It sure is a lovely idea: having your favorite folks crowded around the table on a lazy Sunday morning, refilling mug after mug, piling plates high as the morning wastes away. In reality, though, you’ve snoozed your alarm seven times and your breakfast guests are already in the kitchen, practically banging their forks on the counter. Luckily, you knew this would happen—the make-ahead breakfast casserole was practically invented for you.
Whether your ideal breakfast casserole is sweet (French toast- or fruit-filled, Nutella-drizzled even, crammed with brioche or croissants); or savory (oozing Gruyère, salted cream, did something say bagels and lox?), most of these 20 recipes can be made in their entirety the night before. So put on a pot of coffee and turn on the oven—the hard work is already done.