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Cheesy Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole

A breakfast casserole that incorporates all of your favorite breakfast foods - eggs, bacon, sausage, cheese, and potatoes. This is sure to satisfy the whole family!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Total Time1 hr 25 mins
Servings: 12 slices

Ingredients

  • 4 slices bacon uncooked
  • 1 pound ground sausage (I used hot sausage)
  • 2 1/2 cups sharp cheddar cheese shredded, divided (about 10 ounces)
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 lbs frozen tater tots
  • freshly chopped parsley for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  • Set skillet to medium temperature. Add 4 slices of bacon to cook until crispy, about 5 minutes each side. Remove from pan and let cool on two paper towels to remove excess grease. Set aside.
  • Remove excess grease from skillet and dispose. Place skillet back on stove and set heat to medium. Let it heat back up and then add 1 lb of ground sausage to pan. Break it down using your wooden spoon or spatula. Let it cook until browned. Once cooked, strain meat to remove excess grease. Set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grab a 13x9 casserole dish and place cooked ground sausage on the bottom. Cover with 2 cups of shredded sharp cheddar cheese.
  • In a medium bowl, mix pepper, onion powder, salt, and eggs together. Whisk until the eggs are beaten. Add milk and whisk together. Pour evenly over the sausage and cheese mixture.
  • Grab the tater tots from the freezer and begin to layer them over the casserole. I didn't need the whole bag but that's because my casserole dish was only 9x12. Place casserole in preheated oven for 35-45 minutes. Mine took about 45 minutes because my dish was shorter and thus made the casserole thicker. So make sure to adjust based on the size of your dish.
  • Grab 4 pieces of bacon and give them a rough chop. Remove casserole from the oven when it's ready. Add remaining 1/2 cup of cheese and crumbled bacon to the top of the casserole. Bake for another 5-10 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbling.
  • Remove casserole from oven and let it sit for 10 minutes so that it cools down a little. Sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley before serving.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Chew Out Loud.