Breakfast Casserole has quickly become one of our favorite breakfast recipes. Flaky croissants, bacon, cheese, and ranch seasoning baked in a creamy egg custard. The easy make-ahead breakfast recipe is perfect for holiday mornings, Sunday brunch, and busy weekday mornings.

What does CRACK mean?

If a recipe has “crack” in the title it means that the recipe has cheddar, bacon, and ranch in the ingredients. It all started with my Crack Dip way back in 2007. I made the dip for a Titans football game. Everyone went crazy over it. We couldn’t stop eating it and said it was like crack. The name stuck. 

According to the dictionary, the definition of crack is “of superior excellence or ability”. We think the flavor combination of cheddar, bacon, and ranch fits this definition! This breakfast casserole is most definitely of superior excellence! One bite and you will surely agree.

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How to Make Crack Croissant Breakfast Casserole

The casserole is very easy to make with only a few simple ingredients. In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crispy. Drain excess fat on a paper towel. Chop croissants into small pieces. Place the croissant pieces in the bottom of a 9×9-inch casserole dish. Sprinkle cooked bacon and shredded cheese over the top of the croissants.

In a large bowl, whisk eggs, half-and-half, and ranch seasoning mix. Pour the egg mixture over the top of the casserole. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

The next morning, remove the casserole from the refrigerator and let the dish come to room temperature on the counter. Preheat the oven. Bake the casserole covered with aluminum foil for 35 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 25 minutes, or until set. Garnish the casserole with chopped green onions or fresh parsley.

Helpful Tips & Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can substitute turkey bacon for lower calories.
  • Can substitute heavy cream or whole milk for half-and-half.
  • You can use any cheese you prefer – gouda, pepper jack, swiss, or Gruyere cheese are good.
  • If you are sensitive to ranch seasoning, adjust the amount to your personal preference. 
  • Can assemble and refrigerate up to 24-hours before baking.
  • You can double the recipe and bake in a 9 x 13-inch baking dish for a crowd. You may need to add 10 to 15 minutes to the cooking time to ensure the eggs are set.
  • Can You Freeze Bacon Croissant Breakfast Casserole? Yes! You can make this casserole in advance and freeze it unbaked or baked.
    • To bake the casserole after freezing, thaw completely in the refrigerator and bake as directed below.
    • To reheat after freezing, thaw completely in the refrigerator and reheat in the microwave or covered in the oven. I suggest reheating at 350ºF for about 30 minutes.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
  • More than 3,500 family farms in Ohio raise enough pork to feed about 25 million people. So when you buy pork at the grocery store or the farmers market, you are supporting Ohio farm families that produce that pork. Go to OhioPork.org for more recipes.

Croissants NOT Crescent Rolls

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Make sure to use bakery croissants.

This recipe does NOT use refrigerated crescent rolls.

Croissants and crescent rolls are NOT the same thing.

Make sure to buy croissants from the bakery section at the grocery store.

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What to Serve with Croissant Breakfast Casserole

This bacon casserole has been on repeat at our house. We like to serve this with Vanilla Pudding Fruit Salad and cheesy grits! YUM! This casserole is equally delicious for lunch or dinner with a green salad. Add this easy recipe to your menu! You will not be disappointed!

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Crack Croissant Breakfast Casserole

Yield: 6 people
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Crack Croissant Breakfast Casserole Recipe – we love this easy overnight breakfast casserole! Only 6 ingredients! Bacon, buttery croissants, cheddar cheese, eggs, half-and-half, and ranch seasoning mix. Assemble the night before and bake in the morning. Great for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, and overnight guests. Serve with some cheesy grits and fresh fruit.

Ingredients:

  • 3 (5-inch) large croissants
  • 1 lb bacon
  • cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 2 Tbsp package Ranch dressing mix

Instructions:

  • Chop each croissant into 10 to 12 pieces. Place in a lightly greased 9×9-inch deep dish baking dish.
  • In a skillet over medium-high heat, cook bacon until crispy. Drain fat.
  • Sprinkle bacon and cheese over chopped croissants.
  • Whisk together eggs, half-and-half, and ranch dressing mix.
  • Pour egg mixture over croissant mixture. Press croissants down to submerge into the egg mixture. Cover with aluminum foil and refrigerate for 8 to 24 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 325ºF.
  • Bake casserole covered for 35 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 25 minutes, or until set. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Notes:

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  • Make sure to use bakery croissants. This recipe does NOT use refrigerated crescent rolls. Croissants and crescent rolls are NOT the same thing. Make sure to buy croissants from the bakery.
  • Can substitute turkey bacon for lower calories.
  • Can substitute heavy cream or whole milk for half-and-half.
  • You can use any cheese you prefer – gouda, pepper jack, swiss, or Gruyere cheese are good.
  • If you are sensitive to ranch seasoning, adjust the amount to your personal preference. 
  • Can assemble and refrigerate up to 24-hours before baking.
  • You can double the recipe and bake in a 9 x 13-inch baking dish for a crowd. You may need to add 10 to 15 minutes to the cooking time to ensure the eggs are set.
  • Can You Freeze Bacon Croissant Breakfast Casserole? Yes! You can make this casserole in advance and freeze it unbaked or baked.
    • To bake the casserole after freezing, thaw completely in the refrigerator and bake as directed below.
    • To reheat after freezing, thaw completely in the refrigerator and reheat in the microwave or covered in the oven. I suggest reheating at 350ºF for about 30 minutes.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
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Steph

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