This past weekend we went to the last home ECU game for the season. Might I also add that will be my last mimosa-less tailgate for a very long time. (wink wink) Since it was a noon game, I went with a breakfast theme for our tailgate meal. I love a breakfast casserole since you can usually do all the prep work the night before and simply cook it the morning you want to eat the dish. I deviated a little from this recipe and next time I would do a few things differently, too.
Some changes I made to the recipe:
- I simply toasted the bagels and tore them – I did not add butter and honestly didn’t really miss the butter.
- Instead of bacon, I used sausage because that’s what I had in the freezer. I think bacon would be excellent and might try that next time.
- Instead of cooked onion, I had plans to add green onion to the casserole. But I forgot. Despite cutting the green onion, I completely forgot to add it to the casserole AND forgot to use it as a topping. I missed the onion flavor a lot.
- I felt like 2 cups of a half and half was a little out of control – so I used 2 cups of whole milk. I don’t think it made a difference.
- The recipe called for a mix of cheddar and gruyere and that’s what I used. Since I couldn’t taste the gruyere with everything else going on, I think that next time I’d just use cheddar and perhaps dot some cream cheese on top before baking for that extra bagel feeling.
- Finally, I cheated and used Trader Joe’s Everything But The Bagel Seasoning instead of making my own. It’s a pantry staple for me these days and I highly recommend using it on your scrambled eggs and avocado toast.
The casserole was delicious and filling and I love the texture that the bagels brought to the casserole compared to your normal breakfast casserole made with sandwich bread. The biggest thing I missed with a little onion flavor and was super bummed that I forgot the green onion. And like I said, I think a little cream cheese would be amazing on top.
I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I know that this year I’m extra thankful for everything that I have – most importantly my family.