Potato and Cheese Breakfast Casserole


  • 1 (32 ounce) package frozen bite-sized potato nuggets (such as Tater Tots®)
  • cooking spray
  • 1 pound ground sausage
  • ½ large onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 12eggs
  • ¾ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste
  • 2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • Directions

  • Step 1

    Preheat an oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).


  • Step 2

    Arrange Tater Tots® in a single layer on a baking sheet.

  • Step 3

    Bake in the preheated oven until potato nuggets are partially cooked, 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from oven.

  • Step 4

    Reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Spray a 9×13-inch casserole dish with cooking spray.

  • Step 5

    While the potatoes bake, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir sausage, onion, chili powder, basil, and garlic in the hot skillet until sausage is browned and crumbly and onion is soft, 5 to 7 minutes; drain and discard grease.

  • Step 6

    Whisk eggs and cream together in a bowl until evenly blended; season with pepper.

  • Step 7

    Arrange partially-cooked potato nuggets in the prepared casserole dish; sprinkle with Cheddar cheese. Spread sausage mixture over cheese layer. Pour egg mixture over sausage layer.

  • Step 8

    Bake in the preheated oven until set in the middle and lightly browned, 30 to 40 minutes. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving.

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