Quick and Easy Breakfast Ideas for Holiday Houseguests

breakfast ideas for holiday houseguests

It’s the holiday season–a time for gift-giving, merry-making, and gathering with family and friends. If you’re playing host this week, avoid hangry houseguests and keep spirits bright with a filling breakfast. Read below for our simple, quick, and flavorful breakfast ideas for holiday houseguests.

Serve a breakfast casserole for a simple way to feed a crowd all in one dish. This sausage and hashbrown recipe made with protein-packed milk and cheese is the perfect fuel for festivities like a Holiday Scavenger Hunt or round of snowman bowling!

Delicious and Easy Breakfast Ideas for Holiday Houseguests

Easy Sausage Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole


  • 32 ounces frozen hashbrowns (defrosted in the microwave or in the fridge overnight)
  • 2 pounds breakfast sausage, browned
  • 1 can Rotel, drained, or ½ cup each of diced peppers and onions
  • 4 cups cheddar cheese, shredded (can add flavor depth with Gruyere, Swiss, Gouda, or Mozzarella)
  • 12 eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Brown sausage in a large, heavy-duty skillet.
  3. Layer defrosted hash browns in greased 9×13 deep pan or casserole dish.
  4. Layer the browned sausage over the hashbrowns.
  5. Sprinkle drained Rotel or diced peppers and onions over top.
  6. Sprinkle cheese over the top of the sausage and hashbrowns.
  7. In a separate, large bowl, whisk eggs with milk and seasonings. Pour over the layers of casserole.
  8. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until eggs are set.

Recipe adapted from A Mindful Mom’s Easy Sausage Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole (for the whole family recipe has been doubled)

For the adults who might need an extra little jolt to reach full holly jolly status, set up a Moo Brew bar.  Serve your favorite cold-brew coffee with real dairy milk to give guests an extra serving of protein and other immune-boosting nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin D, zinc, and selenium. Offer a variety of add-ins like flavored syrups, spices, whipped cream, marshmallows, and crushed peppermints. And for a caffeine-free option, kids will love customizing their chocolate milk!

For more crowd-pleasing breakast ideas for holiday houseguests and recipes to keep guests full and festive all year round, visit The Dairy Alliance recipe page.

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