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This overnight breakfast casserole, made with lox and bagels casserole is perfect for entertaining. Filled with cream cheese and plenty of everything seasoning, this casserole would also be great with pastrami. Just plan on refrigerating overnight and then baking it for about 50-60 minutes the next day. Garnish with smoked salmon, tomatoes, capers and onions and you have a savory, showstopping brunch.
This is an updated post from December, 2016.
I love overnight breakfast casseroles. Not only are they easy to prepare, they are perfect for entertaining and can be made ahead. Many breakfast casseroles call for potatoes and sausage, but this is a very different version.
Bagels and lox overnight breakfast casserole
is not made with bread. It is made with bagels and then topped with everything that might go on top of a bagel.
Not only that it is made with an amazing everything seasoning, much like you find sprinkled on bagels. Not only does it make this casserole incredibly good, this seasoning, if you make extra, can be used on just a bagel with cream cheese, sprinkled on scrambled or hard boiled eggs and even popcorn!
Easy to prepare, the hardest thing about making this easy overnight sensation is chopping up the bagels. From there it’s a matter of making the everything seasoning, of which I recommend making double. I promise you will find plenty of uses for it!
Not quite bread pudding, but similar!
Then, just like you are making bread pudding, it’s a matter of soaking the bagel mixture in some eggs and cream. Refrigerate and wake and bake the next morning!
Just make sure to read your measurements correctly. My mom called and said this tasted very salty. When asked how much salt she used she told me one tablespoon. Ummm. Well, nope Mom!
Zoe arrived home Thursday night for a short visit. Her flame, suitor and one and only, is also from Denver and was visiting this week. Conveniently, Zoe decided to use her last vacation day of the year and come also.
The happy duo decided to spend a night at the Broadmoor, but still allowed time for us. Zoe had several requests before she arrived home. Being a good mother, I was happy to comply.
The first: “Could I please not open a box that was coming?”; the second: “Was the car available for them to use?” and the third: “Could I please schedule a massage and come with them?”
Zoe decided they would save money by having a massage here instead of at the Broadmoor because resort prices can be quite costly. Before they left Friday morning she suggested that she and her one and only and of course, me too, all go for a massage at our favorite Chinese massage place.
Wise kids they are. I must not forget that they are both economists! But little did I know how wise. How could I not treat them to the massage? Very wise kids indeed. After all a free massage is much cheaper than any massage!
Being a very gracious mother pushover, I offered a bit of a brunch also before they braved icy cold weather on the drive to Colorado Springs.
Yes, this easy overnight breakfast casserole, strata, bread pudding…whatever you want to call it, was ingested into our very pummeled bodies before they hit the road!
I served this with an Israeli salad of cucumbers, tomatoes and onions, along with a simple fruit salad that everyone loved. Honestly all I used was a container of blackberries, a mango and a few clementines, with a handful of coconut. Coconut makes everything extra good.
This lox and bagels casserole is saturated with lots of everything seasoning. Layered with cream cheese and topped with everything that would go on a bagel, this makes a perfect brunch or a simple supper.
With Hanukkah actually occurring on Christmas this year,this overnight breakfast casserole would be a fun dish to serve with a side of potato latkes. It would also make a great savory dish for a Christmas brunch.
Either way, I love overnight casseroles. They make the mornings go so smooth! Which of course makes the food taste even better.
It was fun catching up, eating together, and relaxing with a giant nap the minute they walked out the door!
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This recipe can be made with hot smoked salmon also. In which case you may want this one.
IF you don’t want to make your own everything seasoning here is another option.
I love simple, light colored casserole dishes, like this. Emile Henry also makes my favorite pie plate.
This overnight breakfast casserole, made with lox and bagels is perfect for company. Topped with everything you’d put on a bagel, this is a crowd pleaser.
- 4 large everything bagels (about 1 lb)
- 8 oz cream cheese
- 1 bunch scallions, chopped fine
- 8 large eggs
- 3 1/2 c milk
- Everything seasoning (Use all below)
- 4–8 oz lox (Our family likes a lot)
- 2–3 T drained capers
- 1/3 c minced red onion
- 2 sliced tomatoes or about 10 baby ones sliced
- butter for greasing pan
- 3/4 t kosher salt
- 1 T white sesame seeds
- 2 t black poppy seeds
- 1 T minced dried onions
- 1/2 t onion powder
- 1/2 t garlic powder
- Butter a 9 x 13 or 8 x 11 baking dish.
- Chop bagels into 1/2″ cubes approximately. Place 1/2 of the bagel cubes into a buttered baking dish.
- Make everything seasoning.
- Cut cream cheese into cubes. Place 1/2 of the cream cheese over bagel chunks.
- Sprinkle with 1/2 of the minced scallions. Top with 1/2 of the everything seasoning. Top with rest of bagel chunks.
- Sprinkle with remaining cream cheese, and scallions.
- Combine eggs, milk and half of the everything seasoning and whisk together well.Pour over bagels and cream cheese. Press bagels into the liquid. If you need more liquid, add more milk. When everything is moistened, cover with plastic wrap placed directly on the surface of the bagels.
- Place in fridge overnight.
- When ready to bake, remove dish from fridge and bring to room temperature.
- Preheat oven to 350. Uncover the casserole and bake for about 50-60 minutes or until it is puffed and golden brown and set in the center. Let cool on rack for 10 minutes. While it is cooling, scatter the lox, capers, red onions and tomatoes on top.
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