Sarasota's Favorite Breakfast Casserole

Recipe by SarasotaCook
READY IN: 8hrs 40mins
YIELD: 6-8


  • 1
    (8 ounce) can Pillsbury Refrigerated Crescent Dinner Rolls (any brand will work)
  • 4
    cups diced frozen potatoes (I prefer the OreIda "O'Brien" brand which has peppers and onions. If you can only find plain diced p)
  • 1
    cup diced ham (I cut it down to 3/4 cup if using sausage-pre-cooked and drained or bacon pre-cooked since they are )
  • 6
    ounces shredded cheese, 1 1/2 cups (I prefer a Monterey Jack or Colby blend)
  • 6
    eggs (I used extra large, large would be fine, but jumbo were too big)
  • 12
    cup milk
  • hot sauce, to taste
  • 1
    teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 12
    teaspoons all purpose seasoning, your favorite blend (not a seasoning salt, but a general all purpose brand, there are many available these days)


  • Casserole -- Spray a 13x9" pan with a non-stick spray such as Pam. Add in the potatoes, right from the freezer and top with the cheese. Lightly toss just so all the cheese is not sitting right on top.
  • Egg Mixture -- Beat the eggs, milk, seasoning blend, parsley, hot sauce, salt and pepper and pour over the potatoes and cheese. Top with the ham and cover with foil or saran wrap and refrigerate over night or at least 8 hours.
  • Bake -- Heat the oven to 350 and position the rack on the middle shelf. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes. As the casserole bakes prepare the crescent roll topping.
  • Crescent Rolls -- Remove the rolls from the can and lay flat. Make sure to add a little little flour to the counter or on a sheet of parchment paper so they don't stick. I take a pizza cutter or a knife and cut the dough along the perforated sections. The rolls come out in a rectangle so I try to lay them right back on the casserole the same way. Cutting the perforations allows steam to get through the crust which will help brown the crust and help the casserole finish cooking.
  • Back in the Oven -- Return to the oven and bake 15-20 minutes until the crescent roll topping is golden brown. Remove and let set 5-10 minutes before serving.
  • Serve -- Cut into squares and enjoy. If you want to really make it special, serve a hollandaise sauce along the side, but I like it as is. Again, you can use bacon or sausage in this recipe, I just prefer the ham and usually serve up some crisp maple glazed bacon on the side. ENJOY!