Breakfast is too often the meal that gets forgotten, skipped, or phoned in. People say it’s the most important meal of the day, but it tends to take a back seat to getting oneself and possibly one’s family members all out of bed, made presentable, and off to school or work on time. So it’s easy for breakfast to become a cup of coffee on the go or a bowl of cold cereal.
Make-ahead breakfasts can be a big help when it comes to actually eating breakfast. If the food is already made in advance, it’s much more likely to wind up in a person’s mouth on a busy morning. But when people are searching on Pinterest for make-ahead breakfasts, what exactly are they looking for? Is it oatmeal in jars? Or chia puding? Well, it turns out the most popular make-ahead breakfast on all of Pinterest is this tater tot sausage breakfast casserole from Plain Chicken.
This tater tot and sausage casserole has been saved more than 167,000 times, and it’s very easy to see why this recipe is so popular. Pinterest has a reputation for being full of kale chips and Mason jar smoothies, but what Pinterest really loves is cheese, sausage, and potatoes. This recipe delivers on all three.
This recipe includes two pounds of breakfast sausage, a two-pound bag of frozen tater tots, shredded cheddar and mozzarella cheese, eight eggs, and two cups of milk, with a bit of garlic powder and onion powder.
You don’t even thaw the tater tots before putting them in the casserole dish. You just toss them with the cheese and cooked sausage, then put them in the casserole dish and pour the eggs and milk all over them. Then you bake it until it’s golden-brown and bubbling. (If you’re from the Midwest, you might call this sort of thing a tater tot hotdish.)
People are loving the heck out of this recipe. Eighty-two people commented that they tried the recipe and it was a hit — especially with teenagers. Several posted photos of their casserole dishes full of cheese-covered tater tots and declared them “delish.”
“This was awesome. Our new go-to breakfast casserole,” one wrote.
See it on Pinterest: Tater Tot Sausage Breakfast Casserole from Plain Chicken
More Delicious Make-Ahead Breakfast Ideas from Kitchn
Would you try this breakfast casserole?