Don’t Read This Post If You’re Hungry

A few days ago I got an email from Cindy, a sweet reader in Texas who had recently read my post about my aunt and my cousin coming to visit this past weekend, and she wanted to know if I’d share some of my make-ahead breakfast recipes.

To which I replied: “Um, YEAH!”

Because I don’t mess with Texas, y’all.

I’ve posted a couple of these recipes before, but they’re so delicious that I just had to include them again. And you can make all of these ahead of time, which makes cooking breakfast for company so much easier. Add a little fresh fruit and some hot coffee, and you’ll have a meal that almost any guest will love.

And if they don’t love it, they can just, you know, leave.


Cheese Grits

4 cups chicken broth
4 cups water
2 1/2 cups Quaker Quick Grits (not instant)
1 tsp. salt
1 stick butter, divided
6 oz. Velveeta*, cubed into small pieces
4 eggs, beaten
1/2 tsp. garlic powder (optional)
2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, grated and divided
paprika for garnish

Bring salted water (along with half a stick of butter) to boil. Gradually add grits, stirring constantly. Once grits have been stirred into water (no lumps), reduce heat to medium, cover, and cook for 5-7 minutes.

While grits are cooking, cube Velveeta, beat eggs, and spray casserole dish with Pam.

When grits are done, remove from heat, and incorporate remaining butter, Velveeta, and one and a half cups of the grated cheddar cheese. (I usually test to see if more salt is needed at this point.)

Temper your eggs by stirring about a quarter cup of grits into beaten eggs…then transfer egg mixture to grits mixture.
Stir well, making sure everything is blended.

Pour grits into casserole dish, top with remaining grated cheese, sprinkle with paprika and bake at 375 for 30-45 minutes.

* – If you don’t have Velveeta, then just substitute regular sharp cheddar. My husband actually likes the grits better that way.

Kim’s Breakfast Casserole

I know there are tons of recipes for this casserole, but I think this one is the simplest and the best.

1 stick of margarine or butter
6 slices of bread (wheat or white – and I leave crusts on)
1 lb. of pork sausage
1 lb. of shredded mild cheddar cheese
6 eggs
1 pint of half & half
1 teaspoon salt

Brown the pork sausage and drain the grease. While it is browning…melt the stick of butter. Dip the bread in the melted butter to cover both sides of the bread. Place the bread in a 9 x 13 dish sprayed with PAM.

When the sausage is browned, spread it over the buttered bread in the pan. Sprinkle the cheese over the sausage. In a blender, mix together the 6 eggs, the half & half, and the salt. Pour this mixture over the cheese.

Cover tightly and place in the fridge for 8 to 24 hours (at this point it can be frozen). Bake at 350 for 45 minutes.

Apple-Craisin French Toast Casserole

from – and I’m actually making this one for our praise team at church this weekend

1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup butter, melted
3 apples – peeled, cored and sliced
1/2 cup craisins
1 (1 pound) loaf French baguette, cut into 1 inch slices
6 eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/2 cups milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish. In a large bowl, mix together brown sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Mix in melted butter. Stir in apples and raisins until evenly coated. Pour into prepared pan. Arrange bread slices in an even layer over apples.

In the bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla and 2 teaspoons cinnamon. Pour over bread, making sure every slice is fully soaked. Cover with aluminum foil, and refrigerated overnight.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Remove dish from refrigerator while the oven is heating. Bake covered for 40 minutes. Remove cover, and bake 5 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Granite Steps Coffee Cake

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 (12-ounce) can buttermilk biscuits
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
1 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
1/2 cup sugar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Generously grease a 9-inch square baking dish. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar and cinnamon and mix well with a fork. Separate biscuit dough into 10 biscuits. Cut each biscuit into quarters, and dip each piece in melted butter and coat with brown sugar mixture. Arrange in a single layer in baking dish. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup of the oats.

Combine blueberries and sugar in a bowl and toss to coat. Spoon over oats and biscuits and sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup oats. Drizzle remaining melted butter on top. Bake for 20 minutes or until cake is golden brown and center is done. Cool for 20 minutes. Serve warm.

Crescent Roll Breakfast Casserole

1 12 oz. package bacon, chopped and fried (reserve about 2 Tbs. of bacon grease)
2 packages fresh sliced mushrooms
2 packages crescent rolls
8 large eggs, beaten
2 cups Pet milk (Pet milk is a brand of EVAPORATED milk that we like in the South):-)
2 cups milk
2 cups shredded Swiss cheese

Cook bacon pieces. Drain on paper towels. In reserved bacon grease, saute’ mushrooms until they lose their firmness (about 8 minutes). While mushrooms are cooking, press crescent roll dough in the bottom of a large (around 10 x 13), greased casserole dish, making sure that you press all the seams together. Depending on the size of your casserole dish, you may have a little bit of dough left over.

In a separate bowl, combine eggs, Pet milk, milk, and cheese. Set aside.

Scatter bacon and mushrooms on top of the crescent roll dough. Pour egg / milk / cheese mixture on top.

Bake 15 minutes on 325 degrees, then 35-40 minutes on 300 degrees.

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  1. Aw man. I just started “The Challenge” this week so this post hit me where it hurts.

    I added up the points on WW and it only came to 3,999,467,210.

    I might have that many to spare in about 12 years, so I’ll keep my hopes up. :)

    Michelle (Just Joking – I’m just jealous that I can’t have me some of that good southern eatin’ right now)

  2. I’ve gotta invite houseguests over this weekend just to make this delicious spread! …I love brunchy foods

  3. YUUUUUUMMMMY!!!!!!!!!

  4. I’ve been at the hospital all day with Jessica and Emmy. You know, the land of “what do they do to all the food to make it all taste like old army blankets?”

    I am starving for real, edible food! This stuff sounds so good. But I guess I’ll have a sandwich, since it’s almost midnight and I have to get up early tomorrow and head back to the hospital.

    Have a happy and blessed Mother’s Day, S.

    You too, Sister. :-)

    Love y’all,


  5. Ok, I’m from Texas, too…if you want to add some spice to Kin’s breakfast casserole, add a teaspoon of mustard (seasoning, not the dressing), some onions (about 1/4 cup fresh or 2 T minced) and a can of Hatches Green Chili’s. Good stuff ya’ll! Thanks for sharing these recipes. I’m hitting print!
    Love ya!

  6. I meant Kim :)

  7. Um, OK, I know I’m a northerner and all, but I think my arteries actually CLOGGED up as I read through your recipes!! Of course, that does not mean I will not be trying them all out. Soon. Like, right now…..

    Hey, just an aside, my 6 year old daughter who has never actually been bowling before has the current high score on Wii bowling. Guesses anyone?!? Only 210!! (She actually said that to me with a downcast face–“Mommy, I only got 210”.) I was like, WHAT!!!?? I’ve never broken 200, ever, bowling- real or Wii. It kills me. My husband has been playing non stop ever since, and he can’t break 200 either. So, I think we’ll be making a trip to the alley soon– to determine whether we have a protege on our hands, or to take the little bugger down a peg or two– I’m not sure which!

    Many blessings to “y’all” (did I say it right?) from the sunny north!!

  8. “If you don’t have any Velveeta…” WHAT KIND OF PERSON WOULDN’T ALREADY HAVE VELVEETA IN THEIR FRIDGE? That would just be un-American.

  9. Mmmmm! Yummy, yummy. Thanks for sharing… I now must go eat my suddenly inadequate breakfast!

    Jane, Pinks & Blues Girls

  10. Excellent – thanks for that – I’m having some American friends coming to stay at the beginning of June (I’m in UK) and those ideas are great cause

    y’all love your breakfasts over there!

  11. Wow, you COOK breakfasts?! I’m in awe.

    We buy in cold cereal, milk, bread for toasting and a few spreads, fruit, coffee, tea… and leave our guests to do their own thing for breakfast. I have never cooked breakfast for anyone, and never intend to.

    I only cook once a day (lunch is bread, cheese and salad, and whatever else happens to be in the fridge) and that’s more than enough when we have guests!

  12. Man Alive!!! Those are some SERIOUSLY jam-up recipes!! Thanks so much for sharing!! We take turns providing breakfast in our Sunday School class each week, and I can’t wait to try some of these out!! (I will try to behave though, since I too have joined the “Challenge”…but thanks to Beth Moore’s latest podcast, I have learned the term “moderation”;-) Bless you BooMama!! Have a great day!!

  13. suzanne says:

    Good southern cooking!!! Yum!
    From a bee-u-tee-ful hostess; thanks!

  14. Seriously? They make instant grits? I’m guessing they are not on the shelves here in Indiana.I’ll check, though.

    Thanks for some fabulous recipes! I have to take casseroles to our bible study often, and I love make ahead ones! Wohoo!

  15. When one is in the middle of “The Challange” and reads, Don’t Read This Post If You’re Hungry the hand automatically (against the will of the head connected near the hand)grabs the mouse with force and bypasses all words and heads straight for the recipes. {…sigh…thanks…} Guess I’ll go eat another banana…ugh.

  16. I just ate and now I am hungry! Dang Nabbit!
    We have a standing joke with our Tennessee relatives that when we eat down there (and ask about a recipe) that the first ingredient is always. “Well, a stick of butter…”
    We northerners prefer NOT to know what is in our food when we eat south of the Mason-Dixon Line! HA! Because, you know, if you don’t know what is in it then it is good for you and there is no fat or calories. So no guilt.
    Thanks for sharing. I will be making some of this!

  17. I usually don’t eat breakfast but you have me drooling over here. Now don’t laugh or roll your eyeballs, but for us Canadian northerners, I am assuming grits are oatmeal? Aren’t they?

  18. Wow, that kind of makes my bowl of granola look boring and cheap. But great ideas for a fun mother’s day breakfast. Maybe I can print these recipes and leave them lying around the house, someone will get the hint. Oh, who am I kidding? Maybe I’LL make one of these great breakfasts for myself and my kids.

  19. Yum!
    I think I’ll try the apple craisin. I make a similar one with blueberries that my bunch loves. This one sounds great.

  20. Can I come be a weekend guest at your house?


  21. Susanne! Grits are NOT oatmeal. It’s ground corn. And so delish too.

    Rocks – I must be unAmerican. We don’t “do” Velveeta in our house. We do however do lots and lots of sharp cheddar cheese.

    Boomama – actually I should have started with you since it IS your blog – I love the crescent roll casserole. I think I’ll be persuading Mr. Right to make them for Mother’s Day. Either that or those yummy cheese and sausage Bisquick biscuits.

    And of course I paid no heed to your title and now I’m salivating down my dress. Such a great look for the office, don’t you think?

  22. I’ve been craving baked cheese grits the last few days. I might have to try that one this weekend. Thanks for sharing!

  23. Just a note to the Yankees and non-Texans out there…if you add green chiles, jalapenos, or Pace Picante to any meal, it will clean those arteries right out!

    Or maybe that’s just the sinuses…oh well, it all sounds like it would be worth a little extra jogging, or you know eating twigs and leaves the rest of the week to make up for it!

  24. Umm. No you didn’t. It’s May Day challenge and I’m now craving bacon grease. Even without the rest of the recipe. Just a spoon full of bacon grease.

    Boo Hoo, Boo Mama.

  25. Oh yum. I’ve been wanting some cheese grits! We have a restaurant here that serves fried cheese grits with cheese jalapeno gravy. Oh baby.

    But what I’ve been looking for is a grits/sausage casserole I had at my first “tea” in Alabama. Anybody have that one?

  26. Vickie says:

    I got tears in my eyes as I looked from your delicious sounding recipes on my computer screen over to my “delicious” Slim Fast shake sitting on my desk. I have made the french toast casserole and the breakfast casserole before. They are both terrific.

  27. You warned me not to read it while hungry. So, what did I go and do?!?!

  28. Um, interesting. Around here we eat chocolate chip cookies, brownies, cake, and the occasional chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast. Seriously. Good thing I never have houseguests if that is the normally expected fare!

  29. Yumo! A southern girl here loving these. Thanks.

  30. Thanks for sharing the recipes! Can’t wait to try them! I already had breakfast, but I’m still drooling!

  31. you’re killing me here—-

    I think i;ll have to settle for cracker barrel. Close as I can get without having letovers to further expand by mommy- bootay.;)

  32. wow! i can’t let my husband see your blog -he’d realize he’s getting shortchanged with my boring scrambled egges and pancakes :)

  33. Oh these sound lovely thanks! In exchange I will send you the dandelion recipes a friend is giving me….well now I just have to hope the dogs don’t go on them….LOL Well don’t worry I will go out and put a poster ” deadly chemicals sprayed here keep away for your own safety and maybe the dogs will be walked on the other side of the street” Happy Mothers day!

    Angel ( Angel Mama Pearls of Wisdom)

  34. I love grits! We sometimes put bacon in ours, too. They are also good with just butter, salt and pepper. My Grandpa always says “Grits is groceries!”

    Those recipes sound so tasty! I don’t know if I would eat the casseroles because I don’t eat eggs but I would make them for other people for sure!!

  35. I just read through the comments and think someone needs to send Susanne some grits quick. She needs to experience them ;)

  36. Never go grocery shopping on an empty stomach Never go blogging on an empty stomach.

    My mouth is watering. Great recipes.

  37. I always hear about grits but I never know what they are. Are they like cream of wheat?

    I’m so glad you posted these recipes. I’m trying to think of something to bring to my ladies’ Bible study brunch and someone already signed up to bring quiche, which is my specialty.

    I’m going to try either the French toast or crossiant casserole.

    Fun stuff!

  38. Paula Deen move over! I can’t believe you made this many things for ONE meal–I’d cover that in about a month’s worth of cooking!

    Of course, there’s a reason why I don’t have Paula Deen linked to on my website. :)

  39. Wait! I forgot the rest of my comment:
    “Of course, there’s a reason why I don’t have Paula Deen linked to on my website. A fantastic cook I am not.” :)

  40. Yep, I’m another one who has just started “The Challenge” this week so these recipes made my mouth drool. I’ll be sure to tuck them away to pull out and try when I’m in the mood to induldge myself.

    Thanks for sharing!

  41. OK, that sounds amazing! I’ve got family coming in town next week…I will put one of these recipes to use! THANK YOU

  42. michelle says:

    Hi, I love the purse that I saw on a blog. How do I get one?

  43. Thanks so much BooMama!