Rotel Sausage Cream Cheese Croissant Breakfast Casserole

Rotel Sausage and Cream Cheese Croissant Breakfast Casserole Recipe – we love this easy overnight breakfast casserole! Only 7 ingredients! Sausage, cream cheese, Rotel, buttery croissants, cheddar cheese, eggs, and half-and-half. Can assemble the casserole the night before and bake in it the morning. Great for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, and overnight guests. Serve with some cheesy grits and fresh berries.

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Sausage Croissant Breakfast Casserole

This Rotel Sausage & Cream Cheese Croissant Breakfast Casserole has quickly become one of our favorite breakfast recipes. Flaky croissants, sausage, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and Rotel baked in a creamy egg custard. This easy make-ahead breakfast recipe is perfect for holiday mornings, Sunday brunch, and busy weekday mornings.

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How to Make Sausage Croissant Breakfast Casserole

The casserole is very easy to make with only a few simple ingredients. In a large skillet, cook sausage over medium heat until crispy. Drain excess fat on a paper towel. In a large bowl, combine cooked sausage and room temperature cream cheese. Set aside.

Chop croissants into small pieces. Place the croissant pieces in the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish. Sprinkle sausage mixture, Rotel diced tomatoes and green chiles, and shredded cheese over the top of the croissants.

In a large bowl, whisk eggs, half-and-half, kosher salt, and black pepper. Pour the egg mixture over the top of the casserole. Bake the casserole in a preheated oven until the eggs are set. Garnish with parsley, cilantro, or green onions.

Helpful Tips & Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can substitute turkey sausage 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.
  • Additions:
    • onions
    • bell peppers
    • mushrooms
    • spinach
  • You can use any heat level of Rotel that you prefer. Mild, Original, or Hot all work fine.
  • Can assemble and refrigerate up to 24-hours before baking.
  • Can You Freeze Sausage Croissant Breakfast Casserole? Yes! Assemble the casserole and cover the pan with plastic wrap and aluminum foil. Store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
    • To bake the casserole after freezing, thaw completely in the refrigerator and bake as directed below.
  • Can I freeze the baked casserole? Yes! Bake the casserole and cool completely. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and aluminum foil. Store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
    • 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.

Use Croissants NOT Crescent Rolls

Make sure to use bakery croissants.

This recipe does NOT use refrigerated crescent rolls.

Croissants and crescent rolls are NOT the same things.

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

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What to Serve with Croissant Breakfast Casserole

This sausage 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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Rotel Sausage & Cream Cheese Croissant Breakfast Casserole

Yield: 6 people
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Rotel Sausage and Cream Cheese Croissant Breakfast Casserole Recipe – we love this easy overnight breakfast casserole! Only 7 ingredients! Sausage, cream cheese, Rotel, buttery croissants, cheddar cheese, eggs, and half-and-half. Can assemble the casserole the night before and bake in it the morning. Great for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, and overnight guests. Serve with some cheesy grits and fresh berries.

Ingredients:

  • 6 (5-inch) large croissants
  • 1 (16-oz) package breakfast sausage
  • 6 -oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 (10-oz) can Rotel diced tomatoes and green chilies, drained
  • cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 8 large eggs
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Spray a 9×13-inch deep dish baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Chop each croissant into 10 to 12 pieces. Place into the prepared pan.
  • In a skillet over medium-high heat, cook sausage until crumbled and no longer pink. Remove from heat and drain excess grease.
  • In a bowl, combine cooked sausage, cream cheese, and Rotel.
  • Sprinkle sausage mixture and shredded cheese over the chopped croissants.
  • Whisk together eggs, half-and-half, salt, and pepper.
  • Pour egg mixture over croissant mixture. Press the croissants down to submerge into the egg mixture.
  • Bake casserole for 45 to 60 minutes, until the egg mixture is set. Cover the pan with aluminum foil if it starts to get too brown.

Notes:

  • Make sure to use bakery croissants. This recipe does NOT use refrigerated crescent rolls. Croissants and crescent rolls are NOT the same things. Make sure to buy croissants from the bakery.
  • I used a roll of Jimmy Dean sausage. You can use regular or hot sausage. 
  • Can substitute turkey sausage for pork sausage.
  • Can substitute heavy cream or whole milk for half-and-half.
  • You can use any cheese you prefer – gouda, pepper jack, Monterey jack, or Swiss are good.
  • Can assemble and refrigerate up to 24-hours before baking.
  • Can You Freeze Sausage Croissant Breakfast Casserole? Yes! You can make this casserole in advance and freeze 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.

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  1. This is so amazing! 100% recommend! My husband said we can make this once a month! We usually make breakfast bakes with hashbrowns and this is so much better! Think crossaintwhich ( however it’s spelt) from BK but way better! Make it, you won’t regret it! Thank you for sharing this amazing recipe with us!

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