Farmer’s Casserole Recipe (with Hash Browns)

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Our Farmer’s Casserole is the best hearty and filling breakfast recipe. It’s made with hash browns, pepper jack cheese, and Canadian bacon seasoned perfectly then baked with a mixture of evaporated milk and eggs. This recipe takes just 10 minutes to prep and is a great make-ahead meal!

Top down view of browned farmer's casserole.

Easy Breakfast Casserole with Canadian Bacon

This Farmer’s Casserole is one of my favorite easy breakfast recipes! It’s hearty and delicious and so easy to prepare.

This recipe is loaded up with your favorite breakfast foods baked into a delicious, creamy, oh-so-flavorful casserole. I love to make this Canadian bacon casserole on a slow Sunday morning, then keep leftovers for breakfast all week long.

It can also be made ahead of time and stored in the freezer so it can be thrown in the oven whenever you need a quick meal!

Enjoy it for breakfast, lunch, or even dinner!

How to Make Farmer’s Casserole

This breakfast casserole comes together in no time at all! Just dump everything into one pan, bake it in the oven, then dig in!

Scroll to the recipe card below for ingredient amounts and full instructions.

    1. In a greased baking dish, combine hash browns, cheese, Canadian bacon, and seasonings.
    2. Add in the eggs and evaporated milk, then stir to combine.
    Eggs added to potatoes, cheese, canadian bacon, salt, pepper and chili powder in a dish.
    Milk added to eggs, potatoes, cheese, canadian bacon, salt, pepper and chili powder in a baking dish.
    1. Bake at 375ºF until the casserole is mostly set up and no longer watery. Cool for 20 minutes, then garnish and serve.
    Freshly baked farmer's casserole in a pan.

    Tips and Notes

    • You can use hash brown style potatoes with peppers or swap them out for plain frozen hash browns. We like the added texture and flavor of the peppers, but either will be delicious!
    • Don’t forget to grease the pan! This helps prevent the casserole from burning on the bottom as it bakes.
    • If you notice the top of the casserole browning too quickly before it’s fully baked, cover it loosely with a foil tent and continue to bake until set completely.
    • To check if your casserole is done, give the pan a gently shake. The center should jiggle just slightly, but it shouldn’t be watery.
    • Let the casserole cool off for 20 minutes before serving. This gives it time to set up 

    Variations

    • Swap the meat. Feel free to swap the Canadian bacon out for cooked and crumbled traditional bacon.
    • Add veggies. Want to bulk your casserole up with some extra nutrition and color? Feel free to add in whatever cooked veggies you like! Try tomatoes, mushrooms, spinach, bell peppers, onion, you name it. Basically, anything you can add to an omelet or frittata would work in this recipe.
    • Use another cheese. I love the subtle spice that pepper jack adds, but you could also use mozzarella, cheddar, Monterey jack, you name it.
    • Spice it up. If you like a little extra heat, try adding Sriracha or hot sauce, cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes, or even chopped green chiles or jalapeños.
    Close up view of farmer's casserole topped with sour cream.

    Serving Suggestions

    I love to garnish this bacon casserole with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of freshly chopped green onions. It’s perfectly filling all  on its own, but you can also totally serve it up with any of your favorite breakfast recipes.

    Additionally, if you’re serving it up for dinner, you could enjoy it with a side of oven-roasted broccoli or brioche rolls!

    Storing and Freezing

    Refrigerator: To store leftovers, let the casserole cool completely, then store it in an airtight container or cover it tightly and keep it in the fridge for up to 5 days.

    Reheating: To reheat leftovers, warm in the microwave, on low on the stove, or covered in the oven until heated through.

    Freezer: To freeze your casserole, I recommend doing so unbaked. This is a great way to prep ahead for busy mornings or weekend guests. Simply combine everything in the casserole dish like you normally would, but don’t bake. Instead, cover with plastic wrap and store in a freezer-safe bag for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to serve, thaw overnight in the fridge and bake as directed.

    Several dishes filled with farmer's casserole.

    Why Is It Called Farmer’s Casserole?

    It’s called a farmer’s casserole because it’s made with a bunch of classic “farm” ingredients! Eggs, bacon, hash brown style potatoes, cheese, milk…okay, and a couple of additional things to spice it up.

    Why Is My Breakfast Casserole Soggy?

    If your breakfast casserole seems soggy, then it likely isn’t baking properly!

    Make sure you preheat the oven to 375ºF before baking and give it plenty of time to cook. There’s a lot of liquid, so it will likely need the full 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

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    Close up view of a casserole in a circular pan.

    Farmer’s Casserole Recipe (with Hash Browns)

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    Author: Kimberly
    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
    Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
    Servings: 8 Servings

    Ingredients

    • 3 ½ cups hash brown style potatoes with peppers, frozen
    • 8 ounces pepper jack, or mozzarella cheese, shredded off the block
    • 6 ounces Canadian bacon, diced
    • ½ teaspoon chili powder
    • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
    • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 8 large eggs, beaten
    • 24 ounces evaporated milk, 2 (12 ounce) cans

    Instructions
     

    • Preheat the oven to 375°F, and lightly grease a 9×13-inch baking dish or 8-inch casserole pan.
    • Add the hash browns, cheese, Canadian bacon, chili powder, salt, and pepper to the prepared pan.
      3 ½ cups hash brown style potatoes with peppers
      8 ounces pepper jack
      6 ounces Canadian bacon
      ½ teaspoon kosher salt
      ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
      ½ teaspoon chili powder
      Potatoes, cheese, canadian bacon, salt, pepper and chili powder stirred in a baking dish.
    • Toss to combine, then add the eggs and evaporated milk. Stir to combine.
      8 large eggs
      24 ounces evaporated milk
      Milk, eggs, potatoes, cheese, canadian bacon, salt, pepper, and chili powder stirred together in a baking dish.
    • Bake for 1-1 ½ hours or until the center is slightly jiggly but is not watery.
      Freshly baked farmer's casserole in a pan.
    • Let it cool for at least 20 minutes to let it set before serving with sour cream and freshly chopped green onions for garnish if desired.

    Suggested Equipment

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1cup | Calories: 393kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 224mg | Sodium: 683mg | Potassium: 680mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 697IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 470mg | Iron: 2mg

    Notes

    *The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 1 cup of casserole. Actual calories will vary.
     
    *For more information, tips, and answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to the post.
     
    *There is a large gap in the cook time due to the type/size of pan options. Start checking the casserole around the 1 hour mark but know that it could take up to 1 1/2 hours to fully cook.
     
    *Photos courtesy of Karla Rae Photography.
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    5 Comments

    1. This sounds like a perfect breakfast for company. Is that the 30-ounce bag of hash browns? I use the rehydrated, so am trying to figure out how much I need. Probably add some chopped-up onion and half a pepper too.

      1. Hi Barbara!

        Yes, it is! It would be similar to the diced Ore-Ida O’brien Potatoes with Onions and Peppers. I’ve seen it sold in both 28-ounce and 30-ounce bags depending on the brand, so either amount would probably work. 🙂

    2. Hi, I can’t wait to try this recipe! I’m wondering if I could freeze this in a muffin tin for single servings and how long to heat in a microwave. I love your recipes!

      Diki

      1. Hi Diki!

        Thank you so much! We haven’t tried to bake this casserole in a muffin pan, but I think it should work fine. The cook time needs to be reduced quite a bit. I’d start checking at them at around 30-35 minutes and add additional time from there.

        In regards to freezing, the individual, baked muffins would probably freeze best wrapped in plastic wrap, then foil and dropped into a large plastic bag. To reheat, remove the foil and plastic wrap and wrap the muffin in a damp paper towel. Microwave on half power in 30 second intervals until it’s warmed through.

        If you want to freeze an entire muffin tin of unbaked casserole, that might work, too. Although, I’m not 100% sure. Allow it to sit flat in the freezer until frozen, then wrap it in plastic wrap and foil. It would need to thaw in the fridge before being baked. Hope all that helps! Have a wonderful week! 🙂

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